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What Tuning Should The Guitar Strings Be Tuned To? (For beginners)

I am super new to the guitar world and I just bought an electric guitar for myself, but I am having a problem in tuning the guitar. Like should all strings be tuned to E for beginners? It is a simple ...
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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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How do electric guitarists play holding guitar below their waist?

I've noticed that many electric guitarists hold their guitars very low - almost so that their arms are straight. I'm not a very skilled guitar player but I can't even imagine playing with my arms ...
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Do disconnected pickups alter sound in noticeable way?

There are many artists performing with single pickup guitars, playing various genres. Some even remove two pickups from HSS guitar and leave only bridge one. When it beneficial to do this?
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What to look when buying left-handed guitar strung by a right-handed player?

The title seems to loong, I can't make it simple. Anyone may fix it. Alright, I can't explain my question in the title, but here's what happen: I wanna get myself a Stratocaster guitar, I am a ...
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Can I use a Mustang bridge on a Fender Jaguar? Are there issues?

I've recently purchased a Fender Squier Jaguar from an online dealer, and was aware beforehand, that the stock bridge was unreliable and subject to many complaints. The issue with the Stock Jaguar ...
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Using a Mac for backing and recording

I have an electric guitar, a Micro Cube amp and a Macbook Pro (mid-2012, so no aux). I've always been wondering how to connect all that into a small rig for practicing and probably some recording? ...
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is it possible to run an amp into the boss br-800?

Instead of using the tones from the br-800 it's it possible to run a line 6 spider 4(IV) into the br-800? If so, how would I do that?
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Beginner electric guitar, for specific genre (blues and classic rock) [closed]

Manufacturer of a certain electric guitar states that a guitar with following specification is well suited for a specific genre, i.e. "metal". CONSTRUCTION: Bolt-on BODY: Agathis NECK: Maple, Modern ...
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What accessories are needed when learning guitar?

I'm an absolute beginner and I'm planning to buy a Yamaha Pacifica 611HFM. At the moment I have no idea what else I need in order to start playing the guitar. Could anyone give some suggestions on ...
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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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Basic electro guitar duets [closed]

We want to play simple guitar duets with friend: rockabilly, surf, different riffs. Just for fun. How can we start? To play nice riffs and rhythm after a week (simple) To grow as players every new ...
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How do I make a guitar string easier to bend?

Basically, every string on my guitar is kinda easy to do a full bend on, except for the high e string, where if I bend it as much as I can, it still sounds flat. I was wondering what I should do, ...
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Why does my Washburn sound bad even after installing EMGs?

I have a Early 90s Washburn. I installed new EMGS into it. It sounded great and then all of a sudden it has a crunchy clean tone. I changed the battery, plugged a cheap guitar into same cable and amp ...
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Enable effect pedals by giving them power in different power chains

My question is why or why not should I use the idea below: So, regarding individual effect pedals in an signal chain, everybody has a different idea how to set the order, what to include when going ...
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Differences between Covered vs. Open Coil Humbuckers?

As far as I know, there're two kinds of humbucker: The left one (called open coil), and the right one (called covered), are both humbuckers. What makes them different?
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Preamp Valve gone in 'hissing' amp?

Roughly 3 years ago, I purchased a VHT Special 6 Ultra (Combo) Valve Amp. It has recently been 'hissing' (not sure if this is the correct description), and this noise increases with higher wattage and ...
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How to find a rock sound on a mini amplifier for my guitar?

So I recently got my first electric guitar with a mini amp: Rockburn ST Style, Spartan Music Portable Battery Mini Amp. So on the guitar there are two knobs which are simply labelled 'tone' and the ...
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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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Shaky electric guitar sound

Recently, I started getting very unnerved with a shaky/wobbling sound I get out of my ESP LTD Snakebyte with EMG JH pick-ups. Especially noticeable starting from 7th-8th fret, but an open E5 (D#5) ...
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Amplifier settings for rock or blues?

How can I learn to dial in the sounds I want on my amp? I like blues and rock, and I like the sounds used by the bands Muse and Skillet, for example. My amp has two level knobs, a gain knob, a master ...
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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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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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Making electric guitar sound like semi acoustic

I've recently bought an electric guitar and I'm wondering can I make my electric guitar sound like a semi acoustic one... What should my amp settings be. Any help is much appreciated :)
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Should I remove electric guitar cord daily after practice?

A friend of mine suggested that I leave the cord plugged into the guitar. Removing and inserting the cord daily for practice may damage it and reduce its life. Is it okay that I leave my guitar ...
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What's the difference between fanned frets and standard frets? [duplicate]

I've seen fanned fret acoustic guitars and basses before but I've also recently seen some fanned fret electrics (specifically, 7 and 8 string guitars that are apparently "perfect for down-tuning"). ...
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How do you decide on a string gauge for an electric guitar?

