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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How does guitar tone control work?

I'm investigating how tone potentiometer works on my guitar. It's 500k tone pot with 22nF capacitor and passive humbucker pickups. As described in this answer, I expected tone control to act as low-...
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Can you play two guitars through the same amp?

I'm starting teaching guitar more seriously now and was wondering if there was some sort of setup you could do where you can play two guitars through the same amp. I want to play along with my ...
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No volume and unconnected wires

I have a LTD ESP Snakebyte and the bridge volume knob is overturning and I think it took one of the wires out when I turned it too much. I checked the wires that go to the input and both of them are ...
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Strange buzzing/feedback on distortion

Recently I bought a second hand LTD EC-1000ET (evertune) which was and is in mint condition, though I've just noticed this strange issue when using distortion. I have included a link which illustrates ...
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Best practices for setting Stratocaster pickup height?

I recently bought my first stratocaster and after messing around with the heights of the pickups I've been having problems getting all three pickups to have the same volume. I'm having trouble ...
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Can I use the 6 channel 5.1 usb external soundcard with guitar rig 5 software?

I have been looking for a way to use effect pedals as I am paraplegic. I do not have enough money to buy a Line-6 60 Watts amp, and I came across the Guitar Rig 5 software after reading. However, I ...
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Why does the high e string on my electric guitar make a click when ever I play an upstrum [duplicate]

The high e string makes a click sound whenever I upstrum or pick it on my stratocaster, is this normal or am I doing something wrong the click goes away when i use both the middle and bridge pick up ...
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Electric guitar troubleshooting

Went to look at a guitar yesterday and I'm trying to diagnose some of the problems it had before I potentially buy it. It's an LTD Alexi laiho 200 so single volume control and a single EMG 81 in the ...
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Why is Stratocaster Low E-String Intonation at Limit?

I recently got an American Standard Stratocaster and I've been working on setting it up. I have tightened the intonation adjustment screw for the low E string to its limit and now the tension spring ...
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Preamp Valve gone in 'hissing' amp?

Roughly 3 years ago, I purchased a VHT Special 6 Ultra (Combo) Valve Amp. It has recently been 'hissing' (not sure if this is the correct description), and this noise increases with higher wattage and ...
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I want to learn to play an electric guitar, how do I start?

I'm 15, and recently I've watched a few electric guitar performances on YouTube. It got me really interested in electric guitars. Now, I've never played a guitar before, neither electric nor acoustic, ...
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Do cabinets and speaker enclosures add the additional harmonic contents?

When people say guitar cabinets or monitor speakers have the influences on the tones or sounds they are producing. Q: Do they mean cabinets and speaker enclosures add the new additional harmonic ...
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Guitar Amp Producing White Noise when Cable is Plugged in?

I just bought a guitar amp (Blackstar ID Core 40W) and I'm trying to figure out if I should be concerned about some white noise being emitted while a cable is plugged in. When the amp is on and no ...
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What's the difference between a junior guitar and a normal guitar?

I was planning to buy an electric guitar and amazon.com is offering Epiphone Les Paul Junior Guitars at a seemingly reasonable deals. The related question that I have is: what's a junior guitar? What'...
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Would upgrading the pickups on my low end Ibanez make it sound like a high end one?

I have an Ibanez JEM Jr, the cheap version of Steve VAI's signature JEM model (costs around 500$ compared to the 1600$~2700$ regular JEMs run for). There are many differences, among them that it uses ...
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Is a “Starcaster Strat by Fender” a Fender?

Can I legitimately tell people I have a Fender Strat? I bought this used for $100. It's a Starcaster by Fender (not a Fender Starcaster, which would have been awesome!) Look, it doesn't say "Made in ...
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positioning of neck pickup on guitars

Is there a particular reason why neck pickups on guitars are often placed exactly where an open string harmonic is found ? Years ago I suffered from 'lost harmonics' till I realised that the one ...
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Weird “flutter” in guitar amp when a note is ringing out

I recently bought a used guitar (a Sterling JP60) and I just noticed this problem - I am hearing a strange, irritating "flutter" like sound through my amp when a note is ringing out. Particularly ...
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Anyone else have a noise issue with thicker (~9mm) picks?

I watched a video from Rob Scallon on Purple Plectrums, and in his video they looked and sounded great. However, I purchased one of theirs, a 9mm model and I was very confused. I loved the feel of it, ...
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Using AXE-FX II multi-fx without bypassing Mesa Boogie's pre-amp

I recently bought the Fractal Instrument AXE FX II and the Mesa Boogie JP2C amp. Currently I plug my guitar into the AXE FX's front Instrument socket and connect its Output Unbalanced (L) to the ...
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How to make “plastic” sounding distorted guitar sound

I usually don't go for that kind of sound because I usually want my distortion to sound balanced and even (like cutting highs a lot and cutting boxy low end) but I'm interested in how can you achieve ...
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Behringer mic preamp Ultragain 2200 as a DI box

I've bought a Behringer Ultragain 2200 preamp and want to plug the guitar in. I know that usually when I'd plug my guitar to the amp or audio interface the input impendance would be around 1 milion ...
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Can Adjusting the Truss rod of the guitar crack the neck?

I wonder if anyone can help me here. I bought a used guitar from Ebay and it looked fine at first sight. The action needed adjusting and I tune to Eb so I decided to adjust the truss-rod. I turned it ...
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Do most professional guitarists use string lubricant?

New electric guitar strings seem to almost stick to the fingers, and within hours start to turn gray/black-ish in the spots I've played them most. By contrast, lubricating and cleaning the strings ...
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What to look for in adding a noise gate to electric guitar setup?

