Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

8

Some effects (like wah or fuzz) work better* when they come before the preamp while some effects (like delay or reverb) work better* if they come after it. Yet some others (chorus or tremolo) can work equally well either way depending on the sound you're looking for. To provide this flexibility, most amps are equipped with an effects loop. It consists of an ...


8

Guitars are already rich in overtones and harmonics. Experiment with the position of your right hand. Picking near the neck emphasises the fundamental frequency. Picking nearer the bridge brings out more overtones. The biggest differences between a guitar and a violin are the size of the instrument, and the fact that a violin is bowed. You could try ...


7

Not the easiest of questions to try to answer, but - exams have always been a way to determine this kind of level. In essence, someone on, say, grade V on any instrument could be construed as as advanced as another who has grade V. Especially if it's on the same instrument. However, there are various different styles of guitar, and playing.This has been ...


6

I don't think it will work with just a split cable. One complication is ground loops, which cause hum. I'd recommend to use a stereo pedal, or a dedicated AB/Y pedal. You might still get hum, but there are some remedies, like rotating the power plug 180 degrees and plug it in again for one of the amps, using an AB/Y pedal with ground lift, having isolated ...


5

I'm sorry, I can't find the quote, it's pre-WWW. But I think it was in an interview in "Guitar Player," that Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones once replied to some flattery by saying that he was only an intermediate guitar player. Because he was better than a lot of guitar players but a lot of guitar players were better than him. So I'd go with ...


5

Slim's answer already covers some of this, but I just want to emphasize how massively rich in overtones any guitar is. Only a pure sine wave doesn't have overtones, any natural instrument is rich in them (in fact each overtone is a sine wave). The only spectral difference between a violin and a guitar lies in which overtones are most present, and what their ...


5

Overdriven, distorted guitar sounds contain loads of harmonics, and tend to emphasise them quite well. By experimenting with these sorts of sounds, along with different pup settings, and plucking in different places on your strings, you may come close.Valve amps do it better, but there are several pedals also.


5

For acoustic style (nylon string or steel string) there is also the possibility of buying a silent guitar. Such guitars create the same output volume as electric guitars when not plugged in.


4

Because of the way vibrations on a string work, from the fundamental all the way up to the highest harmonics, the closer to the bridge you get, the more the balance skews towards higher harmonics. Conversely a pickup at the 12th fret would be overwhelmed by the fundamental on the open string. From Wikipedia: So what Fender mention is generally correct: ...


4

Fret buzz - the next fret up is high & the string is hitting it as you play. You could test with a hard steel rule to see if it rocks when placed edge-on to the fret-board. A luthier could fix it... ...or if you're a) daring b) skilled or c) poor, you could try tapping it down with a small hammer & a piece of wood placed over the frets so as not to ...


4

Several good reasons. It was tried - I tried it as a kid. In front of the guitar, the volume changed dramatically with even an inch or two of movement. It got knocked.It picked up extraneous sounds. So inside it went. Then it rattled around. The feedback was pretty well uncontrollable. Solid bodies solved a lot of the feedback problems, but that made the ...


3

Switching from classical guitar to electric is going to take some time and practice. While you may be familiar with playing a nylon-stringed guitar, not all of those skills will transfer over easily or quickly to an electric. The best advice I can give you is simple: give it time, and keep practicing. It's not quite the same as learning the guitar from ...


3

A pick-up will pick up (!) the sound a string is making just above it. The three pups on Strats are (or used to be, originally) identical. The string vibrates at a different amplitude - hope it's the correct word - as in the movement is greater the closer to the string centre you get. So by the bridge, the pup will hear a tighter, thinner sound. One uses the ...


3

If you can get an electric guitar, that'd be the easiest approach. Just play it without amplification. And you could even use headphones to make sure you could hear yourself. If you're using an acoustic, you can do a few things to muffle the sound: Put a t-shirt inside the body (inside the soundhole) to dampen it a bit. Weave cloth between the strings by ...


