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How can I keep learning new songs and not forget the previous ones?

I love learning new songs. A fairly easy, energetic rock piece is sometimes everything that I need to keep playing for hours. However, some pieces are harder, some solos require more patience and all ...
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How to buy the “right” power attenuator for a tube amplifier?

I want to get a tube amplifier, but the tube amplifiers I fancy are generally at least 22W. I live in an apartment with thin walls, so I have to get it down to conversation/TV volume. This brings me ...
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Why is the reverb effect so much more pronounced on headphones?

I've recently been forced to go back to playing on headphones instead on a proper amp. I use a digital guitar processor for that, which also sometimes gets hooked into my FX loop. I have some presets ...
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Do I have a grounding issue?

I am asking a question regarding my PRS SE7. It has 2 humbucking pickups and recently, I have noticed a substantial amount of noise in my signal. The noise diminishes when I touch the strings or any ...
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How does a DI box work together with guitar?

Basically I'm in need of a DI box and I'm not really sure what to get. I have a performance in January where I'm using Ableton Live 9 alongside a guitarist. The guitar will be DI'd straight into Live ...
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How to use delay with distortion/overdrive and/or a crunchy amp?

I'm pretty new to electric guitar (but an experienced acoustic player). It seems delay is used virtually everywhere both in clean setups and distorted rigs, but when I try to combine delay with ...
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What are the characteristics of a signal from a typical electric guitar?

A standard electric guitar utilizes passive induction pick-ups, which generate fluctuating voltage as the vibrating string moves in a magnetic field. This is high-school physics. Because it's passive, ...
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What does it mean that a Stratocaster is vintage?

Looking at the lineup of Fender and Squier I see that you can find standard and vintage guitars for about the same price. For example, Squier has both a Standard series and a Vintage Modified series. ...
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New Jackson Rhoads RRXMG control knob confusion

I just bought a New Jackson Rhoads RRXMG with EMG 85 Neck and EMG 81 Bridge pickups. I am having trouble with the control knobs. In theory I should have one master volume, one neck p/u tone and one ...
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Can I use a separate pre-amp in my combo amp's effects loop?

I'm curious, is it possible to use a preamp head in the effects loop of my combo amp? The chain would be: guitar -> combo amp in -> effects send to preamp -> preamp out to combo amp return -> power ...
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What tonal differences are there between 1 x 12 and 2 x 12 cabinets?

What tonal differences can I expect between a 1 x 12 cabinet and 2 x 12 cabinet when using the same amp and same type of speaker? Does changing how the 2 x 12 cab is wired (series vs parallel) affect ...
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Using an 8 Ohm amplifier output with a 16 Ohm cabinet

My amp's highest output is 8 Ohm and the only cab I have right now is a 2 x 12 wired in series (I think), which is additive making it 16 Ohm (again, I think - Correct me if I'm wrong). The manual for ...
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Which guitar amp input to use with a preamp/effects processor?

I know this question has partly been answerd here but my question is : If i use a preamp/effect processor like Digitech GSP1101, what input on an guitar amp should i use, High gain or low gain?
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What pedals to get this effect?

What kind of pedals should I purchase to make my guitar sound like this (Slash, Nightrain): ...
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Tuning electric guitar: should I connect it to amplifier when tuning?

I tune my electric guitar using a tuner on my iPhone. When I'm tuning my guitar, should I use the sound come from an amplifier or the sound of the guitar itself?
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Can Guitar pro 6 read files from a link?

I am wondering if guitar pro 6 can read files from a link, I mean : File/Open file Copy paste my link where the tab is (IE : http://website.com/my_uber_tabs.gp5) And bang, guitar pro downloads as ...
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How do you identify a good amplifier?

I know that the most important thing is to plug in and test drive it, just like you do when shopping for guitars. But what should I look for when I’m plugged in? And what kind of features do I look ...
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Will different gauges resolve my sound/distortion problem?

So, i have a cheap electric stratocaster with cheap pickups and a cheap ampli, now, at start i had 09-11-16-24-32-42 strings on, it was too buzzy when distorted on G/B/E but preatty nice sound on ...
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Electric guitar grounding

I have serious grounding issues; my guitar buzzes very much, but if I touch any metal parts it's decreasing. I have some pictures of wiring if you want. I want to know how to locate broken or loose ...
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Electric guitar vs classical guitar

I currently have to decide whether to buy a classical or a electric guitar for playing songs and maybe composing some melodies with it. Here are my conditions: 1)I have some knowledge of guitar. 2)I ...
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How does one set up a guitar amplifier to produce a rock sound/feel?

I have trouble figuring out my guitar amplifier's equalizer settings, how does one know what the different knobs (bass, treble, mid, overdrive) do to derive a desired rock sound/feel?
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Can I use a sound reinforcement (PA) amp with guitar cabinets?

I have separate power- and pre- amplifiers, and frankly, I am getting a little annoyed at my current poweramp. My main complaint being that it is underpowered for my cabinet, and overpriced for ...
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1/4 to 1/8 jack problem

I was planning to record months ago, with my electric guitar, and yesterday I got myself a guitar rig software and bought some 1/4 to 1/8 adapter jack so that I can plug in unto my laptop's mic hole. ...
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Is “You shouldn't play all 6 strings together on an electric guitar” good teaching?

Someone I know who has been playing electric guitar for many years says this quite often, as a key difference between playing acoustic and electric guitar. He claims that even playing rhythm, you ...
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How can I get a violin sound from my electric guitar?

