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Guitar pickup selection

Most electric guitars and some basses allow players to select different combinations of pickups. For example, modern Stratocasters have a five-way switch between the neck, middle, and bridge pickups. ...
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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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Electronic device that introduces harmonic overtones

I play electric guitar but love the sound of violin. I have read articles where violins have been placed under spectral analysis and show rich overtones of harmonics. Is there any device I can use to ...
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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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What factors affect a guitar's ability to sustain a note?

There are effects and gadgets that can create a long sustained note, but what about the guitar itself? I have a squier standard strat which I can't help but feel could be letting notes ring longer, ...
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I want to learn my first dire-straits solo, what is a good one to start from?

I have been playing my guitar for a few years but never put in enough time in order to advsnce from a "chords player" to someone who can improvize a bit. I do have a good ear... I thought to get in to ...
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What factors contribute most to the tone of an electric guitar?

This question may appear slightly open ended, so I'm trying to word it as carefully as possible to keep it on track. Looking to change pickups in my basses lead me to looking at Seymour Duncan ...
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Good piece to start learning multi-finger tapping [closed]

What is a good piece to start learning multi-finger tapping on an e-guitar?
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Get series and parallel pickup wirings from a Strat?

I'm looking for a way to get some thicker pickups-in-series tones out of my Strat without losing the existing Strat sounds, or some extra ones I've added. My current wiring uses one of the tone ...
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How to get the harmonics of ZZTop? [duplicate]

I'm a right-handed newbie, so bear with me. When Gibbons plays in his groove, harmonics seem to be immediate as he picks. Many times I don't hear the note itself and the harmonics is the primary ...
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what kind of equalization is done for different music genres for your guitar tone?

I have articles which say that if you are into classic rock and metal then you should have more of MIDS etc can some one please provide information that for different kind of genres what kind of EQ is ...
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Fix loose bridge saddle screw

One of the bridge height adjustment screws keeps coming loose on my Precision Bass (leftmost screw in the picture). The screw doesn’t feel loose when the height is properly adjusted, but the E saddle ...
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Lefty learning on a righthanded guitar Jazz

I am lefty that played now for a year lefthanded. Strumming was never precise enough and fretting was slow. I took a righthanded guitar and strumming was ok but my righthand need a lot of practice. My ...
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How much does a tailpiece affect the overall sound quality of an electric guitar?

On a typical stoptail bridge such as the one pictured below, how much does the quality of the tailpice (or "stopbar") affect the overall sound quality of the guitar? What kind of advantages can a ...
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Alternate picking vs down picking

When I see professional musicians play their songs on guitar, I see them down picking certain parts where I would prefer to alternate pick. Follow the url below to a riff that I play first using ...
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Guitar's individual bridge saddle intonation cannot be adjusted further

I picked up a cheap (used) guitar on which the intonation was all out of wack. I've followed the instructions in this answer about fixing the intonation using the adjuster screws on the bridge. My ...
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How to determine if my Yamaha guitar is an original?

I recently purchased this guitar is original? The model is Yamaha SG510. How can I determine if my newly purchased guitar is original?
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How to make swell effect on electric guitar?

The effect I'm thinking of is when you don't hear the pick attack as you play a note, but you hear the note afterwards as it seems to get louder before decaying. I suppose you can mimic this with a ...
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What electric guitar strings are the most rust-resistant?

I constantly have to return to the music store with the same problem: My strings keep rusting within a day of playing. I used Ernie Ball and the first four strings rusted on me, then I tried ...
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Learning music theory and music writing around guitar

I have fun playing guitar, learning songs or licks and solos from songs is fun and all but I really don't know much about these pieces of music and why they sound good. Sometime I want to be able to ...
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How do I play the intro riff from Collective Soul's song Heavy?

This question got me all jazzed up about Collective Soul again, so I was spinning through my iTunes library and I hit "Heavy" off Dosage. I have always wondered how to play the beginning riff of that ...
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Recording electric guitar with pc - suggestions to get a great metal sound

I'm trying to connect my electric guitar to the pc and record some great distortion sound, what I have in mind is something that sounds really really good in fast metal solos I've been struggling to ...
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Solution for guitar play with backing track

I'm a guitar player, and I basically want to practice playing my electric guitar and pedal effects along a backing track or an actual song I wanna play along with. How I usually do this is: 1) Play ...
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How important is it to have an EQ pedal in your chain?

I have a Digitech Bad Monkey, which in my experience, is a very transparent pedal. I use it to mainly to boost my volumes during solos etc. But I've ...
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guitar cabinet: why not just use a PA speaker cabinet?

I've been thinking about building myself a rackmount rig to replace an old 12" combo amp, and was wondering if it really makes any difference to use a something that's marketed as a "guitar" speaker ...
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What are some practical tips to easily change tunings on stage?

