Part of learning to play guitar is staying up to date on current events, gear, and industry news. To help you stay in the loop, guitar instructor Matt K. has put together a list of his go-to websites for guitar news…
Once you’ve taken a few guitar lessons, you may feel the urge to learn more about the instrument, and the gear that goes with it.
A guitar isn’t just a six-stringed instrument anymore. The addition of an amplifier, pedals, and other fun gear can help produce a number of different sounds.
There are several guitar news websites for up-to-date info on guitars and gear, along with in-depth music news, and sometimes even tablature to learn new songs.
Maybe you want to learn more about the guitar players that play your favorite songs, or learn when they have a new album coming out.
From electric guitar news, acoustic guitar news, and gear reviews, here are my favorite sites to stay in the loop with all things guitar.
I’ll start with my favorite website for any type of gear news, from guitars to DJ equipment, Music Radar.
Any time I’m looking at a new piece of gear or a new instrument, I go to Music Radar and read one of their reviews.
Music Radar also complies lists which make it easier to decide what to buy. For example, before buying a new travel acoustic guitar I checked out their list “32 of the best budget acoustic guitars in the world today“.
You can still learn about the latest gear and even get a quick video tutorial on how to tune the guitar in different keys, but I go to this website to see “Dude Plays Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ on Banjo”.
I remember being in the grocery store with my mom and picking up the latest issue of Guitar Player Magazine when magazines were still a big thing. Now, the magazine is online and very easy to navigate.
GuitarPlayer always has very informative, interesting articles. For example “U.S. Made PRS vs. Korean Made PRS: What is the difference” (PRS stands for Paul Reed Smith and is an excellent guitar).
GuitarPlayer also has excellent product spotlights that I recommend checking out.
Where Music Radar is all about the gear, Guitar World and Guitar Player are about the news. Ultimate Guitar, however, is all about the TABS.
When I want to learn a new song, this is my go-to website. They have a great ranking system, so you know which guitar tabs are accurate and which ones were created by an internet troll.
There are also some great how-to videos, and my favorite feature, the “Rig Rundown“. This section features a new artist or band every week and shows the guitars and gear they use on a nightly basis.
If you want to see how your favorite bands get their sound, check out Premier Guitar.
Check out these sites and let me know which ones you like. If you have any other go-to sites for gear and guitar news, let us know in the comments below!