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Ableton and Alva nanoface: how to output music with asio drivers and contemporary listen to music from other sources

this is my first post in this forum. I thank you all for your works! I'm a newbie about sound card and acquisition peripherals. I have an electric guitar and bass. I always wanted to register and put ...
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What kind of effects make this Korn sound?

Korn is my favorite band, but trying to replicate their effects drives me up the wall... Does anyone know what effects could be used to produce the kind of distortion heard in the song "Pretty" around ...
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How does scale length affect my playing?

This one's a bit rudimentary, but scale length is a bit of a mystery to me. I understand what it is, but I don't understand what it does. I own guitars with different scale lengths (Telecaster vs ...
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Why are guitar fret boards wider at the 12 fret than at the nut? [duplicate]

Why are fret boards wider near the bridge and taper of when it gets to the nut? Is this the case with most guitars and if so why. Just for reference I'm referring to this guitar that mentions it is ...
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Thumb position when soloing (or performing scales) on electric guitar

Why do so many top top electric guitar players (like Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton) consistently hook their thumb above the neck when it goes against the conventional wisdom? This seems especially ...
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Guitar training issues

I am an amateur having some issues with my guitar playing practice. I am not sure if my question is appropriate, but I can't make it shorter for now, because the issues I am talking about might ...
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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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Electric guitar problem, bad resonance?

I've been facing this problem for quite some time now: some notes sounding bad with an overdriven amp. It's a 19 years old solid body Kaman GTX-33 (the maker of the Ovation acoustic guitar), made in ...
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Ibanez Edge III Tremolo has 2 'Zero' points

You may have heard about my earlier Ibanez Edge-III tremolo woes (I'm finding out that the thing is as bad as it's made out to be by experienced players). Now I've got a new one. I've found that the ...
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Why do people use a microphone to record an electric guitar

I'm looking to start getting into recording - electric guitar specifically. Although I've noticed people place a microphone in front of the amp's speaker. Wouldn't it be easier to use a male to male ...
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Do I need to have my guitar re-set up if I change the string gauge

I'm a newbie transitioning to intermediate and I have a rather nice strat with 11 gauge strings. I'd like to try lighter strings but someone told me changing gauge will require the guitar to be re-set ...
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Edge Zero II tremolo not parallel to the guitar body

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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Guitarists: Back Pain After a Gig

I am playing long gigs with my band (6-7 hours long, once/twice a week) and a lot of movement is involved in making a show, also I am constantly "dancing" with the rhythm while playing. Also note that ...
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Why do guitar transducers howl when run through guitar pedals?

I play both acoustic and rock music on an acoustic guitar fitted with K&K piezoelectric transducers. When I plug the acoustic guitar into my electric guitar rig the amp starts howling almost ...
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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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How to play bends with vibrato on electric guitar?

I can bend strings easily and apply vibrato without much trouble, but when it comes to combining those two techniques I am totally lost. When I try to make vibrato on a bent string I loose control of ...
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When to level/replace frets on an electric guitar?

When is it necessary to level frets on an electric guitar? What are signs that frets need leveling? What are signs that frets need to be replaced?
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does changing my bridge affect my guitar tone? [duplicate]

does changing my bridge affect my guitar tone? I want to change it into floyd rose bridge
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Why do I get electric shock from my guitar when I touch the floor?

why do I always get an electric shock from my guitar when it's connected to my amp. I must wear sandals to play it or sit not touching the ground. Any solutions?
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Is it possible to play Jordan by Buckethead without kill switch?

I don't want to destroy my Les Paul by drilling any holes into it. I've seen someone create a kill switch that you can take off anytime but I don't know how to use a soldering iron. I also do not want ...
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How to play power chords without fretting hand getting tired?

My brother and I sat down to play electric / bass covers of Bad Religion together and by the end of the two hour session my hand literally died - like a tingling sensation and a sharp stinging pain. ...
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Side effects of power chords

I started learning guitar on an acoustic one nearly 2 years back and recently I bought a new electric guitar. I started playing too much of electric distorted stuff, especially the drop d tuning which ...
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Confusion about using scales and modes together in a solo?

Ok so my music theory knowledge is limited. I have been playing guitar for a couple of years now, mostly by ear and I often struggle in applying theory. While writing a solo I wondered whether I ...
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Grand Audio Engineering/Mixing and Mastering Course?

