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How do other magnets affect pickups?

What would happen if you take a magnet to a pickups sound through an amp? Would it kill the pickup or have any affect at all?
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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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Electric guitar doesn't keep tuning on the first frets. Anything I can do about it?

I can tune the open strings properly to any note I want and they keep the tuning for days, but as I press my fingers on the first 2 frets the tuner shows the notes slighly flat, as I go up the scale ...
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What Does a Compressor Pedal Do?

Quite often, when I see a pedalboard of guitarists I admire, there is a compressor pedal in the chain. How exactly does this pedal affect the sound?
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Would adding delay after the loadbox make it the same as if adding it in the effects loop?

The signal chain would be Guitar --> Tube Amp --> Loadbox+Cabsim-Line Out --> Delay Pedal --> Powered studio monitors Normally if the amp had an effects loop everything would be the same except ...
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How can a 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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Does a good amp have to be heavy?

In my (pretty limited) experience, electric guitar amps seem to get heavier as they get more expensive... is this a general rule and if so, why? What makes even a relatively small amp (like a 50W ...
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How to play the note on the 24th fret of the 1st string when my guitar only has 22 frets

I have been learning songs on the guitar, but in numerous guitar tabs especially during solos the 24th fret on the first string is required to be played. However, my Fender Stratocaster only has 22 ...
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Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?

I'm really into programming and signal processing and have been looking for a way to get a truly divided signal from each string on an electric guitar. The problem is I don't want the signal to be in ...
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Hard String Tension on a short neck (Change Gauge?)

I have an Ibanez 1570 (24 Frets) and love the tension and an EVH Wolfgang Special. I always use Gauge: 9 to 42 The wolfgang special has a shorter neck but the tension is really hard. Why? I've ...
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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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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. This is how I usually do this: ...
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What genre of music does G3: Vai, Satrianni, Malmsteen represent, what is the name for their guitar tone? [migrated]

To me it seems that their basic tone falls in the same broad category of 'singing, sustained, liquid leads'. Heavy metal is commonly named as the genre (at least on wikipedia), yet heavy metal amps ...
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Why do most electric guitar string sets include a plain steel vs. a wound G string and what are the advantages/disadvantages?

I have noticed that it is more common than not for a set of guitar strings for electric guitar to have a plain steel G string instead of a wound G string as would be found on a set of acoustic ...
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Learning guitar without making noise

This might sound like a stupid question but I'd like to ask if and how it is possible to learn guitar without making noise at all. I'd like to prevent making noise other people in the same flat could ...
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changing pickups of an electric guitar

I have an old Stratocaster shaped electric guitar without any brand. I really love the color of this guitar but it does not sound as I wish. I try to have a good sound for playing blues. Would it be ...
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Using an electric bass guitar with a guitar amp / hi-fi system?

I understand that you should use an amp that was meant to be used with your instrument, but sometimes maybe you just don't have the money, or your amp is not around when you need it, or for whatever ...
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Middle humbucker as Bridge humbucker

I have a cheap Strat, and I was just wondering to upgrade the bridge single coil to a bridge humbucker. Unfortunately, I bought a Tenayo Hot Rail Humbucker in Single Coil Form, which is - as it states ...
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Strange guitar warble sound

I have a Jackson Dinky DK2M with two Seymour Duncan Humbucker pickups and a floyd rose tremolo on it. It is producing a strange `warble' noise on G string, especially on higher frets like 12th, 15th, ...
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Getting into funky, jazzy fusion guitar playing

intermediate guitarist here! This question is going to be quite broad but hopefully you'll have some great tips. I'd love to get into the type of funky and/or jazzy type of guitar playing for ...
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What is a 6-string bass guitar with normal guitar tuning called?

As I know, there're 6-string bass with B – E – A – D – G - C tuning. But, MusicMan release kind-of 6-string bass with guitar tuning which is E - A - D - G - B - e. You can see the bass here. Is it ...
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What's a superstrat?

There's a stratocaster with SSS pickups or HSS pickups on Fender web. But some other manufactures made some guitar that they called a Superstrat. What really it is? Is it have a relation with a strat? ...
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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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Switching from Acoustic Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar

I have played a classical guitar for a while and bought an electric guitar very recently. Since there are some differences in the two guitars I find it somewhat difficult to adapt to the electric ...
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Extended range electric basses versus extended range electric guitars

The differences between standard electric basses (four strings) and standard electric guitars (six strings) are very clear: in addition to have a different number of strings, they also differ in their ...
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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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Will it harm technique if my thumb on the fretting hand moves a bit during different parts of a sweep picking arpeggio? (Electric Guitar)

I'm currently practicing some sweep picking arpeggios, and I was wondering if it was hurting my technique to move my fretting hand's thumb around during different parts of a single arpeggio. I play ...
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What are the advantages of point to point (PTP) wiring?

