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Playing through a wah wah, and gradually increasing the resonant frequence (creating more "open" vowel sounds) can lend a dynamic effect.


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Controlled feedback is a useful technique although it's as old as Hendrix. I like to use high gain and distortion and a wah so that I can hit a single note and control its feedback crescendo and decrescendo with careful muting.


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It's true that distortion, especially heavy distortion causes a lot of compression and evens out most of the dynamics. But a softly picked note is not only quieter, it's also duller, that is, it contains less high frequency, even after distortion. Since we are more sensitive to high frequencies, some dynamics can be achieved just by picking softer or harder. ...


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I grabbed a dozen or so Google Images and none look even close. All the SG510 heads have a big logo and different font as Edouard pointed out. Unless your axe was heavily, and badly, refinished, you're stuck.


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There is a multitude of effects that you can use to achieve this setting. The whammy really works and is very good for pitch shifting, and i know where you're coming from when you say it sounds muddy, It can sound muddy and even glitchy, which is actually a feature that a lot of people like. I dont know what is your style of play when using the whammy, but ...


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I'm a Tele player, and I learned the trick from Danny Gatton's Hot Licks instructional tape, where he showed how to cut away some of the attack with volume swells, and also tone swells. He did this on a Tele with standard control plate setup. Simply, you wrap your pinky around the volume knob. (Jeff Beck uses a tone swell for the train horn lick at the ...


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DI (Direct Injection) boxes Like an Amp Simulator these are not considered effects however they have significance to performing musicians (connecting to an in-house PA system or studio recording rig) so I'm giving them a mention. A DI box converts the guitar/effects output to a mic-lead connection. Besides the obvious difference in the shape of the ...


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If I use Ernie Ball, D'Addario, Dunlop, etc strings they will rust within, get this, 2 days. Trust me when I say, you want to get some better strings preferably coated one, such as Elixirs. The other coated strings brands still rusted and sounded dead for me after just a few weeks. Elixirs at least last about a month. Also, use a cloth to wipe down (or ...


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Ring Modulator Ring modulation takes two separate inputted signals and multiplies those signals. A ring modulator will typically take the input signal from an instrument and mix it with a second signal generated by an internal oscillator which you can vary the frequency of. Moderate frequencies generate eerie, bell-like tones that sound awesome beneath ...


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Freeze pedal Sometimes also called a "granular synthesizer", this effect allows guitarists to infinitely sustain what they are currently playing on their guitars. Simple versions of this pedal are the Electro Harmonix "Freeze" pedal and the "Freeze" effect on the Boss ME-80 multi-effects pedal. A more sophisticated version is the Electro Harmonix ...


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Another option would be to use an EBow (Electronic Bow). As it's names suggests, this device can be used to create bowing effects like a violin or cello.


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You may want to explore my collection of chords and supporting information. What makes this uncommon (unique?) is the fact that this collection of guitar chords illustrates and functionally identifies the component chord voices, rather than just indicating a marker to "put your finger here". This collection is almost completely comprised of movable chords -- ...


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Wah-wah (or just "wah") This is effectively a foot-operated parametric equialiser. A frequency is determined normally by the position of a foot pedal. The input signal is boosted at, and around, this frequency, above the rest of the signal. As you move the pedal, the frequency being amplified changes up or down. The frequency range is set so that it sits ...


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One technique that hasn't been mentioned is acoustic feedback. It's probably less tricky with double-coil pickups which are less prone to magnetic feedback bypassing the strings altogether.


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One way to get this effect is with an envelope filter. Then you will get it automatically, as the volume starts at 0 when the string is plucked, and then increases (with the correct settings).


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Often called violining, either use the swell (volume) pedal or the volume pot on your guitar. Strat style guitars are pretty good for this, as Leo thought to put the volume control quite close to the strings/bridge, so a little finger can roll from palm to tip as you pluck the string. Then it gets rolled off again the opposite way, ready for the next note. ...


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I use a flannel shoe cloth (like you get in hotel rooms) with a few dabs of of baby oil to wipe the strings down before and after playing. And also wipe my fingertips (calluses). That all works wonders. Sliding your fingers along becomes so much easier. Lately I've combined that with Elixir plain corrosion resistant strings, and I find that extends the ...


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Downpicking is absolutely stronger and harder to play if made quickly. If hear Metallica songs you can understand better what I mean.. to make it right you should discover your personal hand/arm tactic to be stable.


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If you are prepared to pay a small fee Tom Quayle, on of the best modern day legato players, has a course called Modern Legato which is in 3 parts, http://tomquayle.co.uk/lessons.html check out the trailers for these lessons on YouTube. The benefit of these lessons are that they also include Tom's hybrid picking technique which you can choose to either use ...


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Everyone so far has offered software solutions but as I read it you want to practice using your amp and effects pedals rather than substitute with an software based amp sim so I would suggest getting a cab emulator such as the Two Notes Torpedo CAB and run a line out from your amp bypassing the amps internal speaker, use the cab simulator to emulate your own ...


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As the other answers show, there are various ways of combining multiple devices to meet your needs. However, Tascam have a line of great stand alone devices for your purpose. I have the CD GT2 and have found it indispensable, it is without a doubt the best music related purchase I've ever made in terms of improving my skill level. ...


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I use an MXR ten band EQ in the loop of my Mesa Rectifier, to boost the mids (which are quite scooped on this amp type). For me it is a necessary thing to be able to get a sound I like from that amp. So it can be very important. I think it is important to try to get the most out of your equipment you have now first, and then add effects as limits are ...


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There are quite a lot of products available which take guitar signal and an aux signal, and combine them into a headphone. Here's some photos of some - one cheap, the other more upmarket. I googled "pocket practice amp aux". With these one, you would plug the large input jack into your guitar. You would connect an MP3 player (or whatever) into the 3.5mm ...


