Main Menu

L&M Blog

Acoustic Guitars 101

Acoustic Guitars 101

Many guitar-making pioneers got their start in the cabinet-making business, raiding old furniture for their materials, and while you aren't likely to find old teacups rattling around inside, an acoustic guitar body is akin to a sealed wooden dish cabinet.  Read More Comments

Classical Guitars 101

Classical Guitars 101

When you hear the term "acoustic guitar", it usually refers to steel string instruments, favoured by folk, blues, and rock guitarists. Nylon-string classical guitars produce a soft, smooth sound, and are used to play all sorts of genres. Read More Comments

Slide Guitars: What types are there and what defines them?

Slide Guitars: What types are there and what defines them?

There are many types of slide guitars used for various styles and sounds, and the terms for these instruments often get thrown around without a clear understanding of what they mean. Here’s a guide to help you sort out some of the confusion. Read More Comments

Acoustic Guitar Guide: Aren

Acoustic Guitar Guide: Aren't all guitars just ... guitar shaped?

At first glance, acoustic guitars can look pretty much all the same. But in fact they come in all sorts of sizes, styles and shapes, which can have a dramatic effect on volume, tone, and playability. Read More Comments

Questions to Ask When Buying an Acoustic Guitar

Questions to Ask When Buying an Acoustic Guitar

I have sold acoustic guitars at Long & McQuade for years, and have been asked many very good questions from customers – questions that you should ask yourself before buying your next guitar. Read More Comments

Three Great – and Affordable – Acoustic Performance Guitars

Three Great – and Affordable – Acoustic Performance Guitars

In my experience, when buying a guitar, I have found that you don’t have to spend a mint to get a great instrument. Most of the guitars in my own collection cost less than a thousand dollars – and many of them are gems. Read More Comments

Strings Attached - A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Strings

Strings Attached - A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Strings

It's important to choose the right kind of strings for your guitar. This guide is intended to help you understand the different types of strings so you can get your instrument sounding its absolute best while improving playability. Read More Comments

Health and Safety - Hearing Protection for Musicians

Health and Safety - Hearing Protection for Musicians

Health and safety issues aren’t much fun to think about, but are of crucial importance for anyone who wants to continue enjoying music. Amongst the risks faced by musicians hearing loss is without doubt at the top of the list. Read More Comments

Guitar Care Guide

Guitar Care Guide

Guitars require adjustments on a regular basis to maintain proper playability and performance. A guitar setup is a complete adjustment and calibration of the entire instrument to ensure that it is as playable and as responsive as possible. Read More Comments

Acoustic Guitar Pickups

Acoustic Guitar Pickups

An important consideration when buying an acoustic guitar is whether you want it to come equipped with microphones, pick-ups, tuners, or other built-in electronics. This article will help answer some necessary questions. Read More Comments