Last Updated on March 28, 2022 by Teemu Suomala
Awesome that you are interested in us and our mission with Guitaristnextdoor.com! First…
This is a more casual page about our guitar geek team and our mission. We also have a more formal About Us Page.
Can You Trust Us?
Because especially online, everything is not what it seems…
Hear me out…
When I count our team’s experience with guitars together…
- Teemu Suomala (Owner & Writing & Editing & Testing & Videos) 13 years (since 2009). Check out my Youtube channel if you want to hang out!
- Tommy Tompkins (Writing & Proofreading & Research) 18 years (since 2004) Tommy’s Linkedin
- Pranshu Nigam (Writing & Research & Testing) 8 years (since 2014) Check Pranshu playing here!
- Darren Shepherd (Writing & Research & Testing) 24 years (since 1998) Check Darren playing here!
- David Slavkovic (Writing & Research) 24 Years (since 1998) David’s Ultimate Guitar profile!
Together it’s 87 years! A whole human lifetime worth of guitar experience! (This is the real super-secret weapon of ours)
And this experience is here to help you and other guitar players make real progress with guitar playing!
We love guitar playing and geeking out with the gear!
We have played and tested 80% of the gear featured on Guitaristnextdoor.com at some point during our guitar journey. We have owned it, our friends have owned it, we have tested it on a music store, etc. We have really laid our hands on most of the gear!
And with the rest 20%, we have tested some similar model or have just done hours worth of research(user reviews, Youtube, Reddit, etc.) before featuring it…so that you don’t have to spend hours researching and you can use your limited time to actually playing the guitar!
And at the start of 2021 we started buying some products to really put those to the test. (Super excited about this!!)
Examples of this:
Can we really help you to choose the best gear for you?
But don’t just take our word from it:
What our Youtube subscribers and other guitar players say about our guitar guides:
Here are couple of comments from our blog:
Seeing comments like these always makes me soooo happy! We’ve really helped someone!
You can leave questions, testimonials, and feedback on Guitaristnextdoor.com’s Youtube channels and websites comments. You can also contact us here. I’m happy to receive messages from fellow guitar players!
What’s our mission…?
What 99% Guitar Websites Don’t Want You to Know…and What We Are Going to Do to Make Things Better!
The truth guitar websites don’t want to admit is…
How I can say that? Well, almost every guitar-review site looks the same. Too often
- they just make something up when doing reviews.
- They have not done almost any research at all.
- They never really touched the guitars/gear.
And sometimes writers of the reviews have not even played guitar during their life.
You know why this happens?
Content like that is cheaper to produce.
Me! Me! Me!- attitude. Throw something out there and make money with the website.
I have run my blog since January 2020, and oh boy, I think that I’ve seen it all when doing research…
Guitar websites need a huge improvement.
My site too. I’m just being brutally honest with you. I can do better. And I will do better. We have tested a ton of gear and really play guitar, but for example, GND’s reviews need a lot more visualization to help you out!
On Youtube, the value the content provides is usually good. But not all channels disclaim that they got products for free or received other compensation for making the video. And that’s just dishonest.
It’s only fair to say that something has to be done. So that no one misleads us. So that we can focus on playing, not on being misled by people who just want to make a quick buck.
But hear me out…
We together (yeah, you and me) can really make the difference…
Give guitar players more than any other site or channel. Unbiased, super helpful reviews
To be Wirecutter.com and Bestreviews.com of guitar-sites.
We are aiming for the place to really test the gear that looks something like Bestreviews.com’s facilities:
Of course, facilities will be more suitable for guitars, but you get the idea…
We want to really buy the products and test them for hours and hours…record sound samples, let different players with different techniques and styles test the products.
We will buy products, and test them without getting paid by Guitar companies. And we reveal all the flaws we found too. We will give guitar players what they really deserve.
Can you really help other guitar players and us?
You can absolutely help us hit our goal fast as possible…
After 5 years you can say:
”yep, I helped those guys out when they were just starting out…”’You
How you can help?
- Consuming our content
- Giving us feedback on how to make content better(most important). Just leave a comment on Youtube or Contact us. If you didn’t like something, tell it to us!
- Buying through our affiliate links. This is what keeps the ball rolling, we need to pay for website expenses(about $1k/year) and buy products to test(we do this as much as possible). The best part is that using our links adds no extra cost for you!
So let’s do this.
Let’s together give guitar players what they deserve…
Like out of this world content. Content so good that we though it could not be possible…
How WE are progressing:
I (Teemu Suomala) started the site. I wanted to start a side-hustle about my favorite hobby.
First Article Published!
The article was: ‘‘How Hard is it to Learn Guitar? 3-Steps to Find Out!”
To be honest, it was not really good :D. I knew a lot about guitars, but haven’t written about them.
I got help
After writing 13 articles. I got Tommy and David to help me out.
Published 100th article
250 000 words written. By 3 People. Easily over 1000 hours of work has gone into this website.
Guitar players deserve better
Guitaristnextdoor.com needs to be better. Not just like all the other sites.
Guitar players need better content.
I bought the first gear patch to REALLY test out stuff
5 guitars. 11 amplifiers.
First gear video uploaded
I recorded a sound demo with a great little amp BOSS Katana Mini
First review about the gear I bought
I and Tommy crafted the review of the Epiphone Les Paul Special VE.
I can say that it’s the best text review about that guitar out there.
I hired more help
Darren Shepherd and Pranshu Nigam.
30 years of guitar experience.
Guitaristnextdoor.com is not good enough
Guitar players deserve better reviews. I started to improve every 142 articles on my website. 1 by 1.
Featured on large Guitar Medias
Special month for us, we were featured on Songsterr’s, Ultimate-Guitars, Musicnotes, and guitartguitar’s websites in the same month. It’s an honor
Ibanez was impressed and shared our work!
Folks at Ibanez liked our work and especially enjoyed the fair Ibanez GRX70QA Review and shared it across their social media! An honor.
177 articles published
Right now, the content quality starts to be solid.
We have a long way to go… But we have taken steps in the right direction, for sure. And together we can do this. Absolutely.
We have 82 years of guitar experience. And more importantly…
We have YOU!
Guitar player with unique experiences and skills…Really, every one of us has something to give to others. Something that will help others. Something that makes others say ”wow, thanks! That was just what I needed!”
So, are you ready for this? I know that I’am…
Let’s do something special together!
Author: Teemu Suomala
I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…).
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