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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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Avoiding small, beginner amp problems

I just started playing around with a Fender Frontman 10 W amplifier and I find it hard to use consistently. First, the biggest annoyance is the constant hum and static. I've read that the static ...
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Are the strings supposed to be directly over the pickups?

I just bought a Squier affinity strat and noticed that the strings do not directly go over the center of the pickups. This is especially the case for the bridge pickups which are at an angle. Is ...
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Should I keep on the old strings when sending my guitar to be set up?

I need to repair the electronics on my Stratocaster, which will require me to remove the strings. I then want to get the guitar set up. Will sending a guitar to the workshop without strings affect the ...
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Breaking guitar strings too quick

Two weeks ago I spent a decent amount of cash and time replacing all the strings on my guitar. They were getting rusty and sounded dull. Since then I've been playing about two hours a day, all going ...
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Arpeggios on chords. Alternate or economy picking?

As I'm tired from being able to make some arppegios on chords just with fingerstyle, I started praticing it with the pick (take musics GnR's Don't Cry or Civil War for example). I ever did it with ...
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If I Was To Cut a hole where a pic guard would be would it cause problems with the sound of the guitar?

If I was to cut a hole in my electric guitar where a pickguard would be, would it cause problems with the sound of the guitar? I want to create a steampunk guitar with working clockwork on the right ...
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In what order should I put my guitar pedals?

I was wondering in which order I should put my pedals to get the most out of each one. I have an overdrive, a fuzz, a delay and two boost pedals. Assuming they will all get in one single circuit, Is ...
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Differences between a floating and a non-floating tremolo bridge

I want to know differences between a floating and a non-floating tremolo bridge, with reference to floyd rose and Fender 6-point vintage tremolo. Is vintage tremolo a floating tremolo? Can it raise as ...
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Guitar hums even when only pickup is wired

I have an Ibanez RG220H (IBZ neck pickup, Seymour Duncan bridge pickup) that I've been trying to de-hum, and have run out of ideas/internet searches. The guitar is currently wired with a humbucker ...
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Strumming all string but just one note. Something like Jimi Hendrix did

Sometime ago I found a video on Youtube showing that strumming all strings but playing just one makes the improvisation/the rhythm a lot more 'richer'. Now I see how amazing it's and I want to train, ...
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Should a stopbar tailpiece be level?

I have a Gibson ES-137 Classic with a tune-o-matic bridge and a stopbar tailpiece (the ES-137 has a mahogany centre block so the tailpiece attaches to that and doesn't require a trapeze tailpiece like ...
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Are chord transitions and strumming patterns necessary for learning lead guitar?

I've only recently begun picking up guitar (barely over a week ago) with the intention of learning to play lead parts and solos of songs I like. I have been learning chords and scales and how they ...
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Carpet under guitar amp or on floor

I've seen a lot of carpets in studio and live sessions. Sometimes there are on the floor and sometimes directly under guitar amp. What's their purpose?
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How can we relate mathematic permutations to music?

For example: considering chord inversions, the harmony in general, the scales and the intervals and also for example the notes on the fretboard of the guitar we can have different permutations, some ...
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Tuning up to get All Fourths Tuning

I use a set of 10 gauge steel strings on my electric guitar and for the past few days I have been thinking of testing out the All Fourths Tuning. I was wondering if this poses a risk of breaking the ...
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Do I need to adjust the truss rod when I change string gauge [duplicate]

I am changing the string gauge of my electric guitar from 9's to 10's, will I need to adjust the truss rod, if so could anyone recommend tutorials ?
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Combining Boss ME25 with an Amp [closed]

I play normally Heavy Metal, Progressive and Blues. I am pretty satisfied with distortion and lead/solo sounds I got using the Equalizer settings on my Boss ME25 Unit but, as far as clean sounds are ...
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Transporting Stratocaster and tremolo arm?

Are there any reasons to remove or not tremolo arm when transporting guitar in a gigbag?
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Is it possible to find strings in any integer size? [closed]

I am considering stringing my 6-string electric guitar with a series of prime gauges. e.g. 11,13,17,29,37,47 I am looking on Ernie Ball's site and while I might be able to find the 3 thinner strings,...
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Having problems playing the A chord because of the low E

My third finger always touches the 6th string, if I try to push it back to much it interrupts my second finger on the 4th string. I only have learned 3 chord (D , A and E) while I'm able to do D and ...
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Bending One String While Fretting Another - Technique?

I'm trying to learn the lead guitar on this song: The solo (skip to 1:15 in the video) repeatedly involves fretting the b string with the index finger while bending ...
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Buying an expensive Guitar can't make up my mind [closed]

Any help.... I'm an intermediate player and am looking to buy either a Martin hd35 acoustic or a Gibson es335 electric. I saved up enough Chickens and my choice will probably mean I'll have to wait a ...
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How should I interpret decimals in guitar tabs?

I found this in the Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Dream Theater Guitar Tab Book. The notation implies a harmonic on the second and third strings, but what do 2.7 and 3.2 mean?
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How to improve Pull-offs

I can get a nice sound with hammer-ons, but when I do pull-offs, seems like the second note loses a lot of its.. power. I did some research over the web and seems like you have to do some kind of ...
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Making 12 bar blues more interesting

I'm trying to write a blues song for my GCSE composition. I'm trying to make it sound like Led Zeppelin crossed with Muddy Waters' Harmonica. At the moment the piece contains the following instruments:...
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Why does my guitar sound different when I put more pressure on a fret?

