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You seem to have done a little research on what the particular model Fender Guitar in question should sell for. And from your question, it appears that you have some concerns about why this one seems to have been on the market for some time. While the other answers offer good general advice about assessing the condition of a particular guitar, my answer ...


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There are a few things you might not be able to check easily when you go to see it: Whether the truss rod works. Even if the action and setup seem perfect, do you know that the neck's truss rod will respond properly when you change to heavier strings, or decide that you want to play with a higher or lower action? Whether the guitar picks up electrical ...


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Check the neck for bowing, twisting, and any other defect. Also check the action on the neck. Check play every fret on each string and be sure that they all ring purely and that they don't squeak out. Check if the frets are worn down, which could cause squeaking. Check the country of origin. American Fenders are more valuable than Mexican and Japanese ...


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I would say there is no right or wrong way, its just what you are trying to achieve. Some ways, eg using the AXE-FX2 would be complex, but there are other easier ways. For example, steve vai uses a boss chorus pedal which has a stereo output, and passes one digital delay pedal and one amp etc in both of the outputs. He gives different delay times in the two ...


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I have through trial and error, learned a few things about enhancing the audio for a video of myself playing guitar. And here is what I have learned. If you record the video and audio at separate times, it is very difficult to synchronize, even if you played to the same drum track each time or lip synced to the audio recording. I have tried to lip sync ...


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For rerecording, start by clapping your hands once visibly at the start and the end of the recording. It's the cheap version of a clapperboard. It also makes sense to let the video camera record audio. It's pretty much guaranteed to be synchronous to the video and is thus perfect for realigning with the high quality audio recording. Just make double sure ...


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This is an incomplete list. Please edit it to add extra models/styles! Roughly ordered historically, by first appeareance of the type: Lap steel guitars, apart from being a clichee of Hawaii sound, are mostly found in countless country songs. Their particular twang-slide sound, often in thirds and fourths, is very distinctive even in comparison with other ...


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The M-Audio M-Track is a computer interface to allow you to input audio and instrument signals into your computer. The Digitech RP500 is a multi-effects processor for guitar - which also provides for input of the processed signal into your computer. The Digitech RP500 provides for the output to be summed as a mono signal and sent to a guitar amplifier, ...


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Some established el. guitar designs have certain characteristics that makes them more suitable to certain genres generally speaking. Here are some examples: Twin-humbucker Les Pauls are generally quite high-output and full sounding, making them rather rock and heavy rock orientated. Fender Telecasters have a distinct nasal twang that has long been ...


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The only way to constantly improve is to spend time with musicians with skills at a level higher than yourself (unless you are a prodigy) because any source can only teach you so much. The most reliable way to do this is with a teacher. When you feel like you are not learning you need to move to something / someone else. Basically, your requirements and ...


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The guitar amps you have most likely have some "effects" on them already. Most guitar amps allow you to select either a clean signal or a distorted overdrive signal (at living room levels). Also, many have built in reverb or delays or other effects that can be selected. But eventually, most guitar players end up wanting a sound they just can't get out ...


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Why would you think you need a Y-cable for this? Each of the M-Track's inputs is mono, so it's no use to feed them a stereo signal. If you tried this with an unbalanced input, like in a guitar amp, you'd get only the left channel from the Y cable, because only the tip of the 1/4" is considered: the ring is either left open, or even short to the grounded ...


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Running a guitar through an effect processor and a home stereo is unlikely to make you overly happy. Particularly guitar with overdrive has high frequency content way above what a home stereo is built to deal with. It may be defused somewhat by an amp simulator and room acoustic simulator, but then the results will lean towards the mushy. Driving a home ...


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You can use a stereo and speakers. The reasons people tend to use instrument amps for practice is because they are (hopefully) built to cope with an uncompressed/unEQ'd instrument signal, which will have more big level spikes at particular frequencies, in contrast to recorded music which tends to be more smoothed out (making it more obvious when you're ...


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Who told you you can't use you home PA? Sure enough, if you just plug the guitar right in a PA, it'll sound somewhat boring, but there's no reason you could not do it anyway. In fact, such a “super-clean” sound can IMO sometimes be a pleasant alternative. The thing is, guitar amps aren't designed to sound “good” in a HiFi sense, at ...


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A seven string guitar is not needed. There are bariton guitars that are specifically made for lower tunings. Detuning a normal six string guitar is also very common. Since detuning usually means putting thicker strings on the guitar, one thing to look out for is the nut. The slots might need to be widened to accommodate the thicker strings. Another issue ...


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Here are my thoughts for your situation. You mentioned that you are a beginner and mostly play chords. That leads me to believe that you are not going to be playing much lead or doing full step plus bends. Jumbo frets are popular on many electric guitars and basses. They are rarely seen on acoustic guitar. The main advantage of jumbo frets, is that ...


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A jumbo fret is made with a thicker gauge wire, and consequently the top of the fret is further away from the fretboard. The claimed playing advantages are: you can get your fretting-hand fingers further down in the gap to the side of the string, allowing you to put sideward pressure on the string more easily. In other words : string-bending is easier! ...