3

For my bass guitar I like to look at the tone knob as a "hot" or "cold" type situation. Hot: This is when you want to cut through, or you have a prominent part. In the case of the bass, if I have a finger-style solo the tone knob is up pretty high. If I have a moving part in mid-range, it's up about half way. Cranking the tone up tends to sound more ...


2

My main gigging guitar has a very high powered bridge pickup that needs me to rolloff both the volume and the tone knob about an 1/8th of a turn. This gives me a sound that is a good lead guitar sound. Then when I get to a solo, I can bring up the volume to stand out, and for bright solos to cut through, I can bring the tone knob back up. Generally I use ...


2

Yes, you will need to set it up again. There are two essential reasons for any guitar -- bow, and intonation. (For those with tremolo bridges, other responses have already addressed that.) Bow: The string gauge effectively determines the total tension on the guitar neck, when the string are tuned to pitch. (Note that this affects those who change tunings ...


2

Most of the other answers have covered your options, but there is one more possibility you might want to consider before buying an electric guitar. They make sound-hole dampeners for acoustic guitars that are used to fight feedback when playing an acoustic amplified on stage, but they also provide some dampening of the volume of the guitar. Check the link ...


2

I agree with the others that you should try an electric. Quite with no amp. Or would it be possible to find a place other than your flat to practice?


2

There may be a 'perfect' solution using a nice little sub-mixer, but frankly, yes, it can be done... & has been done many times over the years. Relative volumes may depend on the impedance of the inputs on each amp, but the overall sound is up to you to balance up until you like it. Edit - perhaps very pertinent right now, the new band Royal Blood ...


2

Caleb already gave some great tips, but I have some more specific advice that might help. In my opinion the single best thing you can do to get better at translating what is in your head to what comes out of your guitar is playing along with records and learning songs by ear. This is a form of ear training in a way, but it is more about being able to hear ...


1

I would focus on a combination of theory and ear training. Music, like language, is a mental construct. Music theory provides a framework for discussing that construct, much like grammar provides a framework for discussing language. The goal with music theory isn't to get to the point where you are constantly consciously analyzing music, but to become so ...


1

If you want to play loud in the presence of other instruments like you said, you will also amplify the other instruments and more noises (like your voice if you say something) through your microphone. Pickups for electric guitars are developed in such a way that they are mainly recording what you are actually playing on the guitar. It is also difficult for ...


1

Yes it is possible. I don't really know if the cable you are referring to will work (I don't see why not) but, what I have seen is people using pedals to do this. There are some pedals that have 2 exits that are the same. So, you can use that pedal to plug your guitar into two different amps. This is what El Ten Eleven do. They use a pedal like that (I ...


1

If you had an electric guitar you could play it without using an amplifier. The sound would be very low but YOU could hear it if there wasn't too much other noise around. Also some amplifiers have a headphone jack that can cut off the speaker and send the sound only thru the headphones. I also think that you can play an electric guitar through your ...


1

Let me give you the physicist-who-plays-a-bit-of-guitar answer: "yes and no. it depends". Here is why: A guitar can have different kinds of pickups, but these have in common that the power in the signal they (the pickups) produce is quite small. Now electrically, power is voltage times current. Some "high impedance" pickups produce a high voltage and ...


1

I use the tone knob to tweak the sustain and tone when I use an overdrive pedal with an electric guitar. Most overdrives have a "sweet spot" that has a touch of feedback and a really good cutting tone. That's what I look for.


1

For jazz it is quite common to roll off heavily on the tone knob, for a more mellow sound. Danny Gatton used the tone knob on his tele for some interesting organ like sounds.


1

On my bass, when I use slapping techniques, I lower the Tone knob to the 3/4 of a turn. This gives me a sound that is loud, but not noisy. Usually, if I have my tone knob on full and I slap, the outcome is way too noisy. Also, I lower the tone knob when I want a more 'dark' sound on my bass or guitar. I'm not really sure how to express the outcome but you ...


1

DR strings are hands down the best strings for metal. Several different types of DR's, but they are all great. Strings actually do make a fairly big difference in sound, and playability.



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible