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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!


Online Guide Choosing a Beginner's Instr.

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

Online Guide E-Guitars

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

Online Guide 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.

Online Guide 7 String Guitars

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

Online-Guide MIDI and Modelling Guitars

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

Online Guide 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.

Online Guide Classical Guitars

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

Online Guide E-Basses

The bass player’s task is to support the groove of the band right from the beginning!

Online Guide Bass Guitars

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

Online Guide Guitar Amps

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

Online-Guide Guitar Amp Heads

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

Online Guide Amp modeling

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

Online Guide Recording e-guitars

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

Online Guide Bass Effect Pedals

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

Online Guide Acoustic Guitar Amps

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

Online Guide Guitar Strings

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

Online Guide 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.

Online Guide 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.

Online Guide 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.

Online Guide Delay Effect Pedals

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

Online Guide Reverb Effects

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

Online Guide Wah Pedals

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

Online Guide Pickups

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

Online Guide Recording Acoustic Guitars

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

Online-Guide Guitar Accessories

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

Online Guide Tuners

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

Online Guide Percussion for drum sets

Percussion for drum sets is like the toy shop for drummers.

Online Guide Snare Drums

The sound of the snare drum defines and unites almost all forms of popular music.

Online Guide E-Drums

Electronic drum sets are an instrument to reckon with.

Online Guide Cymbals

The choice of cymbals is just as important as the choice of drums within a kit. Let’s take a closer look.

Online Guide Drumsticks

Many Drummer’s have not yet found their optimal stick - the selection is large.

Online Guide Drumheads

Drumheads have been manufactured from plastic since 1956, mostly polyester.

Online Guide Drum Hardware

Hardware is the stuff you play on and it does not make a noise – ideal scenario that is.

Online-Guide Percussion Instruments

Percussion instruments are the backbone of many traditional styles of music and are a wonderful way to add colour, texture and motion to contemporary music.

Online-Guide Congas

Congas, common to most cultures worldwide. A somewhat challenging instrument sometimes but always so versatile

Online Guide Young Children's Instruments

In this guide, we’re going to look at one of the most important decisions a parent can make for their child

Online Guide Portable Keyboards

Portable keyboards now offer a wealth of features to suit both the first time musician and professional songwriter alike.

Online Guide Software Sequencers

Software Sequencing as a term is deeply inadequate to describe the power of the programs now available to the computer-based musician.

Online Guide Synthesizers

There are a wealth of synthesisers available today, ranging from hardware keyboards to virtual software instruments.

Online Guide Workstation Keyboards

The workstation keyboards has come of age and found niches in many different areas.

Online Guide Grooveboxes

The single most important element in any style of dance music is the ‘groove’, a chemistry of rhythm for your song that can make or break its overall feel.

Online Guide Controller Keyboards

At the simplest level, a controller keyboard, also commonly known as a "master" keyboard.

Online Guide Digital Pianos

Choosing a digital piano actually involves many of the same considerations as choosing a real piano.

Online Guide Monitor Speakers

In this guide we’ll outline the basic principles of studio monitors, and take a closer look at their most common features.

Online-Guide Monitor Controllers

The monitor controller is an elegant solution to a relatively new problem, and is invaluable in the project and commercial studio alike.

Online Guide Mic Preamps

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

Online-Guide Portable Multitrackers

The multitracker is a great tool for musicians of all levels. It really can be a ‘studio in a box’ replacing many of the components of a traditional studio.

Online-Guide Headphone Amps

All you ever wanted to know about the small helpers called headphone preamps ... can be found here

Online-Guide Acoustic Piano

The central place of the piano in modern music cannot be overstated.

Online Guide PA Speakers

In the digital age, the loudspeaker is the last and unchangeable outpost of analogue technology.

Online Guide Choosing a PA System

Whether you’re a fan, a promoter or a performer, the refined craft of live sound is vitally important.

Online Guide Mixers

In this guide we’ll concentrate on the functionality of hardware mixers. They are an essential part of any live sound systems and studio setups.

Online Guide PA-Amps

You could sum up the whole idea of a PA power amplifier in a single word - sound. The power amp is a crucial part of a musician’s live sound.

Online-Guide In-Ear Monitoring

In-Ear monitoring - reasonable prices since a few years only - a real bliss for any live musician. Why? Find out here..

Online-Guide Headphones

Headphones are basics for any studio or DJ. But not all headphones are created equal.

Online Guide DI Boxes

While we could go into more and more detail about DI boxes and their inner workings, at some stage it’s best to get some hands-on experience!

Online Guide Can Lights

The PAR can is usually the basis of an entertainment lighting system!