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Your M-Audio USB A-D converter module should have come with the free version of Pro Tools (and possibly Cuebase). It should have some native effects, and there are 3rd party effects plugins that work with it.


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You need some sort of DAW on your computer, and an input device. I agree that you should not be going from the AUX output on your amp directly into your computer. I have an early version of the Line 6 POD (which you can now find used pretty cheap these days) and I love it for practicing guitar and not bothering anyone. I also have a home studio set up with ...


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I would not recommend using the AUX output of your amp to record. Guitar > Guitar Cable > Audio Interface > Firewire > Laptop > (Guitar Rig Pro) > DAW..... Guitar rig pro / Amplitube are processing software that emulate amps and effects. Open it inside your DAW as a VST (and record it). This also gives you access to many amps for creativity purposes. As ...


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I use a Behringer-ucg102 to connect my guitar to the computer, where the input is given to a track in my DAW(Reaper). The output can be heard by using the DAW's monitoring button for the track. I add another track which has the song/backing track on it. For guitar FX, I load the Guitar Rig/Amplitube VST for the track I'm monitoring. Now I can practice/record ...


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There are many ways to accomplish what you want to do - silent monitoring with headphones and recording of your guitar on computer. The Line 6 Pod systems as mentioned by manejar are great. Another option that should work would be a simple audio interface such as this one PreSonus AudioBox USB which has two line inputs for guitar or mic, a headphone ...


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I use a Line6 POD UX2, which plugs into my computer. I can plug headphones into it (via an adapter) or I can plug my amp into it. Then I use the free Line6 PodFarm software in which I can add FX and create tones for my guitar. That software doesn't record, but you can change the input on different software (I use Propellerhead Reason or Adobe Audition, but ...


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Bit Crusher Converts the sound to digital (then back to analogue) using a bit depth that is intentionally low enough to add noise and distortion to the signal due to quantisation error. This also reduces the dynamic range of the signal and at very low bit depths, can produce a very synthetic gated effect.


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Many folks keep some of their collectible guitars in display cases or guitar cabinets that may have a glass front to allow viewing of the instrument. However these cases should have a built in humidity control system as it is vitally important to maintain the proper level of relative humidity for your guitars. When storing guitars, one of the most ...


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Unless you are building a sealed case like a humidor, the construction material matters very little. All you should concern yourself with is whether the structure can support the weight of your guitars (and then some). Environmental considerations are addressed in this answer.


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Dependent as to how cold it may be, you could get in the car and drive to somewhere quiet (or noisy for that matter), park up and play in the back. If it's a left-hooker, then passenger seat may do.You could still use laptop and whatever, plugged into the car power. I suggested this to a drummer I work with, who has a young baby. He finds a corner of a ...


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I can relate to your concern. I had the same problem when I lived with a roommate who felt the need to sleep while I felt the need to practice. Now I live alone so I can play as loud as I want whenever I want. Sounds like you've tamed the majority of sound by playing through headphones. If you are using a solid body guitar, that is about as quiet as you ...


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Place a soft sponge between the body and the strings near the bridge, to eliminate even more sound. I caution that while it is OK to do that, you want to spend some time practicing where you can actually hear what you are doing. Further, if you are using headphones on a regular basis, be warned that you probably listen at a volume that can cause damage to ...


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Wow great stuff here! I am a sound system designer and acoustician with over 30 years experience, as well as a guitar player. The idea that whether the cabinet has 1 12 or 4 12s, if connected to one head, they will output the same acoustic energy is correct. You will not move more air, but the air you move will be much cleaner and sonically that clarity ...


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Honestly, if you want to play high gain stuff, it's all in the pickup. Get yourself a cheap guitar and then upgrade it with the top of the line bridge pickup of your choice (the pickup will set you back $60-150 if you can handle a soldering Iron yourself). You are looking for a high gain pickup of brands like Seymour Duncan (very popular is the SH-6), ...


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I used IK Multimedia amp modelling for a few years. The amp sims are top notch, but even so, I found differences in guitars that I used. I started with a Mexican Squier Telecaster with single-coil pickups. Although I was able to conjure up some decent lead tones, the overall tone was thin, no matter how I adjusted the eq. etc. Then I tried an Ibanez ...


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How much does the quality of my electric guitar actually matter now? Define your expectations. Find out exactly what you are trying to accomplish. Many people obsess about the quality of the build and focus on the brand name. What makes a great guitar is not always the sum of the parts, sometimes it is the feel. If I pick up another $99 Squier or ...


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I have an 1996 Standard MIM Strat ($350) and I have to be honest and tell you this guitar sounds cheap and it's miles away from every Fender Standard Strat MIA that I've tried. When I bought the guitar in 1997 a friend of mine bought a Squier Strat in the same week, half the price of mine. I was a kid and I was completelly ashamed that my guitar sound much ...



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