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An EQ is more important than a lot of musicians realise, especially for guitar. Most musicians like to leave their overall sound in the mix to the soundman. However, if you really like a certain tone, having an EQ beside your rig will give you more flexibility to get that tone. As you do your sound check and play with the band you need to move out and ...


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If you have a "line-in" input on your laptop, I have three suggestions: The quick and dirty one is to get a cheap adapter jack, connect your guitar to your laptop through the line-in input and use one of the zillions of free or commercial amp simulators on your computer. Unfortunately this will not give you good tone, because the guitar output is not ...


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What I would suggest is to use an Apogee Jam to plug the guitar into the laptop, where it can then use Amplitube to model the sound of a guitar. Then just play a backing track on the laptop, and listen with headphones. There are some disadvantages to this approach but it has been fairly convenient and produces a reasonably good result. You can also ...


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A point to point wired amp will generally have a rectifier, a nice big transformer, simple but high quality components, and be connected to a decent speaker; anyone with a PTP amp probably has a decent sounding axe. This will sound better. Rectifiers have nice natural compression. Seems a lot of people haven't heard old amps much. There's a reason they're ...


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Bad for electric guitar sound. The horn will cause horrible high-pitched feedback. Use a guitar or bass cab. Fine for acoustic guitar, but then, why not just use monitors? Fine for upright bass reinforcement. Not good for electric rock bass, you won't get character sound. The clean sound of the horn is nice for jazz bass.


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Speaker damage is caused by either the cone moving too much, or the voice coil overheating from distortion. Most sounds from modern amps will not cause either, regardless of the instrument you connect. There is nothing that says you cannot plug a synth or a guitar into a bass amp, or a bass or synth into a guitar amp. If it sounds good, you can use it. ...


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The old folksinger Joni Mitchell had about 55 tunings that she would regularly use in performance. When she no longer wanted an 18-wheeler to carry 55 guitars on tour she went to the Roland VG-8 guitar processing system which stored all her guitar tunings. Joni Mitchell would play on a strat so under monitored situations the difference between the way that ...


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No, it will not damage the speaker. The high tones of a guitar are simply not capable of damaging your bass amp. Even if the amp isn't really suitable for these high tones (and in many cases, they can actually play them just fine), the amp will perfectly survive them. No harm there. The other way around is a much worse idea, because deep bass tones tend to ...


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One side effect of an upwards stroke is that you'll normally only hit the highest couple of strings. This upwards stroke starts at the highest strings, and (as cyco130 said) is usually a lot weaker, which means that you'll only hit two or three strings at most. More than that will usually sound clumsy, unless you really intend to go for that particular ...


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Down picking allows one to apply more power which may be necessary for certain types of riffs. It also makes the attacks more even so they sound more like "chug - chug - chug - chug" instead of "chug - ga - chug - ga" (sorry but I don't know how to express it better). So the choice of picking technique is based on which sound you want to hear, with the ...


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Legato means playing smoothly and in a flowing way. On guitar this it achieved in several ways'Hammering on, meaning playing a note then snapping another finger to a higher fret for the next note. Sort of opposite to this is pulling off, where you play a note, but have another finger on a lower fret as well. Then the first fretting finger slides a little ...


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You should go to ultimateguitar.com they've got some really good lessons http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/guitar_techniques/advanced_legato_techniques.html Here's one You've been playing for 5-6 years I think you could start playing advanced lessons Try mixing up between legato and alternate picking for maximum face melting effect You could play licks ...


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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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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 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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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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A good general rule is that you should make sure that you are buying an instrument from a reputable dealer and not some seller on eBay or similar whom you know nothing about. If you are buying what is advertised as a new Gibson instrument, is the seller a store authorized by the Gibson guitar company? This would make it much more likely that the merchandise ...


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Counterfeit goods (so probably guitars also) frequently do not reproduce the original packing (box, user manual, etc), often using much cheaper alternatives. You may try to check how the original packing looks like in some more expensive shop where guitars are new and most likely original. Also, the serial number is most often just missing, so you even do ...


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Well, I'm not good enough in answering this kind of question, but I'll do my best. Perhaps you can look the series code number. By going to it's website, you can check if it's an original or not. Or you can try the guitar (or any instrument you want to buy with that brand) and compare to the same model/brand in another shop, if the feeling you got from ...


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I have a 2009 MIM std. Tele. Fantastic w/sock pickups through a variety of amps. Only change I made was straplocks and a matte black pickplate...looks ultra-retro on arctic white! Also have a 2008 MIM std. Strat. It is the discontinued metallic 'Midnight Blue', my all time favorite Fender color. In some light it takes on a slight purple hue. Looks so tasty I ...


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My best guess says you have earthing problems. Try using a different power socket!


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It's rather simple. Reduce the Volume knob on your guitar which is meant for your pickup to a limit wher you cannot hear sliding sounds. Then recompensate turning your amplifier gain a bit harder


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Dont forget that the magnetic attraction of the pickup poles simply being present will affect the string vibration and tend to kill harmonics the more pickups/coils are present. That's why EVH stripped his guitar to just bridge HB.


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The short answer is that an HSH guitar can be wired to do everything an HH guitar can, but provides the additional option of mixing in the middle single coil. HH guitars are usually wired with a three-way switch (neck, middle, bridge) and either master volume and tone or individual pickup volume and tone. As standard, HSH guitars are usually wired with a ...


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Time was, Fender Stratocasters used a three-position switch, corresponding to neck, middle and bridge pickups. Granted, single-coil, so just bear with me. Players discovered that, if you put the switch in the right position, you could get the neck-and-middle and bridge-and-middle sounds. Jimi Hendrix is a popularizer of this technique, and it became popular ...



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