Ultimate Guitar Archive

Ultimate Guitar Archive

Infobox Website
name = Ultimate Guitar Archive

name = Ultimate Guitar Archive
url = http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/
commercial = Yes
type = Tablature archive
registration = Optional
owner = Eugeny Naidenov
author = Eugeny Naidenov

Ultimate Guitar Archive, also known as Ultimate-Guitar.com or simply UG, is a large guitarist community website known for its large amount of guitar and bass tablature, reviews of music and equipment, interviews with notable musicians, online written and video lessons, and forums. It was started on October 9, 1998 by Eugeny Naidenov - a student of economic faculty of Kaliningrad State University, Russia. [ [http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/about/ About @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com ] ]

UG is one of the top 300 websites in the Alexa Internet traffic rankings. [ [http://www.alexa.com/data/details/main/ultimate-guitar.com ultimate-guitar.com - Site Information from Alexa ] ]


UG is home to over 990,000 registered users. [ [http://community.ultimate-guitar.com/ Ultimate Guitar Community - Ultimate Destination for Guitarists ] ] It is a strong community of forum users who frequent the site. Community members may also create guitar lessons or other related articles, and have their approved works published on the website and read by its many users.

Like the tabs, the lessons and column are also rated by users, which attributes towards UG Points (or rather number of contributions), your UG score also increases, or decreases as the members rate your contribution.

The Pit

The Pit is the most popular and most active section of the Ultimate-Guitar.com forums. It is the part of the site where the registered UGers can discuss multiple topics, including those that do not necessarily have to do with guitar or even music. Many political, religious and topical issues are debated here.


On August 12, 2007, the Ultimate Guitar site launched " [http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/shhh_profiles_are_out.html UG Profiles] ". This added another feature to UG that other tablature sites do not feature. UG Profiles can be used for networking, advertising gear, bands, and users' own MP3 recordings, in a similar way to other sites such as MySpace; unlike other networking sites, UG Profiles are focused on those who share the interest of guitar, or to a lesser extent, bass. Users are able to add profiles for each of their bands, upload pictures of themselves, as well as gear, display their "guitar skills", join groups of interest, and upload MP3's of that specific user's work.

MPA conflicts

In late 2004-2005, after many tab sites began closing due to legal threats from the Music Publishers Association of America, UG saw a surge of new users flock to the community. UG, which pays licensing fees to publishers, was unaffected by MPA legal actions. As stated in an article posted on the site, UG finds the MPA to be humorous (a satirical picture stating "When you download tabs from UG, you're downloading communism" was made in response to the MPA's warnings) and does not take their warning seriously, mainly because the site is based in Russia and is not affected by American laws. The site also pays royalties to show the tabs on their website.

* [http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/ultimate-guitarcom_the_last_stand.html MPA Article That was posted on main site]


Tabs can be voted from 1 star (the worst) to 5 (the best) stars, and comments can be made about the tab. Tabs of entire albums can also be submitted. Bands with large collections of tabs include:
*Red Hot Chili Peppers
*Dream Theater
*Led Zeppelin
*Deep PurpleApproximately 1500 tabs are added every few days.

There are many different types of tablature files that can be submitted to Ultimate-Guitar. Files such as basic guitar tabs and bass tabs can be read from an Internet browser in ASCII format. Guitar Pro and Power Tab files are run through programs that can play the tablature and often include multiple instrument tabs. These files can be saved and opened on the user's computer.


In November 2007, a UG user was quoted on the Reuters UK website, rating the Gibson Robot Guitar. [ [http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKN1363116520071114?pageNumber=1 Reuters UK] ]


External links

* [http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ Ultimate Guitar Website]
* [http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum UG Community]

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