Questions tagged [electric-guitar]

For questions specifically about solid-body or semi-acoustic electric guitars. For acoustic and electro-acoustic guitars, or guitar playing in general, see the "guitar" tag.

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Electric guitar bridge lifted too much, intonation problems

I bought a used Fender Mexican strat online many months ago. Its bridge came lifted. I read some threads here (I'm posting them below) that say this can lead to intonation problems, and indeed I've ...
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Reason for ground hum coming from jack port and plug

I was lucky enough to come by a 1976 Ibanez solid body lawsuit-era Les Paul. For its age, it plays and sounds great. I do have one concern. I bought a mid-range guitar cord to go from the guitar to ...
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is it worth the hassle of replacing a guitar's string that broke right out of the box, or should I return it? [closed]

I ordered a fancy new guitar from Guitar Center, but when it finally came, the E string was broken, would it make more sense from a monetary standpoint to change the string, or just return the whole ...
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Are good pickups in a bad guitar worth it?

I have this Epiphone Les Paul 100 that I got probably 7-8 years ago now and it's still got its stock pickups. I was thinking maybe it's time to upgrade and wanted to get a new guitar, but I was ...
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String Buzz and Dead Notes on Squier Strat

I am new to guitar and bought a new Squier Strat as my first guitar. I changed the strings myself to 008's a couple months in, and I think that may have caused some of the problems that followed ...
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Back in black sound

I'm finally learning back in black from tabs after doing it by ear for a long time. I've come to the iconic lick during the intro and its tab is given by this almost everywhere: For the life of me I ...
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Does non-calibrated have a special meaning for guitar strings?

I'm puzzled by the following. It seems to imply that "non-calibrated" strings are a good idea. Steinberger double-ball strings have, as the name suggests, string balls at both ends of the ...
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Bass - shifting fingers

Basic question here. Sorry just starting out. Why switching from finger 2 to 1 on the same B note played (A string)? Also why the flat indicator? It wasn’t C# to begin with. It's like fingers ...
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Can you automatically transpose an electric guitar?

Is is possible to automatically shift all notes of an electric guitar? E.g. can you let your guitar sound like a base? This probably involves changing the created frequencies electronically.
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My Guitar's Volume Knob is Stuck on the Pot

My volume knob was loose on my guitar, falling off when I flipped it over, so instead of buying a new knob, I had the genius idea to slip some paper in where the knob slides onto the pot, and now it's ...
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Is using an amp sim along with a passive speaker a good idea for home practie and small gigs

I am fairly new to using amp simulators for guitars, I was trying to figure out the best setup I could have for practicing at home and for jamming sessions. I will list down my requirements of the ...
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Should string saddles touch each other?

I was investigating a buzzing sound in my Squier Stratocaster that had started a couple of days ago, and finally narrowed it down to the (hard-tail) bridge. None of the height-adjustment screws was ...
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Playing muted notes by fretting on instead of behind the fret

As far as I can tell, when guitarists want to play short, semi-muted notes, they usually use palm muting with the picking hand. However, you can get a similar sound by fretting the notes with your ...
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My strings keep muting [closed]

I started learning guitar and I learned the correct finger positioning on the fretboard and my guitar is tuned. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
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Beginner Confusion Over Guitar Scales

New guitar player here trying to learn music theory and guitar from the ground up. I have somewhat of a two part question. Trying to wrap my head around the first part. So far I have learned the basic ...
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How do I know if this acoustic electric guitar works?

I was given an acoustic electric guitar, but I've never used one before. After changing the battery I tried plugging it into a portable speaker and a consumer stereo/receiver just to see if it gave ...
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Left-handed tremolo on a right-handed Jazzmaster

I've developed the habit of having the trem bar under my wrist and pressing down on it with my wrist when playing my Mexican Fender Jazzmaster. The trem bar runs at a 45° angle across the strings and ...
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What type of guitar is pictured here?

What type of guitar this? This is the only picture available.
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Why are harmonics on guitar easier with distortion?

Background Something I’ve noticed playing electric guitar is that natural harmonics are easier to achieve under heavy distortion. For the sake of disambiguation, when I use the word harmonic, I mean ...
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Are all plain steel electric guitar strings the same, or are some more comfortable thanks to polishing or some other process?

It seems like the plain strings are just ignored. Manufacturers brag about their wound strings, make many different varieties. Yet, there's so little info on the steel strings other than they're ...
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Can my guitar action be lowered further, or is it already too low?

I have gotten a lot better at bending, so I stopped questioning the action on my guitar for a while. But now I feel like although it is good at the lower frets; at the higher frets it seems very high ...
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Wireless guitar systems and interference. How much of an issue is it - at home and at gigs?

I am aware of this previous question Wireless Guitar Systems. However it is nearly ten years old. The technology has probably changed and the emphasis of my question is different. Background I am ...
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Send BiasFX guitar sound with laptop mic to Skype

I'm on Windows 10, I have irigHD2 to interface my guitar to laptop. I use Bias FX2 for effects with an ASIO driver provided with Irig. It's all good. I can get low latency audio from the Irig via ...
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How to find where a loose wire goes in a strat?

