Questions tagged [setup]

Professional adjustment and calibration of multiple parts of an instrument, by a qualified repair technician or luthier, in order to make sure that the instrument is easy to play and has the best intonation obtainable.

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Boss RC-300 low microphone volume issue

I am using Boss RC-300 to loop acoustic guitar and vocals. I have no issues with the guitar signal on the line input. The gain knob is turned to approx. half of its maximum input and I have a lot of ...
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Electric guitar out of tune (intonation)

I have an Epiphone SG400, and today when I played I heard that the B string is out of tune when I press on higher frets (8-12 frets). I tried to change the action and intonation, but now the all of ...
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Piano key sometimes suffers silent depress

I bought a used Steinway. Sometimes its keys don't always make a sound when pressed down. Is this my fault or the piano's? Should I contact the seller, or is it a minor problem that the tuner can ...
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A second-hand guitar pitch sounds weird

I got a guitar from my friend’s son. The high E string is weird because fret no. 12 and 13 and 14 have the same pitch: F#! Furthermore, other strings have a similar problem. On the B string, fret no. ...
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Risks of adjusting a truss rod?

I know that you can break a truss rod by over-tightening it. Repair guides warn not to tighten the rod if you meet excessive resistance or hear squeaking noises. For example, from the Fender Bass ...
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How do I set up an electric guitar?

How do I set up the pickups, neck, etc. in an electric guitar? I'm not concerned with producing a particular sound as I am with keeping the neck from warping, prevent string buzz, improving ...
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Roland pt-3100 Piano with Yamaha HS50M Troubleshooting

My friend lent me his pair of Yamaha HS50M monitors to output my Roland pt-3100 digital piano (2 x speakers to L and R phone output). He instructed me to buy balanced cables for the setup so I bought ...
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Low-fret string buzz

So Ive had an EVH Striped Series guitar for about an year now and I'm now starting to learn about truss rods and intonation and I've noticed some things recently. First, the low frets seem to buzz ...
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Connecting a Keyboard to Record in Audacity

I'm trying setup my Casio CTK-6000 electric keyboard to be able to be recorded through my Windows 10 computer using Audacity. I have this cable connected to the two "L/R Line Out" spots in the ...
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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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Fix loose bridge saddle screw

One of the bridge height adjustment screws keeps coming loose on my Precision Bass (leftmost screw in the picture). The screw doesn’t feel loose when the height is properly adjusted, but the E saddle ...
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How do I know whether I need to adjust my truss rod?

Say I put on a heavier gauge of string on and It doesn't feel right, the action is too high, Fret buzz and isn't intonated etc how would I know whether to adjust the truss rod or whether it needs the ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

Today I adjusted the truss rod on my guitar, because the action was quite high and I found it difficult to play. I progressed slowly, and did 1/8 turns, but after each turn I had not noticed anything ...
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e String vibrating against fret

I bought a second hand Ibanez from a dealer recently with a floating Lo Pro Edge bridge. When I play the open e string it fuzzes a bit, just like a vibration against the first fret. can you help me? ...
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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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Ibanez Lo Pro Edge set right?

I am a beginner with these Floyd Rose bridges; I don't understand if I set the bridge right. I heard that Lo Pro bridges should be inclined a bit, but I have the feeling that it's inclined too much, ...
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What are your steps for setting up a guitar?

I'm just wondering what the ideal steps are to set up a guitar. For instance, it needs a complete setup, you're changing the string gauge, setting the action, getting it intonated. I'm not asking ...
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Balanced Output on mixer to Unbalanced Input on another mixer

Can I safely take the L/R stereo mix (using two balanced 1/4" TRS connectors) out of one mixer into unbalanced inputs (two 1/4" unbalanced TS connectors) on a second mixer? Options Use two 1/4" TS ...
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Best practise for setting up a home studio

I'm a guitarist and I'm looking for a better home studio setup. When I'm playing my guitar I go either directly in my amplifier or into my audio interface. When I go directly in my audio interface I ...
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Does 12-54 to 13-56 gauge change require a re-setup?

I'm thinking I should switch to a slightly heavier set of strings for a better "rounded" tone, especially on the lower strings. Currently I use Martin Phosphor Bronze .12-.54 gauge, the one I'm ...
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New guitar nut when changing to a lighter gauge?

I currently have a Fender Strat which I set up with 12-56 strings about 2 years ago and have been playing comfortably since, using mostly standard tuning. However, I've decided to switch my strings to ...
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Connecting Scarlett 2i2 to Midas DL32 digital stage box

Will I need to use a direct box to connect the Scarlett 2i2 to the Midas DL32, or can I plug directly from the TRS outputs to the XLR inputs?
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Writing to 4/4 midi grid with triplets for drums

I'm trying to write the following to a MIDI grid and unsure exactly how it should be written. Any help would be great. This is how i have the grid so far. 1/32 Quantize T = Tom (Aka LT) K = Kick (...
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Problem with guitar bridge

I have an old classic guitar. The bridge is made of very soft wood (or it got softer after a time, no difference). The problem is that the strings bend down in places they make contact with the bridge....
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Electribe ES-1 and Mbox 2

I have a Korg Electribe ES-1 MKII and an old MBox 2, using Ableton Live 9 as DAW. I want to set up the ES-1 via Midi and Audio to my DAW. The MBox only has 2 Inputs and Monitor, Headphone and SPDIF ...
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Ideal action and string gauge for acoustic fingerstyle

I've been playing more and more percussive fingerstyle, and one thing I have trouble with is getting volume when hitting strings with only my left hand, for example like Jon Gomm and others. ...
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Are electric guitars more prone to fret buzz than acoustics?

