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Where can I buy knife-edges for a guitar tremolo bridge?

I recently discovered that I need to replace the edge-knives on my chrome black EDGE III tremolo but I cannot find them on the Ibanez website nor on Ebay. Could anyone tell me where to buy them ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Electric guitar effects and amplification

I want to upgrade my sound. I have two medium combo amps for my electric guitar. I saw that there is a "combined" way to get the most out of a guitar - multi effects processors like the Axe-FX and ...
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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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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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What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?

Here is the sound I'm talking about. I get this sound, unless I strum ridiculously lightly, on different amp volume settings, with no gain, but is seems to become ...
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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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Making Guitar Rig 5, Spotify and Guitar Pro 6 be routed to my headphones

I'm a electric guitar player and I like to Jam along to tunes. My current setup is my guitar, plugged into my ME-25, which is hooked up to my computer (Windows 7) with a USB cable, using ASIO4ALL v2 ...
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Will switching tunings affect my guitar's action or truss rod?

I have an ovation acoustic guitar. It's only about a year or two old. However it's always had terrible action (though this might be an issue with its been width). It was so bad that I was tuning to D ...
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How can an electric bass/guitar without pick ups work?

I have seen electric guitars and basses that don't have any pick ups. For instance, here is an image of two Line 6 electric basses that have no pick ups: How do these instruments work if they have ...
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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 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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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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Why does my tone knob seem to act as an on/off switch and what should I do about it?

I have a mid-90s Washburn MG-40 electric guitar. It was very crackly when I acquired it so I took it to be serviced. I'm new to playing electric so the tone knob is a bit of a mystery to me, but mine ...
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Is it possible to plug one guitar into two amps?

I'm thinking of taking a y cable splitter from my electric guitar to two practice amps. Is that going to work?
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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's the difference in sound, between an acoustic guitar with a soundhole magnetic pickup and an electric guitar?

What's the difference in sound, between an acoustic guitar with a soundhole magnetic pickup and an electric guitar? I Know that el. guitars usually have more than one, but is that all? Does the hollow ...
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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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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 can you get guitar and bass tone out of a guitar?

I noticed that '68 uses a single guitar to produce bass and electric guitar sounds. How is this possible? You can see in the video below that Josh is playing a guitar hooked up to a guitar and bass ...
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Glossary of Guitar Effects

There are numerous effects options available to the guitarist, especially the electric guitarist. This question is intended to gather and cultivate a set of answers to questions in the form of: ...
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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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Should a Floyd Rose bridge be parallel to the body of the guitar?

I've read before that a Floyd Rose bridge should be parallel to the body of the guitar. This is an image of the bridge on my guitar: You can see that the left side of the appears to be a little ...
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What are the optimal string gauges for drop C tuning on electric guitar?

What are the optimal gauges of strings for Drop C tuning (C G C F A D) for electric guitar? Since this involves lowering the pitch of all the strings, heavier string gauges would be helpful; I need to ...
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Guitar + tremolo = neck bent

I have put a Lyre vibrola on my 2009 Gibson SG. It went on fine and works a treat. After a while I put it in it's hardshell case and left it for some time, maybe a few months. When I came back the ...
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Different types of strings on the same guitar

My Epiphone SG is strung rather strangely. All but one of the strings are Elixir strings, but the G string is a Gibson string. This is because the G string broke while I was restringing, so I had to ...
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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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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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can some one help me for set my amp for j-rock?

I have started playing 1 week ago. I don't understand how to completely set my amp. Can some one help me for set my amp for j-rock? I use blackstar id core 10. I use blackstar's amp software for amp ...
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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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What are the benefits of guitars with fanned frets?

I've seen fanned frets on some extended-ranged classical and electric guitars. What are the benefits of guitars with fanned frets? Are there any drawbacks?
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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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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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What are the differences between an American and Mexican Fender Stratocaster?

Many Mexican Fenders have the same or similar price as the American-made versions. Some of the parts are also the same. Generally what's the difference?
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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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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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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 ...