Does anyone know of a course or playlist that shows someone how to get into the world of mixing, mastering. I'm a complete noob and would like to learn about that stuff but I don't know the first ...
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Alternate double palm mute picking between notes

Some songs that I really like feature double palm-muted notes (usually open strings or low pitch frets) between lead notes. Those are played by one guitar. Good examples would be: Parkway Drive - ...
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Pop-like creak while tuning strings

I have a Behringer iAxe 393 strat clone. I recently adjusted the truss rod to fix some frett buzzing. Ever since, when tightening or loosening the strings while tuning, I sometimes get a creaking pop ...
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Would it be better to learn songs rather than learn chords

I'm still in the learning area but I was like "screw it, I'm just gonna do songs". I can play sunshine of your love intro and i love rock n roll intro. I usually do not have time to practice because ...
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Front coil vs rear coil in humbucker

This question is inspired by Avril Lavigne's signature Telecaster (one humbacker only and it is not P-Rails one). It has one humbucker with three selection switch front, both, rear. Does this ...
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positioning of neck pickup on guitars

Is there a particular reason why neck pickups on guitars are often placed exactly where an open string harmonic is found ? Years ago I suffered from 'lost harmonics' till I realised that the one ...
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Are magnets really harmful for guitar pickups

I was watching video about pickup height regulation and author was claiming that using screwdriver with magnetic tip and soldering gun close to guitar pickups may demagnetize them. Is this really ...
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Guitar pup problems

I was practicing with my Epi Les Paul traditional pro and my strap slipped off. The guitar fell on the floor without any cosmetic damages but after strumming all the strings, it sounded differently, ...
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How much does an electric guitar's body physics affect the tone, playability, etc?

It makes sense to me based on having some knowledge of physics that on an acoustic guitar the body (and neck, bridge, etc) materials and design has a huge effect on what the guitar sounds like. But ...
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Guitar tuning: Facing problems with High E string

This may seem like a stupid beginner question but I can't begin to understand what's the problem exactly. Usually when I tune my guitar i start from the top string (the thickest) and work down to the ...
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Lowered or drop tuning interchangeability

Let's say I want to play "Master of Puppets" by Metallica but I like the heavy sound of D standard. Can I play the riffs in that tuning using the same chord fingerings as in E standard to get the ...
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Right Hand Picking Technique of Strummed Octaves

My very first time picking up a electric guitar and i am confused as to how to play with just my right hand, the first link below is the tabs i am learning from, with me confuse about the first few ...
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How to avoid unwanted scratching/squeaking/hissing noise from the fretting hand when playing hi-gain electric guitar?

I have been playing the electric guitar for over ten years now, and this is an issue that has been troubling me for ages. Whenever I play hi-gain songs and have to switch fretting hand positions ...
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How long to wait to play guitar again?

When playing guitar the other night, I was having some pain going on. I pushed through it because I was playing with someone else, but I had to stop because it eventually turned into a shooting pain ...
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Baritone vs Seven String

I'm wondering how a regular seven string guitar without its high E string would sound different to a baritone guitar. I'm assuming they would sound different as a baritone has much thicker strings and ...
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Can I use a DI Box to practice guitar without an amp? [closed]

I normally play bass, but I dabble with guitar sometimes. I also live in a small apartment, and since I often play late at night and I like my upstairs neighbors, I practice using headphones. I have a ...
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Electric guitar noise gate pedal

I’m new to electric guitar stuff. I am interesting about a noise gate pedal to reduce the noise of my amp. I do not use a pedal for over-drive. Instead I use amp’s over-drive channel. Since I do not ...
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Electric guitar amplifier works with headphones but not without

So the problem is whenever I plug my headphones into the amplifier, I can hear the sound amplified but if I unplugged the headphones, the amplifier does not release any sound. What could be the cause ...
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Guitar Input Problems

I was getting no sound out of my guitar (an esp ec-401vf with active EMG 81/85 pickups). Amp is tested with another guitar and is working, but I noticed one of the wires in the output jack was frayed ...
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Using coconut oil for electric guitar fretboard?

I have an ESP Ltd H-101 fm and the fretboard seems to be drying (maybe?) Can I use coconut oil on the fretboard instead of lemon oil or other oils specifically used on fretboards? Also what are the ...
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Why do we not see Stratocasters with Floyd Rose tremolos? [closed]

I guess it is just tradition but why can we not have a stratocaster with a floyd rose or a Ibanez with a Bigsby?
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Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound?

Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound? Mine is a rockwell factory pickup and Iwant to change it. But, does it really have any effect?
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How to make good palm mute distortion sound?

How to make a good palm mute sound, like in heavy metal? If I palm mute my guitar, the only sound can be heard is the bass and less distortion. If I change my amplifier to a overdrive pedal, will it ...
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Does the guitar's bridge affect the tone?

Does changing my bridge affect my guitar's tone? And will it make palm mutes sound good? I want to change it to a Floyd Rose Ibanez bridge.
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Set delay so the played notes appear to be “doubled”

I guess many of you are familiar with the dotted 8 delay, so when you play plain 8th notes, you hear 1/16 notes. Little illustration to show what I mean: 1 - - - 2 - - - 3 - - - 4 - - - ...
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How to prevent high pitch feedback when palm muting

I have a Les Paul with Burstbucker pickups. They sound amazing because they are so hot (very high output). However, when I play with a lot of overdrive, it will constantly squeal (super annoying high ...
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What changes in the amp when I adjust its presence?

The tone controls on a guitar amp are pretty obvious, but what does the presence knob affect? It's a subtle effect but can sure make or break a sound. It doesn't seem to be treble or midrange boost, ...