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Product Manager by day, Cook and Guitarist by night.


Feb
8
comment My guitar goes out of tune at a higher pitch rather than lower, is that normal?
Good question. I have a guitar that has one string go up. Although, I always assumed that the rest of the guitar had gone flat. I've never even thought to check it with a tuner.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
But don't forget that there's probably already a 50% margin on that. It wouldn't surprise me to see yamaha getting them at 1/4 that and going with cheaper components. So I'd guess $25-$50 for electronics in a cheap yamaha guitar.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
Sure, it's hard to argue with that, but I don't think it's as big an issue as all that. Yamaha buys (builds?) an awful lot of electronics for their acoustic guitars. I'd be surprised if the hardware was anything close to $100. Economies of scale. And my point wasn't that GC sells them, but rather that almost everything that GC does sell at that price includes a pickup. It seems that you get to much more expensive guitars before the electronics are frequently absent. But that's just my experience. Nothing definitive.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
And it's a shame to say, but $450 is the cheaper end of things.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
It's also much harder to control feedback as the volume goes up and you're in a small space. And acoustic guitar feedback is generally not the good kind.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
I'm not sure I agree. At that price point, you're more likely to find a guitar with electronics than without. Pretty much everything at guitar center in the 200-500 range has it. Although, it's hard to argue with the advice "best sounding guitar in your price range"!
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
Only tangentially related, but I would recommend against that guitar. Anything "pretty" for less than a grand is generally junk. Particularly the Ibanez. While the guitars look beautiful, they tend to sound dead. I'd recommend something from fender or yamaha at the cheaper end of things.
Feb
8
comment Fingers Too Short for Barre Chords?
Too big is a much bigger issue than too small. I have large hands, but I don't have much trouble using a smaller kids guitar. Having big hands may make you feel clumsy when you start out, but it's a benefit in the long run.
Feb
8
comment Fingers Too Short for Barre Chords?
Although, he had monstrously huge hands.
Feb
5
comment How does The Talkbox work?
I'm also not so sure how useful the point is when explaining it to someone that doesn't even know the basics of the effect. Saying it's the same as FM radio may be true at an abstract mathematical level, but it's getting a little on the esoteric side in a discussion of guitar effects.
Feb
5
comment How does The Talkbox work?
I think they're taking issue with your phrase that a talkbox is basically a vocoder, which isn't really true. In your comments you're arguing that a vocoder and talkbox are based on the same principle, modulation, which is true. Understanding modulation will get you a lot further than just a talkbox and vocoder (chorus, flange, wah, phaser, tremolo), so I think your point wasn't particularly clear in your answer.
Feb
5
comment What is tremolo picking?
Interesting tidbit on Leo. I'd never noticed that before.
Feb
4
comment How can I practice in an apartment without annoying the neighbours?
@Frank, the Valvetronix are really pretty spectacular, especially at the price point. It's the only amp I recommend to my students (at least until they're spending over $500 and looking at tubes). It's not as good as the real thing, but it's a ton of options at a great price.
Feb
3
comment How do I get pinch harmonics during solos?
There's also a good question on the technique on the site already: music.stackexchange.com/questions/1394/…
Feb
3
comment How do I get pinch harmonics during solos?
Incidentally, that's the most common complaint about editing a question. What if you change the question so that it is "better" but it's not longer the question the OP was really asking? Seems to be what's happened here based on the accepted answer.
Feb
3
comment How do I get pinch harmonics during solos?
@Ian, Samuel clearly used the wrong name for the sound he was hearing. Your edit to the question made the question more clear, but seems to have obscured the original intent of the question and caused the mismatch between Q&A to be bigger than is really the case. I would suggest an edit to the effect of, "I think it's feedback, but I could be wrong. What's the technique called if it's something else?"
Jan
29
comment What chords are used often in “Funk” - Why?
Also, it's a good idea to summarize the information in your links rather than just linking to them. This helps for two reasons, 1 the info is now actually in the answer, requiring less steps for someone to understand your answer but more importantly 2) it helps avoid link rot. If the link stops working, your answer is still useful.
Jan
29
comment What chords are used often in “Funk” - Why?
Google it isn't a very good answer. There are lots of questions that are googleable, but the point of the stack exchange sites is to provide definitive answers to questions, regardless of whether the question is easy to answer.
Jan
29
comment What is the difference between “Solo” and “Improvisation”?
When an entire group is improvising, it is often referred to as jamming.
Jan
29
answered How do you know what beat to emphasize based on the time signature?