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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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Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

It seems to me to be the most often recommended method to get a "proper metal tone". Why is that? Why pay so much for a monster and then use the crunch channel and a tubescreamer?
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Proper way to use a shield and ground-wire when rewiring a guitar

In an attempt to resolve some major hum problems with my son's archtop with a floating pickup, I'm about to start my 2nd rewiring attempt. This time I'm going to be using 18 gauge, stranded, shielded ...
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Is it possible that some people can play one instrument but not another?

I took piano lessons for six-seven years, and became rather advanced despite having poor practice etiquette, even learning some of Bach's two-part inventions, but when I tried to learn guitar, I never ...
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Performance: Better low end of eight string guitar

I'm wondering how to get better, clearer low end tone from an active-pickup eight-string guitar? It's being played through a Vox AC30, used specifically for clean and layered loops in an ambient ...
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How do you switch string at the same fret after bending?

Here is a demo of switching to the string above, but it could also be the string below, of course: https://goo.gl/photos/BSDJ7DcUygNi8veC7 I find this quite awkward to do. The thing is the bended ...
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Can guitar hum possibly be due to a bad pickup

I am struggling with hum on my archtop that has a Kent Armstrong HJGS-1 floating pickup. If we touch the outside plastic covering of the pickup or to the ground lug on the pickup, the hum reduces ...
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What equipment do i need to play and record live?

i am beginner and i would like to know what equipment do i need to connect Ableton Push, Akai APC40, guitar + pedals, vocal processor and mic to play and record live? Do i need a preamp? Thanks.
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Is Yamaha Pacifica 112v worth upgrading? [closed]

I've got a strat (american deluxe) a few days a ago and now I don't know what to do with this entry level Pacifica, can't bear with the sound it produces any more. I am thinking maybe I can breath a ...
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Is doubling the root when converting guitar chords to piano wrong?

If you take guitar chords and put them into sheet music for piano, should you double the root (CEGC) or not (CEG)? And if you do is it wrong because you'd have parallel octaves? I mean I know ...
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What are some methods of identifying old, cheap guitars?

I have a very old Craftsman guitar (at least 30 years old) which my dad bought second hand when he was in his early twenties. I love this guitar to bits and have done loads of work on it to try and ...
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Can the guitar be a “non-C” transposing instrument?

I do know that the guitar with standard tuning is a transposing instrument sounding an octave below written pitch. But what about a guitar with transposed standard tuning, can it be considered as a ...
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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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Can't find the mixer in the new version of TuxGuitar (v1.3.2)

I just downloaded the new version of TuxGuitar and when I went to play one of my songs the levels of each track were all off. The drums are far too loud and the guitar is barely audible. The problem ...
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What do Single brackets on notes in guitar music mean?

Anyone got any idea what these single brackets on notes mean in this guitar music?
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Strum pattern v melody line?

Apologies- aged learner here!! Can anyone explain to me the relationship ( if any ?!) between the melody line of a song and the most suitable strum pattern to accompany it? I can read music and do "...
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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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Are there any fancy options for the “plain (unwound) strings”?

Guitar strings come in myriad variations of wrapping shapes and materials. But I'm always surprised to find the top ones (without windings) are just "plain steel"? Are there any other options there?
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Should i play left handed or right handed guitar? [duplicate]

i've been playing the guitar for about 5-6 months now. Guitar was always something i wanted to learn but always put up for something else, but finally at the age of 27 i decided i should start. The ...
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What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
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Is this slide/shift slide?

I found this in a riff, but I don't know the meaning of (sl). I suspect it means slide, however, the slide symbol is / or \. g--(sl)----(sl)----7---- Could someone clarify this, please? And why ...
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Differences between capos

I wanna buy the first capo for my acoustic guitar, and I'm just wondering if there are many types of capo .. I mean .. if I went to a shop, can any capo work ? Or is there a difference?
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Whats are some ways of visualizing notes on guitar's fret-board if you come from piano background?

I come from piano background and it's been really difficult to visualize the notes I'm playing on guitar. On piano it's simple - they follow sequentially. So, my question is - what is the best way to ...
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Guitar practice - Are you able to play chords with a pick?

I find it much, much much much easier to play melodically with a pick. I started out with a pick, and never tried to learn how to finger pick. However, I find that, in trying to play chords, using my ...
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How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?

This weekend I played electric guitar through a 25 watt tube amp through a PA system. This was the setup (telecaster > tube amp > microphone > PA). The sound guys asked me to turn my tube amp down to ...
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Buzzing sound when switching between chords

I wonder how to avoid the buzzing sound when switching between chords .
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i will give up , any suggestions?

