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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Two pitches on one distorted electric guitar versus the two pitches on separate distorted guitars

Just from practical experience it seems the former (two pitches on one distorted electric guitar) is nosier than the later (the two pitches on separate distorted guitars.) I don't know this is ...
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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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approach for arranging songs with two electric guitars

What are some things I should consider when arranging guitar parts in songs with two guitars? Until now I have just followed my instinct, but it would be nice to have some theory to inform my ...
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How thick should rosewood be for a floating pickguard?

I'd like to make a rosewood or ebony pickguard for my archtop. I see rosewood in 2mm thickness for a reasonable price. Does anyone have experience with wooden floating pickguards? I've only seen ...
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How do guitarists switch on/off multiple effects via pedalboards?

An example would be a guitarists on stage with various sounds for his setlist, and he has around 10 pedals. For solo, he needs to turn on boost, change the channel, a bit of reverb, turn off chorus ...
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Can anyone help me identify this sound my guitar is making?

My guitar has this weird reverberating sound after I strum a chord? Is this normal?
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Incorporate guitar amp in my bass rig?

I have a Hartke 30w bass amplifier with preamp-out and speaker-in jacks. It has a decent tone and plenty of bottom and head-room for the space (small theatre). But I also have a new Vox vt20x (20w) ...
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Unusual tremolo on guitar with overdrive

was looking for some help on a somewhat weird issue im having. I just installed new pots, caps, and humbuckers in a guitar. When you crank the overdrive, it has an extremely aggressive tremolo that ...
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How good am I supposed to be at my 3rd year of playing electric guitar? Also, suggestions for songs and exercises to improve faster

I was just curious how good am I supposed to be after playing 3yrs on the electric guitar. I am self taught and I almost did not play at all on my 2nd year. Most of the time I just do different ...
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Solution for guitar play with backing track

I'm a guitar player, and I basically want to practice playing my electric guitar and pedal effects along a backing track or an actual song I wanna play along with. This is how I usually do this: ...
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Output jack came loose on electric guitar, how to reattach/refasten?

I apologize if this is a dumb question, but I do not know a lot about guitar maintenance. I have a 7-string electric guitar (Jackson JS22-7). Ever since I bought it I noticed when plugging it in that ...
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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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What are voicings in jazz and how are they different from chord inversions?

I've began studying jazz and I came across to something called "voicings","drop 2 voicings", etc. To me, voicings seem like chord inversions but from what I've found online it seems to be something ...
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Difference between “hi” and “low” on amps?

What is the difference between "hi" and "low" input jacks on guitar / bass amps? Usually bigger amps have both of them (didn't see them on smaller ones really)..
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How to play like Nirvana

As you may have understood by my username I'm a fan of Nirvana, I've been trying to sound like Nirvana with my amp but still haven't got the sound I want with the settings that I've tried... Any ideas ...
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What pentatonic for rock music? [closed]

I know how to play a blues pentatonic but i'd like to try a pentatonic more with a rock sound. What are the best pentatonics?
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What factors contribute most to the tone of an electric guitar?

This question may appear slightly open ended, so I'm trying to word it as carefully as possible to keep it on track. Looking to change pickups in my basses lead me to looking at Seymour Duncan ...
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Guitar intonation issue - still sharp but screw as far as it'll go

Recently I got a brand new Ibanez AM93 Lefty. It's an hollow body so I am using jazz guitar strings. I think I did a correct setup: Action is approx 1.8 mm in high E, and approx 1.9-2.0 at low E Neck ...
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Can we use Line 6 Pocket POD on stage for live gigs?

Line 6 Pocket POD does not have a foot switch. Still is it possible to use it for live stage show? Any technique anyone can suggest?
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Adviced learning path: from electric guitar tab player to real electric guitar and music knowledge

I’m decided to take up playing (learning) electric guitar. I have basic knowledge of sol-fa (I can read music), but not that much of advanced sol-fa (scales...) I’ve played for years using tabs ...
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How does scale length affect my playing?

This one's a bit rudimentary, but scale length is a bit of a mystery to me. I understand what it is, but I don't understand what it does. I own guitars with different scale lengths (Telecaster vs ...
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Should I be concerned about wires showing at the side of one of my pickups?

My new guitar arrived today. It's a Squier Classic Vibe 70s HSS. I noticed some wires are showing at the side of one of the pickups. Is this something I should be concerned about? Not sure I want to ...
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Strange reverb sound through amp when playing all string (usually open chord)

I got a new epiphone es 339 yesterday and I have noticed there is a strange almost reverb sound when I play all the strings. For example if i play a slow strumming pattern with a open g the sound ...
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How can you get an extra distorted sound on an electric guitar?

