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STOP PLAYING You should not feel any electricity when playing guitar. There could be many reasons, including electrical equipment malfunction or incorrect electric installation in your room. There were accidents of electric shock from music equipment, including fatal ones. Frequent causes are malfunction of the amplifier or ground mismatch between two ...


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This could be a lethal problem. It's just not safe to continue. Firstly, check the socket you usually use. Socket testers are very cheap, and worth having. When I was gigging several times a week, the first thing I would do is check the stage electrics. Several times, we had to use sockets which were not the convenient ones on stage - they were faulty - ...


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What you're looking for is called a noise gate. There are a ton of options.


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The top string is a little too low, so as you get to the dusty end, it's catching on the fretwire of fret 20. If that's the only problem, raising the saddle on the the string should be enough to get it sounding past fret 17. There's a faint possibility that the fretwire itself is just too high - check using a ruler - not to measure, but as a straight edge. ...


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Do not touch a microphone/stand or any grounded equipment or go anywhere wet - you may die. Incidentally I had a similar sensation with my last mobile phone (a Huwawei). When it was plugged into the charger it would create a weird 'electric' feeling if I rubbed my fingers over the casing. I had it for the duration of my contract and I didn't die but I ...


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You've correctly analysed why the cable impedance does not matter in the way it does for HF transmission lines. (Though, the assumption of vacuum light speed is actually not completely valid – the dielectric factors into this, but it doesn't change the fact that the wavelengths are many times longer than any guitar cable.) That notwithstanding though, the ...


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Couple of ideas for you. Keep index finger on both strings, fret 5, like a mini barre. Play G string 8, pull off to 7, pull off to 5. same the on D string, without releasing index finger until all six notes have been played. Alternatively, don't do a pull off between 8 and 7. Instead do a slide. Then you can pull off to 5, and repeat on D string. Done ...


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That first bit of your post is a bit of an unfounded rant, so here's an analogy: A quick analogy - why would anyone pay thousands for a bottle of wine? They are all just grapes. Because they want specific wines - perhaps rarity, perhaps reputation, perhaps because the wine/pickup is exactly the way they want. They are all different, with nuances a ...


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Strat-itis is caused when a string is producing overtones which are not in the harmonic series of the fundamental (unlike this). This can be caused by having parts of the strings which are vibrating differently, which obviously sounds dissonant. This seems to originate with the interaction of the strings with the magnetic field produced by the pickup: if the ...


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You are essentially correct, but it might be good to look at this from a couple of angles. Single coils are single coils, right? Well... sort of. Lets take two single coils with very different sounds... Compared to other single coil designs, such as the ubiquitous Fender single coil, the bobbin for a P-90 is wider but shorter. The Fender style single coil ...


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Why would you want them to be as similar as possible? Each one has its unique characteristic which is desirable in its own way. It can be done to an extent though, a few tips would be first in the way you play. You can fingerpick a little closer to the bridge or you can pick closer to the neck. You can also grow your right hand nails out just a bit so you ...


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If you're tempted to go 'virtual' I wouldn't throw any money at it until you've at least tried Guitar Rig. There's a demo & also a free Player version I've done entire commercial albums with it. It's not the only one available - there are lots. I found this list of 15 Best Amp Simulators Of 2020 (Most Realistic Amp Sims) I've used a few in that list. I ...


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I don't have an exact answer to your question but I can share some thoughts: I like Mark's solo career more than his Dire Straits era, and seek a sound close to that. Think about songs like "Speedway at Nazareth", "I dug up a diamond", "Song for Sonny Liston", etc. AFAIK, "Speedway" is played with the Pensa, not with ...


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One possible way to go is to use a guitar headphone amp (like the Vox Amplug series) or a standalone amp simulator (like the Line6 Pocket Pod) that has an Aux in. Connect that to the output jack of your PC, plug your headphone into the amp.


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(Not sure it worth an answer, but a bit long for comment) Any sound card with direct monitoring would do. If you connect it to the PC, you'll get the sound from the play along and the sound of your guitar. Level between your sound and the play along can be adjusted by the amount of direct monitoring.


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It is true that the body shape won't have any effect on the way microphones are picking the sound. However, the strings (which are vibrating) are attached to the body. Part of the string vibration will be transferred to the body and, obviously part of the vibration of the body will be transferred to the strings. This way, the shape of the body can actually ...


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This amp has 2 separate channels you can switch between with the channel select button in the middle. Only the set of controls for the selected channel will have an effect on the sound. Maybe you inadvertently switched to the left channel so the gain control and everything on the right side is disabled...


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The fret wear shown in the pictures is relatively normal. On my acoustic guitars, most of my fret wear occurs under the two plain steel strings due to bare steel against softer nickel frets. On the pictured guitar the G string is plain steel and the worst of the fret wear appears under the G string. The wear pattern is consistent with a propensity to do ...


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