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9 Expert Tips For Buying Your First Guitar

It’s time. You’ve been putting off playing guitar and finally you’re ready to take the plunge. You’ve got friends and family that play, and now it’s your turn. But you need a guitar! A little planning can help you avoid costly guitar buying mistakes. Read on, and get our expert tips on what to do (and what not to do!) when selecting your first guitar. Getting the right guitar is crucial for success, more crucial than the right baseball bat or golf club for those about to swing into action; and the right guitar doesn’t have to cost a lot. Once...

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Fine Tuning Your Guitar and Pickups

This is a continuation of our article (Part 1) on setting pickup volume which is easy to do and important for optimal electric guitar sound. Go to that article here, and below are a few final tips on further sound optimization and available upgrades. FINE TUNING YOUR GUITAR AND PICKUPS  (PICKUP ADJUSTMENT PART 2)Now that we’re on the level with pickup volume, you may consider some further adjustments and customization. Some players like having a louder lead pickup and a quieter rhythm pickup. This helps alot for solos when you need to switch to the lead position and stand out front from the rest...

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Best Tips - Adjust my pickups or trust the factory setup?

Why do some new guitars have pickups at all different heights?  Have you ever wondered why one side of a pickup is really low and the other is slanted really high? We’ll get the low-down on pickup height and learn how to adjust your pickups to the best height. Many guitarists never consider adjusting pickup height but it is critically important for sound, and easy to do! Electric guitar pickups work through magnetism, converting string vibration into an electric signal, which is sent to your amp. The magnetic field collects string vibration, so the further away from the strings, the...

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Matte, Satin, Semi-gloss guitars - What happens when they're polished?

So you've got a matte finish, non-gloss guitar and are tempted to polish it. You've even heard some of these can be polished to a full high gloss! Should you do it? Check out this video (and the precautions) below to see what happens to one type of satin finish guitar that can be safely polished to full gloss:   There's a few considerations before attempting to polish or clean a non-glossy guitar. The terms matte, satin, and semi-gloss finishes are often used interchangeably to describe a non-shiny surface, but you should check with the guitar manufacturer to determine what kind of finish...

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Premium Guitar Cable Truth - are you still using the cheap ones?

Today we'll look into whether premium guitar cables are worth the hype, and offer four easy tips for your next guitar cable purchase. Unless you're new to playing guitar, you know there are many choices for guitar cords, also called 1/4 inch instrument cables. There’s everything from free cables packed with cheaper guitars or guitar/amp starter kits to entry level music store cables. There's lifetime built cables, and there's premium pricey cables like Monster and Mogami. So is there a difference? In a word, yes! How much so really depends on your playing level, gear, and the ever-subjective "tone" debate. For these reasons it...

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