Ten years on from their self titled debut's mix of hardcore and doom, Xibalba have finally made the transition to a full on death doom band with the release of their new record, Años En Infierno. I spent some time with guitarist Brian Ortiz, talking about metal, throwing away guitar strings, and the diversity of California's hardcore and metal scenes.
Looking to get your kid started in music? We give you our top tips for beginner acoustic guitars, electric guitars and bass guitars, specially sized for small, medium and big kids. We also run through a buyer's guide so you know what to look out for, and to make sure you buy the right instrument to get your little one on the right road.
AC/DC's Angus Young has one of the most famous picking sounds in the world - you hear Angus, you know it's Angus. In an age when people are trying to pick as little as possible, Angus strikes every note. We talk about the picks that Angus uses to get his sound, along with the rest of his signal chain.
7 String Guitars are near-ubiquitous in certain styles of music, but many artists play guitars that rival Gibson Les Paul Customs on price. We walk you through several of our best picks for 7 strings under $500 - new and used - and talk you through what you need to bear in mind as a buyer, and as an owner.
Delay pedals are found on almost every guitarist's pedal board, but with such a wide range available, and given they're a higher priced pedal, it can be hard to know where to start. We walk you through how to choose a delay pedal, and give you our top ten choices for delay pedals in 2020.
Gibson's VOS line represents the custom shop's passionate tribute to the golden era of Gibson guitars. We walk you through all of the aspects of the VOS line that make it so special.
Epiphone Les Pauls are great guitars at an awesome price, but with a few select mods can rival their Gibson counterparts. We walk you through all the mods you might consider, from bridge to nut and everything in between.
Agathis wood is the web's least popular wood. Some say it's a step up from plywood, but only barely. We look closer at why it's so hated, and reveal some instances where having an agathis wood guitar is just fine.
James Hetfield has used hundreds of picks over the years. We walk you through his current picks of choice - the Black Fang and the White Fang - as well as walking through the picks he and Kirk Hammet used to build the Metallica sound.
The PRS SE Standard 24 gives you the opportunity to own one of the best guitar brands out there, but for a "Student Edition" price. But does this affordable model live up to the fabled Paul Reed Smith brand?