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Ultimate Guitar Archive
Ultimate Guitar Archive.png
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Tablature archive
Registration Optional
Owner Eugeny Naidenov
Created by Eugeny Naidenov

Ultimate Guitar Archive, also known as 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.[1]

UG is one of the top 400 websites in the Alexa Internet traffic rankings.[2]



UG is home of over 1,100,000 registered users.[3] It is a strong community of forum users who frequent the site. Community members may also create guitar lessons, and have their approved works published on the website and read by its many users. Reviews of CDs, DVDs, or gear and news articles can also be submitted by members.

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.

Although UG encourages participation, they also have a strict guideline and set of rules that all UG users must follow. Members must be over the age of 13 to use the services offered by the site[4] and only one account is allowed to be made per person.[5] Strong language and strong media are also prohibited from use on the site.


All main forums on Ultimate Guitar are included below:

UG Community

  • New Members Q&A Forum
  • The Pit
  • Archives Of The Best Threads


  • Bands & Artists
  • Songwriting & Lyrics
  • Riffs & Recordings
  • Tab Talk
  • Musician Talk
  • Promote YOUR Band
  • Classifieds


  • Guitar Techniques
  • Acoustic & Classical Guitar
  • Electric Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Guitar Gear & Accessories
  • Gear Building & Customizing


  • Site Feedback
  • UG Contribution

The Pit

The Pit is the most popular and most active section of the 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.

Although The Pit is a miscellaneous section, certain standards are upheld.


On August 12, 2007, the Ultimate Guitar site launched "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 taborama and 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.


Tabs may be requested in the Tab Talk forum.

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. Many tabs are often added daily by the community.

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.


  1. ^ About @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
  2. ^ - Site Information from Alexa
  3. ^ Ultimate Guitar Community - Ultimate Destination for Guitarists
  4. ^ Terms of Use
  5. ^ FAQs about account

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