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Yes there is a very simple way to prevent this. Instead of just plugging it in directly to your guitar/bass, you can loop it though your strap(picture coming soon). By doing this, all the force from stepping on your cable or moving to much will be transferred to your strap and not the input jack. If you do move to far from your amp you could still yank it ...


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I would roughly order the contributors to electric guitar tone as: Amp and effects Body type (solid, hollow, semi-hollow) Tone knobs in the instrument Pickups and their position Picking method, and player's touch (fingers/picks/plectrum; plectrum type) String gauge and type Bridge type (floating vs fixed) Neck construction (through-neck or bolt-on) Body ...


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Looking online, opinion seems to be split about the merits of doing this, with some sources pointing out that you can simply buy a fretless neck for a reasonable price. But I certainly remember bass playing friends of mine removing the frets from basses, to convert to fretless, and I can understand why you would want to do this with a bass you don't ...


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It is more important to get the distance from strings to fretboard correct than the distance from strings to pickups, so if you have the action setup right I would be content with minor discrepancies from the ideal pickup separation. There is so much difference between pickups anyway that if it really concerned you you could just buy a different pickup that ...


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As with any dexterity exercise, slow it down! Your hands are likely hurting because you're trying to push them too hard to either: stretch while playing (you should always be doing this before playing) keep up with the exercise speed emulate the sound exactly (for a beginner, this is exceeding difficult) or fret too heavily as with the answer above me, ...


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Golden rule: When you hurt, stop! You don't want to damage your hand. It might make you stop playing music for ever! The spider as you said is for building dexterity. Hence, at first it will hurt if you are a beginner. But think of it as this: When you start running to build dexterity (and you are out of shape), you won't be able to run for a long time at ...


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The reports I've heard are: The grooves in the base of the e-bow do not align with bass strings, thus it is more difficult (though not impossible) to get a steady, consistent placement of the bow at the right location over the string. Due to their thickness, it is more difficult for the ebow to activate the strings; thus you are more likely to need to ...


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Tronical. You can buy one directly from the Tronical company to install on your existing guitar, or you can buy certain models of Epiphone and Gibson guitars with a Tronical tuner already installed. Gibson and Epiphone market them under the trade-name "Min-ETune".


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Here is a possible problem... you say you have the bass ...with the action set as low as I can without buzzing. When slapping, the strings have to hit the fretboard. If they're right next to the fretboard, they just aren't able to get as much sound, just as if, for example, the beater on a kick drum pedal stood only a centimeter away from the head, you ...


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Pitch shift pedals usually do not give a natural detuned sound. There are pedals dedicated for getting a natural detuned sound, like the Digitech Whammy DT or Morpheus DropTune. I haven't used one, so I can't back up their claims.


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I have still a long way to go regarding guitar playing but i have found in Rocksmith a valuable tool for learning. There are a couple things you need to have in mind when using it: Make sure your guitar intonation is right, or Rocksmith will throw errors when you are near the 12th fret. When there are several notes on the same string and fret at a high ...


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As a general answer, and as a Fender player, I go to Fender site for the whole details on how to set up an instrument. http://www.fender.com/support/articles/bass-guitar-setup-guide/


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Here are my thoughts (as requested separately): Assuming we keep a fairly standard, balanced amp EQ (I don't want to drag amps into it particularly) there are some factors which will have a major impact on the tone you get. I am by no means an authority on this, but I can generally tell the difference between a Fender Precision Bass and a Fender Jazz Bass ...


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Yes, strobe tuners are very precise and can give you a lot of trouble until you get used to it. As far as the bass goes, try tuning it from the 12th fret E, or use the E harmonic. Sometimes tuners just can't get enough signal or vibration to give an accurate reading. This doesn't tend to happen with a strobe I think, but I can recommend giving that a try!


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I hope this may sort of answer your question. Faced with the same sort of problem, on bass, a 5 string came to the rescue. It had a low B, thus could play a fourth lower than standard. It covered most of the lower notes that would be needed.A guy I work with sometimes uses an 8 string bass - this goes down to a low F# - nearly an octave lower than standard. ...