I bought a new strat (used). I disassembled it and find a wire that just connects to nothing. I looked at 10 different strat wiring diagrams. I couldn't find it. My key (switch) is a 5 way switch. It ...
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What can this serial number say about my guitar? [closed]

I've recently bought a vintage guitar "Hohner Professional L75". The serial in the back is c103731. What information can this serial say about my guitar? Is it made in Korea or Japan? also ...
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Cannot get the desired tone when recording a Nirvana song

I am trying to record the main riff of "Come As You Are" by Nirvana. I searched on the Internet the amp settings that I should use and I ended up using this : bass 4, mids 5, treble 6, high ...
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The usefulness or otherwise of batteries in multiple guitar effects pedals

I have started purchasing effects pedals. The three I have so far allow the use of batteries. They are Boss Loop Station RC3, VD400 Vintage Analog Delay and tc electronic Nether. Two are switched on ...
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Loose out of tune bottom E string

Just got brand new bullet mustang.After I tuned the string with fender tuner app,all strings are great except the 6th string(low E,thickest string).Though the app says it's tuned it’s loose and you ...
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Lower strings buzz after switching from 0.010“ to 0.009” gauge, should I raise the saddles to fix it?

I replaced the strings on my low end Stagg electric guitar. I changed from 0.010" to 0.009" to make it a little more comfortable to play. After replacing the strings I notice the A and low E ...
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How far can 9's be tuned down?

Apologies if this question has been answered elsewhere, but before I commit to getting my guitars set-up, I was wondering if anyone has had any trouble using 9–42 tuned down a half-step (I currently ...
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Swapping mim Tele bridge pick up for humbucker

Will there be any wiring problems eg series/parallel and I'm hoping to put in quick disconnects under the ash tray Also do I need to "match" the humbucker (get one that suits electrics etc)
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Unwanted sounds when recording guitar on computer

The sound quality that I get from the speakers of my amp is good. Same thing when I am connecting my headphones to the amp. Now, my amp (yamaha THR5) can be connected directly to a computer via an usb ...
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Overdrive pedal shuts down guitar signal when disengage

I´m getting back to playing guitar after a 15 years hiatus. Now I have an apparent issue with my overdrive pedal, it is a Morley Dual Boost Distortion MDB2. As far as the overdrive alone is engaged ...
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Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar [closed]

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Stratocaster Is Fender Stratocaster electric guitar mostly used by leading guitarists in english pop music songs? Is it difficult for a amateur to learn & ...
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My guitar has no sound when the gain knob is turned off. Do all amps need need a little gain to be able to output sound?

So I just got my guitar, for the amp I am using the Yamaha THR10II. It doesn't produce any sound when the gain is all the way off. What I'm doing now is turning it up just a little so the amp is able ...
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Background sound of pick hitting string

Whenever I try picking a string by itself (usually lower strings) it makes a background sound thats kind of like the pick rubbing against the string when I play that overshadows the actual fret sound. ...
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What's this type of multi-effect processor that most pro artists seem to be using? [closed]

I keep noticing that most pro artists do not use individual effects, not even the most high end individual effect pedals, but instead, this big multi effect type of units. Are they custom made? Why ...
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How to apply pinch harmonics? This isn't about how to play it, it's more about how to use it in a musical context?

I think I got a decent grasp on producing pinch harmonics (when I do it in isolation, i.e. playing just one note, it comes out pretty reliably.) I want to practice it within a musical context but I ...
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American Standard Stratocaster Volume Control Problem

My 2007 Fender American Standard Stratocaster has a problem with the volume control. The problem is that the volume drops off a "cliff" and cuts out suddenly when you move the control below ...
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I don't have access to my amp right now, and I want to play so that I can hear myself through my heaphones from my laptop

I'm not trying to record and I don't care if the sound isn't studio grade I just want to hear the effect my pedal applies to the guitar through my pc. I don't have an audio interface and I don't want ...
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Boss Katana 50 external effects loop mod

Is it possible to mod the Boss Katana 50 (version I or II) to add a send and return between the pre-amp and the power amp stage? I know the 100W version has an external effects loop, but I'm a bedroom ...
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Questions about Zakk Wylde's technique

Is Zakk Wylde's picking technique considered unusual? He rounds his right hand completely to the point that it looks unwieldy. Now he makes it work, there is no denying the result, but I wonder if you ...
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Would fishing wire work for strings on an electric guitar?

So, I was browsing the Internet and stumbled across this video of someone using fishing wire as string replacements. This seemed to be kind of a gag just to see if it was actually even possible, but ...
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Tried Eb alternate tuning but guitar intonation is off and I'm unsure how to fix it

I have a fender mexican strat, with 10s. I have never changed string gauge, I only tuned all the strings down half a step to Eb from E. The issue I am running into is that the low Eb, Ab, Db, and Gb ...
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Switching to neck pickup sometimes gives no (or low) sound output

I got a brand new Schecter Damien Platinum 8. I own it for about a month. At a point, while I was playing, I flipped the switch to the neck pickup position, and the guitar simply stopped producing any ...
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How does Tom Morello make these weird whistling noises? VIDEO NSFW!

In the solo, he makes these weird scratching / whistling noises, and I was wondering if anyone knew how exactly he did it?
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Fender telecaster - gap between neck pickup and pickguard

Just today I finally made my dream come true and bought my first Telecaster. I brought it home and it plays like a dream! After I got to play with it for sometime and upon closer inspection, I noticed ...
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How to make these sounds with an electric guitar

Does anyone know how to generate these two types of sounds. First one is 1:09 in this video where he quickly plays two or three notes that sound like artifical ...
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Is it possible to use one pre amp distortion into 2 amplifiers at the same time

I have a VH4-2 pedal and and radial aby switch. I f I use the VH4-2 pedal power amp out will the two outputs from the aby switch be connected to the return /loop of both amps? Is this possible? I just ...
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Is it necessary to have an audio interface to record electric guitar directly?

As it is told on title, should one have an audio interface to record electric guitar or If I use an adapter and plug into computer directly will it still work? With adapter I mean something like this ...

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