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Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules

In light of suspected terrorist threat airport security has been tightened to include new restrictions on "electronic devices". For example, on Heathrow Airport's site they say: Make sure your ...
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How to connect a line signal to a guitar amp?

My Laney Lv300 Tube Fusion Combo amp, doesn't have a Line-In, as such. It merely has one "Input" on the front, for the guitar and a pair of FX sockets, as an FX Loop (FX Send and FX Return). It also ...
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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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How to buy an electronic piano? [duplicate]

I need to buy an electronic piano, I'm a begginer(started learning how to play piano one month ago), and I have no idea how to choose or where to start looking. I want to buy an electronic piano and ...
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How do you sync a Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to external rhythm sources?

I'm looking at ways to fatten the sound of the combo I play with. But the band plays to tight tempos in strict 32 bar choruses. Is there any way to sync the Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to ...
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Tracking down hum in several amplifiers in a home studio

In my home studio I have several amplifiers: Fender Blues Junior III (guitar combo, all tube) Gallien Krueger MB150E (bass combo, solid state) SWR Studio 220 (bass head, tube preamp) Alesis RA 300 ...
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What's a good way to get started making music on the computer? [closed]

I already play several instruments, but I'd like to be able to record and combine them into songs. Ideally I'd also like to mess around with some synths on the computer. I have a decent mic and some ...
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Electric guitar amp won't switch to distortion channel

I have a Peavey Classic 30 combo amp (tubed). There's a channel switch button on the amp that is meant to toggle between the clean and distortion channels. However when I attempt to toggle from clean ...
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Which (non dedicated) tool to use to fasten a Gibson 3-way toggle switch without marring it?

I do not have access to a dedicated tool (can't buy one in Germany) and I'm afraid to marr it with my pliers. You can see the knurled nut in this photograph from stringsdirect.co.uk
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Epiphone LP Special II neck joint corrections and electronics

I just started this summer project with my Epiphone Les Paul Special II, making some kind of overhaul by changing the nut, the bridge, and the electronics. I took my guitar completely apart and now I ...
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How to change the timbre of a sound incoming from a microphone (example, from panflute to sax)? [closed]

first of all sorry for my ignorance but for what concerns music I only know the analogic world. I saw a video of a guy that played an electro panflute, the panflute was connected to a little box, the ...
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Is there an iOS app that can be used for simultaneous audio and midi output in a live stage environment? [closed]

Currently, I'm using an iPad and the built-in Music app to play backing tracks. It's great, but when it's time to play a new song, I have to use a separate device that outputs a midi clock to let the ...
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How to modify Trace-Elliot Velocette amp to make it more suitable for use with bass?

I have a Trace-Elliot Velocette that I'm very satisfied with. This amp works very good also for recording bass, but the low notes will be much less sturdy when recording through this amp than if I ...
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How can you tell if the sound of an electroacustic nylon guitar is going to be good?

How can you predict whether an electroacoustic nylon guitar is going to have a rich/deep sound by looking at its technical specifications?
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Effect of nickel cover on Telecaster bridge pickup?

Traditionally telecaster guitars have the neck pick-up covered in a nickel/chrome cover, and the bridge pickup left with exposed pole pieces. What is the origin/logic of the nickel cover? What ...
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What are the touch-pad things that the guitarist and bassist of Muse use?

In concert video footage of Muse, I've seen both the guitarist and bassist use touch-pad devices integrated with their instruments. What are these devices, and what are they designed to do?
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Buying a guitar amplifier from another country

A while back (before stackexchange) I read that it's not recommended to buy an amplifier from a country with different electricity (110v 50hz vs 220 60hz) because the circuits will create a different ...
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Trying to get that tube sound from a gainclone amp

A Gainclone chip amp makes for a nice benchmark/monitor amp. How can I add controllable even order harmonic distortion to one?
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How can I construct analogue oscillators that stay in tune? [closed]

Analogue VCOs in synthesisers are notorious for drifting with temperature. How can I make an analogue oscillator which will stay in the pitch it's meant to stay tuned to?
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How does sending MIDI over USB compare to using a dedicated MIDI interface?

Is there an informed comparison between sending MIDI over USB versus directly from MIDI interface on an expansion card - would a MIDI interface on a sound card provide some useful system enhancement ...
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Is there a device to get electronic drum triggers by Midi to the PC without the need of an expensive drum module? [closed]

I currently have a Roland TD-7 electronic drum kit module, but it's quite old, from 1994, and she's fighting her last fights. It has inputs for 8 pads plus the Kick and the Hihat pedal, but as I no ...
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Managing batteries for live performances

Many musicians use battery-powered "stomp boxes" and wireless microphones. When do you change the batteries? You can't have a device running out of power halfway through the show. Do people put in ...
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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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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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What can I build into my guitar and use the “tone pots” buttons to adjust?

The tone pots are fairly useless, for the most part, so I was wondering what else people have done to take advantage of having those two controls available. I would love some ideas of something I ...
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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 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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What is a “death cap” ?

I have often heard/read people mention a "death cap" when talking about older Fender amps. Is this a capacitor ? What does it do ? Why is it called the death cap ?
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What are the most popular types or styles of pickups, and what is the genre of music most associated with them?

I see humbuckers, single coil, active pickups, etc. I see P90's, PAFS, etc. Which are basically for jazz, blues, metal?
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Guitar produces hum due to poor soldering

Is it possible that a guitar could produce a low hum after replacing a pickup? I own a guitar that I (poorly) replaced a pickup on when I first started playing, and I was wondering if there was some ...
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Silicon vs Germanium Fuzz

Hopefully without starting a holy war I would like to discuss the differences, electronically and sonically, of silicon and Germanium fuzz. This is inspired by my recent birthday present (my precious ...
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What's a good strategy for adjusting pole pieces?

One thing I fiddled with for a short bit once upon a time is adjusting the pole pieces on my Humbucker/P-90 equipped guitars. As a matter of fact, doing just that was the only way I could get my P-90 ...
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What are Tone Pots / Potentiometers?

Can someone please explain to me what tone pots are, and how they affect the sound of a guitar? Thanks very much :)
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Balanced triodes. Gimmick, or worth the money?

When purchasing tubes from some reputable dealers, I have noticed that you are given the option for balanced triodes--sometimes at a much higher price. How does a tube with balanced a triode effect ...
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When should I be concerned about calibrating the bias of vacuum tubes in an amplifier?

I think it would be useful to discuss the concept of bias as it pertains to guitar amplifiers. I have read some articles saying that you should always rebias your amplifier when you change the power ...
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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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Visual Sound 1 Spot Power Supply Hum

I am using a Visual Sound 1 Spot power supply to power my pedal board. Every time I plug in my BOSS RC-2 to the power supply I get a hum. If I power the RC-2 with a battery the hum goes away. I have ...
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What do the different tubes in an amplifier do?

Preamp vs Phase Inverter vs Reverb vs Power vs Rectifier. Many people get really, really confused when they try to understand anything about tubes. I spent a very long time myself trying to ...
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How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?

I think this would be a wonderfully instructive question to people who are new to tube amplifiers. In short, how do I know that it's time to change a tube, and what's a good strategy for figuring out ...
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Hot guitar pickup

What does it mean when a guitar pickup is deemed "hot"?
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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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Is anyone able to outline the purpose of these controls?

I have an Aria MAC57/7 (7 string). Excuse the dust (the flash on the camera shows it up...) It has a dual humbucker setup and a set of controls that I never fully got to grips with. I assume the ...