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About Guitar Space

Here at Guitar Space, we are a community of guitar enthusiasts, and we want to spread the love for music to anyone with the heart to play.

Whether you’re just starting out and you have no idea which type of guitar is right for you, or you’re a seasoned guitar player looking to invest in a new instrument, we’ve got you covered. We write about electric and acoustic guitars, as well as accessories, pedals, and amps. We also cover ukuleles, mandolins, and banjos, as well as online guitar courses. We’ll also help you navigate guitar maintenance with detailed how-to guides.

Our Editorial Review Policy: How We Handle Product or Service Reviews

We take product recommendations very seriously around here. Before we recommend an alternative guitar, an amp, guitar lesson service, anything — we do extensive research. That starts with researching the history and public reviews of each product or service, including accessing the right scientific studies, consulting experts in the space (guitar teachers, professional musicians, and music industry experts) and reading real people reviews and use cases of each product.

As much as possible, our writers and editorial team use and test each instrument, accessory, or service in their real lives. We not only evaluate and discuss the benefits of each product, but we can then talk about the durability, sound, tone, performance, and personal nuance, things you might not find in other reviews, but that really matters to our audience.

Every article goes through an extensive editorial process as well to ensure high-quality, relevant content for our audience. We make sure that each article has a clear purpose, gives a clear and tested recommendation, or call to action, and is helpful for our audience. We make sure to cite outside sources and document where we got our research from.

Every article is unique, authentic, original content that is not published anywhere else. If we quote or source someone else, we cite it. We also only cite reputable, trusted sources.

If we are making a recommendation of any kind, it’s because we like, use, and have tested the product or service out and would recommend it to our friends and family (and often do!).

We update key articles continuously so we are always recommending the latest products and keeping abreast of the latest health breakthroughs and research available. We also take product recalls very seriously and strive to make sure we are recommending products that are proven, effective and safe.

Our Aims and Values

Our aim at Guitar Space is to give budding musicians the information they need to make wise purchases. There is an overwhelming amount of choice out there when it comes to buying guitars, especially if you’re unfamiliar with some of the technical terms.

That’s where our reviewers come in – we review everything from the latest Fender bass guitar, right down to the best strap for your acoustic. It doesn’t matter what your budget is, either – we cover entry-level guitars right up to the most expensive, up-to-date models.

We also want to provide you with information on guitar maintenance, and where to find the best tutorials and information online.

We have a set of core values at Guitar Space. Here’s what we aim to do:

Be Honest

We want to give you totally honest reviews. This means we’ll tell you exactly what we like about a particular guitar – but we’ll also tell you what we don’t like and point you in the direction of an alternative if we think there’s a better model out there for you. We cover both the pros and cons in detail.

Keep It Simple

You shouldn’t have to be an expert to understand guitar reviews. We write our reviews in a way that is informative for more experienced guitar players but is simple to understand for complete beginners. That way, everyone can benefit from our knowledge and experience.

Stay Up To Date

If you’re into guitars, you want to know the latest news and developments. You want to know about the latest and greatest models to hit the market – well, so do we! We want to give you up-to-date information, keeping you informed, so you don’t have to worry about trawling the internet for new reviews.

What You’ll Get from Us

You’ll find a few things here at Guitar Space.

Reviews

Firstly, we’ll provide you with in-depth product reviews. These reviews will cover all the technical aspects of a guitar, as well as how they look, their price point, and any extra features they may have. We’ll go into all the details so you can decide if it’s right for you. Here are a few examples of our reviews:

Comparisons

Let’s say you’ve managed to narrow down your choice of a guitar to two, but you can’t decide which one you like best. Some models can be very similar in features and pricing, and it can be difficult to choose which one is best. Our product comparisons will directly compare two different models, looking at every aspect of their performance and specifications, so you can decide which one you think is right for you. Here are a few examples:

Guides

If you’re a beginner, you might find our guides helpful. Whether you want to know how to find the best acoustic guitar, how to understand the differences between certain types of equipment, or how to find the best pedals, we’ve got you covered with in-depth guides on what to look for and key terms to know. Here are some of our guides:

Tutorials

Our Team Of Specialists

Guitar Space Videography Team

Our videography team has more than two decades worth of experience, collectively. Plus, every member of our videography team is an experienced musician too. Our Guitar Space team members love to combine their two passions to help aspiring guitarists hone in on their craft and master every song they go to learn.

Our Featured Guitar Experts

Ed Lozano – Managing Editor 

 

“I’m amazed that I still enjoy sitting with a piece of sheet music and learning something new after all of these years.”

Ed Lozano is a professional guitarist, instructor and author. He earned a B.F.A. in Commercial Arranging/Professional Writing from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Ed has worked with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Stone Temple Pilots, ACDC, and many others.