What are the advantages of having a pedal or amp that is point to point wired as opposed to one that is built on top of a printed circuit board? Are there any disadvantages of PTP?
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How robustly can I treat my tremolo?

I have a FR floating tremolo on my old Washburn MG-42 - full locking neck bolts although I'm told it's not an official FR but 3rd-party model. I have no real experience using the whammy bar on any ...
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Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts

I get a buzzing noise from my guitar when idle. However, when I touch the strings or touch any metal parts (strings, bridge or the metal portion near the output jack), the noise goes away completely. ...
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Notes on string high E sounds out of tune even picking them alone

I know it sounds silly, but it makes me crazy. Maybe it's my ear, or brain I've been suffering from this on all my guitars (Yamaha acoustic with D'Addario bronses) and others. I've thought it is ...
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Syncing audio recording with video recording

I have a rough recording of an improvised electric guitar solo that I recorded in Audacity using an M-Audio M-Track, as well as a video recording made using a webcam. Both turned out how I expected, ...
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How can I minimize going out of tune when using the whammy bar?

Perhaps my selection of musicians is biased, but usually when I see a whammy bar used, it's usually with a locking tremolo bridge like a Floyd Rose. Everybody else seems to take the whammy bar out and ...
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What exactly is *the* blues and how do you learn it (as opposed to: learn *a* blues)?

I realize this may sound like a stupid question, but I sense there is more to it than "play random blues scales over a 12-bar blues progression" to the blues tradition. What techniques, resources and ...
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How common is the little finger to fret strings in (blues) electric guitar? Why does SRV never use his little finger?

I was watching this (mindblowingly awesome) SRV video and I noticed that the guy never uses his little finger: ...
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Wrist, Age and Very Depressed

I'm 60 yo, played guitar my whole life - just not very well. Open chords. 4 years ago, I got serious - 2 hours a day practice - 4 hours on weekends. I play electric blues. I mainly play sitting on ...
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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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Why do electric guitars have such many pickups?

The reason seems obvious, at a first glance - to produce different sound, but really, bridge pickups can be emulated with a low-pass filter. They add to a price of the guitar, without introducing any ...
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Help. Simple guitar tab question [duplicate]

How do you play chords that have no note in between them? Do you just pretend that it is a 0 or something? Sorry. I'm a noob on guitar.
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Upgrading a guitar from low to high impedance pick ups?

I'm upgrading an Ibanez copy of a Gibson recording (a 2380 from 1973). I believe Ibanez went the low impedance route, but didn't include the transformer/XLR output. The pickups are certainly very ...
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Should I try to not touch unused strings?

I've been learning guitar on my own for a bit now, and I've noticed that there are a couple of errors and bad habits a music teacher will catch immediately and correct you. When learning on your own ...
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Why won't my new guitar play in tune?

Just recently, I finished building a guitar from a kit I had bought. It seemd pretty straight forward, and everything turned out fine, just with one issue. When I play an open string, the tuning is ...
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How does a piece of wood that blocks the trem system contribute or hamper tuning stability and tone?

It is fairly well known that Eric Clapton used a piece of of wood to block his trem system. However, when I tried researching the why I only found what seemed to be a bunch of unsubstantiated claims ...
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Should I pay to setup a cheap guitar or buy a new one

I have a Fender guitar that I purchased from Costco years ago. I think the whole package including a stand, tuner, gig bag, strap etc was $200. I did not use it all these years and started learning ...
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Finding corresponding hex bolts and keys for electric guitar bridge

The guitar is Washburn G5V, I suppose it's around 25 years old. It's a great sounding guitar I'd like to keep for a long time, and there's a problem with the vintage Floyd Rose bridge - it has these ...
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Recording an electric guitar and electric bass

I've been searching around this stackexchange subcategory and I haven't reached a solid consensus. What I want to do is in the title. I want to record an electric guitar and an electric bass in ...
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How to get my drum tracks louder for guitar practice , PA ?

How do I get enough volume from my iPad drum tracks to match my guitar amp ? PA ? I have been practicing heavy metal rhythm guitar with drum tracks from my iPad amplified with a blue tooth speaker . ...
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Why can't I tune my Floyd Rose Tremelo?

I got this guitar a few months ago. Had it setup to have really low action and I was really digging it. I tried experimenting around and took out the floyd and put it back... also messed around with ...
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Does the plectrum you play with make a difference in your guitar sound?

Does the plectrum you play with make a difference in your guitar sound? Is it just the thickness of the pick or does materials also make a difference if at all? What would be the science behind this? ...