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I'm a developer for pay and a guitarist for fun.


Oct
26
answered Silent, extremely portable instrument to learn music
Oct
18
comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
But flat-wound is about the winding wire, not the core wire. This (stringsandbeyond.com/hex-core-vs-round-core.html) says that many strings are hex-core. I can't really comment more.
Oct
18
answered Useful tuning for 7 or 8 string guitars
Oct
17
comment Guitar Action for practicing and learning
@Tony, I'm 90% with you. Buzz is the sound of strings vibrating against frets, and you can get fairly low action without getting near that problem. High action beyond that point is either someone wanting to play a dobro without the high nut or someone not caring about the instrument. But, while you carve divots into your fingertips pushing down all that way, at least there won't be any buzz. That's the only possible benefit of the too-high action you often see on intro-level guitars.
Oct
17
comment Guitar Action for practicing and learning
I agree with your "depends" point, but I think high action is easier in the top five frets, where the strings get closer to the fretboard because you're near the nut, so thick-string high-action dreadnoughts are the standard heavy-strumming bluegrass style. Or, am I restating your point while thinking I disagree?
Oct
16
answered Guitar Action for practicing and learning
Oct
15
comment On the guitar, if I play a song which is in the key of D, where should I put the capo?
In this case, yes, capo on 2nd fret. But while it is true that you can play in all keys without the capo, you may want to have the right open strings ringing, which is what the capo is there for.
Oct
10
comment My high E string broke after one week of replacing my guitar strings. Could that be an installation issue?
One broken string is not a pattern. Once you have to replace it a few times, should that happen, you'll get a sense of what the issues are.
Oct
9
answered How do I get pinch harmonics during solos?
Oct
8
answered Scruggs Banjo Tuners - are they necessary?
Oct
2
comment Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?
Talk to local shops and ask about getting a nut cut. I did that for a low-end Tele copy and it was less than I thought.
Oct
2
comment Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?
An issue with the old 12-strings was that the bracing wasn't up to par, and the tuning down was for the instrument's continued survival, not the artistic choice of the player. (Not that Leadbelly didn't make it work, of course.)
Sep
27
revised What are the Five Most Important Things to Learn?
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Sep
27
comment What are the Five Most Important Things to Learn?
I really need to reread these things before I hit "Submit".
Sep
27
answered What are the Five Most Important Things to Learn?
Sep
25
comment How often is it recommended to change bass strings?
They are a brand of coated strings. Strings degrade in part because your fingers bring chemistry which corrodes them and funk which embeds between windings. Coating protects them, but changes the tone in ways some musicians don't like. More here: music.stackexchange.com/questions/1629/…
Sep
24
answered Do I need a teacher to learn violin?
Sep
21
awarded  Custodian
Sep
21
answered Validating pickup wiring
Sep
20
comment Where is a natural harmonic for the note C on guitar?
The distiction between artificial harmonics and natural harmonics is artificial.