Thomann's Cool Online Guides

Here's a list of our current Online Guides. Each one extends over several pages and explains a specific product area in simple terms with the aid of pictures and diagrams, covering their history, use, and different types. Some documents cover complete setups, and others specific techniques of use. If you’re unsure of how to go about choosing the right product for you, or you just want to know more about any of these topics, read on!

Choosing a Beginner's Instr.

Choosing a Beginner's Instr.

The first hurdle though, is to decide on which instrument to learn?

Guitar Setups

Guitar Setups

The range of available guitars and amps has never been greater than it is today, and a huge variety of sounds are easily accessible.

Recording E-Guitars

Recording E-Guitars

Our aim is to explain the basic process of recording the electric guitar!

E-Guitars

E-Guitars

Electric guitars are ten a penny and nowadays there are at least as many models and makers to choose from.

Guitar Amps

Guitar Amps

The following pages give an overview of the various types of guitar amp available.

Guitar Accessories

Guitar Accessories

We investigate some of the many accessories available for both guitar and bass.

Acoustic Guitars

Acoustic Guitars

The steel-strung acoustic guitar has a range of sounds that are unmistakeable and not easily replicated with any other type of guitar.

Racks & Cases

Racks & Cases

If you take good care of your equipment, your pack it up carefully - and this means getting a proper case!

Bass Guitars

Bass Guitars

Here is a overview of the bass and all its component parts, from vintage to modern instruments.

Amp modeling

Amp modeling

Amp modellers are guitar DSP effects units that emulate the sound of a range of amplifiers and speaker cabinets.

Modulation Effects Pedals

Modulation Effects Pedals

The term ‘modulation’ in its broadest sense covers a range of sonic effects, from the subtlest chorus to ear-bending ring modulation.

Guitar Multi FX

Guitar Multi FX

The multi-FX concept has been around in various forms since the mid 80s - It is therefore no surprise that there is a huge range of hardware available.

Bass Amps

Bass Amps

Everything could be so easy, since all you want is to amp up your bass, right? This guide will provide you with an overview of what's available in the bass amp world!

Guitar Strings

Guitar Strings

Without strings, guitars and basses produce no sound, yet most players know very little about them.

Classical Guitars

Classical Guitars

Until recently, the classical guitar represented the most popular route into guitar playing.

Mic Preamps

Mic Preamps

Microphone preamps, are analogue devices that will remain important even as most other equipment is superseded by digital alternatives.

Guitar Amp Heads

Guitar Amp Heads

Though there are other options, the stack remains a rock icon, and is still the most flexible form of guitar amplification.

Equalisers

Equalisers

EQ is perhaps the least noticed of all types of audio processing, but also the most important.

Distortion Effect Pedals

Distortion Effect Pedals

A classic Ibanez Tubescreamer or Colorsound Tonebender can fetch many times its original price from guitarists in search of the ultimate killer tone and sustain.

Bass Effect Pedals

Bass Effect Pedals

Effects processors designed for use with bass guitars are now more popular than ever.

Recording Acoustic Guitars

Recording Acoustic Guitars

The acoustic guitar is one of the most frequently recorded instruments in the studio, but it is often recorded poorly.

Ukulele

Ukulele

Often underestimated and thought of only as a holiday instrument, the ukulele is experiencing a revival - and by no means only on Hawaii

Acoustic Guitar Amps

Acoustic Guitar Amps

Before buying an acoustic amp, it’s important to consider exactly what you want it to do.

Pickups

Pickups

There is nothing mysterious about the basic principles of the electric guitar pickup.

Delay Effect Pedals

Delay Effect Pedals

Delays offer a simple and convenient method of creating a sense of space around your sound.

Reverb Effects

Reverb Effects

Reverb is an essential ingredient in almost all pop and rock music.

Tuners

Tuners

Modern electronic tuners are generally accurate, reliable and fairly inexpensive.

7 String Guitars

7 String Guitars

In this Online Advisor, created in conjunction with planetguitar.net, we explore the key features of the instruments that have redefined power chords.

Bass speakers

Bass speakers

After a bass player has bought a great instrument and a suitable amp, they still need a proper speaker. What should you bear in mind when looking for one?

Wah Pedals

Wah Pedals

It would be fair to say that the development of the wah-wah pedal has been somewhat experimental over the years.

Guitar care

Guitar care

Your guitar needs care and attention, and by that we mean more than simply cleaning and polishing it. Read this tutorial to find out more.

MIDI and Modelling Guitars

MIDI and Modelling Guitars

We delve into the digital technology bridging the gap between guitars and synths in several exciting areas.

Potentiometers

Potentiometers

Guitar players in particular should know something about potentiometers

Baritone E-Guitars

Baritone E-Guitars

Baritone guitars are the dark side of the guitar world - without them, there's almost nothing you can get done in the rock and metal scene.

Bass Pickups

Bass Pickups

E-bass pickups influence the sound of your bass decisively.

Guitar Wireless Systems

Guitar Wireless Systems

It’s time for more guitarists to take advantage of the freedom of movement provided and strut their stuff!

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