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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Any tips on making pentatonic climbing more fluid (electric guitar)

I've been practicing pentatonic scales on my electric guitar and sometimes it'll be very fluid and smooth sounding and other times it'll be very choppy and static. Is making the climb-up and climb-...
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What are the differences between Ash and Alder wood for electric guitar?

Ever since the 50’s both Ash wood and Alder wood have remained the most popular choice for building electric guitars. What are the major differences between these two woods for an electric guitar? (...
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Legato slide, Pulloff, hammer on combo

I have been trying to figure out how to play these notes for months.. I don’t know if I’m supposed to do it as 1 pick starting at the 16 then pull off and slide hammer and slide again?? Please help. ...
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Static noise from amplifier and it increases when i touch guitar strings

https://streamable.com/76kpb1 I made a video of the issue i am facing, it's my first electric guitar so idk what's the issue
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Why does plugging headphones directly into guitar effect sound "bad"?

A few days ago I tried to plug my (OneOdio A71) headphones directly into my 9 V cheap mini Kokko overdrive. I was expecting to not hear anything, or almost anything, because it was my understanding ...
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Are there modern Fender Telecasters with the dark circuit?

Are there modern Fender tellies with the dark circuit? I saw this video that demonstrates an old Fender Tele with the dark circuit, was wondering if there are modern examples that don't require a ...
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Guitar pedal sounds broken / off - troubleshooting

My guitar sounds pretty good just plugged in to the amp, but unfortunately my new pedal is starting to sound off; it sounds really strained and the effect is barely audible. It's less than a week old ...
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Electric guitar's 6th string buzzing, but through the amplifier, the buzz sound is not coming. Anything to be concerned about?

I just bought a new Cort Les Paul electric guitar. Except for the 6th string, all other strings are working fine. No buzzing. But the 6th string (fattest one), on plucking, is buzzing when not ...
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How to replace amp of electric guitar with IPad

I just wanna start learning the electric guitar (EG) as my first musical instrument and I have no knowledge about music. As I understood, I should buy an amplifier to play EG. I am wondering if it is ...
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Why are my guitars high strings playing more than one note

I recently got a new PRS SE Custom 24 before I left the store. I had the tech adjust the truss rod and check it, because when I fretted notes on the higher strings I could hear the next note a fret ...
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How do I achieve sustained feedback on a smaller rig?

Following up on a question here where there has been a lot of activity, how can I achieve feedback with a smaller rig? I've read responses talk about doing it with a 100w Marshall. I have a 5w ...
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EHX Mainframe - dynamic hi/low pass

I'm seeking to confirm whether it's possible to have granular control of when I engage the hi/low pass filters on the EHX mainframe "bit crusher" guitar pedal. I've digested about 5 youtube ...
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How can you sustain a long note on electric guitar smoothly?

Sometimes a song calls for a very long sustained note, or a long sustaining chord, such that the length of the note is beyond what you can expect a guitar to naturally sustain, let alone sustain ...
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Wiring 1 humbucker, 2 singles, 1 tone knob with YKE switch

So I got this cheap used guitar (Invasion brand). It has H+S+S setup, two knobs and a 5-way pickup switch. Currently it's wired like this: As you can see, it's not wired properly (the humbucker is ...
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How do you stabilize a humbucker pickup with loose screws?

I tried to disassemble and reassemble my neck pickup because it moves a lot, it looks lower and too much movable, unlike the bridge pickup. The two middle screws of the neck pickup, left, are movable ...
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Is it safe to use synth and filter effect pedals without risk to guitar amp?

The aim is to decide on a suitable signal path for my current pedals -- only two: Boss SY-1 Synth and Dr Scientist Dusk (low pass filter). Both pedals have other functions like loops but I don't ...
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How did Malcom Young tame the feedback?

I realise that Malcolm Young played a fair amount of solid-body Gretch guitars but for a certain amount of songs he played hollow-bodied Gretsch's as well. How did he not succumb to unruly feedback? ...
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Why are necks thinner at the nut?

I'm sure this must have been asked before but I'm finding myself incapable of phrasing the search query correctly to find it. Guitar and bass (and more generally all 'necked' instruments) necks are ...
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How to Solder Twin Core Guitar Cable To Mono Guitar Jack

I have a braided 25ft Ernie Ball cable that I decided was just too long for what I needed, so I cut it and made it into two cables using REAN silent jacks. The cable is a twin core cable with a ...
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What does the actual difference in sound between different brands of electric guitars come from?

I own 2 different electric guitars (a Fender stratocaster and a Gibson SG) and this question came to mind. How do the actual differences in sound differ between the two? And by which components this ...
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How does an electric guitar waveform differ from a pure tone?

I've been writing a program that functions similar to a MIDI interpreter, but the pure tones I'm currently using very poorly resemble the actual tones produced by guitars, pianos, and other ...
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What is causing major humming from my guitar whether plugged into my amp or my computer?

I have an Epiphone Les Paul Junior. I 'm plugging in to the computer through a Scarlett Solo USB. It hums so bad its unplayable. Even when I'm touching the strings. I checked the electronics on the ...
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is it possible to make my electric guitar have a metal or rocky kinda sound?

I've seen a lot online about using the different knobs but i have an amp with only 3 of them: Treble, Volume and Gain. There's also a boost button but I haven't seen much about that. On the guitar ...
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Can I plug both laptop and multi-fx to audio interface which is connected to a speaker?