 

Altin Gjoni – Composer Genuis

Altin lives for guitar; grabbing his beloved guitar is one of the first things he does when he hops out of bed in the morning. But, he isn’t just dedicated to continuing to grow as a musician himself. Instead, he wants to help other people flourish playing the guitar too. It always makes Altin sad when he sees musicians with potential give up on playing because they get frustrated. After watching one too many people put down their guitar forever, he’s now dedicated himself to helping every beginner guitarist he can learn how to master their struggles.

Why am I giving advice on Guitar Space? 

Learning guitar has changed my life to the point I spend most of my days playing, recording, listening, and writing about guitars. I want to share my knowledge as a session guitarist to help and inspire others to pick up a guitar and realized their musical goal, whatever that may be.

What is my favorite guitar?

My favorite guitar is the Fender Stratocaster. I love the punchy wood tone of the Strat and how it goes from mellow to crunchy and wild by only changing up playing dynamics. I think it’s the one guitar that perfectly matches my style and character.

What’s the best piece of advice I’d give to a beginning guitarist?

Don’t practice what you know; practice what you don’t know. As guitar players, we are often stuck repeating the same patterns of practice, styles, etc. Constantly challenge yourself with something new, and you will always stay motivated while improving.

What song am I learning how to master now? 

I’m studying the Steely Dan song, “Don’t Take Me Alive”. The solo by the session legend Larry Carlton is as tricky as it is beautiful.

What was the first song I learned how to play? 

I learned how to play “The Unforgiven” intro by Metallica on an old nylon string guitar.

What are my social media links? 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altin_gmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Altin_guitar

Taylor Petrie – Classically Trained Maestro

Taylor has a whole slew of experience; professional training, classical knowledge, and he’s fronted a few bands. So no matter what your long-term guitar goals are, Taylor’s been there. And he’s here to share with you the ins and outs, what to do and what to avoid, and whatever other knowledge you need to master your instrument. Every day, he spends time learning new things about the guitar; the main drive in his journey to reach all people with the power of music.

Why am I giving advice on Guitar Space?

I studied History and Music Science at University in southern Spain, where I played my first gigs as a guitarist and lead singer in several different bands. I’ve been playing the guitar now for about 15 years, as a solid artist and in bands. Three years ago, I started recording myself during quarantine (I had already worked as a sound tech but had never produced my own music) and have finally gotten into creating and producing my own music. I have my own filmmaking and photography studio in Madrid, but I still play and produce some of my solo stuff on the side.

I write on Guitar Space, mostly out of pure pleasure and joy of sharing my interest and geekiness in music gear and trends.

What is my favorite guitar?

Oh, this depends on the time of year you ask me. My most prized possession is a custom, luthier-made telecaster, but I’d love a classic Fender strat. Of late, I’m not that into prog metal anymore, but I’d love to try a Mozer guitar.

What’s the best piece of advice I’d give to a beginning guitarist?

Be constant. Be persistent. Play as much as you can and however often you can. Play new genres, and learn new songs. If music theory is dull for you, just keep on practicing, and at some point, you’ll realize it’s worth it.

What song am I learning how to master now? 

Lately, I find myself learning a lot of Tom Misch and trying to imitate his style of soloing and improvising.

What was the first song I learned how to play?

The first song I probably tried to nail the chord voicings, the exact ones, was Mike Eizinger playing. I tried to play it as close as I could to the original. The song was Drive by Incubus.

What are my social media links?

Instagram: @tay_in_the_hay

Calum Vaughan – Lifelong Musician

Calum’s been jamming on the guitar since he was 8 years old. And while he’s always looking for new ways to improve upon his skill, he isn’t just focused on growing his abilities as a musician. He loves teaching other people about the guitar and how to become a successful musician. 

Why am I giving advice on Guitar Space?

I’m here at Guitar Space to provide my advice because I have been a passionate guitarist for almost my entire life. I am 27 years old and first learned on a jumbo acoustic from my father when I was around 8 years old. I’ve been honing my craft ever since!

What is my favorite guitar?

I’ve played all manner of guitars throughout my time as a guitarist, but I think it’s pretty difficult to beat a Gibson Les Paul – it’s such a versatile guitar!

What’s the best piece of advice I’d give to a beginning guitarist? 

To all you beginning guitarists, I would recommend starting your journey by learning open chords. This may feel boring and you may want to progress straight to barre chords and solos, but trust me – open chords will help your hands and fingers adjust to the instrument.

What was the first song I learned how to play?

The first song that I learned on the guitar was “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan.

What am I learning how to master now? 

I’ve been trying to master the guitar rendition of “Flight of the Bumblebee” for just about my whole career as a guitarist. Recently, I’ve been making some serious progress!

