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Is a slight amount of fret buzz acceptable when lowering the action on a guitar

I recently took my Ibanez RG into the shop for new strings (same gauge as original) and asked them to lower the action. It came back with a significant amount of fret buzz (pretty much all over the ...
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Can I plug my guitar into my keyboard?

My amp just died and I need something to plug my guitar into. I have and old CASIO CT-700 tone bank keyboard witch has 4 ports: MIDI in MIDI out phones/output sustain Is it possible?
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2nd and 3rd frets on G string are a bit higher

Just noticed that notes on 2nd and 3rd frets on G string are a bit higher, while starting from 4th frets are okay. It was ok sometime ago. What could be the reason? Frets themselves seem fine.
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Can I use a BOSS Power Supply with a JHS Andy Timmons Drive Pedal?

I had to order my JHS Andy Timmons Drive pedal from the United States (it is not available in my country). Apparently the pedal does not use battery and requires a 9V DC power supply. I am not sure ...
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Best way to start playing guitar?

I'm an aspiring musician and have self-taught myself a few rock riffs but was wondering what the best way of actually learning to play is. I've looked around a bit at a few online lessons but none ...
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Muting during tapping

When playing tapping licks that involve string skips or lots of movement between strings, how are you supposed to mute the other strings? The strings above the note being played can be muted with the ...
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Can we use Line 6 Pocket POD on stage for live gigs?

Line 6 Pocket POD does not have a foot switch. Still is it possible to use it for live stage show? Any technique anyone can suggest?
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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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My guitar amp is buzzing

My Fender champion 20 guitar amp is constantly buzzing every time I plug in my Fender Squire Stratocaster. My whole setup is very new and very basic; I haven't got any batteries or pedals. ...
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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 tell if an electric guitar has good quality

I have been told that two "identical" mass-produced guitars - same series, same model - can be very different in quality. I am about to buy a new Fender from a guy who has been trying to sell it for ...
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why do so many guitarists play on their right leg? [closed]

most electric guitarist i know have a very high preference towards their right leg. even some of my buddies from school who play perfectly comfortable classical guitar on their left leg and then ...
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Recording drum machine and electric guitar on the looper during live performance

I want to record drum loops, and guitar loops, during the live performance. For example, I want to begin with guitar riff, loop it, and then overdub with sequence played on the drum machine. I wonder ...
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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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How to obtain a Clean yet Distorted guitar sound?

I'm kind of a guitar effects noob so sorry if this is an extremely stupid question. How do you obtain a clean and distorted tone using pedals and amp? An example of the kind of sound im looking for is ...
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Tremolo picking, anchor palm or not?

I'm learning tremolo picking and until now I've been resting my palm just above E string and anchoring with my pinky. I noticed that when picking 2 strings at the same time I also mute the first of ...
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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 type of strings to use for easier bending in fast solos?

I'm getting better at playing that legendary Enter Sandman solo by Kirk Hammett, and I'm getting the speed part almost covered. What I'm struggling with is hitting the target note when bending that ...
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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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New amp or new stompbox? [closed]

do you have some advice? I have a nice budget over here. Should i buy a new stompbox for my pedalboard or buy a new amp?
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Setup metrics for LTD Viper 50 electric guitar

I want to setup my viper 50 electric guitar but I cant find the setup metrics for this model. Can someone know the setup metrics for this model?
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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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Is it possible to combine a guitar with a theremin cello in the same neck?

For reference, a theremin cello is similar to the classic thermin of 50s sci-fi sound effects fame, but packaged with a neck and played like a cello with the left hand selecting pitch along the neck, ...
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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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Get an electric guitar sound without an amp?

