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What are good applications of the ZVex Fuzz Factory

I have recently come into the possession of a ZVex Fuzz Factory. I hear that this fuzz pedal has a ton of applications beyond using it as a standard fuzz effect. What are some of its normal uses? ...
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What are the Five Most Important Things to Learn?

I'm reading "Practice Perfect" and the author recommends using the 80/20 approach in planning one's practice. For example, if 20% of "techniques" yield 80% of the results, what would be the 20% of ...
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Comparing aspects of the Boss GT-10 and the POD HD500

Both of them are pretty stellar for an amateur like me. I don't intend on playing in large venues and probably will not record much. Both of them have pretty good effects; although, the HD500, I've ...
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Validating pickup wiring

I want to replace the pickups on my guitar with another set. Is there a way of knowing if I wired the pickups correctly before putting on the strings ?
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Replacing a single guitar note with a chord

I am teaching myself to play the electric guitar and I have printed out various tabs to practice with. On one there is a 14 single note introduction but, I have heard versions played where some notes ...
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Adding a new pot to my guitar

I am willing to add another tone potentiometer to my guitar and I wanted to know what is the best way to add a hole in the pickguard for the new pot. Is there a dedicated tool for this task? What is ...
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Cleaning the fretboard of an electric guitar

I have had my electric guitar for several years and I noticed that there is some "sweat dirt" on the fretboard of the guitar, so the inlay is less shiny. I'd like to clean that without taking the ...
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Guitar volume/tone pots

Looking at this wiring diagram I see there are two 500k-w pots and one 500k-d pot. My question is what is the difference between the two pots (500k-w and 500k-d) and what should I ask for when I go to ...
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Right way of resting a guitar

While not using or after using, what is the right way of resting a guitar. If I lean it towards a wall, is it right to lean it with the strings facing the walls or otherwise? Is it fine to hang the ...
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Tube screamer 808 with an ENGL Screamer 50W amp

As an Andy Timmon's huge fan I try to get my guitar tone to sound similar to his. In one of his videos I saw that he uses the Ibanez ts808 tube screamer pedal. I own an ENGL 50W screamer amp which ...
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How do I improve my picking and fretting speed?

I've seen people like John Petrucci playing incredibly fast with their right and left hands, but I can't seem to get any faster than I am now (which is speedy, but not near as fast as John). Is there ...
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How can I reproduce the effects on this riff in Iron Maiden - Afraid to Shoot Strangers?

Listen to this Iron Maiden song called "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" at about 2:43 (Iron Maiden fans will probably recognize the riff). This sounds very simple to me, but I don't know how they did it. I ...
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Will changing the colour of my Stratocaster reduce its value?

I have a Highway One Fender Strat (American), which I'm told has a poor quality satin finish. This has started to "melt" on the bottom of the guitar. I paid about £800 for it in 2005/2006. It has a ...
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F-Spaced pickups

I want to buy a Dimarzio DP224 pickup which comes in two types : F-Spaced and regular. I heard that the difference is in the distance between the poles in the pickup. I have an Ibanez GRG140 guitar ...
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How to develop soloing vocabulary

Background: My first guitar teacher used to show me small licks or note patterns that had that special quality of arousing interest during a solo improvisation. They were essentially "tools" in my ...
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How should I connect my compressor effect to my amplifier?

Just bought an ENGL screamer 50W amplifier and the only thing I miss right now is a decent compressor for the clean channel. I also have a Zoom g9.2tt effects device and I was thinking of connecting ...
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How to Calibrate / Setup an Electric Guitar?

Even with new strings, my guitar makes some sort of buzzing noise on higher strings. I was told it needs to be set up. What are the steps or where can I find a good guide to do this?
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Andy Timmons Carpe Diem fast vibration

This is a tough one :) When I listen to this amazing track (track 14 from "That was then, This is now" album) I notice at 0:36 and 0:42 a very fast vibration on the G string (5th fret) which I doubt ...
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What's the difference between a junior guitar and a normal guitar?

I was planning to buy an electric guitar and amazon.com is offering Epiphone Les Paul Junior Guitars at a seemingly reasonable deals. The related question that I have is: what's a junior guitar? What'...
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Recording hard rock guitar riffs with a mic

Are DAWs good enough these days that we can totally get away with capturing hard rock/metal guitar riffs using mics?
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How do you play guitar dead notes quickly switching?

I'm trying to play part of a song that looks like this: 0 x x 0 x x 7 x x x 9 x x 5 x x 5 x x x I find it very difficult to play this. I have trouble playing open strings and letting them ring ...
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What to look out for when buying a super-cheap used guitar

I found a red Yamaha Pacifica fat strat at a local pawn shop. Most of their guitars are $60 and up, but this one has a $25 sticker on it. I'm considering buying, cleaning, and restringing it but I'd ...
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What kind of guitar is used in Edenbridge's guitar solos?

Edenbridge's guitar solos have a unique, almost peaceful sound to them. I am curious, what kind of guitar is used to play them? Here is an example.
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Heavy metal: how to play and “arc down” shown in tablature

I'm currently mastering a Troy Stetina "Heavy Metal rhythm" course, but having troubles with one of the exercises. It has an "half arc pointed down" sybmol after a note on 12th fret, what does it mean?...
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What are the effects of mounting a full size neck on a 3/4 body?