Pietro Venza – Professional Improv Master 

Pietro fell in love with the guitar at a young age and has been hooked ever since. He started gigging when he was 14 years old and hasn’t yet put his guitar down. He’s performed in every possible situation, from weddings to pubs, to big stages in front of thousands and even on live TV. He wants to spread the word about the guitar and teach other people how to channel their passions and creativity into the instrument. While he too understands that practicing can be boring, he wants to help you find ways to spice up your current routine so you can master a new skill each week! 

Pietro has so much experience he brings here. In 2018, he was nominated for a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee College of Music, which means he was in the top 25 musicians (yeah, not just guitarists) from across the world auditioning that year. He also has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Jazz & Pop Guitar Performance from Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, he was also promoted to the teacher of his fellow students there. 

Since 2019, he’s been the guitarist for Dolcenera, a very popular Italian pop singer-songwriter, and he’s toured around Italy playing at some prestigious venues including Teatro Brancaccio (Jimi Hendrix played there!) and the Verona Arena (Brian May, Pink Floyd and Springsteen played there!). He’s also composed music for a show that’s still airing every now and then on Italian TV.

Want to check out Pietro’s soloing skills? Click here.

Why am I giving advice on Guitar Space?

I love music, that’s why I chose to become a professional guitar player. I profoundly enjoy talking about this beautiful instrument at all times, especially when I can share my knowledge and experience with the people that love it as much as I do. 

What is my favorite guitar?

My Custom Shop Fender Stratocaster (1963 reissue). 

What’s the best piece of advice I’d give to a beginning guitarist?

Don’t worry if the guitar seems almost impossible to play right now, keep your head down, and don’t stop playing and practicing, you’ll sound awesome before you even know it!

What song am I learned how to play?

I’m not learning any specific song right now, but I’m always working on my Jazz and Blues-based improvisational skills. 

What was the first song I learned how to play?

I’m not sure, but it was probably an Italian pop song from the 70s, called “La Canzone del Sole” by Lucio Battisti (“The Sun Song” . . . it doesn’t translate well”.)

What are my social media links? 

Here’s my YouTube

Here’s my Instagram

Our Top Guitar Space Contributors

Kyle Baker – Traveling Rockstar

Kyle is a guitarist and music teacher who has been a full-time musician for almost a decade. He is also a passionate writer and loves to teach and write about all things guitar-related. He began his musical journey working in a guitar store selling and repairing instruments, before moving on to studying the art of guitar making and repair with a luthier. During this time, he has played in bands ranging from blues to flamenco to reggae to rock all the while teaching guitar and constantly improving his craft.

 

 

Alizabeth Swain – Music Theory Geek

Alizabeth Swain has played guitar for as long as she can remember, starting when she was just a kid in band camp. She knows all too well the painful lessons that come from choosing the right guitar, finding great online lessons, and spending those hours and hours learning a new song. She’s here to help all newbies (and some more experienced guitar players too) get their setups right, find the right songs to play, and add to their guitar collections.

Why am I giving advice on Guitar Space?

Learning how to play the guitar can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have any prior experience playing the guitar or don’t have any classical training. If it’s your first time holding a guitar, learning how to play a note may seem like a daunting task. But, I’m here to help everyone (no matter what type of musical background you have) understand how to play the guitar. It’s such a versatile instrument, and a great way to channel your self-expression. I want to help you (no matter what your musical background looks like) understand the basics of music theory, feel more powerful with your instrument in your hands, and find confidence in your abilities to master any (and I mean any) song put in front of you.

What is my favorite guitar?

My favorite guitar is a Les Paul. It’s such a versatile guitar; I’m not the type of person to stick with one genre of music, so I love how easily I can bounce around different genres with this guitar. From jazz to heavy metal, I can nearly play any genre of a Les Paul! Plus, they’re absolute beauties to look at too.

What’s the best piece of advice I’d give to a beginning guitarist? 

Focus on one thing at a time. When you’re first starting out with your guitar journey, it’s super exciting! But, in that excitement, a lot of beginners try to learn a bunch of different songs at once. Pick one song you want to learn and stick with it. Once you’ve mastered that song, it won’t take as long for you to learn the next one. If you try to learn how to play a whole bunch of different songs at once, you’re going to get frustrated and give up.

What was the first song I learned how to play?

I started out with acoustic guitar. I learned how to play Drown by Front Porch Step.

What song am I learning how to master now? 

I’m learning how to play Oh Lord by NF. This isn’t an acoustic guitar originally, so I’m trying to make my own acoustic version of it that still keeps the same integrity as the original.

What are my social media links?

