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Need advice on how to read Bass tabs

I need a method to turn bass tabs into something I can play. [more inside]
posted by night_train on Oct 1, 2015 - 13 answers

refret without regret?

My 40 year old sigma acoustic needs at least a few new frets, but it's not worth spending the money on. Does it make any kind of sense for me as a novice to attempt a fret replacement? [more inside]
posted by roue on Sep 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for dark pedal steel guitar

I really like a certain (non-distorted) electric guitar sound which makes use of pitch bend (often pedal steel, but sometimes just a tremolo bar) to create a gothic/apocalyptic mood. It's often heavily reverbed, giving the overall impression that the band is playing wasted at the bottom of a cistern. I'd like to find more songs like this. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Sep 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Lay your favourite "desert twang" sounds on me

Reverb. Tremelo. A dusty guitar twanging in the shimmering heat. Somewhere out there, in this endless, lonesome expanse, there's a place for me. Help me find songs and musicians who are searching for the same thing. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Aug 18, 2015 - 52 answers

Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitars... Experience? Recommendations?

I'd be interested in thoughts or recommendations from anyone who has experience of carbon fiber acoustic guitars (such as CA or Rainsong), especially in smaller body sizes. [more inside]
posted by 43rdAnd9th on Aug 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Acoustic guitar advice (buying online today vs decision paralysis)

Amazon.ca (that's Canada) has some big discounts on acoustic guitars. As an acoustic newbie, should I take the plunge, or is purchasing one without trying it first a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by sylvanshine on Jul 15, 2015 - 12 answers

electrifying guitar solo for yacht rock enthusiast

I'm working on a performance at the moment that occurs on a slip way, during the performance I would like to pull an electric guitar out of the ocean and play an epic solo on the guitar that will still be dripping wet. - the guitar will be plugged directly into a sound card - do i need to water proof the guitar? - any ideas on how to do that?
posted by frequently on Jul 5, 2015 - 29 answers

Who are the Louis Armstrong's of guitar playing?

I'm looking for examples of clever guitar solos/improv that lean towards note selection rather than technical flash. More Louis Armstrong, less Joe Bonamassa. Preferably rock/indie/pop, thinking outside the pentatonic box. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by remlapm on Jul 3, 2015 - 31 answers

MIDI controller question

Question posted on behalf of Mr. Killian. My husband is using a MIDI controller (ART X-15 Ultrafoot) to control a multi-effects signal processor (ART SGX2000) for his guitar. But he can't seem to figure out how to make the expression pedal perform an octave sweep. He can get it to turn on/off the effect, but no luck trying to get it to sweep (a la Tom Morello in Killing In The name Of and Like a Stone). Any MIDI masters out there can help?
posted by PussKillian on Jul 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Looking for a YouTube video: two-person solo on a double-neck guitar

I saw this funny and cool YouTube video with two musicians playing on one double-neck guitar. Unfortunately I don't have the link anymore and I've forgotten the names of the musicians. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Jun 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Can any guitar techs out there help fix my knob?

How do I fix a volume knob on my Les Paul? [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles on Jun 20, 2015 - 12 answers

Amplifying Acoustic Instruments

After ten years in a punk rock band, I'm now in an acoustic group. I have questions on using amps vs. PA, micing instruments vs. after market pickups, and what good quality, low cost options there are for amplifying acoustic instruments. [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie on Jun 9, 2015 - 9 answers

It goes like "dun dun dun"

There's a specific guitar-ish sound in a bunch of non-American rock music from the 80s and 90s that I really love. It sounds like the guitar in this video - I don't think it's the melody or riff itself, but more the overall sound/feel of the guitar. Does this have a name, and/or can you point me to other examples? More clips inside! [more inside]
posted by Itaxpica on Jun 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Teach me about guitar tone and how to acquire it.

I have a 15-ish year-old Mexican Stratocaster and a 5-ish year-old Fender Super Champ XD amplifier. Together this combination sounds... not good. I would like to fix that somehow. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 30, 2015 - 43 answers

Online tools for learning Latin romantic ballads and boleros for guitar?

I'm a big fan of classic Latin trio bands such as Los Panchos, Los Tres Ases, and Los Tres Reyes. I just purchased a guitar and my eventual goal is to be able to play in a style similar to the lead guitarists of these groups. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Mar 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Evil Surf Punk?

I really like the combination of ominous sound and surf guitar influence in East Bay Ray's work with the Dead Kennedys. (Examples would be "Police Truck" and "Too Drunk to Fuck".) Are there other bands who do a similar sort of evil surf sound?
posted by Pope Guilty on Feb 9, 2015 - 17 answers

Help my gift become a surprise!

I got my boyfriend a guitar for his birthday. It's what he really wants, and he does not know for sure that that's his present. But he suspects it, based on prior conversations, hints dropped on his part, and likely possibilities. Is there any way for me to still have it be a surprise when the day comes? Is there some 'master of misdirection' moves I can use to hide the fact that it's a guitar? [more inside]
posted by tatiana131 on Feb 9, 2015 - 29 answers

how to get the incubus sound

in the incubus song "wish you were here" the guitar over the top has a delightful tone. it is mellow and full but kind of sharp as well at times. is that fullness from putting a hollow body through distortion or is there something else to it?
posted by edtut on Jan 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Get this guitar to sound like that!

I have an old Art and Lutherie Ami (parlour guitar), and a relatively new LXME little Martin with pickup. I like the sound of the A&L better, but the Martin is more versatile and more comfortable to play. Is there anyway I can set up the Martin to sound more like the A&L? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on Jan 8, 2015 - 4 answers

What kind of guitar did Mark Robinson play when he was in Unrest?

I'm curious what kind of guitar Mark played on Unrest's albums Imperial f.f.r.r. and Perfect Teeth. [more inside]
posted by topsykretts on Jan 4, 2015 - 10 answers

The confidence to sing and play guitar

I've got a decent voice. I've got a mechanical understanding of acoustic guitar playing. But I can't sing a simple folk song (even if I'm alone in the house), though I want to. How do I start? [more inside]
posted by A Friend of Dug [sock] on Jan 1, 2015 - 16 answers

What was the name of this album?

I'm looking for the name of the artist that made a album I saw a numerous times while I was record shopping in SF but can't seem to find in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Adding an end peg to an acoustic guitar

Where can I get an endpeg to put on a kit-built Martin guitar that currently has none? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

What's this style of guitar playing?

What style of guitar playing would you call this? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Who's the Chuck Berry of Country?

I like country music, but I wasn't raised in it and I'd like to learn to play country guitar. Who should I learn from? [more inside]
posted by signal on Oct 4, 2014 - 14 answers

I'm just a caveman. Your modern guitar tech frightens and confuses me.

The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me find some slow guitar songs with simple melodies

I really like playing the song "Claudia's Theme" from the Unforgiven soundtrack. I'm not a very good guitar player but it's a slow enough pace and it's so deceptively simple that I can really concentrate on performing the piece or I can just pluck away at it without having to give it a ton of thought. [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Painted good guitars?

Is there a place online (either a store or a site that facilitates merchants or a single merchant) that sells custom or just awesomely painted upscale (Taylor, et al) guitars?
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jul 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Suggest me some simple guitar + voice songs.

My wife is learning guitar and would like to have a repertoire of songs to practice which have simple guitar plus female voice. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 13, 2014 - 18 answers

How much for the bass? (not a fish)

Wife bought this (used) bass guitar back in 1988ish. Kramer Spector IV. Never used it. