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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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Difference between “hi” and “low” on amps?

What is the difference between "hi" and "low" input jacks on guitar / bass amps? Usually bigger amps have both of them (didn't see them on smaller ones really)..
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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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How can I stop my electric guitar strings from rusting so quickly?

I suffer from hyperhyrdosis which means my hands sweat quite a lot. The problem is that because of this my electric guitar strings seem to rust quite quickly because of this. Is there anything I can ...
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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 ...
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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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What to look for in a budget guitar for home recording?

I'm a home musician. I don't have a band and I don't do live gigs. I'm looking for a cheap electric guitar I could use for home recording. Since I won't be playing live or on a real amp, I want to ...
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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 ...
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Building an electric guitar from scratch

I want to make an electric guitar by myself from scratch. How can I do this?
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What pickups should I install on my telecaster?

I have some texas specials on a telecaster right now. The were fine when I was back in the army but now I'm playing a wider combination of music that needs solid rhythm (even acoustic sounding would ...
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What is this guitar?

A few years back, I came across a guitar in the staging area of a pawn shop. I saw it, played it briefly, and bought it immediately after. I know nothing about it, but I'm hoping to gain some more ...
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Why is my neck pickup quieter when playing with both pickups?

I have an Epiphone Les Paul and have noticed that when the pickup selector is set to both pickups, my guitar plays very softly from the neck pickup. When I play from the pickups separately the volume ...
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Damaged tremolo arm hole in Edge 3 bridge…

just got a new Ibanez that has an Edge 3 trem in it. The difficulty I'm having is that there appears to be a piece of plastic that goes around the circumference of the hole where the arm is inserted ...
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Do floating bridge springs need changing ?

I have a 9 year old Ibanez RG250 with floating bridge. When I use the tremolo my guitar goes slightly out of tune, goes flat if I push down, and sharp if I pull up (I'm talking of course after I stop ...
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What is Synchronized Tremolo?

My Fender Strat is a Malmsteen signature model. One of its features is synchronized tremolo. What's the difference between synchronized and un-synchronized tremolo? How can I tell whether it is ...
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Using an electric guitar with GarageBand

To use an electric guitar with GarageBand, is a USB cable necessary?
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What is “vintage” wiring on a Les Paul?

What does "vintage" wiring on a Les Paul look like? How is it different from "modern" wiring? What are its advantages? Drawbacks?
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Cheap alternative to a SG Standard

Is there a money friendly guitar similar to the SG Standard?
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Does a covering on a humbucker pickup make a difference?

I have seen a number of different pickup designs, like the ones in the image: Notice how some humbuckers have a covering, and what look like screw heads. Is this just style or do these different ...
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Why is the bridge pickup on a Stratocaster angled?

I've always wondered why the bridge pickup of a Stratocaster was angled. Is it cosmetic, or does it make a difference in the sound?
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What is a piezo pickup and how does it differ to a common pickup?

I have heard of a piezo pickup used in some guitars, like John Petrucci's signature Music Man. What is a piezo pickup and how does it differ to a common pickup?
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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, ...
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Can I wind my own pickups?

I want to know this to see if I can do some modifications to my guitar tone but I don't want to screw the pickups... is there any guide arround?
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of active pickups?

I have two guitars, one with "passive" pickups and one with "active" pickups. Although I looked on the web, I'm not really sure to understand what is the difference in terms of sound. Yes my guitars ...
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what effect(s) did Dimebag used to make Cowboys from hell Intro?

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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What electric guitar string set should I use to go down to B?

me and my band are planing to play some slipknot and maybe korn (A) but we don't want to get 7-s guitars so what string should we use?
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How often should electric guitars be serviced?

I have an electric guitar that I play from time to time. Should I be giving it 'maintenance services' or only if something goes wrong?
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Powering 5 high-current draw effects pedals

I've got the entire collection of Empress effects pedals now but my dream of an all-Empress pedalboard is being stymied by their power-hunger nature. 3 of the 5 run PICs for parameter changes and what ...
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Changed string gauge on Strat - told need to adjust tremolo claw - how?

I recently restrung my Squier stratocaster with 11 gauge strings (Rotosound Reds) instead of 9s. Since then it won't intonate properly - no matter how far back I move the bridge saddles the 12th fret ...
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Correct direction of block inserts of floyd rose tremolo?

Recently I want to change the string of my guitar. This is the first time I change a guitar with floyd rose tremolo. After I loose the screw in the saddle, I found that the original set up is weird. ...
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Playing The Strokes - Heart in a Cage intro - what's the best technique?

I'm trying to play the intro to The Strokes - Heart in a Cage. Valensi uses quite a bit of drive in it so it's very difficult to get clean notes at that speed. I use two fingers of my left hand to ...
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The difference between DN500K and DN520K?

I'm looking into buying my first real "metal" guitar(yay), and thought the Ibanez Darkstone series would fit the perfect description. I'm having troubles finding the difference between the 2010 and ...
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How can I make my palm mutes sound more metal?

Whenever I palm mute some notes, it always sounds really soft and weak -- almost like a "blump" kind of sound. I've been wanting to get the metal and shorter palm mutes (like this). Even if I use more ...
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How can I get a sound similar to Shine by Collective Soul?

I love the riff in that song but no matter how much I fiddle with my amp head and pedals, I just can't seem to duplicate that warm, fuzzy feel. Here's a link if you are unfamiliar with the song. I ...
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Should I worry about painful fingertips?

I just started to learn playing the (electric only for now) guitar, and I love it! I've read on a few pages that it was normal for my fingertips (those that I use on the fret board) to hurt in the ...
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Troubleshooting a broken electric guitar

I have a B.C. Rich Beast. I believe it's an NJ series, with a Floyd Rose Speedloader Tremolo. It's been in storage for around a year or so in a padded guitar case, stood vertically in a cupboard. ...
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How do I hold the electric guitar?

Up to now (actually, for ten years) I've only had an acoustic guitar. Only recently I've obtained an electric guitar (a Telecaster). And it is heavy -- You'll laugh, but I didn't expect it to be that ...
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How can I practice in an apartment without annoying the neighbours?

I live in an apartment and I find my current amp (a 15W solid-state) to be poorly suited to that. I can't turn it up without upsetting the neighbours, but at low volume it sounds horrible with any ...
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What to look for in adding a noise gate to electric guitar setup?

I have researched various methods of controlling noise/hiss in high gain tube amps. In this case, a Peavey 5150 series. Considering your amp is working properly, proper cables, proper tubes, and ...
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We got together with another guitarist. What can we play together?

Recently I met a great guy who also plays guitar. We became friends and decided to get together once in a while to jam. When the time came, we realized that we do not know what to do musically at our ...
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how to do the Dimebag Squeal?

I heard it can be done only on Floyd Rose, haven't tryed on regular though.