Instagram: @curvyhipsandtintedlips

Stephanie Jensen – Metal Devotee

Stephanie Jensen has been a music journalist in the metal scene for 10 years. There’s nothing Stephanie loves more than music. She start writing for a local magazine and her career grew from there. In addition, to Guitar Space, you can see Stephanie’s work on her website, Internal TV, and Outburn Magazine. Stephanie learned both guitar and bass, but realized the written word is where she excels the most. When Stephaine isn’t writing about guitar and metal, she’s usually listening to music or reading.

Why am I giving advice on Guitar Space? 

I’ve been working in the music industry for 10 years. I’ve met and interviewed many professional guitarists in the time. I learn new information from them constantly, and this information may be difficult for a beginner to acquire. I hope I can use this information I know to help a prospective guitarist.

What is my favorite guitar? 

This is a tough one to answer! I have to say B.C. Rich guitars because my favorite guitarists played that brand. Chuck played various B.C. Rich models, but he’s best-known for the Stealth. B.C. Rich recreated this guitar to Chuck’s preferences and sells it under his name.

I also have to mention Dean Guitars, since they’re a hometown brand (I’m from Tampa). When I play bass, I play Ibanez. Schecter also makes good guitars, too.

What’s the best piece of advice I’d give to a beginning guitarist? 

If you don’t have a good guitar teacher, get a new one. I stopped pursuing the bass because I was discouraged by my teacher. He was an amazing bassist but not a good teacher. Fortunately, with the internet, you have so many more options that I didn’t have.

What was the first song I learned how to play? 

On guitar, “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. On bass, “Brain Stew” by Green Day.

What are my social media links? 

www.infernaltv.com

www.youtube.com/c/infernaltv

www.facebook.com/infernaltv

www.instagram.com/infernal_tv

https://twitter.com/infernal__tv

Gustavo Pereira – Euphonious Touring Guitarist

Gustavo isn’t like other guitar players; instead of paying for lessons from a guitar teacher, he traveled around the world to watch the greats. Along the way, he’s met some really amazing people that have shared some invaluable lessons that he hopes to share with anyone looking to learn the guitar. He doesn’t believe in all of the fancy talk that comes with learning the guitar; he wants to break down the basics so that no matter what type of musical experience you have, you’ll understand too. 

Why am I giving advice on Guitar Space? 

I decided to give advice on Guitar Space because when I started playing, I learned a lot from other more experienced players. In fact, this life-long journey of playing the guitar has brought some of the most amazing people into my life. That is why sharing knowledge about everything related to music and guitar is one of my passions. I always try to present each concept the way I would have liked someone to explain it to me when I didn’t know a lot about the instrument. A small push in the right direction can have amazing results! 

What is my favorite guitar?

I have always been a huge fan of the Gibson SG, mainly because while growing up, I listened to a lot of AC/DC and Black Sabbath, and now I am a huge fan of Derek Trucks, all players who are known for using this guitar. 

What’s the best piece of advice I’d give to a beginning guitarist?

Take your time with your instrument, having fun during every stage of learning it, and if you feel overwhelmed, just relax for a moment with some of your favorite music. 

What was the first song I learned how to play?

From top to bottom, with solo included, it was Highway to Hell, by AC/DC.

What song are you learning how to master now? 

Currently working on Scott Henderson’s “Dolemite”!

What are your social media links? 

Here my YouTube

Jodie Chiffey – Mellifluent Performer

Jodie fell in love with the guitar at a young age, but has hit a lot of bumps in the road with her journey. She knows all of the frustrations that come with learning the instrument without any formal lessons. But, she pushed through all of those challenges and she’s now here to teach other people too. If you’re looking for advice that’ll stick with you for a lifetime, Jodie’s here to share everything she knows. 

Why am I giving advice on Guitar Space? 

It’s easy to fall in love with guitar – but hard to keep up with your passion through all the bumps and struggles. I know there have been many times where I’ve wanted to give up on learning how to play just because I feel so overwhelmed and frustrated. I’ve learned most of what I know from others and now I’d love to share my knowledge and experience with the community too.

What is my favorite guitar?

So many great instruments out there! But my personal favorite must be the Fender American Original 60s Stratocaster. Just a pure classic with so much spirit and such a great history. 

What’s the best piece of advice I’d give to a beginning guitarist?

Just play whenever and wherever you can! Don’t worry about perfection. Talent is a great thing, but in the end, it’s perseverance that makes you grow and succeed. 

What song are you learning how to master now? 

‘Hey’ by Pixies. I know, it looks so easy, at least technically. But, getting the feeling of the verse right turns out to be surprisingly tricky. 

What was the first song I learned how to play? 

Alouette. Just two chords, but it was the first song I learned how to play as a child!