Are Epiphone Guitars Good for Beginners? (Which Models?)

When you are looking for a good guitar to get started on there are plenty of good options, and Epiphone should definitely be added to your shortlist. Epiphone makes some great electric and acoustic guitar models for beginners, with a price and quality that’s hard to beat. They come well set up from the factory,…

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Why Does My Guitar Sound Bad When I Play Chords? (Fix It!)

There can be a number of reasons why your guitar doesn’t sound good when playing chords.  The problem can be either your guitar, or (shock…horror) you! Some reasons for bad sounding chords can be old strings, bad tuning or intonation, fretboard problems, or simply the way you are fretting the chords. More experienced players can…

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Where Are Yamaha Guitars Made? (Past & Current Models)

Back in the 1960’s Yamaha started making guitars in Japan at their Hamamatsu factory, however they now manufacture their guitars world-wide. Similar to many other guitar companies, Yamaha branched out to other countries as the years rolled by to produce affordable guitars that anyone could buy. Factories in some countries are intended to serve the…

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6 Best Strings for Yamaha Silent Guitars (Steel & Nylon)

Many new wonders of Yamaha Silent guitars are not happy with the strings they come fitted with, and want to replace them with something better. In some cases the strings are just a bit old, but for some players they just don’t like the sound of the factory-fitted strings. Yamaha Silent guitars are designed to…

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11 Yamaha Silent Guitar Problems (And Solutions)

Yamaha Silent guitars are great for late night and early morning guitar playing when you don’t want to disturb others, and are mostly well designed. I own two Yamaha steel string silent guitars and have found them quite reliable, with only a few minor problems showing up after years of use. This doesn’t mean that…

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Yamaha SLG110S vs 110S Silent Guitars: Complete Review

Yamaha Silent guitars are unique in the world of guitars, and if you’ve never picked one up then you could be mistaken for thinking they are just a gimmick. I own two of these guitars, both bought second-hand from beginners who wanted to learn guitar and thought a Yamaha Silent guitar would make them good…

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Do Mahogany Guitars Sound Better With Age? (Pros & Cons)

Mahogany is a common wood used for guitars, and it is known for its rich, warm sound. The debate over whether mahogany guitars sound better with age is one that has been around for years.  Some guitarists believe that the wood matures and develops a richer, more complex tone over time. Others argue that the…

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Where Are Guild Guitars Made? (Past and Present Models)

Guild guitars and their subsidiary brands have been made in many countries and factories over the years, and have followed the general trend toward Asian manufacturing for their cheaper models. Early on, Guild was making guitars in Rhode Island, before moving production to California, then South Korea, China, and Indonesia. I took a look at…