I have a 3/4 size electric guitar. I've decided to make a custom guitar by creating horns out of additional pieces of wood and mounting them to the body with custom made steel pickguards on the front ...
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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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Right hand position for electric guitar

I used to practice on my acoustic guitar and had a habit of resting my right hand on the bridge while playing individual notes. Now I have switched over to electric guitar in I find it difficult to ...
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How can I prevent loss of tuning when changing strings set from 0.11 to 0.12?

I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and it's tuned in standard C and my playing style is mostly Desert Rock. I'm using a set of 0.12 strings and considering changing to a 0.11 set to have less tension ...
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Playing Andy Timmons' Electric Gypsy on Electric Guitar

I've seen a few videos of Andy Timmons playing that and others playing it as well and they utilize some tapping harmonics of some sort which I cannot replicate. Is that tapping harmonics? How is it ...
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What is the name for the guitar that doesn't have strings?

I had seen an electric guitar somewhere (can't remember) that resemble one used in guitar hero, but it's a real guitar for playing. It has buttons filling up the frets on each note to replace strings. ...
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How can I recreate Alex Kapranos's sound (Franz Ferdinand singer and guitarist)?

We're preparing a Franz Ferdinand coverband and I would like to get as close as possible to Alex Kapranos's instruments' look & sound. What do I need to do this? For the look I'll need a Fender ...
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Is there a way to test pickups or to determine which pickup to buy

I don't like the sound of the stock active pickups on my Ibanez (ART-320 - Les Paul like body), so I'd like to change them. I really love the sound of the passive pickups I have on my other guitar (...
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Worn saddles on Floyd-Rose bridge break my strings

I have two Cort guitars with the same type of Floyd Rose bridge. One is about 5 years older than another. Each of them has the same problem. The saddles are worn due to friction with the strings. It ...
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How to effectively of use a lower tuned guitar

I'm experimenting with the Open C tuning (CGCGCE) in my guitar and I'm facing some problems, namely that the strings don't stay in tune for too long and the sound is "weird". I then realized that ...
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What are the sonic differences between glass and metal slides?

Are there any sonic differences between a glass and metal slide for electric guitar? Is there any particular reason why one would choose a glass slide over a metal slide, or is it simply just a ...
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What should I practice to develop the skills needed to play rock solos?

I know music theory, basic guitar chords and basic scales. What should I be focusing on practicing in order to compose or improvise rock guitar solos, and just play famous solos by ear? I am talking ...
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What to look for in a single 9v power supply for various brands of foot pedal

I have the following foot pedals: MXR Dynacomp Pro-co RAT II BOSS CE-5 (Chorus Ensemble) Korg AX30G ... and of course would like to add more. :) I'd like a single power supply to rule power them ...
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Why does this dual Flying V have the tuners on the back body in addition to the headstock?

I was watching Dave Mustaine from Megadeth in their concert DVD from Argentina and I was confused by his double neck Flying V: I've seen guitars with the tuner "in the back" before, but this is the ...
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How do I chose my first electrical guitar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to check when buying a new guitar? I have a couple years experience on acoustic guitar (although I haven't played one for a very long time), and wanted to go back to ...
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A guitar won't stay in tune, also dirty pickup selector

My friend has an Ibanez.. something, and it's not the most expensive guitar. Nevertheless, it is a pretty good guitar for its budget. Lately there have been a few problems with it, which I told him I ...
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What techniques and styles do I use when I play electric guitar behind an acoustic guitar?

I play in my church, and for the Wednesday service, it can be variable. Sometimes it's a full band, with guitar, bass, drums and singer on guitar or keys, but sometimes it's just a singer and me. I ...
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Can one play acoustic/classical music with an electric guitar?

I've once got a very cheap acoustic guitar when I was very young, I later replaced it by an electrical guitar because I disliked it's quality and I don't know what I was doing when I was young. Can ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of the Floyd Rose SpeedLoader tremolo system?

I have seen some guitars that have a Floyd Rose SpeedLoader tremolo system. The idea is that it uses special strings and a modified Floyd Rose tremolo. The strings have bullets at each end, rather ...
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Bolt 100 watt amp making a phaser noise

My Bolt amp is making this wierd noise. Sounds like a flanger or phaser when pushed hard with my OD pedals. I have never heard this noise before in any amp. Could it be the Phase Inverter tube? The ...
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How do I play this tab of No More Sorrow's Live version

I'm trying to play the live version of Linkin Park's No More Sorrow. Tuning is half step down drop D |---------------------------------------------------------| |------------------------------------...
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Save money when buying a guitar / amp?

I want to buy an electric guitar and amp. I found that there is a good buying guide in this question. But in terms of budget, seems that there is not much discount / deal for musical instruments ...
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Bad sound from amp

I get this really bad feedback sounding noise when I play stuff like this, from the beginning of the Free Bird solo, shown in tab: 1 ----18---18---18--------- 2 -18---18---18--------- (All notes ...
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What to check when buying a new guitar?

I have been playing acoustic guitar for quite some time now. I'm not a beginner but neither am I pro. I'm now looking into buying an electric guitar. My questions are - What do I need to check/...
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Is it safe to use guitar polish everywhere on the guitar?

I have owned my first electric guitar for half a year and have only been cleaning it with a damp cloth (without any cleaning agent). Since I'm going to change strings, I think it might be a good time ...
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Kahler tremolo bridge problems - how to test and fix?

My Peavey Falcon -- a Strat clone -- has tuning problems. The instrument has a Kahler tremolo that I suspect is contributing to my tuning problems. (The roller nut and tuning machines are other ...