Distortion effects create "warm", "dirty" and "fuzzy" sounds by compressing the peaks of an electric musical instrument's sound wave and adding overtones.

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Techniques for “Dynamics” with Distortion on Electric Guitar

Recently I went to a workshop on electric guitar. Between several subjects, the presenter talked about dynamics with distortion. He said that you can use palm mute to create the effect of a "growing ...
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How can I avoid getting loud picking sounds on a distorted electric guitar?

Whenever I hear solos from professional guitar players, in songs, for example, I never hear a loud noise of pick hitting the strings, even when the guitar is heavily distorted. I just learned a solo ...
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Do I need humbucking pickups?

I plan to record in a few months and the studio engineer recommends direct input for electric guitar. I'm mainly a drummer and am new to this... Based on what I've otherwise been advised, I assumed ...
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How to make a bass growl?

There’s a bass tone I really like, that doesn’t quite sound distorted, but instead is sort of a subtle, warm growling noise. I think this might be what guitarists mean when they talk about “crunch.” ...
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Controlling high frequency of heavily distorted guitar tone (metal)

I'm constantly experiment with metal guitar tone for years. If I get the amount of distortion/clarity from the ampsimulator, the next stage is much harder: controlling the high frequencies; handling ...
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Hearing and differentiating tones

I've had some basic classical (piano and organ) music training, and I even had to do an exam, where we were given an A, and we had to write down a simple melody which was played on a piano. I don't ...
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Creamy vs Crunchy Distortion

I'm hearing that you should have a crunchy distortion for rhythm playing and a creamer distortion for lead. In general, I'm usually more a clean player, but I'm trying to learn. I've been playing with ...
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Setting up Distortion on an Amp

I'm new. I've been trying to play the song 'I Stand Alone'. I can read tabs and I can get my guitar in drop C, I am just not getting the heavy distortion noise. I'm wondering how I should adjust my ...
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Are there guitar/pickup/effect setups for “ganged” distortion?

One of the audio engineering wisdoms of guitar playing is that only comparatively skimpy voicings like power chords go well with heavy distortion because of cross-distortion. Now one obvious solution ...
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Electric Guitar | Right hand position

I find it difficult to decide on where to position/rest my right hand (picking hand) when playing electric guitar. I started with acoustic and i have a habit of resting my pinky finger on the guitar ...
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Distortion effects pedal to amp

I have a blackstar ht-5r combo amp..... Would I get a clearer sound using the effects loop with my distortion effects pedal compared to plugging pedal into front amp input then using clean channel? ...
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What combination of techniques and hardware does guitarist Joey Santiago use in this concert video?

In reference to the following live performance: I'd like to know specifically: What technique(s) is he using (does it have a name?) in which he repeatedly hits his ...
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Clean Amp + Distortion pedal vs Distortion from amp?

How does it compare using a distorting amp - say an Orange AD30 or similar - to a clean amp with separate distortion/overdrive/etc effects? I generally prefer an amp with a little "bite" to it but ...
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Guitar amp fender 15B

How do I get distortion on my fender 15B amp if it doesn't have a distortion switch or a button? I have tried using existing knobs but just cant get the rock sound I'm after.
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My amp sounds bad on overdrive channel at headphones

My combo amp overdrive channel sounds really fahrty on headphones nad low level on cabinet. Is something wrong with it? It is Crate Flexwave 15R (15W + 12 inch speaker) It hard to use it at home ...
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Three Days Grace guitar distortion tone

How do I get Three Days Grace guitar distortion sound in Garageband or Logic. What are the other ways to reproduce the exact sound used in their riffs?
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Guitar amp distorts after being cranked

I have a single channel combo amp. By turning the "volume" (preamp stage) up to about 5, I used to have a great clean tone with just a touch of distortion on the peaks. One night at a show, somebody ...
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To what frequencies do the overtones (harmonics) created by distortion extend?

I just did a test, recorded my bass guitar through a high gain distortion pedal and then direct to my sound card at 96kHz/24bit, and then using a spectrum analyser, I looked at the frequency content, ...
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Electric guitar amp won't switch to distortion channel

I have a Peavey Classic 30 combo amp (tubed). There's a channel switch button on the amp that is meant to toggle between the clean and distortion channels. However when I attempt to toggle from clean ...
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Problems with Distortion pedal volume

Hi everyone i have a problem. When I use my Fulltone OCD, it is always too loud even when I have the volume at "just on". I was thinking about using a compressor to fix this but I am not sure this ...