I realize this requires having multiple guitars. I'm personally aiming to use 3 different and diverse tunings for my band, but my bassist seems to differ. Obviously I'm gonna buy more guitars. :) He ...
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Lower guitar tuning

I know that there are devices to quickly lower a guitar’s E string into drop tuning. Are there also devices or effects pedals to lower the entire guitar? There’s a lot of rock music in E-flat tuning ...
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What indicators enable consumers to identify counterfeit guitars?

For consumers shopping for specific name-brand guitars, such as Gibson, how may one identify counterfeit knock-offs? Can we collectively develop a check-list of tip-offs confirmed by experienced ...
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How can I avoid getting loud picking sounds on a distorted electric guitar?

Whenever I hear solos from professional guitar players, in songs, for example, I never hear a loud noise of pick hitting the strings, even when the guitar is heavily distorted. I just learned a solo ...
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H-S-H vs H-H what can do one and can't another?

I'm seeking a guitar to elicit the rich fat heavy sound. So as I understand a guitar with the H humbucker (double coil) pickup is what I need for that. But there is a wide range of layouts for the ...
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Electric guitar for beginner [closed]

please help me, im planning to buy an electric guitar. i want : smooth and clean tone. can also sound good in heavy riffs. nice sustain. please suggest guitars that has a price range ...
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Guitar string produces sound between the nut and fretting finger

I recently took apart my Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar and then put it together again with some modifications. Long story short, the poor lady is now kind of breaking apart because of what I did ...
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Is it practical (or even beneficial) to put pickup phase switch on Telecaster?

I play three Telecasters, they all have standard single-coil pickups. The oldest of these has a really individual sound when using the middle pick up setting. It is really thin and nasal; great for ...
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What characteristics of a single-coil (Telecaster) sound to consider for simulation?

I am in the course of simulating a Telecaster guitar with supercollider, i.e. electronically. I started with the low E-String and results were satisfactory. Then I tried the high e-String and had ...
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Pushing a tube amp : better use the channel volume or master volume?

I just got my first tube amp (before I was exclusively playing on an amp simulator + a pair of monitor speakers), but it is really too loud for my home so I can't really push it to get that sweet ...
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How do guitarists switch on/off multiple effects via pedalboards?

An example would be a guitarists on stage with various sounds for his setlist, and he has around 10 pedals. For solo, he needs to turn on boost, change the channel, a bit of reverb, turn off chorus ...
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How are the passive pickups of an electric guitar powered when they are connected to an effects processor?

Having the output as headphones how are the passive pickups powered in an effects processor ? Do they take up the power source of the processor itself ?
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How can I recreate the guitar sound of Los Lonely Boys?

I am at a loss as to what type guitar + amp + effects creates this particular sound. In particular, I want to create a guitar sound similar to the lead guitar of Los Lonely Boys, or the closely ...
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What's the best choice to get more gain out of a tube amplifier

The story behind this question: I got myself a nice little combo for my bedroom-workouts (related to playing guitar, of course :D ), a Blackstar HT1-R which is a lovely little 1 watt 2 channel ...
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How to interpret a MIDI file?

From a midi, I extracted this set of notes. Each row is a set of notes played together. The order is not temporal order, as I write each set only once. I want to simplify the music (I will play it ...
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Loop overdub bar

I have a question about loop overdubbing: Let's say I record with my looper a simple 2-bar melody or whatever, like: then, using the same pedal to overdub it, I record something that is one bar ...
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What effect(s) were used in the intro to Cowboys from hell by Pantera?

I've been thinking this for a while now, does it sounds like an engine? is it tremolo + dist + pitch?? any Ideas
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Can Adjusting the Truss rod of the guitar crack the neck?

I wonder if anyone can help me here. I bought a used guitar from Ebay and it looked fine at first sight. The action needed adjusting and I tune to Eb so I decided to adjust the truss-rod. I turned it ...
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What are the major types of effect pedals for electric guitar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Glossary of Guitar Effects What are the major types of effect pedals for electric guitar? I.e., as a novice, what effect pedal types should I be aware of, that ...
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Original Floyd Rose or Licenced Alternatives?

I bought a Licenced Floyd Rose Bridge on ebay at a very cheap price new as it looked good. After installing it on my guitar I am having tuning problems with it as it goes out of tune whenever I do ...
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Why does palm muting give a higher output than a normally played power chord?

Assuming you have the same amount of (high) gain, and the same amount of distortion, a palm muted strum gives a higher output than when you hit the same chord with the same amount of energy, non ...
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Why is plexiglas(perspex) sometimes placed in front of guitar amplifiers at live shows?

Something I've noticed at several live shows (especially blues and jazz) is these short plexiglass walls placed in front of the guitar amplifiers. Why would they do that? What are they for?
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Decking a Stratocaster bridge

I play a Standard Stratocaster with a six-screw (“vintage”) floating tremolo bridge. I practically never use the tremolo arm, and I’d like to experiment more with alternate tunings, so I’m thinking ...
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How does one play/practice a riff to sound tight rhythmically?

I have played my fair share of songs on acoustic guitar to get a hang of guitar/rhythm playing. But when it comes to playing a riff(especially metal riffs) on electric guitar, along the album track, I ...