I’m new to electric guitars and I’m not sure if you would call it distorted or something else but I’m trying to get it sound like this: I’ve tried raising the grain ...
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Play 2 guitars through a single PA speaker

Before I get into the question, here is the equipment I currently have: 1 JBL JRX 212 PA speaker 1 Palmer Macht 402 power amp 2 Line 6 POD preamps (1 HD500X, 1 XT PRO) I would like to run both my ...
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What is a 7 String Baritone?

I've heard the terms 7 string and baritone often.. and know what they mean. But I've also heard the term "7 string baritone" or "baritone 7 string" tossed around a lot. Now that the new guitar I'm ...
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Pixkup not working on one string on one pickup

Here's a puzzler. On my American Standard Strat the G string is not picked up on the middle pickup but is picked up on the bridge and neck pickups. When I play the G string on the middle pickup it's ...
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The secret of Fuzz?

I was chatting with a fellow bass player about my new line-up of effects pedals which my last gig enabled/required, and I commented that I had a "black rat fuzz" and when she looked at it she said, "...
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What exactly is a compound radius fretboard?

I have heard guitar reviewers speak about this type of neck before, but I never really had an explanation of what exactly it is. Is it always better to have this on a guitar and if so why don't all ...
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Fret leveling, where to begin?

I'm new to this site. I have an Epiphone LP Standard for which I recently dropped the tune-o-matic bridge. It plays open strings and chords below the fourth fret beautifully. Action is where I want it....
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Tips on buying an electric guitar for a beginner

I know there is another question similar to this one but it didn't answer all my questions. I am just a beginner and I want to buy an electric guitar. First of all I have heard that you should start ...
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Question about string gauges!

Hey guys I'm very new to guitar as in like I need to restring my old guitars that I got years ago but never even bothered to learn before I can actually start to learn. My question is what gauge ...
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What could be the use of this rubber band on strumming hand?

Having a close look at Kerry King's strumming hand on this picture from Wikipedia : Why has he a rubber band "pinching" his thumb, index and middle finger ?
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Identify fretboard wood

Hello this fretboard is made of rosewood or ebony?
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should I buy a compressor?

My equipment is: Boss bd2, Vox wah, Behringer um300 my amp is a roland cube, not the best but decent. I want to get more boost when I play solos, by turning on one of the pedals, but I don't know ...
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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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Is it natural to have some small buzzing in the guitar?

I have an Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty which plays extremely well. When I bought it it was set-up. After 6 months I have noticed that the low E-string buzzes slightly if I pluck it moderately ...
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Electric guitar out of tune on 12th fret(intonation)

I just bought an electric guitar (stratocaster), and I'm a beginner, so setting it up is a welcome and annoying challenge. The issue I have is with the intonation. The high E is fine on the open ...
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Electric Guitar Setup For A Newbie

I have always wanted to learn how to play guitar, especially Electric. I had a birthday recently and my wife bought me a super cheap setup from eBay. I know there are a lot of reasons to use a more ...
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Is my guitar’s action too high?

This is the first fret of the guitar I have trouble playing barre chords and when I play open chords my fingers get sore easily. I have friends that play guitar and they said that it's hard to ...
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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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Which type(s) of pedals should a beginner get?

I have been teaching myself guitar for about 6 months now. I can play simple riffs and parts of solos, working on scales and chords. I can play Smells Like Teen Spirit's riff and solo and Sweet Child ...
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What's the best guitar pickups to start with?

I'm thinking about start playing electric guitar by my own. First I would, obviously buy the guitar, but, what kind of guitar pickups is the most useful for playing all kind of music? I read about ...
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Truss Rod Can't Get Any Looser

I'm trying to adjust the neck tension on an Ibanez electric guitar for some regular light gauge strings, but I've maxed out loosening the truss rod and the neck still doesn't provide enough relief and ...
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Electric guitar pickup not picking up a specific string

Just string an old guitar with Fender's pure nickel wound 009 gauge. I don't have any prior knowledge whether the pickup is faulty or not. The issue is the B string not picked up by the guitar pickup. ...
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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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Glossary of Guitar Effects

There are numerous effects options available to the guitarist, especially the electric guitarist. This question is intended to gather and cultivate a set of answers to questions in the form of: ...
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Why are my string saddles getting stuck?

I've been having trouble getting my strings properly intonated, and it seems like it's because the saddles are getting stuck. What it looks like is that they're pressed against each other so tightly ...
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Why is a zero fret so uncommon on guitars in spite of all the advantages?

Given the many advantages of using a zero fret on a guitar (as cited in this excellent answer Advantages of a zero fret) and given that with a zero fret it is easier to play chords that call for ...
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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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