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  • Can You Name These 12 Instruments From Around the World?

    Grab your backpack and get ready to trot around the globe with this quiz. We'll put your knowledge of different musical instruments from all over the world to the test -- see how many you can name! Read more...

    Published Oct 01

  • 5 Newer Cymbal Companies

    There’s a reason only a handful of companies run a monopoly on the cymbal market: cymbal making is an intensive, difficult process closer to industrial metalworking than to fabricating an instrument. Like any other genre of instrument, there are better and worse products made by better and worse companies. Today I’m touching on five of the best new companies, including their formations and their signature cymbal line setting them apart from the pack. Read more...

    Published Sep 29 by Matt Biancardi

  • The Reverb Guide to Buying Your First Guitar

    So you're ready to start playing guitar. Or maybe you're just shopping for a student who is. Either way, the sheer number of options out there can be daunting. Follow this guide for our tips and recommendations on what to keep in mind when buying a first guitar for yourself or someone else. Read more...

    Published Sep 28 by Dan Orkin

  • You Probably Need A Cowbell

    Everyone has seen the famous Will Ferrell scene from Saturday Night Live where he is constantly told that he needs more cowbell, but when you actually need more cowbell in your setup, the options are endless and can be a little overwhelming. Find the one that's right for your setup with the help of our cowbell guide. Read more...

    Published Sep 25 by Sam Werk

  • A Strat For Any Budget

    Arguably the most popular guitar design ever, the Fender Stratocaster has rocked the world since its inception sixty years ago. With hundreds of production models that follow the Strat template - dozens by Fender alone - deciding on a Strat-type guitar is anything but a simple decision. To help, we've compiled a list of our picks for the best Strat-style guitars at various price points. Read more...

    Published Sep 25 by Cole Makuch

  • The Gear of Riot Fest 2014

    Summer music festivals are such a great opportunity to scope out what gear both the newcomers and seasoned veterans are using these days. We braved the rough weather this past weekend at Chicago's very own Riot Fest to get a glimpse of our heroes in action with their weapons of choice. Take a look at the pics and read about the gear that was sometimes classic, sometimes unexpected, but always looked good on stage. Read more...

    Published Sep 24 by Peter Schu

  • Top 5 Preventable Guitar Repairs

    We all fear a trip to the guitar tech. When you finally decide to go, it means that you have reached that uncomfortable reality that there is something wrong with your guitar that is beyond your level of expertise to fix. Here are some tips to avoid having to take an unwanted trip to the tech. Read more...

    Published Sep 22 by James M Brill

  • Reverb Quiz: Which Classic Acoustic Guitar Are You?

    Not that long ago, we put out a quiz called "What Classic Electric Guitar Are You?" Only a matter of time before we gave the acoustic side of things its due. Take this quiz to find out which classic acoustic guitars matches your sound and style best! Read more...

    Published Sep 18

  • Reverb Soundcheck: Social Distortion's Jonny Two Bags

    Social Distortion is becoming something of a durable punk institution after breaking into the scene in the early ‘80s and landing two gold records in the early ‘90s. Their refreshed lineup includes the tone-conscious Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, who was generous enough to share some of his gear love with us before their recent Riot Fest set in Chicago. Read more...

    Published Sep 17

  • 11 Pedals to Save Space (and Money) on Your Board

    Whether you’re putting together a grab n’ go board or trying to cram 50 pedals on a Pedaltrain PT-Nano, every musician knows the importance of saving space on their pedalboard. Here are a few budget-friendly pedals that can curb your G.A.S. all while fitting comfortably into any live setup. Read more...

    Published Sep 16 by Michael Powers

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