I have researched various methods of controlling noise/hiss in high gain tube amps. In this case, a Peavey 5150 series. Considering your amp is working properly, proper cables, proper tubes, and ...
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Odd time riff suggestion

I'm trying to record this riff as accurately as possible, but when playing it I have a few problems: When hitting a power chord, I sometimes hit it twice (extra hit on the unnecessary up stroke). ...
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Newbie guitar learning recommendation

After having giving up on learning acoustic guitar years ago, I feel like learning it again (and sing to my wife). I did a bit research and then bought a Squire electric starter pack. I have access to ...
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Notes on string high E sounds out of tune even picking them alone

I know it sounds silly, but it makes me crazy. Maybe it's my ear, or brain I've been suffering from this on all my guitars (Yamaha acoustic with D'Addario bronses) and others. I've thought it is ...
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What's the term for ending a melody on a non chord tone? [closed]

If i play a melody with a static chord rhythm of 1 the tonic chord (G major in this case) but if i end the melody on a non chord tone, lets say a C note. What is the term for that? The last note of a ...
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What electric guitar strings are the most rust-resistant?

I constantly have to return to the music store with the same problem: My strings keep rusting within a day of playing. I used Ernie Ball and the first four strings rusted on me, then I tried d'...
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Does anyone have any advice for an older beginner electric guitar player who uses a wheelchair?

I just found this forum and figured I would ask a question that has hindered my progress in playing the guitar for quite some time. I've been struggling for awhile now with finding a correct way to ...
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No sound coming from the amplifier

I just got my new guitar and amplifier, and after the unboxing I plugged them both for a test! Everything was working fine, I turned the amplifier off and moved them to my room. On the next try, the ...
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Using IK Multimedia AXE I/O for vocals? [closed]

I have been researching upgrading audio interface. This one looks good, although I'm not sure whether I can plug a mic into it for vocals. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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Adjust left / right angle of guitar neck?

TL;DR: Can I adjust the left / right angle of my electric guitar's neck? Not the vertical angle that most of the related questions seem to ask about. I've recently inherited an old Squier Bullet that ...
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Placing finger on an open string makes clicky sound

After some jamming, I noticed my guitar makes a clicky sound every time I place my finger on some open string (it can only be heard with an amp connected, maybe it's too soft for it to be heard ...
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Does BOSS GT-1 have a stompbox mode and bank mode?

Does the BOSS GT-1 have a stompbox mode and bank mode the way it is in Digitech RP 360XP?
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What to keep in mind when playing at high frets?

When playing a melody or soloing around the top frets, 12-15, on electric guitar, is there anything specific to keep in mind? I'd guess the strings are more sensitive to accidental bending, and of ...
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difficult timing

I want to ask a question about timing. I include the link : https://www.guitar.ch/tabs-pdf/tabs.php?pdf=Queen/BohemianRhapsody. The question is about the guitar solo which starts at bar 46. How can ...
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Can I use one string gauge for standard D and drop B tuning?

I've been using 10 - 48 gauge strings for standard E tuning for 3 years, but I want to change to standard D tuning. I read somewhere that I should use 11 - 58 or 10 - 58 gauge strings for this tuning; ...
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How do I fix frets rattling on new Floyd Rose guitar?

I got a new electric guitar today, I love everything about it except there is some fret rattle on most of the frets of the bass strings. The I got it from at Guitar Center tuned it for me, and I didn'...
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Identify this Epiphone les paul model?

I need some help to identify my guitar. It is an older Epiphnone les paul model, but I'm not sure what exact model it is. So if anyone knows it, please help me out.
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Different pedals/effects for low strings/notes than high

I'd like to put different effects on my low strings and high strings (or low notes and high notes), e.g. an octavizer and delay on the bass notes and vibrato and reverb on the treble. Is there a ...
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Amp setting to have a longer lasting bend sound or sound ringing at all?

I have a Boss Katana 50 amp and am fairly new to equipment setup for e-guitars. As I am learning "Maggot Head" from Funkadelic I have a lot of slow bends that do not have a lot of density on my ...
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I have few confussion also how to find solo scale from my progression [closed]

I am progressing chords for riff Chords: E5 - F5 - G5 E5 = with Palm Mute F5 = Normal G5 = Normal Pattern: A -2-2----2-2-2--3 E -0-0----0-0-0--1 P.M-------P.M- it's sound like heavy music ...
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Can you mix brands?

Can you mix string brands if they’re in the same gauge? I have Ernie Ball strings and the ‘A’ string broke. Was wondering if i could Replace with a fender string of the same gauge?
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Why is my guitar coming out with a weird, distorted sound through my audio interface?

So i just bought / upgraded some of my gear to a Komplete Kontrol A49 and a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. Downloaded my free Ableton Lite and plugged in my guitar to the no 1 instrument input on my Scarlett....
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Dark-sounding 1986 Les Paul Custom - modern upgrade? or embrace yacht rock? [closed]

I'm lefty, and good lefty guitars used to be very rare. I bought the first lefty Les Paul I ever laid eyes on: a used black 1986 les paul custom. I gigged/toured in three different bands with it. It's ...
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How to produce longer lasting sounds on an electric guitar

Hello fellow musicians, my question may be really simple, but since I don't have much knowledge about effect pedals or rather no money to buy every pedal and see what it does, I might need some help. ...
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Volume knob on guitar has no effect when rolled

I have a problem with my Yamaha SG copy guitar. The volume knobs are not effective. At 1 it's at its peak and rolling it up to 10 does nothing — it's more like an on/off switch. I am in ...
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Using an 8 Ohm amplifier output with a 16 Ohm cabinet

My amp's highest output is 8 Ohm and the only cab I have right now is a 2 x 12 wired in series (I think), which is additive making it 16 Ohm (again, I think - Correct me if I'm wrong). The manual for ...