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Acoustic guitar player; here's my band's site with links to our music: Baroque & Hungry. Come visit! Buy our stuff, if you like!

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Mar
15
comment How to stop distortion from making minor chords muddy?
Fascinating. I'd upvote twice if I could. Can you do all this to the sound and still preserve dynamic range?
Mar
15
comment How to stop distortion from making minor chords muddy?
Done, but @jduv's answer sounds even more promising than mine.
Mar
15
asked Looking for a specific device to secure a pick to your hand
Mar
15
comment Can I wind my own pickups?
The book Guitar Player Repair Guide by Dan Erlewine is also a great reference.
Mar
15
comment Can I wind my own pickups?
@Jimi - Agreed, question is unclear as it is; I'm not certain if the author wants to wind new pickups to experiment on, or try modifying the existing ones. While intriguing, I would vote to close if I could.
Mar
15
comment How to stop distortion from making minor chords muddy?
@Nerdfest - I would try using EQ next, possibly notching out frequencies until the chords become clearer. Also, are your presets adding reverb/echo? If so, that can make sounds muddier; try dialing that back.
Mar
15
answered How to stop distortion from making minor chords muddy?
Mar
13
comment Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?
Have put a set of .014 strings on the guitar (six strings only for now), and they sound pretty good tuned to D-G-C-F-C-D. I'll play the guitar for a while and see if they stay in tune well. In the meantime, I'm ordering a couple sets of these .016 baritone strings, and I'll see about tuning down even lower to the C-standard-tuning above. Once I get everything sorted out -- I definitely need to widen the nut slots now -- I'll see about doubling up the strings.
Mar
13
comment Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?
Truss rod adjustments are where I draw the line. I've never cut a nut on my own -- I don't have the tools -- but I'd be comfortable widening the slots in the existing one slightly. (I might have to special-order a nut if this works out well.)
Mar
13
comment Up-down strumming when playing fingerstyle
No fingernails at all, or very short ones?
Mar
13
answered Up-down strumming when playing fingerstyle
Mar
13
comment How do I go about de-fretting a bass guitar?
The advantage to buying a new, fretless neck is that you can always go back to the old neck if it turns out you don't like the fretless one. It's an expensive option, but a good one.
Mar
13
comment 12-string acoustic guitar - how do nut and saddle materials affect tone?
Nice edit! I'd upvote again if I could. :)
Mar
13
comment Using an electric guitar with GarageBand
A good answer to a sketchy question. Whether you can just plug your guitar into your audio interface depends on the interface; my M-Audio FW800 handles guitar inputs quite well, but when I was using a USB interface, I used a Pod amp modeler on the tube preamp setting in between the guitar and the interface, even when I was using software amps in Garageband. A DI box may also give good results.
Mar
13
comment Using an electric guitar with GarageBand
@z-buffer - You also may get answers to Garageband-specific questions on audio.SE, but you'll need to provide more information than this.
Mar
13
comment 12-string acoustic guitar - how do nut and saddle materials affect tone?
Also, I'd heard that a guitar's sound comes chiefly through the vibration of the top, and not through the soundhole. However, thinner-bodied guitars are definitely softer and more tinny-sounding, so I'm not certain that's true.
Mar
13
comment 12-string acoustic guitar - how do nut and saddle materials affect tone?
The guitar does have problems staying in tune, so I'll price out bone nuts and saddles. I think that the tone problems are here to stay, although they're fairly minimal.
Mar
13
comment 12-string acoustic guitar - how do nut and saddle materials affect tone?
@VariLogRant - If I'm wrong about this, someone please correct me, but 12-strings do tend to be lacking in bottom-end tone, due to over half of their strings being unwound (I think) so transmission of low frequencies to the top is even more important than on a 6-string. (If I knew what wood this guitar is made of, then that would be even more relevant information.)
Mar
12
asked 12-string acoustic guitar - how do nut and saddle materials affect tone?
Mar
12
asked Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?