How To Get The Perfect Tone On Your Electric Guitar

Ever felt that your electric guitar is not giving you the tone you are looking for? There are various reasons as to why the tone may not be as awesome as you want it to be.

The determining factor in tone variation is the brand or model of the guitar. Different models produce unique tones-Gibson gives a deeper and fuller tone, while fender is more to the twangy side. Once the brand of the guitar is selected, then one has to get the best out of it.

How To Get The Perfect Tone On Your Electric GuitarGuitarists often overlook the importance of the amplifiers. Amplifiers have two inputs- the high gain input and the low-gain inputs. Low gain inputs are sometimes neglected from plugging in. Once plugged in they might give you a much sweeter tone. So it goes with the output tube- selecting the right output tube will help you reach the perfect tone.

Re-tubing an amplifier can help in better maintenance and sound quality of the electric guitar. There are few items that a tube amp user needs to check regularly to keep the structure of the amplifier rattle free. Check that the speaker-mounts are sufficiently tight, remove faulty "filter caps" (only if needed; filter caps can last for years if properly cared for), and resistors should be replaced as necessary.

Play your frets well. Note that the tones and semitones are placed correctly. A tone is achieved by moving two frets up or down from the current position. A semitone on the other hand is played by moving one fret up or down from the present position.

Volume control is rarely thought by the guitarists as affecting the tone. As the volume control is turned down it has an adverse-effect on the equalization. To reduce the effect, place the equalizer pedal between the guitar and the distortion pedal or the guitar amp's built-in preamp. Adjust the equalizer setting and the distortion setting till the right tone is obtained.

The uniqueness of a guitar is its tonewood. Different woods give different tones. The tonewoods take different characteristics as per the model of the guitar, the parts it's used for and even vary with the maker of the guitar. Mahogany gives a low velocity sound compared to other top woods, Indian Rosewoods are known for the higher velocity it gives, while Alder is light wood which gives full rich tone.

Picks and pickup heights influence the tone more than it is credited for. The picks come in different gauge sizes and construction. The thicker a pick bigger is the gauge size. Thicker picks give a heavier tone while thin picks gives skinnier ones. The distance between the pickup and the string is known as the pickup height. Pickup heights are to be tried differently to get the optimum response from your guitar. Closer the pickup are to the string more will be the output volume, but usually an ear-piercing sound will be produced. While more the distance of pickup from string, lower output volume that is obtained. If these tips are too complex for you, check out some basic electric guitar tutorials to get a better sense of what I'm talking about.

Still is not satisfied about your guitar tone- then it must the effect pedals. Make sure those are arranged the right way to obtain the dream quality tone you need from your guitar.

It takes time and dedication to master the electric guitar so take your time to learn the basics with some easy guitar lessons for beginners, you'll soon get to a solid enough level to be awesome.

by Jay Laican; Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 10:12 AM [3178]

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History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

The fame of the electric guitar started in the big band era when guitarists wanted to amplify their guitars to compete with the large brass sections in jazz orchestras. Earlier, electric guitars were mainly made up of empty acoustic bodies with electromagnetic pick ups attached, to convert the sound into electrical energy for amplifiers.

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