When I press down on my fretboard(let's say 50% pressure is lightly and 60% is normal or a little harder for example)with 50% pressure it sounds fine but if I put 60% pressure it sound completely ...
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Is even-interval tuning a sensible idea for lead guitar?

I'm primarily a rhythm guitarist who has recently taken up bass. I've been struck how easy the equal 4th intervals between strings is for scale patterns, which surely have as much relevance for lead ...
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Choosing speaker resistance and power handling for a 1W amp head

My objective is to create the classic rock distorted tone/sound for my electric guitar all while maintaining relatively low levels of volume, so I can practice at home. To that effect, I'm getting a ...
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String spacing at the bridge

i just bought a 7 string jackson js 22-7 From guitar center. It looks like that at the bridge (fender type) The string spacing is not even, meaning the a string looks a little far away from the e ...
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Concerning individual string picking - when (it what situations) should the pick be angled, and when should it be perpendicular to the string?

I've learned a lot of guitar stuff from YouTube videos. But this really irks me: some YouTubers insist that their technique is the only way you should play guitar, and that any other way is a "mistake"...
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Evading strings in between on guitar

How do I play chords such this one without touch string in the middle (here A)? Here is an example of similar situation - screenshot from game Rocksmith. Blue is D, green is B. How do I play without ...
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Overdrive, Gain and Distortion [duplicate]

I am newbie in playing electric guitar.What is the basic difference between overdrive, gain and distortion effects in any simulated amps?
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I pressed hard on the floyd rose bridge

I'm a bit new to the electric guitar domain, so I got a bit scared because when I was playing the guitar. I used the bridge to distortion the sound (I hope it's correct), and at some point I pressed a ...
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Sustained note out of tune with short note

I have a Schecter C1 Classic with D'dario XL EJ22 strings, down tuned to dropped A# (A#, F, A#, D#, G, C). The strings are relatively new, but broken in (a couple of weeks old, and I don't play every ...
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why guitars are built differently?

I have Ibanez guitars and they seem hard to adapt and play specially chords. So I went today to a music store and I found that fender guitars are really easy for me to play! I was even picking better ...
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How to learn a new guitar tuning

What techniques and practices are best to learn a new guitar tuning? I am familiar enough with standard tuning to play rhythm parts in several places and also improvise with different scales. I want ...
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Beginner guitar learning I,IV & V

I'm learning Green Onions. I have the base part down, simple Fm, Bb, Cm. but I can't figure out the chords, I, IV,V to play along with that. I have recorded the base part on a looper and want to play ...
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How to filter noise can be heard when electric motor starts

When someone at my home starts using blender I hear it in my guitar amp. Noise is single pulse and occurs when device starts and stops not between. How to prevent this other way than switching off all ...
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Buzzing in first and fifth postion

I bought a used hss squier standard strat and I noticed that there is significant buzzing that goes away when touching any metal part on the guitar. It only happens when the pickup selector is in the ...
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Should the forearm rest on the electric guitar?

if i rest my forearm i cant reach the higher strings but if i elevate it its easier to pick and better control but the problem is that guitar neck moves backward and already tried both sitting ...
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How does enclosure affect sound of guitar cabinet?

I found comparison of cabinets that has same speaker and similar enclosure (closed back) but sound is very different. This question gives factors that affect the ...
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Muddy sound from guitar

I hear many guitar player saying that the sound of this electric guitar is very 'muddy' . I am a beginner. What does muddy means?
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Should you change the strings on a brand new guitar?

I'm a beginner to electric guitar, so I'm not sure what a proper guitar setup feels like. In attempt to execute my own setup, I've adjusted string action and tailpiece height to my preference (with ...
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Buying Electric guitar [duplicate]

I have been playing an acoustic guitar for 3 years. Now I want to try my hands on electric guitar and I am going to buy an electric guitar soon. My budget is 200 to 300 usd. My question is what things ...
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How does the sound of the neck pickup differ from the sound of the bridge pickup?

How does the sound from neck pickup differ from the sound from bridge pickup in an electric guitar?
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What speed should I achieve for 8th note exersizes on the guitar

I'm going through Linear Articulations by Pat Martino. He says "upon completions of this section, one should move to the next phase" after showing a bunch of 8th-note exercises oriented around chords ...
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What does wattage of amplifier corresponds to?

What does wattage of amplifier corresponds to? Does more wattage means more volume or high gain?
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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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Advice on recording a guitar

How can I get the best of my gear for recording guitar (rock/blues) : My gear: Guitar Digitech rp255 multi effect Guitar amp Marshall solid state PC Samsung galaxy smartphone I used to take ...
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Would a tiny pulse of electricity sent through electric guitar strings affect the pickups enough to be heard?

For the sake of the rhythmic analysis I'm doing, I had the idea to solder a wire to a metal pick, ground the strings and rig something up that sends data to a computer every time the pick touches a ...