Buying Guides

Beginner Guitar Guides

This is something that a lot of people get wrong. Electric Guitars are much smaller than Steel-String Acoustic Guitars and Nylon String Classical Guitars , they can basically be used by most people, but you do need to consider the extra weight. Acoustic Guitars are bigger but hollow, whereas Electric guitars a... Read more


The first few months of playing are the most crucial for a child learning guitar, so it's imperative that you choose a beginner guitar to suit them. If they make it through the first 3 months, then they are much... Read more


Often people get inspired to play guitar and jump straight to purchasing something that might not suit them. Here are seven common mistakes people make when buying their first guitar: Mistake #1. Getting the wrong sound – Classical, Acoustic or Electric? You have 3 basic choices of sound when you buy a guitar: Nylon String Classical... Read more


Whether finding a guitar for yourself, or buying for somebody else, choosing the right guitar can be very confusing! With so many sizes and styles it's easy to get lost in information. Learning guitar is one of the most rewarding hobbies and it's very easy to steepen your learning curve at the beginning, provided you pick the right instrument. ... Read more


Here are some diagrams showing the different parts of the guitar and a quick explanation of what they do. Artist LSP Steel String Acoustic Guitar ... Read more


Choosing the right guitar is all about getting something that is a great match. By watching a live video of your favourite band or musician, you can see the type of guitar they play. This will give a better idea of what guitar you should look at buying. For example, this video of Extreme playing the Classic song More than words features a ... Read more


There are 3 basic types of guitar. Classical, Acoustic and Electric. Here are some videos so you can hear the 3 different types: Classical Guitar ... Read more


If you don't know much about guitars it's easy to get confused with so many options. This guide will steer you in the right direction towards a guitar that your dad will love! Lets break it down to 4 situations. Click on the statement that most suits: 1. He has not played guitar or does not own a guitar... Read more


Drum Guides

Contents Components Size Guide Acoustic or Electronic Drums Accessories Drum Sticks Drum... Read more


It can be difficult to choose a cymbal online without actually hearing what they sound like. We've made it easy for you with this demo video which compares our 3 popular cymbal series: Rough Light Medium Bright Rock Make sure you check out the cymbal packs. These are a great cost effective way to upgrade your factory cymbals... Read more


Much like changing a guitar string, changing your drum heads will liven up the sound of your drums making them come alive again. Where guitar strings should be changed every 2 – 4 weeks (or every show for most professional players), drum heads need only be changed 2 – 4 times a year, depending on how... Read more


The type of head (or skin) you put on your drum will affect the way it sounds and responds to your sticks. So it is important to match the right head with the style of music you like to play. Here at Artist we offer the most common types of drum heads made from high quality Dupont® Mylar (a super strong polyester material), at a very reasonable price. Drum heads come in single or... Read more


If you can't always keep your drum set up then it's a good idea to protect them from scratches,dust and the weather. Bags are a great idea because they're light, they don't take up much space and they offer great protection for your precious drums It can be confusing to find the correct size to fit your drum, so this guide will make it easy for you! 1... Read more


Electric Guitar Guides

Choosing the right Electric Guitar for you is all about deciding what sort of sounds you would really like. In this guide we will show you two methods in how to choose an electric guitar: Use your favourite guitarist, band or music style to guide your choice Use Artist Guitars... Read more


Bridges for electric guitars can be divided into two main groups, "vibrato" and "non-vibrato" (also called hard-tail). Vibrato bridges have an arm (called the vibrato or whammy bar that extends from below the string anchoring point. It acts as a lever that the player can push or pull to change the strings tension and, as a result, the pitch. This means that this type of bridge produces a vibrat... Read more


When faced with so many options, unless you know exactly what you're looking for, it can be hard to choose the right pickup to match your needs. Our website filters make this process a little easier by narrowing down your choices. If you look at the left side of our pickups category page , you'll noti... Read more


Guitar Accessories Guides

A balanced signal is when you have 2 copies of the same signal but one is phase reversed. This is used to remove noise from your signal because when the 2 phase reversed signals are switched back in phase, any noise picked up by the cable is phase reversed - effectively cutting in out completely (Its really ingenious whe... Read more


"With many choices out there what should I get?" This is a great question where even experienced players have trouble choosing strings at times. This guide is here to help you, the beginner, about the the huge world of guitar strings. First question.... What type of guitar do you have? This is the most i... Read more


How do you best protect that favourite guitar or guitars that you own? Choosing cases can be both easy and straight forward for many guitars, and for other guitars can be very difficult. You need to ask yourself the question what will y... Read more


So what is the best guitar pick to use a for a beginner ? Most teachers recommend that you use a medium to heavy gauge pick, it allows for greater pick control so we would recommend you choose something in the 0.7-1.0mm range. If you use heavier strings you might want to try a heavier size (1.0-1.2m... Read more


Here's a great video tool form Seymour Duncan on how to choose the pickup to best suit you and your playing style. To start off, play the video and pick your guitar type. Then follow through to find your stlye of music you play. See the Pickup guide here ... Read more


Learning Materials Guides

We have partnered with USA websites, Sheet Music Plus to give you a huge selection of Sheet music. With well over 300,000 different types of sheet music you will hopefully find what you need (if you can't find it on these sites then there is a strong chance the sheet music doesn't exist). We personally use both of these s... Read more


Violin Guides

Choosing the right violin can be difficult when faced with so many size options. First you need to ask yourself a couple of questions: Can your child play violin already or are they just a beginner ? If they can play, can they play really well or... Read more


So you've just bought your first violin. Now you're thinking "How do I get it to make a sound?" Here's a great introductory video on how to get started. In this Video: Ti... Read more