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Choosing the Right Guitar Pick

As you hunt for the perfect guitar tone, your quest will have you questioning every single piece of gear you use, from your electric guitar amplifier all the way down to your guitar pick. Each component in your signal chain has an effect on your tone. Today, we will look at some things to keep [...]

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A Brief Look at Different Tube Types

Take a look in the back of your electric guitar amplifier, and you’ll see a row of objects that look like strangely shaped light bulbs. These are the vacuum tubes that your amp runs on. Today, we’ll take a brief (and very elementary) look at what these tubes do. There are three main types of [...]

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Guitar Recording Basics

Nowadays, it is easier than ever to get into home recording. You can truly make everything from simple demos to full-blown professional-level recordings from the comfort of your home. Now, this is not to discount the benefit of recording in a professional recording studio. Recording an album at a professional recording studio has a wide [...]

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Single Coils vs. Humbuckers

Different guitars can sound dramatically different through the same electric guitar amplifier. Most of the differences can be attributed to the type of pickups that your guitar has. There are three main types of pickups: single coils, humbuckers, and P90s. Today, we’ll look at the basic characteristics of the two most common types: single coils [...]

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The Three Main Tones

When dialing in your electric guitar amplifier tone, there are three distinct tones that most players try to nail: the clean tone, the crunch tone, and the high gain tone. Obviously, there are more tones than this, but most fall into one of these three categories in one way or another. Here, we will try [...]

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Choosing an Electric Guitar Cabinet

One thing that many players don’t realize is how much of an impact your cabinet has on your overall tone. The truth is, next to your electric guitar amplifier, your guitar cabinet has the most drastic effect on your sound. The size, construction, materials used, and speaker choices all make a huge difference in how [...]

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General Pedalboard Tips

After your guitar and your electric guitar amplifier, the next things most players use to craft their unique tone are effects pedals. There are more effects pedals on the market today than at any time in history. You have nearly endless choices when it comes to deciding what to put on your board nowadays. From [...]

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Why Buy a Power Amp

When most people first start out playing guitar, their first amp is an all-in-one practice combo amp. These amps are usually solid state, low wattage, and, quite frankly, don’t sound that great. As you start down your lifelong journey of finding “your” tone, there are a lot of better options to consider. The most common [...]

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Dialing Your Guitar Amp in for Live Playing

Dialing in the perfect tone is something that all guitar players struggle with from time to time. For many, it is a lifelong pursuit, constantly changing and evolving as they get new gear, acquire new tastes, and explore different genres. One mistake that many new guitar players make is thinking that the sound you perfect [...]

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A Brief History of Electric Guitar Amps, Part Two

In our last blog, we took a look at the early days of electric guitar amplification. Today, we are going to dive into the modern era, starting with the amps of the 1960s and moving into the 1970s and beyond.1960sWhile Fender dominated the market in the 1950s, the 1960s saw the rise of another legend: [...]

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