My name is Aaron Matthies and I’m a guitar teacher living in Australia. Guitar is a big part of my life and this website is my way to help other guitarists out there.
Advice from a Guitar Teacher
My goal with this website is to bring high-quality advice and guidance for anybody wanting to learn guitar or improve their understanding of guitar.
Why Guitar Gear is Important
This website started off focused completely on reviewing guitar gear. I wanted to offer unbiased reviews to stand apart from some of the garbage I would read in guitar magazines.
I eventually expanded to writing detailed guides on helping guitarists truly understand the gear they use.
Guitar gear is more than something you buy to make you sound better or to impress other guitarists – gear can be a way to discover new creativity, think about guitar from a new perspective, and attempt things you haven’t attempted before.
While there is some truth in the saying “tone is in the finger”, that saying misses a key ingredient. People tend to use that saying to suggest that gear isn’t important. Gear is important and plays a huge part in your sound.
There is no tone without your guitar. Jimi Hendrix’s iconic Voodoo Child wouldn’t be the same if he didn’t have a wah pedal.
Learning how to get the most out of the gear you use is crucial to developing your unique tone.
How to get the most out of this website
There are four main types of resources available on this website to help you out:
The guides I write cover everything you would want to know about different gear, guitar rigs, techniques, and more.
While other sites might crank out generic ‘top 10 pedals’ articles, the goal with my guides is to help you understand guitar gear and be able to make a proper decision on what features and benefits are important to you. If you want to know the ins and outs of solid-state and valve amps or simply want to know what action height or intonation means and how to improve it, the guides are for you.
A good starting point to get an idea of how useful these guides can be, read this guide on Guitar Amp Settings. The guide explains why so much you’ll read online about guitar amp presets is terrible advice and a waste of time.
Whenever I get my hands on a piece of gear I give it a thorough workout and then write a review on it. I’ve read plenty of gear reviews in the past and know how to write a review that’s actually useful thanks to my experience as a guitar teacher.
I’ll provide you with recommendations on why a certain product may or may not be for you and I’ll provide suggestions on alternatives. The gear reviews will be useful if you’re looking at a certain type of gear but aren’t sure which products are worth considering.
As I mentioned earlier, there’s a lot more to a piece of gear than plugging it in and expecting great results. To be able to use a piece of gear properly, you may need to learn new techniques or try new things you haven’t tried before.
The lessons I write will help you get the most out of your gear by learning how to adjust your playing to suit your new gear. You can learn how to use a wah pedal, set the perfect tone for your amp, or even learn to imitate a guitar hero.
Most people find this site after looking for specific advice such as what guitar pedals Jimi Hendrix uses or how to adjust your guitar’s intonation.
But what about the topics you don’t know you should search for? What about all the tips and advice that could help you become a better guitarist that you don’t know about yet?
My Bite-Size Guitar Podcast is a way of sharing topics that you may not have thought about before.
Each short episode (5-15 minutes) is like a mini one-on-one guitar lesson. I’ll share with you useful insights or advice on a topic you may not have thought about and explain how you can use that advice to become a better guitarist.
While other podcasts can drag on and ramble for hours or waste your time with sponsored messages, this podcast is carefully thought out to give you the key points and advice in the shortest time possible.
To get the most out of this website I encourage you to subscribe to the Guitar Gear Finder Newsletter.
Supporting this website
Every guide, review, or lesson on this site takes 3+ full days to write. It’s a massive time commitment to create these free guides, lessons, and resources.
It also costs a lot of money to keep this site running and stay on top of the latest guitar products. So your support will allow me to continue to add more reviews, lessons, and guides to this site.
There are a few ways you can help me out:
Buy the Guitar Effects Course
All of the guides and lessons on this website are free to access. To support the free learning resources on this website, consider buying the Guitar Effects Course.
Buying my course directly helps me out as well as gives you access to the most comprehensive resource I have created.
The funds I receive from the course are reinvested into creating all the free guides, lessons, and reviews you see on this website.
The Guitar Effects Course is the biggest and most comprehensive resource available online on guitar effects and tone. So if you’re interested in learning about different effects pedals or dialing in different guitar tones, check it out.
Whitelist This Site (if you use an Ad Blocker)
The main reason I’m able to continue working on this site and continue to write free guides and lessons for you is thanks to displaying ads. I know ads can be annoying, but this site would not be able to continue without them.
If you use an AdBlocker (and I don’t blame you) and you would like to support this site, consider whitelisting this site to allow ads.
Spread the Word
If you like a review, find a guide helpful, or learn something from one of my lessons, share it with anybody on social media. Tag somebody who might find it useful or just share it with a community such as Reddit or a guitar forum or group.
Every like, share, tweet, or email helps grow this site and helps more guitarists learn something new.
Buy Your Gear With My Links
If you read a review on a piece of gear and decide that it’s the right choice for you, consider purchasing it by clicking on the Amazon or Sweetwater link on this site. It won’t cost you any extra and at the same time, it will help me. I receive a small fraction of the cost of any gear you purchase on Amazon or Sweetwater after clicking a link on this website.
Of course, you don’t have to buy your gear from my links – it’s totally fine to buy your gear from your local music shop. Buying your gear after clicking on a link on this website means a lot to me and will help me continue to offer the best advice and reviews possible.
Learn more about how the affiliate links work here.
Subscribe to my email newsletter
By subscribing to Guitar Gear Finder’s Newsletter, you will receive future updates on reviews, guides, and lessons as well as receive bonus downloads and advice. It’s a good way to stay up to date on new guides and reviews.
You can unsubscribe at any time but hopefully, you will find the emails useful. Simply fill out the form below to join the list:
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If you have any questions for me, simply fill out this contact form and I’ll reply via email.