Online Guide Effects Lights

Professional standard lighting systems are no longer found solely in large venues.

Online Guide DJ Setups

DJing has rather murky origins, and there are many people who claim to have been the first to mix two records together.

Online Guide DJ Mixers

When choosing a mixer, the most important thing to consider is what style of mixing you will be doing.

Online Guide CD-Decks

There is a wide selection of units to choose from in both single and double player format and a large range of prices.

Online Guide DJ Record Decks

Turntables have evolved over the years from traditional record players into the professional record decks seen in every club today.

Online Guide Stage Vocal Mics

There are many vocal microphones that are suitable for stage use, from the cheapest dynamic to the most expensive condenser.

Online-Guide Dynamic Microphones

Dynamic microphones are the basic tools of live sound and play an important role in every recording studio.

Online Guide Large Diaphragm Microphones

They pick up any sound! In this guide, we have tracked down the most popular condenser microphones for you.

Online Guide Drum Mics

Miking up and recording a drum kit is a fairly complicated procedure, and this can apply equally to choosing the right mics for the job.

Online Guide Small Diaphragm Mics

Read on and learn all you should know about small diaphragm mics

Online Guide Ribbon Microphones

Ribbon microphones sound full, rich, and smooth. Seasoned engineers love their unique sound.

Online Guide Radio Mics

Radio Mics are designed to give the musician the freedom to move about the stage unhindered.

Online Guide Guitar Wireless Systems

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

Online Guide Reporter Mics

There are many types of reporting, interviewing and other broadcasts. Each bring their own audio challenges, and each have their own solutions.

Online Guide Mastering

Is mastering a ‘black art’ best left to the professionals, or with the right technology, is it something that anyone can attempt?

Online Guide Equalisers

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

Online Guide Choosing a Computer

Computers can be very complicated. We’re here to offer some advice!

Online Guide Software Instruments

These days, software instruments seem to most like the natural thing to use as a sound source in a computer-based studio.

Online Guide Sound Libraries & Sampling

Sampling technology is no longer restricted to large studios!

Online Guide Plug-ins

More people than ever are now convinced of the advantages of plug-ins. Why?

Online Guide Audio interfaces

There is a wide range of audio interfaces available, and in the end, choosing the right one comes down to your personal preference.

Online Guide DSP Accelerators

This article will look at how a DSP accelerator can be a useful part of your computer-based studio, and also at their limitations.

Online Guide MIDI Interfaces

This article will look at what MIDI is, how it’s used to connect different devices, and some of the more popular MIDI interfaces.

Online Guide Clarinets

Let’s take a close look at this beautiful-sounding instrument.

Online Guide Trombones

The trombone is a popular instrument in the brass family, and features in much classical, jazz and popular music.

Online Guide Bassoons

Enjoy your bassoon, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.

Online Guide Oboes

Explore the oboe, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.

Online Guide Flutes

Our guide assist you in discovering which is the right kind of flute for you.

Online Guide Recorders

Despite its infamous classroom or beginner’s image, the recorder is in fact just as difficult to play well as most other instruments.

Online Guide Harmonicas

Welcome to our Online Advisor for Harmonicas.

Online Guide Brass Mutes

There are many kinds of mute available, all of which alter both the volume and timbre of the instrument played.

Online Guide Double Basses

This guide aims to help complete beginners and existing double bass students (and their parents).

Online Guide Cello

Learning to play an instrument is a long, but immensely rewarding journey, and this guide has been designed to help at the start of that journey.

Online Guide Violas

Learning to play an Viola is a long, but rewarding journey, and this guide has been designed to help at the start.

Online Guide Orchestral percussion

A wide variety of percussion instruments forms the modern orchestra’s rhythm section.

Online Guide Cables, Leads & Connectors

Cable... flex... lead... wire... what do all these terms mean?

Give the right answer and win 1x the box MA205 worth 92.- EUR.
Teilnahme- und Durchführungsbedingungen
für Online-Gewinnspiele

Hinweis: Die Teilnahme an einem Online-Gewinnspiel bzw. die Gewinnchance ist losgelöst und unabhängig von einer Warenbestellung bei Musikhaus Thomann e. K.! Die Teilnahme an Online-Gewinnspielen auf der Musikhaus Thomann-Website und deren Durchführung richtet sich nach den folgenden Bestimmungen:

  1. Gewinnspiel

    1. Die Gewinnspiele werden vom Musikhaus Thomann e. K., Inhaber: Hans Thomann, Treppendorf 30, D-96138 Burgebrach, Deutschland, durchgeführt.
  2. Teilnahme

