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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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tight truss rod

I recently got my hands on a used schecter km6 guitar. It played great, except for that the action was higher than i like it. I checked the relief in the neck (fretted the 1st and 17th fret, measured ...
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Humbucker buzzing when playing, but if I point in certain direction it stops?

I have used my Ibanez RG350 for roughly 2-3 years now. I haven't played for a couple of months, and upon picking the guitar back up, the middle humbucker has a humming / fizzing noise while standing ...
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How to get a tone like this using vox mini 5 rhythym amplifier

How to get a tone like this using vox mini 5 rhythym amplifier
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What are the advantages of larger frets on a guitar?

My Telecaster has frets with a noticeably higher and wider profile than the frets on my strat. Was this the result of someone's personal preference or did Fender have another reason for the choice of ...
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help! no sound from guitar to amp

i’ve had this problem for a while but it would fix itself, but now when i plug in my epiphone les paul special ii into my amp i get no sound. I checked all the basics and yes the amp is plugged in and ...
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How to get that string noise buildup effect on guitar?

In a TON of hard rock songs, there is a distinctive swell of screechy string noise during a brief break in the music to create a sense of power and explosion before the music resumes at high intensity....
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What is meant when a guitar amplifier does or does not “take” guitar pedals?

I've been researching guitar amps to buy for a first-time electric guitar learner (me). Among the many types available, I've encountered a few described as "modeling" amplifiers, which appear to use ...
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Other than tone, are there reasons to consider a semi-hollow over a solid body electric guitar?

I'm considering learning guitar and am interested in electric guitar. I do, however, like the sound of acoustic guitar as well. I know that in selecting a guitar, I need primarily to find something ...
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Why does my guitar pedal “pop” when I click it?

I recently added an Xotic Effects EP Booster (true bypass) to my board. Everything works properly (in fact it sounds great!) except that when I turn it on or off, it makes a very noticeable popping ...
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Sliding pattern on the C minor penatonic scale

I have been learning from this heavy metal guitar book and there is this section where it talks about this sliding pattern shown here: And so there is a simple 2 bar lick beneath the fretboard ...
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Diagnosing potential ground fault. More than 0ohms from pot

I have a noisy guitar that goes dead when I touch it. Checking resistance between all metal parts and the sleeve of the cable is 0, except 1 pot that reads 30ohms. What exactly constitutes a clean ...
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How do we construct sweep picking “shapes” and how can I modify them?

I am looking to expand my playing flexibility and was looking to apply this to sweep picking. In order to do this I was interested in applying musical theory to this exercise. For background, as a ...
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difficulty with electric guitar

I can sizzle on an acoustic but when I try an electric guitar the sound is messy. My fat fingers are brushing the wrong strings and the pickup is picking it up. I have a tough time getting a really ...
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How to learn to create the right tone for my guitar?

This is quite a generic question. Since the day I started learning guitar, I have been lazy and never tried to understand how sound really works. I plugged the guitar in the amp and just turned the ...
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Puzzled by harmonic noise while releasing a chord on electric guitar

While using distortion on my electric guitar, when I press and release a bar chard (Power chord in drop D), a harmonic noise comes up. I tried lightly touching in between in two frets and played the ...
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What's the needed knowledge to play Over The Hills and Far Away - Nightwish version? [closed]

What's the needed knowledge to play Over The Hills and Far Away - Nightwish version? I want, if possible, to jump over all the stuff I don't need, to only concentrate, focus on playing the stuff that ...
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Uneven volume of guitar strings when plugged in

Ive been facing some issues when recording with my Ibanez GRG 170DX. I noticed this recently, as I got a Scarlett Solo interface. When I record my guitar, the input volume from the lower E string is ...
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Can you use a cable with a single wire for a mono jack cable?

I know that a mono jack has two poles: So I always assumed that the cables for a mono jack would have two wires. But recently I have been told that if I ever were to make my own cable, I should use a ...
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What does this foot switch do?

I found what seems to be a foot switch for electric guitars in a box labeled "looper". I was curious and opened it, but there doesn't really seem to be anything interesting in it. (A power connector, ...
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Strange volume fluctuations

When I plug my electric guitar into a multi-effects pedal and from the pedal into my amp, it works perfectly. But, when I use the same guitar, pedal, and cords that were just functioning correctly, ...
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Guitar pickup coil , how far from strings? [duplicate]

Looking for answers to this question , I found hundreds of discussions of the importance of magnet pole height / closeness with regard to the strings ( fairly obviously , close if you want it loud but ...
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Difference between floyd rose mounted on the body or inside it

Could you explain what is the difference between a floyd rose mounted inside the body (the left, orange one) and on the body (the right, white one)? Is the action lower/higher, how does it influence ...
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Are guitars getting older in shops while waiting for someone to buy them?

I'm wondering if guitars (and probably other instruments too) are getting older/worse while in shops and what are the consequences for the buyer? If it matters I'm talking about an electric guitar. ...
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Humbucker troubles

I'm rebuilding a Stratocaster, and I put a new pickguard in that's a a very basic wiring setup for a strat: a single humbucker and a volume knob. I have my ground wire soldered in the back. Soldered ...
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What kind of equipment do I need to hook an electric guitar up to a PC and use software effect processor?

I like to get advice about how to connect an electric guitar and a separate foot pedal to my PC. I want to use software on my PC for effects such as distortion and the likes and switch between ...
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How do you get that big 90s distorted guitar sound (Jawbreaker, Pixies, etc.)