I'm mostly an acoustic player, but I recently picked up an electric. Seems like there's fret buzz everywhere! I checked the setup by measuring the action and the neck relief, and it seems to be ...
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Setup for project reusing old PCs?

this is my first question here on this Q&A, so great that it exists - I've been avid user so far for other subjects. I have a project in mind where I want to reuse old PCs to make music. There ...
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Complete setup for stage performances

I'm trying to make a setup for stage performances which will have singing/poetry/stand up comedy etc. I need suggestion on what all equipments will I need from scratch ? e.g., mic, speakers, the thing ...
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How could I make this studio setup work?

I'm fairly new to this and I hope this is the right place to ask. I apologise if it's not. Let's say I have the following speakers/subwoofer: http://microlab.com/en/catalog/2.1/wired/m-200-platinum/...
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I love listen to music on enhanced bass setups: does this means I'm changing the timbre/content of the piece as I prefer? [closed]

I'm not talking about the factor "bass in your stomach", which is an additional perception when you listen to music. Also on headphones (so no body involved): systems with enhanced bass (from ...
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need help to figure out equipment needed for a silent rehearsal room

Hey folks i am trying to figure out things i will need to buy for a silent rehearsal room for my band so we can hear it in headphones. we dont have budget for sound proofing and i dont want to buy a ...
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Basic low-end Bass setup for a student

I am looking for a real basic e-bass setup. As far as google knows this is a bass and an amplifier. Now there are enough questions about Which bass should I buy? and What to focus on when buying a ...
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What does 'Setting Up' my guitar actually mean?

Just this week I visited one my local music stores after a referral to the guy to have my Tanglewood acoustic guitar strings changed. Myself and a friend went in, he recommended a pair of guitar ...
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Query about setting up a guitar

I have recently bought LTD AC 10E left handed. It came with a set of 10s and it is tuned half step down. Now I mostly tune standard B or C and use a higher gauge. So if I put a set of 12s on this ...
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Violo Bridge Adjustments

Is there any standard width height or breadth for violin bridges. I think I over sanded my bridge but it was pretty cheap it came with a 200 dollar violin. Can I sand the bridge myself carefully? Can ...
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Tuning My Violin High

Usually violinists tune it to G3-D4-A4-E5. I play on a Gba violin, very basic. Can I tune it to D4-G4-D5-G5? I know it sounds crazy but I play Carnatic violin and this is how all instruments are tuned....
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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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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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Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life?

Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life? I just sold an old acoustic I acquired in bad condition and restrung with new nut and saddle, whose bridge was beginning to lift out of the body....
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When adjusting the neck of an acoustic guitar, what bending might be normal?

Recently I bought a second guitar, before I had for almost 8 years just one guitar and did not noticed that its action was quite high. When I took the guitars of others I often wondered that they ...
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Guitar - Do you have to intonate based on your tuning?

Do I have to re-intonate the guitar when I change the tuning?
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Under-saddle pickup not picking up the low E string

Recently, my under-saddle B-Band pickup has gone silent, but only on the low E. Acoustically, everything sounds just fine. The saddle hasn't been removed recently and everything appears sound. Any ...
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Should my fret be buzzing on my recently bought guitar?

I bought a Cordoba F7 Paco classical guitar last week and a few of the frets were slightly buzzing on the D string frets. After the tech setup my guitar, he said it's because of my form/technique and ...
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Guitar intonation issue - still flat but screw as far as it'll go

I am having a serious issue with my guitar and looking for some help. I recently had the guitar set up in a shop and in order to get the intonation right the guitar tech had to adjust some of the ...
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Fret buzzing after set up

I've got an Admira Artista guitar, I bought a used one which was manufactured in 1980 and it looks like a new guitar without any scratches. I played with medium tension strings and it was great. I ...
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Mixer vs JamHub?

I had made another thread with a question about connecting instruments and headphones here ,but before I make my final decision I have a few last questions. If I get the mixer, which is this,can I ...
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Reducing Neck Pickup Dissonance

A common problem with single-coil pickups is severe dissonance in the neck position, known by a few names like Stratitis. I know it can be reduced by properly adjusting the pickup height in relation ...
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Producing stereo sound from more than two speakers?

Is it possible to produce a stereo effect from more than 2 loudspeakers for example(4 full range driver) placing them one on each side of a square?
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Difference between 2 mono/stereo setup?

Don't mind about "Guitar", it could be Bass or anything else. Imagine you have 2 setups: Guitar -> Pedals (stereo end) -> 2 Amps running -> Mixer Guitar -> Pedals (mono end) -> 1 Amp ...