All Guitar Articles

This is a straight, unfiltered, chronological listing of every blog post ever written by me or by guest contributors. They are the same articles you’ll find in the other categories. If you’re looking for something specific, you might have better luck looking in one of these categories:

Guitar Care  |  Product Reviews  |  Advice & Insights  |  Guitar Lessons & Theory

What is the best beginner electric guitar?

Reader Question: What’s the Best Beginner Electric Guitar?

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. Learn more. Andrea asks: “What’s the best electric guitar you’d recommend for a beginner?” Hi Andrea: Since you specified that you want an electric guitar, I can jump […]

Guitar Care Warning: You May be Loving Your Guitar to Death

Warning: You May be Loving Your Guitar to Death

Last Updated: July 15, 2018 Hey, we love our guitars, right? We want to take care of them so they continue to give us a lifetime of joy and self-expression. However, when it comes to guitar care and our efforts to pamper our axes, it’s possible to overdo it–using too much stuff too often, or […]

Community Discussion: Why do You Play Guitar?

Community Discussion: Why Do You Play Guitar?

I thought it would be fun to deviate a bit from my usual format and delve a bit into some guitar player psychology this week. I’d like to pose a question to all of you, and I’d love to hear your answer in the comments below: Why do you play guitar? Or, for those who […]

Reader Question: Should I Loosen my Guitar Strings?

Reader Question: Should I loosen my guitar strings when I’m not playing it?

Mihail Asks: I play my guitar almost every day. Do I need to keep the strings loose or is it alright to keep the guitar tuned up? The Short Answer: Keep your guitar tuned up to pitch, especially if you play it regularly. There’s really no reason to detune a guitar that you play regularly […]

Reader Q & A: Should I Drill my Classical Guitar for a Guitar Strap?

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. Learn more. Kathleen Asks: “Do people drill into Classical guitars? I have a Classical guitar and would like to have strap buttons installed for a guitar strap.” My […]

Oasis digital hygrometer and guitar humidifier

Humidity! A Guide to Understanding How Humidity Affects Guitars

Last Updated: December 22, 2017 If you own a guitar, especially if it’s acoustic and one of the more expensive models, you need to understand how humidity affects guitars. Every time someone writes to me asking why a crack has mysteriously appeared or some part of their guitar has come unglued, I shed a single, […]

Action! A Beginner's Guide to Understanding String Height

Action! A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Guitar String Height

Last Updated: September 9, 2018 “Action” … a weird word used to describe how high (how far above the wooden fretboard) your guitar strings are. Some people just say “string height” or “guitar string height” as well, which is a bit more specific. Also, you’ll sometimes hear guitar players throwing the term “action” around loosely–to describe […]