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Yes, I'm afraid that's broken. It's not just a "knob holder", the body of the potentiometer (variable resistor) sits underneath the pick-guard, with just one part of it sticking up for the knob to attach to. Out of the guitar, it should look like this: [Image by Iain Fergusson, licensed under CC BY 2.5] Inside the squat cylindrical part is a rotating ...


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In addition to the points given by topo morto: the effect that gives you pretty much “overdrive without the distortion” is a compressor. In fact, a major reason for using overdrive and distortion is that it compresses the signal (yielding longer sustain), as well as changing the sound by adding harmonics and intermodulation. If you simply run a ...


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Your suspicion is correct -- that's not set up properly. If you take off the rectangular back panel of your guitar, you should see a number of springs that connect the metal block underneath your tremolo bridge to a "claw" piece that is screwed into the body of the guitar. These springs should fully counteract the tension created by the strings on the other ...


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The dirt and grime that comes from distortion is a result of notes with frequency relationships beyond those that are very simple ratios (e.g. 2:1=an octave, and 3:2=a fifth) going through the distortion process together. This results in sum and difference frequencies being produced that seem only distantly related to the notes being played, resulting in an ...


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Two contrary ways to do this is: Don't use much distortion, if any, and just use medium gain with overdrive Use a metal pedal that doesn't require too much gain: simple square wave distortion can be quite clean But you will need to provide the effect with a clean input, so no barre chords or open chords. Just stick to thirds and fifths, which sound ...


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This isn't a stupid question at all and I think you should be able to get this sound with the amp you have. My first suggestion is try using less distortion. The intro to My God Is The Sun sounds barely distorted at all to me. I had a Peavy bandit 112 (the transtube series one) so I would suggest using the lead channel set to vintage mode. Set the low, mid ...


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The sounds in the songs you've listed are actually pretty different to my ears, but I'll try to generalize and go through some examples. Here is the raw line for reference. This is a modified strat with an EMG-SA in the neck position. This is important because EMG is an active pickup so the signal level is higher. This means it will distort sooner. So keep ...


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A decent PA would do it, and give you the possibility of plugging in microphones also, or other sound sources. If you are trying to go cheap and compact, then a keyboard amp or electronic drum amp would also work, but those are normally designed for a single sound source. You'll want a lot more watts in your PA or keyboard/drum amp than your guitar amp, ...


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You can always bypass a single tone knob, and if you wanted to bypass the volume I'd make it switchable, so you can have a volume control if you need it. A Gibson Les Paul Junior or SG Junior is getting close: One pickup, volume, and tone. It's no longer made but the PRS SE Korina One is pretty much exactly what you describe. There's also going to be ...


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The fact that you DI the guitar doesn't change the differnce between distorted single coils or humbuckers, so if you're thinking of getting a SG or Les Paul etc for nicer distortion, that'll still be the case if you DI. Strats have a nice clear kind of distortion wheras Humbuckers are better for pure grunt. I'm not sure of the science behind it but the ...


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The pickups aren't the only part of an electric guitar that affect the sound in noticeable ways. Construction of the body and the neck are high on the list, as are hardware items like the type of bridge, nut material, and so on. Even with just the electronics the specs of the tone and volume controls are a factor. If you like the previous work of the ...


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If you want the sound of a humbucker, you need to get one. Emulations using single coils will not do. Sure, you could play around with EQs and compressors and maybe get you in the ballpark, but it will always be noticeable. If you have to have only one guitar and want to get the widest range of sounds, your best bet would be humbuckers with coil split ...


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My suggestion would be a combination of: noise suppressor pedal, and preamp overdrive pedal I'm a huge Malmsteen fan, so what I use (with either my signature YJM stratocaster or my Squier stratocaster) is: BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor Yngwie J. Malmsteen YJM308 Preamp Overdrive by DOD (extra link) Here is a short video(5 MB) where Yngwie explains the ...


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Hmm sounds like possibly you could have a bad pickup? I've had some guitars have great sounding positions, and just one bad one. Usually it was always down to just the pickup itself. I have to ask how old is your Tele? Vintage or new? Also do you happen to know if your pickup pole pieces are Alnico or Ceramic? This can also help to know what could be going ...


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I don't have arthritis, but this may be applicable: I have had for many years suffered recurrent RSI in my left wrist when it is bent over, which when it is bad makes playing more than a couple barre chords in succession impossible, and even on a good day limits what I am capable of barring. My solutions were: Primarily - play fingerstyle pretty much ...


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I started rocksmith 2014 four days ago with zero knowledge of guitars. I've played 30 hours so far. My fingers are killing me lol. I'd say the best tool in guitarcade is the "return to castle chordead." It is far better for learning chords than the other games. The reason I feel this is so is because it progresses you very slowly, there's lots of ...


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... but I have never really noticed a difference between them that I could attribute to the scale length. I have .010" on my Les Paul and if I use that gauge on my Ibanez FR 6 string, it feels like piano wire. What an unbelievable difference. In this case, I strung my 24 fret Ibanez with .009" and is now close to the Les Paul but still has more ...



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