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Put a finger, your index,on the strings, just resting on all 4, not pressing onto the fret.Anywhere will do for now. Without moving that index finger,bring the other 3 onto the fingerboard, again without pressing onto the frets. Don't bounce them off again, but leave them touching.You'll need to get some isolation between index and other three, so that the ...


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Any solution you choose is going to cost a significant amount of money, such as in buying a new instrument. There are many models and brands of pitch-shifter effects pedals and rack-mount multi-effects devices that can transpose everything you play down a half-step, whole-step or further, but they all sound artificial, especially if you are playing chords. ...


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Have a look at this video: Apparently he installed 4 drop-tuners, I had never seen it before but it does provide a cool effect and a quick dropped tuning. It is not as versatile as a ...


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There doesn't appear to be a bass version, but Hipshot make a "Trilogy" bridge that allows you to pick one of three tunings for each string individually. Alternatively, you could just use a capo - down-tune the guitar a whole step then use the capo to bring it back up.


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Often, I use 24th fret and 19th fret harmonics on bass, as these notes have higher frequencies that tuners seem to find easier to 'hear'. Once one string is in tune, I'll use harmonics to get the others in tune with it. Probably makes no difference, but I'm happier with the strings being in tune with each other than each being in tune with a tuner. Assuming, ...


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The drift you see is normal -- so much so that Steve Howe entitled a tune Sharp On Attack. The amount of flattening drift will increase with a vigorous attack. EDIT (per request, adding comments into my answer). I would examine the neck joint screws for snugness and check the joint itself for play. (When I first assembled my project Tele, I was unhappy with ...


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Most pick-ups are pretty flat, and fingerboards are cambered.This is usually reflected somewhat in the contour of the saddles. So it's going to be a compromise anyway.The figures quoted are more of a starting point than anything exact - some players prefer higher, some lower, action, and each bass,( or guitar) will have its own slight idiosyncracies. Sort ...


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First thing I'd do is swap round - takeout the offending screw , and any other one, and see what happens. If the screw is worn, it will behave the same in its new home. Replace it ! If the problem is still in the same place on the saddle, it will be the female at that point.Full solution - new bridge, Temporary solution - which may become permanent - use ...


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Loctite might help. You pour a little bit on the thread (having undone it a bit 1st so that when you do the screw up again, the loctite is pulled into the thread) and is prevents things vibrating loose. People use it on cars and models a lot. Loctite Homepage Thread locking section It allows you to undo the thread if you need to though. You can feel that ...


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Only just picked up your question.Probably you've equipped yourself with a bass by now. However - if one is used to a standard guitar, the bass will feel like a different beast. That's 'cos it is !Longer strings will be necessary anyway, so it's worth just playing in a different way. You will get used to it. Longer strings will give more 'body' to the sound ...


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An external soundcard is probably good. I will have a usb out (for connecting computer) and needs a big jack in. The rest is really not so important if you are just recording one instrument.


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+1 for looping the cable through your strap. However if you're really active moving about on on stage, why not consider investing in a decent radio system and do away with the cable altogether? It's by no means a cheap alternative, but the price of reasonable wireless systems have come down such that you only need to have to replace your trodden-on cable a ...


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Wrapping the cable around your strap is also kinder to the cable. If it gets yanked (eg if you step on it), the point where the force is at its most is kind of spread out over the strap, with a bit of give, so the cable will likely survive intact. If it's just in the plug, it'll either pull it out, or pull sideways and the main 'tug' will be straight on the ...


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The effects loop on an amp.is where the pre-amp and post amp. are joined, or interrupted. The pre-amp has all the eq. in it, and the post is usually just a power amp.So, yes, I think the fx will be coloured by any tone changes made on the pre-amp., which is pretty standard. By starting with every pot flat, theoretically there would be no colouration. If you ...


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Guitar tone is greatly influenced by the frequency response of the pickup, and position. For instance, you can tell apart a neck pickup tone from a bridge tone, regardless of the amount of distortion. Similarly, you can tell a bright pickup apart from a muddy one. You can also tell a semi-hollow tone from a solid body, as well as differences in string gauge: ...



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