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Jan
21
comment What Does a Compressor Pedal Do?
Thanks for your feedback Alex. You are absolutely correct--sorry I missed that. I updated my answer.
Jan
21
comment Upgrade tuners or get a new guitar?
You would need to check and make sure that the screw holes (or pegs in the case of some tuning machines) match up on the underside of the headstock. Kinda hard to do if you're planning on purchasing your machines online. Or, you could check for the brand name of the tuners you have installed, purchase a higher quality machine with the same design from a dealer. If you can get me a picture I might could identify a match for you :D.
Jan
21
answered What Does a Compressor Pedal Do?
Jan
21
answered How do you care for your guitar?
Jan
21
answered Upgrade tuners or get a new guitar?
Jan
20
comment Tips on playing with wah-wah for beginners
Excellent followup answer!
Jan
20
asked Silicon vs Germanium Fuzz
Jan
20
comment Singing notes while playing scales
Additionally, it will build your "tone memory" as you do this. It's exceedingly useful to listen to a song and be able to pick it apart without having a guitar in your hands. I have learned many a song this way, just from memorizing the tones of scales and chords and matching them as I listen to the song.
Jan
20
comment Why do some artists tune their guitars half a step or whole step down?
Fixed the typo, and RIP.
Jan
20
asked What's a good strategy for adjusting pole pieces?
Jan
20
comment Tips on playing with wah-wah for beginners
The half-cocked wah tone is all over the place. I'm sure if I went through my music collection and listed the songs and artists that utilize it you'd be very surprised at where it turns up. It's a very versatile sound and cuts through the mix pretty well in lots of applications.
Jan
20
answered Why do some artists tune their guitars half a step or whole step down?
Jan
20
answered What is concert pitch?
Jan
20
comment What are Tone Pots / Potentiometers?
If you'll notice on that diagram, the older way of wiring a tone pot included placing one post at the sweeper lug on the pot and the other post on the input to the tone control. This compensates for a volume drop that occurs as the logarithmic taper of a potentiometer kicks in. When you roll the volume back some of the frequencies that were bled off are allowed back into the output signal, keeping it consistant. The drawback to this schema is that the tone value changes as you move the volume--so every time you change the volume you have to tweak the tone pot to keep the tone uniform.
Jan
20
comment What are Tone Pots / Potentiometers?
That actually is NOT vintage wiring. PLacing a capacitor across the volume pot is called a treble bleed capacitor, and it's usually paired with a specific resistor depending on the type of potentiometer you are installing them on along with the output of the pickups. The so-called "vintage" wiring on Les Pauls is very hard to nail down because each guitar could have been wired completely different. A diagram of true '57 wiring (the only consistent one to my knowledge) is located here: lollarguitars.com/pickup-wiring-diagrams/…
Jan
20
comment Why is an amplifier's effects loop useful?
I actually prefer all my modulation to be pre-distortion, so be careful saying that it is better for my tone ;D. Post distortion chorus sounds 80's, but if you place it pre-distortion it has a subtle fattening effect.
Jan
20
comment What are Tone Pots / Potentiometers?
Great answer Alex! It would be more illustrative with a picture though. Another good article on this subject is located here: stewmac.com/freeinfo/Electronics/Pots/w101-tonecontrol.html
Jan
19
comment Cheap alternative to a SG Standard
Epiphone has some decent stuff for the price. I've played cheap ones too mind you, so go play one before you purchase (the universal rule of guitar buying)
Jan
18
asked Balanced triodes. Gimmick, or worth the money?
Jan
18
asked When should I be concerned about calibrating the bias of vacuum tubes in an amplifier?