The Top 10 Best Guitar Websites On The Web
Love guitars? Of course you do! So find out which are the ten best web sites for guitar fanatics...if you're into guitars, you must know those websites!
Updated for 2014!
1. THE FRETBOARD
Besides the usual features you'd expect from a manufacturer website, with great pics and info about their guitars, what makes Gibson.com truly special is their news-lifestyle section. You don't need to own - or even particularly be a fan of - Gibson guitars to fully enjoy it: artists features, guitar lessons, interesting articles and excellent tone tips, usually by Dave Hunter, make the official Gibson.com a site you simply must visit if you love guitars!
3. HARMONY CENTRAL
This website is not exclusively about guitars, and is generally a great place for anyone interested in any sort of musical gear info: tons of resources including news, reviews and forums about guitars, drums & percussion, software and much more. If you're a guitarist, the user reviews about guitars and effects pedals on Harmony Central can be very, very useful in helping you to decide which gear you want to buy...and, even if the reviews don't change your mind, they make interesting read for any gear heads.
4. YOUTUBE - GEARMANNDUDE
We love gearmanndude 's channel. Very much the Jack Black of guitar pedal reviews, he will make you laugh whilst giving you an in-depth look of any guitar pedal. It is not just gearmanndude's channel to look out for on YouTube though.
For guitar fanatics - never before so many great videos have been so readily available to the public, from rare footage of guitar legends (such as Jimmy Page playing with The Yardbirds on French TV) to brand new live footage from major acts just a few hours after their gigs took place. Also, You Tube is a great place to check user demos of guitars and FX pedals...of course, the quality (of demonstrators, playing, sound, image) can vary greatly, but still, they help making YouTube an essential stop for any guitarist. And, on top of that, most major brands, such as Fender, Gibson, and Dean have YouTube channels, with their own professional videos. Of course, don't forget to visit the Dolphin Music YouTube Channel, which contains exclusive video content of the latest releases!
Want to know what gear Jack White uses? Or Noel Gallagher? Want to see pictures of My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields' pedalboard? Or find out what gear The Arctic Monkeys are currently using? Quite simply, there's no blog like this one currently on the web, where you can find in one place, info about the gear used by so many top artists, as well as all the latest news and guitar articles, compiled from all over the web, making the Guitar Player Gear Guide an unique and essential stop for guitarists, already used as source of info on several Wikipedia articles and visited by players from all over the world, from North to South America, Europe and Asia...and, oh yeah, we make it, did we mention?
This site is full of free guitar lessons that range in difficulty from the beginner player all the way to complex lessons for advanced players. It has an extensive range of lessons that many guitarists find extremely easy to follow, which has gained justinguitar a huge folllowing over the years. With weekly lessons being released with both text and video lessons, justin guitar is the perfect place to visit if you want to improve your guitar playing skills from home.
Ok, let's admit it - most of us guitarists are a bit of geeks, who obssess about every single minutiae of guitar-related gear. GuitarGeek not only spells it out, but provide (via some pretty cool graphics) a look into the guitar rigs of hundreds of well-known guitarists. The website doesn't seem to enjoy the same reputation it once had, as it's not always 100% accurate, but hey - figuring out hundreds of rigs was never going to be an easy task! It's quite interesting and if you have any doubts about any guitar rig, you can always use their forum, which seems to enjoy quite a bit of activity still.
8. FENDER AMERICAN DESIGN
Fender now have a cool section on their website where you can design your own guitar or bass. You can pick from Stratocaster, Telecaster Precision Bass or Jazz Bass as your canvas and then everything from the colour to the hardware is in your hands. It is great fun to have a play with, and it can give you some ideas of which guitar you might want to start saving up for. And the rest of Fender.com is a great place to be if you love all things Fender. Find the latest news, wallpapers, Fender artist profiles and videos, and discuss Fender on the community forums.
9. BOSS & ROLAND BLOG
Boss are the world's leading manufacturer of FX pedals, and many, many guitarists rely on Boss for their tones. The BOSS website is excellent, with podcasts, downloads, audio & video, knowledge base and, best of all, some really cool interactive demos. Their guitar blog has lots of informative posts, with the occasional inspirational one. It is well worth checking out!
10. VINTAGE GUITARS
The vintageguitars.org.uk website is fascinating if you want to find out more about old and discontinued guitars, basses, fx and amps. From complete specs of an Epiphone Coronet to old Fender Mustang ads, this site has loads of info...it's a great a trip down memory lane for older folks, and very educational if you're a new enthusiast of vintage guitars and would like to learn more about them.
What are your favourite guitar websites?