I have been playing acoustic guitars exclusively for many years now. I generally use 12s for strings. I have been considering trying my hand at electric and was wondering if most guitarists use the ...
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Electric guitar is too low without a strap

I have been playing only acoustic guitar, until very recently I bought an electric (Ibanez RG350). I am finding it too low too play while practicing. With an acoustic I used to sit around and keep the ...
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Flamenco sketches ear training vs. sheet music

I'm trying to get Coltrane's solo on Flamenco Sketches from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and i think i'm missing out on what i read on the spread sheet. This is the relevant part (the beginning of the ...
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Difference between sound speaker and guitar combo speaker?

I want to make diy guitar combo for guitar practice. I have two speakers (6 and 10 inches) and don't want spend money for new one. Is any difference between special speaker for guitar combo and ...
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How to use a compressor to create a more singing sustain with the guitar?

I have tried to utilize a compressor to extend sustain of notes while playing lead guitar. I have used it in conjunction with various distortion and boost pedals and delays. I am trying to achieve a ...
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What should be the tone effect of lowering (neck) pickup?

Exactly what should be effect of lowering the neck pickup on a semihollow jazz guitar? (besides of it lowers the volume) I am using clean jazz tone with a very little reverb, and no other effect. I ...
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Floyd Rose spring setup

This is a pretty basic question, but I'm struggling to find a concrete answer. I have this tremolo springs setup: However, I have seen many different setups like this one: What is the advantage ...
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Techniques for Tracking and Panning: Rhythm, Lead and Harmonies? [closed]

I am a super noob with recording just started and want to know, about tracking and panning. I don't know how many tracks I should record and how I should pan the guitars. Let's say you have a chord ...
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Is it OK to pick over the neck pickup?

I am experimenting to get a jazz sound on my semi hollow body Ibanez. Of course it involves my hand, the amp and its settings, the pick and the strings. This topic is only about picking. I found ...
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After just one night of putting on new strings on my electric guitar, they sound dull

I've replaced the strings on my old electric guitar for the first time in, I think, 5 or 6 years. In that time, I haven't played my guitar at all. Now, when I put on new strings yesterday, the sound ...
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My new Fender is difficult to tune

I used a cheap Epiphone Les Paul for my first 10 months of learning guitar, however I received a new Fender Stratocaster as a birthday gift recently. When I tuned my first guitar, it only took one ...
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Hendrix/John Lee Hooker style Blues trill technique?

Here is an example. He trills on the third string second fret to open a lot, but other stuff too. What I can't work out is if he's either: a) Hammering a specific number of times per beat. It's ...
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Are there any special strings for half-scale-length (nut to bridge) electric guitars?

I have bought a cheap Burwood childrens (?) electric guitar, but it goes out of tune VERY easily (all the time!); the tension in the strings seems to be way too slack when tuned in same way as normal ...
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Crackles when recording guitar amp line out into PC

I am having problems recording into my laptop. Here's my setup: Guitar into Vox Pathfinder 15R Amp line-out into PC audio, via 1/4"-1/8" adapter. Recording with Audacity on laptop. Unfortunately ...
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How to identify the ideal guitar type, given constraints (usually budget)?

Not looking for a brand recommendation, only objective guidance. Is there a general understanding, rule-of-thumb, trick-of-the-trade that matches a certain type of guitar, type and number of pickup ...
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How to hold a plectrum?

I have been playing guitar for a year now, but still have'nt been able to make my picking technique right. I struggle especially while playing fast solos. Could you guys please help me on this?
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Transposing a song for a desired vocal range and guitarist

I recently started composing songs for my post-hardcore band/project in which I'm the vocalist and we will mostly prioritize on recording the songs and video only... So when addressing this question ...
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Amplifying a Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Keyboard

If you played both a strictly acoustic classical guitar, an electric guitar (say a strat), and also a keyboard (I play an upright piano now, but I'll be getting a keyboard when I move), and you want ...
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Neck pickup's sound is still a bit bridge-y. Trying to get jazz guitar sound

I am trying to get my jazz guitar sound. Yes I know it should be in my finger, so I am working on it. I am also aware about my pick, my stings, my instrument, the amp, its settings etc. So this ...
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Jimi Hendrix's Bridge Pick up

This question is related to this question. Seeing as Jimi often played his strat upside down. What effect would that have on his bridge pickup and his sound in general? That is to say this... ...
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Classical to another style guitar

I played classical and have done Trinity Grade 4. I dont enjoy listening to classical guitar songs . I enjoy the rock/pop type music. Hence I want to change my style . In which styles will the finger ...
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String skip on guitar [duplicate]

I am fairly new to playing the electric guitar and my question is: How do I play something like this? This is an example of one of Rise Against songs, Injection. The x means do not play that string. ...
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Correct name and technique for 2-5 adjacent strings

I have been learning guitar for almost 1 year now. I mainly play Rocksmith (don't judge me) and Yousician. I have been nailing a lot of techniques lately e.g. fingertip muting for power chords and my ...
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What should I do without a whammy bar

i am going to learn Satch Boogie which is by Joe Satriani, the song is fine for me to learn but i only have a fender Stratocaster and this song has dive bombs which i can not do on my guitar. I know I ...