I've researched this question before but after not finding exact sounding examples of what I'm going after, I decided to post my question here with an audio example. I'm looking to get this sound: ...
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Gear - What are some good guitar distortion pedals that remain crisp and clear [closed]

I'm looking for a distortion pedal that will add some boost and grit to my tone without overwhelming it and muddying up my playing. Almost every search I do returns pedals that are either for metal or ...
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Floyd Rose screws are too tight?

My Floyd Rose screw is too tight. I am using a Kramer 7 string guitar with Floyd Rose, and I was attempting to install D-tuna. I have successfully installed the D-tuna on my 7th string before (i.e., ...
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Guitar pedals not passing clean signal when bypassed

I just went through four of my foot pedals and each one works when the effect is engaged. But when the footswitch is clicked... silence. I can't believe all three miraculously have this exact same ...
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Is my trade worth it? Good 8 string for custom amp [closed]

I have a good condition Schecter Diamond Series Demon 8-string. They're ~$500 now. Active pickups, really good condition. I was offered a customized VHT Special 6 Ultra with a 12" Jensen speaker from ...
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How does the ear pick which note to hear when hearing guitar vibrato

When adding vibrato to a fretted note on an electric guitar, if I do so by bending the note up a semitone, I perceive as the pitch of the original note being modulated. When applying vibrato to a bend ...
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How do I set my Ibanez guitar intonation?

I'm trying to intonate an Ibanez GIO GRG120EX to drop A#, but when I get the 12 fret in tune the open string it's out of tune and vice-versa. So far I've moved my pickups so they are not too close to ...
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Floyd Rose Bridge Fine tuner knobs pitch goes up and then down

So i recently got a new guitar which has Floyd Rose tuning system. I had tuned it low when i got it and then went back up to E Standard tuning. Since then i noticed that when i adjust the fine tune ...
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why is my electric guitar rattling after being hit

I accidenally hit the end of my guitar against the wall (stupid, i know) and now it's making a rattling noise. Any ideas why that is and how to fix it? I haven't tried anything yet as I don't know ...
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What is this tone of Clapton's? [closed]

Did Clapton use chorus nearly throughout this 1986 show ? If I am not mistaken, this tone differs from most of his career that is known to me.
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Strings on guitar quickly lose tension

I have a mim fender squire. I'll be playing my guitar and over a short time my string tension loosens. I just put on some new (used) locking tuners and a better bridge. What else can I do to fix this ...
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Finger picking on bass vs finger picking on guitar

I'm learning bass after playing guitar for a long time. Anyway, it seems that the bass finger picking style is significantly different from the style I would use on the guitar. The standard bass ...
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Guitar high e string breaking when tuning up new string

I've recently encountered a problem with my 2016 Gibson Les Paul 50's Tribute. A few weeks ago I replaced my set of Ernie Ball 11's with a set of 10's. All was going well until I went to tune the high ...
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A question about the Roland JC40 amp

I have a Boss GT-1 guitar pedal. I can't get a good monitor while I'm on stage so I'm thing of buying a decent amp and I'm thinking about buying the new JC-40 amp. Can I listen to this amp from its ...
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Finger or hand exercises while away from your instrument [duplicate]

I mainly play electric guitar and would like to know what finger or hand exercises can people do while they are on holiday (vacation), at the office or even away from their instrument(s) for a longer ...
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what do i need to plug in my android and my guitar in one amp

what I am trying to do is to play beat off my android RC-10 and play my guitar all on one amp. I don't have much money so I cant be buy all sorts of gears. I have a chord for my android to the amp,I ...
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Vintage Les Paul: Upgrade?

I am the original owner of a 72 Les Paul gold top. It's in great shape, having sat in my closet for all except about the first 5 years of its life. Until now. I have been playing again for several ...
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Does cold temperatures hurt my guitars if stored in a non heated place through the northeastern winter??

will cold temperatures hurt my guitars if stored in a non heated place through the northeastern winter?? I'd like to know if I need to move them to the house?
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Why are brass nuts supposed to be good for sustain on guitars?

For the 2000th question on guitars - brass nuts are well thought of to enhance sustain on guitars, but surely that will only be the case with the open strings. Is there a secret that we need to know ...
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Confusion about mixing major and minor pentatonic

I'm trying to figure out something I don't know. I'm an elementary guitar player. I know how to improvise, I know chord progressions, the circle of fourths/fifths, intervals, etc. I know I7/IV7/V7, ...
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Cause of G string on Ibanez JEM sounding dead?

My Ibanez JEM with floyd rose tremolo, this exact guitar: , has a problem with the G string. The open string sounds out more or less properly (though it tends to go 'harmonic', which seems like it's ...
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Play a scale across the whole neck of the guitar

I have learned all the boxes, of let's say, the major scale. How do i play this across the whole fretboard? When people solo, they play a scale across the neck. So how i do this? Everyone that i know ...
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Whats that sound my amp makes? [duplicate]

i have an electric guitar (Fender Stratocaster classic series 50's mexican) and a Fender Champion 40 amp. Everytime i put my amp on and turn up the volume it makes a really buzzy sound. I figuered out ...
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Is there a third-party replacement for the knobs on a Marshall effects pedal?

I've got a few Marshall effects pedals (e.g. the Vibratrem VT-1) and I love them, except for the terrible design of the knobs. They've got a shiny chrome, dome-shaped top with a small black mark which ...