2010 Guitar Blog Awards

2010 Guitar Blog Awards

I wanted to take time and recognize some of the really excellent guitar blogs out there, and in doing so, ultimately thank the people who’ve done an absolutely outstanding job in providing the best quality content about guitar on the web. Plus, it’s just downright fun giving away and receiving awards.

Criteria

These blogs were selected based on four main criteria: (1) content quality, (2) content consistency, (3) design, and (4) voice. By content quality, we’re referring to the quality and level of comprehensiveness of the information on the blog. By content consistency, we’re referring to how often the blog is updated with new, fresh, and unique content. By design, we’re referring to the overall look, feel, and usability of the blog. And by voice, we’re referring to that unique element and tone that sets a blogger out from the rest.

Contributors

Truth be told, there are many excellent guitar blogs out there, too many to feature all in this post (and probably some that I’ve overlooked). Many were nominated by the members of the Guitar Bloggers group at Guitar World. So, if you’re blog didn’t receive an award or get mentioned, don’t take it personally, just shoot me an email, so I can keep you in mind for the future.

Without further ado, I proudly present to you the 2010 Guitar Blog Awards in the following five categories: Guitar Instruction & Lessons, Guitar Gear & Reviews, Guitar News & Information, Other Guitar Related, and New & Upcoming.

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Guitar Instruction & Lessons

1st Place

Classical Guitar Blog

As the name would imply, blogger Christopher Davis focuses primarily on classical guitar studies. His posts are concise, yet very informative, which means there is something to be learned even if you don’t study classical guitar. You’re not getting lost in a bunch of clutter, which makes his lessons very easy-to-follow and one of the best guitar resources on the internet.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

2nd Place

Guitar Praise

Over the past decade, Christian worship music, from artists like Hillsong United, David Crowder Band, and Phil Wickham, has become increasingly popular. Kenny of Guitar Praise has done an excellent job of demonstrating through the use of video and tablature how to play about ever worship song imaginable. In the process, he’s developed a vibrant forum community where other guitar players come together to support and help each other.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

3rd Place

Not Playing Guitar

If you’re reading Not Playing Guitar, then you’re probably not practicing guitar. The “gold” of the website lies in it’s excellent source for information on playing guitar. Over the past few years, Gary has built a strong base of content featuring tips on how to play guitar, riffs, lessons, and other guitar related information.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

Guitar Gear & Reviews

1st Place

Guitar Gear

Brendan Delumpa, or “GoofyDawg,” of Guitar Gear blends a unique and personal tone into each of his posts, while remaining extremely informative and knowledgeable. You can tell he has a passion for playing guitar, and of course, gear. His reviews are honest and straightforward and written from a hands-on analysis with the product.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

2nd Place

Lone Phantom

Peter Hodgson from iheartguitar turned me towards Lone Phantom. He said it best by saying, “Lone Phantom is doing some freaking awesome things at the moment.” Not only are the reviews written with excellent hands-on analysis, but there is some crazy information about modding different types of pedals. Sweet.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

3rd Place

Gear Vault

For those of us with G.A.S. (gear acquirement syndrome), Gear Vault might be a bad idea, only because it is one of the most up to date resources on the latest gear for guitar, including pedals, amps, and microphones. The blog is extremely easy to navigate too, which makes it very easy to find what you’re looking for.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

Honorable Mentions

Effects Bay, Guitarz, Stratoblogster

Guitar News & Information

1st Place

I Heart Guitar

I Heart Guitar covers a little bit of everything, yet does so really well. From news, interviews, gear reviews, music reviews, and lessons, it’s all there done with a high level of quality, which makes it one of the most authoritative guitar blogs out there.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

2nd Place

300 Guitars

While covering the latest news in the world of guitar, regular updates are interspersed with reviews, videos, and helpful tips and information about owning and maintaining a guitar. Posts are written in a personal but informative tone. You’ll also want to be sure to check out the guitar gallery too.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

3rd Place

Guitar International

Guitar International is a fairly new online guitar magazine just starting up in the past year in September 2009. For being so new, Guitar International has set itself apart with regular artist interviews (check out their interview with guitar sensation Orianthi) and the latest news in the guitar world.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

Other Guitar Related

1st Place

Muzico Sphere

If you just go to the MuzicoSphere.com home page, you might be a bit confused because everything is in french. Rest assured though, if you click the english icon, you can see the blog in english. You can expect fresh content about geeky music things, pictures of cool guitars, reviews, contests, and videos.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

2nd Place

Guitar Kadia

Guitar Kadia is all about stories centered around guitar. The blog is primarily driven by video, including interviews, performances, stories, and more. You won’t really find long written articles. As a songwriter, I particularly enjoyed the GuitarKadia Sessions that feature artist interviews and performances.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

3rd Place

Guitar Vibe

Guitar Vibe has a little bit of everything surrounding guitar, including book reviews, film reviews, gear information, news, lessons, videos, and more. Blogger Zack Urlocker’s personal tone met with quality information makes Guitar Vibe a great read.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

New & Upcoming

1st Place

The Daily Guitar

The Daily Guitar has two main goals: inspiration to practice your guitar daily, and then, to grow a community of guitarists. The blog is filled with quirky, but inspiring news about guitars and guitar players, and then, gear reviews and tutorials.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

2nd Place

Fretter Verse

Fretter Verse was created to look at all aspects of playing guitar, hence, the slogan: “For the Love of All Things Guitar.” The posts are creative and well-written, which shows from an active readership through the comments and interaction.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

3rd Place

Guitar Tone Overload

As the name would imply, this blog is all about guitar tone and all that goes into dialing in the perfect tone. Blogger Romain Bigeard compares effects pedals and writes up some detailed how-to articles about using effects pedals, all with sound samples and video.

CONTENT QUALITY
CONSISTENCY
DESIGN
VOICE

Final Remarks

Congratulations to all the winners. I believe these are some of the best guitar blogs out there. So thank you to all of you who contribute and pour yourselves into creating the most excellent guitar content on the internet.

If you’re blog won an award or received an honorable mention, let your readers know by installing a badge on your website.

Thought another blog (or even yours) should have made this list? Maybe I don’t know about it. There are a lot of other very excellent blogs out there, so drop me an email and introduce yourself. I love meeting other bloggers.

About Brett McQueen

Brett McQueen is a musician, songwriter, and the founder and editor of Guitar Friendly and Ukulele Tricks. Learn more about him here and follow him on Twitter at @GuitarFriendly.