I was wondering if it is possible to get an electric guitar (used with, say an overdrive pedal) sound with an acoustic-type guitar without the use of an amp. Similar to how resonator guitars sound ...
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Experimenting with the pickups magnetic field to create new music /effects

I stumbled upon a vey interesting post on JustinGuitarCommunity.com : Experimenting with the pickups magnetic field to create new music I want the opnion/experience of StkEX's Musicians Community ...
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Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)

I'm self-taught and I want to check that I'm not doing myself a disservice with my left hand positioning when I'm playing high up the neck (say, above fret 15). I play with my thumb behind the neck, ...
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My floyd rose is badly sharp on return

If I pull up on my whammy bar and then go to tune, the entire guitar is sharp. II have an Edge zero 2 on an Ibanez js140... any help?
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Ibanez Rg series lead guitar

I own a Ibanez RG lead and was wondering if I can play rhythm with it. Just not sure and don't want to damage it with the strumming.
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Playing concert barefoot

I usually play electric guitar barefoot during my rehearsal,I feel more comfortable and it's easy to maneuver the pedals this way, and it's never been a problem. But in shows, I always been using ...
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attach tune-o-matic bridge electric Guitar

I have a problem. I have to attach a tune-o-matic bridge on my guitar but i don't know in which angle this has to be. I have done some research in the internet but i found nothing usable. Is there ...
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Vocals on guitar

Okay so I asked a question earlier and I wasn't so clear. I'll try and rephrase it. I want to learn how to take a song, and then play something on the guitar that sounds like the vocals. For example: ...
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Cinematic/trailer heavy rhythm guitar sound

This track, is following a very simple pattern yet sounds powerful and not overwhelming (well, considering that this is an aggressive track and guitar is used in half of it). I've been trying to ...
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Guitar-usb interface vs External sound card (very low budget)

I was about to buy either Behringer UCG102 or Rocksmith Real Tone to get my guitar cheaply and quickly connected to the PC and I was wondering if it wouldn't be better getting an external sound card ...
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How to bend and release without flicking the other strings?

I'm trying to bend up then back down on the G string (so it plays both notes, I'm not muting the bend back down to G) but I always catch my fingernail on the D string. So when I let the bend back ...
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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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Left hand training for right handed guitar players - to improve coordination.

Ok, this question will probably be opinion based, but I try my best to write it, so it can be answered. My problem: When playing guitar (I am right handed) I lack some speed and coordination in my ...
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does a 3-D printed plastic electric guitar, in comparison to a normal hardwood one, have more inferior tone, or other bad qualities?

I've started looking into 3-D designed musical instruments (yes that's apparently a thing now) and wanted to know if it's a good direction, if I want to customize my own electric guitar
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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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From what guitar tuning downwards do you stop needing a bass player in a metal context?

With people tuning seven-string guitars do Drop G or using 8 and nine-string guitars and the playing in "genres" like Djent becoming more and more rhythm focused I've been wondering about the bass ...
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How do I get an emphasized “click” effect at the beginning of my guitar signal?

I use a magnetic pickup to run my guitar signal through an Electro-Harmonix Super Ego granular synthesizer. It works great but there are times when I want to add a Hammond Organ B9-like "click"--not ...
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Do I need to keep an electric guitar in a hard shell case if I'm not traveling?

I recently bought an electric guitar and hard shell case. When I'm home is it OK to keep the guitar outside of the case? We have a thermostat that controls the humidity and temperature in the house. I ...
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How to properly record my guitar over a backing track of a song?

I have learned quite a few songs and practiced them along with the track. Since I'm new to recording, i want to properly record my guitar part over a backing track of that song which i have been ...
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Why do guitar amps only use one type of speaker cone?

In HiFi systems and house sound setups, a speaker cabinet nearly always has multiple speakers of different diameters to handle different parts of the audio frequency spectrum (and bass is typically ...
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What are harmonics in electric gutiar pickup tone characteristics

An online guitar pickup chooser provided me such a list of options: More Output More Harmonics More Versatility Cleaner/Brighter Tone Warmer/Fatter Tone More Sustain I understand another options ...
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Is It OK to use smaller gauge strings than those that came from the factory for an electric guitar?

My electric guitar strings from the factory were: D'Addario 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46. I'd like to put in Earnie Ball Slinky Cobalt 8, 11, 14, 22, 30, 38. Is it safe to use the smaller gauge ...
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Can an amplifier with only one output be wired in parallel?

I have a Peavey ValveKing 20MH amp which has a single output jack for connecting it to a cabinet. I'm exploring my options for cabinets and am trying to understand if I can consider running cabinets ...
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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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Why does my [stereo] electric Guitar recording sound hollow?

I'm not sure if it's something in my setup, something I'm doing wrong or a general lack of knowledge, but I find that recording my electric Guitar->Amp(w/fx)->audio in Mono produces a much fuller, ...
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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 ...