    1. Teilnahmeberechtigt sind nur volljährige Personen.
    2. Eine Person nimmt am Gewinnspiel teil, indem sie sämtliche Gewinnspielfragen richtig beantwortet, das Anmeldeformular ausfüllt und mittels des Buttons "Abschicken" an Musikhaus Thomann e. K. abschickt.
      Mit Betätigung des Buttons "Abschicken" erklärt sich der Teilnehmer mit den hier angeführten Teilnahme- und Durchführungsbedingungen einverstanden.
    3. Der Teilnehmer ist für die Richtigkeit, insbesondere seiner E-Mail- und/oder Postadresse, selbst verantwortlich. Der Eingang der Gewinnspielantworten und des Anmeldeformulars wird elektronisch protokolliert.
  3. Ausschluss vom Gewinnspiel

    1. Mitarbeiter von Musikhaus Thomann e. K. der beteiligten Kooperationspartner sowie deren Angehörige sind von der Teilnahme ausgeschlossen.
    2. Bei einem Verstoß gegen diese Teilnahmebedingungen, insbesondere durch den Einsatz unerlaubter Hilfsmittel und anderweitige Manipulationen, behält sich Musikhaus Thomann e. K. das Recht vor, Personen vom Gewinnspiel auszuschließen. Gegebenenfalls können bei derartigen Verstößen auch nachträglich Gewinne aberkannt und zurückgefordert werden.
  4. Durchführung und Abwicklung

    1. Die Gewinner werden von Musikhaus Thomann e. K. per E-Mail oder auf dem Postweg schriftlich benachrichtigt und können auf der Homepage namentlich veröffentlicht werden. Mit dieser Form der Veröffentlichung erklärt sich der Gewinner ausdrücklich einverstanden.
      Der Anspruch auf den Gewinn verfällt, wenn die Übermittlung des Gewinns aus Gründen, die in der Person des Gewinners liegen, nicht erfolgen kann. In diesem Fall wird per Los ein neuer Gewinner ermittelt.
    2. Der im Rahmen des Gewinnspiels als Preis präsentierte Gegenstand ist nicht zwingend mit dem gewonnenen Gegenstand identisch. Es können Abweichungen hinsichtlich des Modells, Farbe o. ä. bestehen.
    3. Die Sachpreise werden vom Musikhaus Thomann e. K. oder einem von ihm beauftragten Dritten per Spedition, Paketdienst oder Post an die vom Gewinner anzugebende Postadresse versendet.

      Die Lieferung erfolgt innerhalb der Bundesrepublik Deutschland frei Haus. Darüber hinaus anfallende Transportkosten und Zölle hat der Gewinner zu tragen. Für den Fall, dass die Lieferung über eine Spedition erfolgt, wird sich die Spedition mit dem Gewinner in Verbindung setzen, um einen Liefertermin zu vereinbaren.
    4. Es ist in keinem Falle ein Umtausch der Gewinne, eine Barauszahlung, oder ein etwaiger Gewinnersatz möglich.
    5. Der Anspruch auf den Gewinn oder Gewinnersatz kann nicht an Dritte abgetreten werden.
  5. Datenschutz

    1. Der Teilnehmer sich ausdrücklich damit einverstanden, dass Musikhaus Thomann e. K. alle erforderlichen Daten für die Dauer des Gewinnspiels speichert und ausschließlich zum Zwecke der Gewinnabwicklung an den jeweiligen Kooperationspartner übermittelt, welcher die Personenangaben ebenfalls für die Dauer des Gewinnspiels speichern darf. Es steht dem Teilnehmer jederzeit frei, per Widerruf von der Teilnahme am Gewinnspiel zurückzutreten. Den Widerruf richten Sie bitte an:

      Musikhaus Thomann e. K.
      z. Hd. des Datenschutzbeauftragten
      Treppendorf 30
      96138 Burgebrach
    2. Musikhaus Thomann e. K. verpflichtet sich, die gesetzlichen Bestimmungen zum Datenschutz nach dem aktuell zum bei Abschluss des Gewinnspieles gültigen Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG) zu beachten. Insbesondere wird in diesem Zusammenhang auf die Allgemeine Datenschutzbestimmung unter Hinweise zum Datenschutz verwiesen.
  6. Haftung

    1. Musikhaus Thomann e. K. wird mit der Aushändigung des Gewinns von allen Verpflichtungen frei.
    2. Musikhaus Thomann e. K. haftet nicht für die Insolvenz eines Kooperationspartners sowie die sich hieraus für die Durchführung und Abwicklung des Gewinnspiels ergebenden Folgen.
  7. Sonstiges

    1. Der Rechtsweg ist ausgeschlossen.
    2. Es ist ausschließlich das Recht der Bundesrepublik Deutschland anwendbar.
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