I have composed a modern classical piece of music which has sections for violins, cellos, some horns and percussion. The problem is that I did all of that using an electric guitar, so I actually don't ...
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Can the interference of a power drill damage a guitar's pickups?

It's possible to get the sound of a power drill to come through an electric guitar's pickups. Paul Gilbert does it at the start of this video. Does this adversely affect the pickups when done for long ...
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How to adapt guitar playing style to a new genre

I have been playing guitar for about 7 years now. I've started with classical guitar, grew up with punk music and I have a decent playing style. I've freshly started in a band who plays metalcore ...
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Is it ever too late to learn guitar?

I feel that I'm already past the 'critical point' for learning guitar. My friend started playing guitar when he was ten - and I felt like the nerves in his left hand were much more developed. My left ...
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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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High notes from guitar amplifier hurt my ears, even at low volume

I've been playing the guitar for almost five years now, but I'm having a problem that makes it very hard for me to improve my playing and to enjoy it. I'm playing an Epiphone Dot and a Yamaha ...
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What are the limitations for a guitarist with arthritis in his hands?

I have found that arthritis (or general hand problems/pains) is very common and a big problem among guitar players. I am currently suffering from osteoarthritis, more seriously in my left hand and I ...
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Edge Zero II tremolo not parallel to the guitar body . Help needed?

I just bought an Ibanez S520 guitar online which has been fitted with a Edge Zero II tremolo which resembles the Floyd Rose Type tremolo . Well , the tremolo bridge is not parallel to the guitar ...
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Billy Corgan's Sound, on Siamese Dream

Does anyone have an idea how Billy Corgan achieved the "Wall Of Sound", saturated guitar tone on Siamese Dream? I am more of a guitar owner than a guitar player. I have some guesses about it. But ...
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How to reset tremolo?

Every time I have to replace strings on my electric guitar (whether it's because the string broke or just because they're starting to sound bad), my tremolo action always sinks really low into the ...
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What type of strings to use for easier bending in fast solos?

I'm getting better at playing that legendary Enter Sandman solo by Kirk Hammett, and I'm getting the speed part almost covered. What I'm struggling with is hitting the target note when bending that ...
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Which type of wood for an electric guitar should one choose for rock/metal music?

I know that the type of wood affects the sound of an electric guitar, but I don't understand in what way (or which type of wood has what effect). Which wood(s) should I choose if I want to play rock ...
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What guitar effects pedals are important to get according to genre?

I was wondering what guitar effects pedals are important to get. What are the typical pedals that one might need in order to get started? What is the bare minimum and what would be the ultimate ideal ...
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What is the nature of the signal between an electric guitar and an amplifier?

I can't seem to find information on this, but what are the properties of the signal passing through the guitar cable? What I mean is, if I were going to make a pedal of some sort, what sort of input ...
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How can you use the BYPASS output on a BOSS TU-3 Tuner Pedal?

I was wondering, what are the different ways to use the BYPASS output on a BOSS TU-3 shown here: Is there more than one use? Is there many uses for it ore just one and how helpful are the uses? Any ...
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Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Is it possible to be neither?

Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Which one is better? I have heard mixed opinions about this topic, and am not sure which side is correct? I have one true bypass pedal and it sounds just ...
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What is the difference between Overdrive and Distortion?

What's the difference? They sound vaguely similar to me and I can't tell a distinct difference sound wise. What is the difference in tone, harmonics, etc.? Are they the same? Which one is better and ...
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When should I use a boost pedal in a performance?

I recently purchased a boost pedal for my pedalboard, and was wondering, when do I use it? Just during solos? Or in chorus's as well? I would like to know the correct usage of the pedal, any help is ...
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How to record my guitar on my computer

So I want to make some guitar covers and need a way to record my playing. I've set my multi-effect board and amp up so that I have the sound I want coming from the amp, I just need a way to get it on ...
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Maintain same volume levels in a digital guitar processor

I have a BOSS ME-25 and i observe that when i switch between patches, the volume levels are different. I edited the patches and set the same volume and save them. However when i play and switch ...
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Improving Timing While Improvising A Solo

Recently I've been practicing scales by improvising over backing tracks. I've noticed that at times that my timing is good, it flows with the music, and at other times it's horrible, seemingly going ...
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Switching from Acoustic Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar

I have played a classical guitar for a while and bought an electric guitar very recently. Since there are some differences in the two guitars I find it somewhat difficult to adapt to the electric ...
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Learning to play what you're thinking on the guitar

I'm a beginner guitar player with a passion for the blues, jazz and funk. When I say beginner I mean that I just know a few chords, have some basic technique on how to handle the guitar (I had classes ...
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What causes this weird sitar-like sound?

For a few weeks now I've been noticing that when I play the 7th fret on the 6th string a get a weird squeak mixing into the sound. Here is audio of me playing the 6th string up to the 7th fret and ...
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Development of electric guitar - why not put a mic in front of a acoustic guitar?

Typically, it is said that the "reason" for the development of the electric guitar is the need to play loud enough in the presence of other instruments. But why wasn't is also considered to simply put ...
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How can one categorize himself as a Beginner or Intermediate Guitarist?

I'm a self taught guitarist(if you don't count Rocksmith 2014) who plays rhythm guitar only as a hobby. I always get tongue tied when someone asks me "are you a beginner?" because I don't know the ...