I got an acoustic guitar for my birthday last 5 months , i try and try to play but it sound terrible :'( i'm crying I really love this instrument and my dream is to be a good player , Sungha Jung ...
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A sound effect on the acoustic guitar

It can be heard, for example, in the intro of Ed Sheeran's "The A Team", 0:34, in the middle of the Queen's guitar solo of "Love of My Life", 2:54. What's the name of this short bright sound and ...
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Muting strings while bending

I watched a YouTube music tutorial on guitar bending exercises which stated that while bending on guitar the first finger has to be placed on the top strings for muting all those other than the ...
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How to start composing music? [closed]

I am a guitarist with enough information about music theory,little information about harmony. To expreince a music composition,I want to compose a very very simple Pop-Rock music... But i don't ...
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My guitar gets out of tune after 1 minute

My new guitar strings sound nice, but they get out of tune after 1 minute !! Specifically, the 1st and 2nd (thinnest) strings get out of tune more than the other strings. And there was no problem of ...
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Guitar Amp head or separate preamp and power amp? [closed]

I have seen metal musicians use amp heads or separate preamp and power amp. Which is better and why? Thank you.
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Ring finger stability when playing barred A chord on Guitar

I have been playing the following bar chord quite a bit and I am noticing that my ring finger is losing stability and getting weaker and might be damaging to my ring finger in the long run. I ...
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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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How is this electric guitar tuned?

The song in question is "Pet Carrot" by Palehound. You can hear the guitar right at the beginning of this video: I thought it was a bass at first. Anyone know the ...
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How to approach learning another guitarists solo?

I'm an intermediate guitar player looking for tips on how to best approach learning another musician's guitar solo. I've got a good grasp of the major/minor scales and modes, but I am missing ...
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“Adaptive band” type software to accompany solo practice and jam sessions

I'm not 100% if this is the right place to post the question. It's connected primarily with music, so I feel like it's OK, but... well... In case it isn't, please direct me to a better suited location ...
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How should I tune a 12 string acoustic guitar?

I've bought an Ibanez 12 string acoustic brand new online. Do I tune the 12 string guitar like all the 6 string guitars I have.
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Scale Shapes NOT Patterns

Ok, Allow me to take this a step further. My "Book" shows me "5" shapes for Minor Pentatonic, 5 shapes for Major Pentonic, 5 shapes for Minor Blues, 5 shapes for Major Blues & etc. Each shape is ...
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Changing Violin notation to Guitar notation or tab [duplicate]

Why don't understand me... Iam writing simply... I mean is:Can I use a Violin notation for Guitar exactly? Arranging song notation for Violin and playing this exactly on the Guitar is this possible or ...
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Changing Violin tab to Guitar tab

I want you to tell me how I change Violin tab to Guitar tab? can you show me an example? there are a lot of Violin tabs(songs) in my country but I can't to use them for Guitar because guitar is a new ...
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Guitar Tablature: “bis” meaning

I've looked, but Google keeps interpreting "bis" as German(?) Example: |----------------|-------|-----------------------|-------| |-------7-----7--|-------|--------------7-----7--|-------| |----...
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How to determine the tuning of a song? [closed]

I am trying to transcribe a part of the Tears in Heaven duet by Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov that's found here. Specifically, I am trying to figure out the notes played by Tommy starting at 1:03 ...
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Can someone please tell me why there are 5 different patterns to Penatonic scales

I mean if you can move them, why do you need more than one? All are movable up and down the fretboard? Right? So why does each need 5 patterns and how do you know which one to use? This has really ...
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Stretching for a guitar intro

I'm having a really hard time trying to play the intro to Ballroom Blitz by Sweet on guitar. The intro riff looks like this: D 9 11 12 11 9 A 7 7 7 7 7 While I can definitely hit the ...
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Is it possible to tune guitar down an octave?(or to f#?)

As the time goes, I see new bands using lower and lower tuning. For example if my memory serves me right, Torsof*ck uses octave down, band called Batushka uses f# tuning. How are they doing this? Don'...
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connect audio interface to amp's power amp

so I wanna try to use amp sims on logic pro with a real cab. I have a laptop with an apogee one audio interface. My idea was to plug the guitar to apogee, then apogee to logic and finally, connect the ...
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How does the guitar demonstrate volume?

I am doing a project in music where we have to make our own instrument and i have chosen to make a guitar. One of the questions we have to answer is; Explain how your instrument demonstrates the ...
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Dropping the 5th degree and counting a C♯Dom7

I'm currently writing out (into a chord diagram book) all the different voicing/finger positions for the seventh chords. Some voicings are difficult to play and I so my initial thought was "oh, the ...
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Changing songs' chords to Arpeggios

I want to know how I change chords to Arpeggios in a song? For example how do you change (Somebody's me) by Enrique from chords to Arpeggios or single notes? Can you show me this or another example as ...