Looking to output my multi fx to my speaker but also at the same time output my laptop to the speaker. So setup is looking like: Guitar -> Multi FX -> Focusrite Scarlett Laptop -> Focusrite ...
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Fluctating volume between pickups

I have a squier telecaster. I don't exactly have the expertise to fix the problem I have. However, I have been trying to find what is wrong but I can't seem to figure it out nor can I have someone ...
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How realistic is it to become a professional musician when you start learning music late at life? [closed]

I'm 29 years old with a solid career. I started playing guitar a couple of months ago, initially practicing for 30 minutes every day and now playing for 2 hours every day, along with weekly in-person ...
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Weird resonating noise coming from electric guitar bridge only when playing a C

two days ago I noticed my guitar making a strange noise when plucking certain strings on certain frets. Watching the issue more closely, I realized that it only happens when I play a C anywhere (e.g. ...
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Was the widespread use of PRS in the 90s because 90s Gibson guitars were low quality? [closed]

Was the 90s widespread adoption of PRS guitars really to do with the low quality Gibson guitars of the era? I have heard that the 90s were not Gibson's best decade and was wondering if that led to ...
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Jazz guitar: thin tone on strings 1-2

Hi jazz guitar experts - I'm able to get a nice warm, muted, jazzy tone on strings 3-6, but not 1-2. This persists across different guitars, amps, and tone settings. For example, I've tried Heritage ...
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Why does my power chord sound higher when I play the same notes on a different string on my electric guitar? [duplicate]

For example I play the B power chord by pressing the 2nd fret on the A string, 4th fret on the D string and the 4th fret on G the string. It sounds higher than when I play the power chord by pressing ...
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Is there anything about a strat that lends itself to Eb standard tuning?

I have read that Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix tuned their Fender Stratocasters to Eb standard. I have not heard of it being done to other guitars. Is there anything specific to a Stratocaster ...
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How can I set up the equipment I have so I can play the guitar with a backing track (laptop) and using headphones?

I have a guitar, two amps, a pedal and a pair of headphones. My target is to somehow set these devices up in a way that would allow me to play the guitar along with a backing track coming from a ...
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Practicing electric guitar using a Boss Katana, what can I use for playing backing tracks?

I've been practicing electric guitar using a Katana for the past few months, I was considering playing over a track, but not sure how to do it. I don't think the Katana can play anything other than ...
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Term for flute-like sound made by increasing volume after picking? [duplicate]

What's the term for the electric guitar technique that results in a smooth sound (like that of a wind instrument) by: Decreasing the volume (usually to mute; typically with the pinky finger) Striking ...
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What effects are going on here? [closed]

I'd like to recreate the sound in guitar lick of this song (lick at 4:00). I was wondering whether anyone with a keen ear could let me know what effects/pedals might ...
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microphonic cable? [closed]

I am happy to say that I am learning all the time. I have worked on my own guitars, electronics, etc. I have replaced several PU's and am very comfortable with a soldering pencil. I say all that to ...
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It claims to be a Kramer [closed]

all. I have acquired this weird guitar. It has a Kramer plate on the back with a serial and no other identifying marks. I have checked everywhere: under all the plates, behind the pickups, under ...
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Is EQ the only reason pickups sound different?

Do electric guitar (or bass) pickups sound different only because of EQ? I understand the strength of magnet and totality of wire windings effects the strength of the signal but if one wanted to make ...
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Transposing a melody into power chords

This question was deemed off-topic, Arrangement of Avicii level's power chords Which is fair, since it was a tall order. After wrestling with it for another week, I think I can refine my approach ...
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Question About Tab Notation

Maybe an obvious question, but I ran across notation in the tabs for a song that I wasn't exactly familiar with. I'm fairly familiar with a lot of guitar notation, even though I primarily play drums, ...
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Is it possible and if so how do you hard reset a Boss DSD-2 guitar pedal?

I was gifted the pedal and it was from a guitar store but stopped working after 20 minutes or so when I came back to play it for a second session. I’ve troubleshooted the power supply method with ...
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What are Extra Jumbo Frets?

So I've been looking around Shechter guitars and some guitars there have X-Jumbo frets, for example https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/banshee-mach-7-detail From what I've gathered Jumbo frets ...
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Why is acoustic string measured in tension while electric string in gauges?

Is there a reason you can have different tensions strings with the same gauge on a classic guitar but electric strings only ever seem to differ on gauge? It would seem an interesting proposal to have ...
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What dissonant chords can I use for C Maj power chord songs?

I find that I am writing a lot of rhythm guitar passages in a C Major progression, with power chords. But, I also find a lot of my songs are starting to sound alike. What dissonant chords can I ...
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How to use an expression pedal with Yamaha THR10 II?

The Yamaha THR10 II has a USB port on the back but doesn't have RCA in/out ports on the backs like other models seem to have. I have tried to search some forums about how the set up is supposed to ...
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Proper configuration for: synth pedal + expression pedal + amp

Had some great input from this electric guitar question: What type(s) of equipment is needed for real-time distortion / tone modulation on an electric guitar? As a quick recap: Goal: To be able to go ...
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How to replace string on Donner standard series

My son just got his first guitar. I know NOTHING about guitars. One of the strings broke and we can’t figure out how to replace it. The videos I’ve found on YouTube make it look easy and spend about 5 ...
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How to stop buzz and radio interference on a mini amp

I'm a beginner and recently bought my mini amp (borne strike g30) but it keeps picking up radio signals and making a really annoying buzz. When I change rooms sometimes the buzz will either go up or ...
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How to make a mini amp sound like rock (distorted/ overdrive)

I'm a beginner and have been getting some trouble with my mini amp. It's the borne strike g30 (brazilian brand) and its settings are: a drive switch (which honestly just seems to be making the volume ...
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using scales as a tool to identify lick [duplicate]

I am learning how to play Children of the Sea by Black Sabbath. A tab that I found on the internet seems pretty accurate and straightforward, though I found the video of this guy playing and I found ...
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