The following guitar message boards and forums are still active today despite the onslaught of social media. These are great resources for getting first-hand reviews of guitar gear, answers to common (and uncommon) guitar questions, making friends in the industry and possibly even interacting with some professional guitarists and top-notch guitar gear manufacturers.
One of the most popular forums in the online guitar community. This is arguably the best place to sell gear online outside of eBay and Harmony Central. The discussion is great on theory & technique as well as gear related topics.
This is one of the longest-standing guitar forums on the internet, and was home of the original Online Guitar Archive (OLGA), which we all used in the 90s to get free tablature for our favorite songs. It’s still very active and people discuss all sorts of gear, playing techniques and more. They still offer online classifieds, but they aren’t the main source of selling gear online that they once were.
This site is a message board for Fender guitar fans, and is not run by Fender. It’s a great place to find tips on customizing or repairing your Stratocaster, Telecaster, Deluxe Reverb or any other Fender product.
This is Gibson’s official message board offering discussion about everything related to Gibson (Les Pauls, 335s, Gibson amps, acoustic guitars and more).
If you play a Telecaster, you need to hang out here. There is more knowledge of the Fender Telecaster on this forum than about any other website in the world. It’s simply the best Tele resource.
This forum is for Martin acoustic guitar fans. Discuss everything from the D-18 and D-28s to the O/OO/OOO guitars here.
This is an unofficial forum for Les Paul fans, and is also home of the Vintage Les Paul Guitar Registry. They are a community of vintage Les Paul fanatics that know more about this guitar than nearly anyone in the world (except those who work for Gibson, who sometimes hang out here).
This is an unofficial Mesa Boogie forum that is still somewhat active today. If you own a MKI, MKII, MKIII, MKIV or another Boogie amp, you need to hang out here.
This is yet another long-standing guitar forum, which used to be called the Plexi Palace. It’s dedicated to vintage guitar amplifiers, and mainly inspired by vintage Marshall Plexi amps. They’ve since added a blog.
This is the unofficial forum for Taylor Guitar fans. If you have one of their acoustic guitars and wish to customize, repair or perhaps buy a new Taylor guitar…you’ll find the best advice here.
This site offers a guitar DIY discussion and online community that likes to trade secrets and insider tips on building your own guitar amps.
The Audio Asylum is a message board run by experimental audiophile freaks that share tips and techniques for building some of the most insane guitar gear and audio projects.
This is a great place to talk guitar gear, home recording and more. They have also launched a blog.
This is an excellent place to discuss guitar speaker tone, speaker repair, speaker choices and more. RIP Ted Weber. You left a legacy.
This is a very active home recording forum for basement studio engineers to share tips and advice on getting great sound from a home recording studio.
This is a vintage website that hasn’t changed in years. They have a huge collection of guitar pedal images, sound clips and more covering flangers delays, phasers and other rare and sought-after effects units. All of the sound clips use the same source signal so you can truly hear the differences between different effects.
This is the long-standing, all-around-best forum for pedal and lap steel players.
One of the first popular guitar forums for guitarists interested in high-end guitar pedals. Musictoyz got its start in the early days (late 1990s) and developed one of the first boutique guitar gear forums in the world.