Category: Guitar

Best 7-string guitars under $500




Here are 5 of the best 7-string guitars you can get your hands on for less than $500. This is for beginners interested in 7-string guitars as well as the enthusiasts who are strapped for cash. Check them out! You won’t be disappointed.

Can’t be bothered reading the whole list?

Well, for those on a super tight budget you can’t go wrong with the Jackson JS22-7 Dinky. It is a phenomenal price for a 7-string guitar and you can sell it on for damn near as much as you bought it for.

For those with a bit of extra cash its got to be the Ibanez RG7421. Like I said in my article on 8 string guitars on a budget, I’m a sucker for Ibanez.

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15 Best Acoustic Guitars For Every Budget




What started as a Top 10 article, has spun slightly out of control coming to a rest at the 15 Best Acoustic Guitars For Every Budget.

I’ve made sure to cover all my favorite guitars over a large range of price starting from the obscene under $5000 dollars right the way down to the budget friendly at under $200.

For those of you who don’t know much about acoustic guitars have a look at the small guide I’ve put together below. It shows you the main points you’re going to look for when buying an acoustic guitar.

If you have a certain guitar price range in mind, click on one of the links below to get taken to that section.

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Best 8-string Guitars On A Budget




If you are looking for a cheap 8-string guitar look no further! Here is a rundown of the best 8-string guitars you can get on a budget, each with a short review. 8-strings still aren’t as cheap as their 7-string counterparts but you can still get yourself a good one for a great price.

Early summary for those who can’t wait. My personal favorite is the Ibanez RG8004. It is perfect just to play around with if you’re getting used to the 8-string. Then, if you decide to get more serious you could easily swap out the stock pickups for something more serious! Click here for Price & Reviews

Or for those looking for something a little next level but are still on a budget then the Javier Reyes ESP is a phenomenal guitar for the price. Click Here to check it out on Amazon!

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Elixir Guitar Strings Review – Nanoweb or Polyweb?

Elixir strings are some of the cheapest premium guitar strings you can get and they come in two very unique flavors: Elixir Nanoweb Guitar strings and Elixir Polyweb Guitar strings. Both of these types of guitar strings offer fantastic life thanks to their high standard of manufacture.

Elixir Guitar Strings Review

The main difference between the strings is that the Polyweb coating is much thicker than the Nanoweb coating which leads to a totally different sound and feel. The Polyweb strings give a warmer sound while the Nanoweb strings give a brighter sound.

Before we move on to the nitty gritty you should know the main problem with these strings. If you keep them on your guitar for a very long time (I’m talking up to a year or more of at least semi-regular playing) then they can start to shed their coating leaving you with guitar strings that look and feel like old rope.

But no guitar strings will last you that long and if it gets to that point you are way beyond needing to change your strings!

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Ultimate Guide To Curt Mangan Guitar Strings

Curt Mangan’s strings were suggested to me by someone on our Twitter and I am so glad they were! I was so impressed by the high quality of these strings I decided to put together this ultimate guide to make sure everyone tries out these superb guitar strings. Read on to read reviews of the Curt Mangan Bass Guitar Strings, Acoustic Guitar Strings, and Electric Guitar Strings!

Curt Mangan Strings FINAL

Curt Mangan founded his string making company in 2004 after stepping down as director of sales for Ernie ball after 17 years. Curt Mangan brings 50 years of experience and passion to his company to make strings using only the very best materials. There are no flashy sales techniques, they let their phenomenal product speak for itself.Read more: Ultimate Guide To Curt Mangan Guitar Strings

Snark SN 10s Pedal Tuner Review

As sturdy as a prison and twice as useful, the Snark SN 10s Pedal tuner is one of the best value pedal tuners you can get. The Snark SN pedal tuner provides fantastic tuning accuracy, a large bright screen display, and lightning fast response. All you could possibly want for a chromatic stompbox tuner with the added bonus of the incredible price! Find it here on Amazon!

Why the Snark SN 10s Pedal Tuner

Snark SN-1 Pedal TunerThe Snark SN 10s Pedal tuner is a really accurate pedal tuner. With an incredibly solid case holding this tuner together alongside the big bright display it is a great addition to your guitar pedal line up. Because of the direct input, the Snark Pedal Tuner is more accurate than the Snark Sn series of clip-on tuners. If you are in the market for a clip on tuner read our review of the Snark Sn Clip on tuners.

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Snark SN 1 Tuner Review

Snark Sn 2 Review

Anyone who is looking to buy an easy to use tuner with fast response and incredible accuracy need look no further than the Snark SN series of tuners. I will be focusing on the SN 1 tuner suited for guitar and bass, for those looking for other instruments read one!

The SN 1 tuner does not have a microphone and works using the vibrations of the strings so you can tune your guitar anywhere, however noisy it is. Even live on stage, the Snark Sn 1 tuner gives you accurate tuning and fast response so you can tune your guitar while your fans thunder applause at you and keep on playing hardly interrupted. No need to mess around swapping cables to plug in your tuner or add an extra pedal into your guitar line. No hassle, just a simple to use tuner. Find it here on Amazon!

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D’Addario NYXL Strings Review

The D’Addario NYXL Strings are another to fall under the category of premium guitar strings. Similar to the Ernie Ball Cobalt strings that were previously reviewed, however, the NYXL’s have gone above and beyond the Ernie balls and provided a premium value product! 

 

D'Addario NYXL StringsThere was a huge marketing campaign that came alongside these strings, advertising greater tuning stability, the ability to strum harder and bend further without the string breaking and greater magnetic properties which result in higher output and midrange for more presence and crunch in the sound.Read more: D’Addario NYXL Strings Review

Ernie Ball Cobalt 7 String sets


The Ernie Ball Cobalt Strings were created with a lot of hype around them. You can see it on their page on Amazon, graphs comparing the output and frequency response of cobalt over nickel or stainless steel. They talk about how they own the patent to the first and only Cobalt string. They also talk about the various artists who use them where they misspelled Jeff Loomis’s name wrong. Honestly! Check it out here!

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Dragon’s Heart Picks – Review

Coming in at 2.5mm the Dragon’s heart Pick is A LOT thicker than most conventional picks but it’s specially designed beveled edge makes it play like a thinner pick with the control of a thicker pick. I didn’t think a pick could influence your playing so much but I was wrong, the Dragon’s Heart Pick allows you effortless speed and precision in your playing.

Dragon's heart group

The Dragon’s Heart Pick started with humble beginnings. Founder Corey Bell is a long time player of guitar and after finishing his military career he began tinkering with producing his own guitars and accessories. Whilst doing so he realized he had an affinity for doing so and managed to produce the stunning piece of equipment that is the Dragon’s Heart Pick.

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