Questions tagged [electric-guitar]

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Guitar effect in the verse of "I Know What I Like" by Genesis [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the guitar effect in the verse of the Genesis Song "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)". It has some sitar vibe to it, maybe a bit of chorus, but I just can't ...
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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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Soft or hard pick for funk 16ths?

I'm trying to get into funk with my electric guitar and am currently practicing keeping the 16ths rhythm and learn keeping a loose wrist. I usually play with a thick pick ("fender heavy"), ...
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Looking for a guitar name

My grandpa is looking for the name of a guitar he used to play with when he was younger. He tells me that the electric guitar brand is something like "Andrea", "Andrezza" or "...
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Would there be issues changing out necks frequently with a bolt-on?

I'm thinking of getting a guitar with a bolt-on neck, so that I can later get a second neck with a fretless fingerboard, and switch out those necks as needed. Would this potentially cause some kind of ...
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Keeping time on alternate picking in 4/4, 16th notes per measure, but melody grouped in 7s

I'm learning this exercise and I'm astonished at how it is difficult to keep on time. He's playing 16 16th notes per measure, but the phrasing of the notes is in groups of seven. I sounds weird to me ...
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Guitar - How to switch from clean to hi-gain

I'm tyring to reverse-engineer how this cover was done: Around that time stamp we can see the player switch from clean (not totally clean) to hi-gain by toggling the ...
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Hum happens with one guitar but not another

I'm having a problem that many of you must have already had. I have an old guitar with old humbuckers ( a Jolana, Galaxis model, 1970's Czech guitar) that is producing that classing "not grounded&...
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Guitar makes humming sound, especially more when touching metal part of pickup switch that sticks out of the guitar

I used a multimeter to test that everything is connected/grounded, at least I hope I did. It shows continuity when I touch all metal parts, so everything seems grounded. So I just don't get what can ...
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How to know if you are tremolo picking in time?

How to know if you are tremolo picking in time? Let's say you are going around 16th notes 160bpm and you are tremolo picking power chords. How do people actually know they went up and down 4 times in ...
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Is it Ok to leave a guitar with a broken string?

Just broke the high E on my guitar and won't be able to get new strings for about 2 weeks. will leaving it as it is damage the guitar at all? the guitar is an Ibanez rga42fm with a fixed bridge All ...
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Busted guitar top, how to fix?

all. I am new to this exchange. I recently bought a 7 string Cort guitar with a busted top (for cheap). I am hoping to repair back to playable condition. It is in good condition except what you see ...
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Why do some PRS guitars have bird inlays?

What is the story behind the bird inlays of the PRS guitars?
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Guitar - making an "A" sound instead of an "O" sound

In the solo from hey you by pink floyd, at 2:35, Gilmour does a bend when the timbre of the sound changes significantly, from an "O" kind of sound, to more of an "A". Video: ...
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What technique is used for the opening of this Soundgarden song?

The song Loud Love by Soundgarden opens with several single notes on the guitar. They sound almost like bowed notes on a cello. I'm not sure if maybe Kim Thayil is working the volume knob, or if this ...
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Grounding issue with multiple guitars and multiple amps in multiple rooms

Three amps (Mustang GTX-100, Mustang GTX-50, and an Acoustic). All brand new. Three electric guitars. Fender Deluxe Nashville Tele, noiseless pickups, 5-way switch, brand new. Fender Mustang Special &...
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influence of the bridge on how much a guitar "chugs"

Long story short, I am wondering about the influence that the bridge (considering always the same type - a Floyd Rose-like bridge) has on how much the guitar chugs. To expand a bit more. I have ...
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Connecting guitar to PC through active bypass/buffer using guitar combo

I recently learned that using guitar with PC is much better if you have an active bypass or buffer in the chain. I dont have any device for that purpose but I do have a guitar combo (laney lg20r) ...
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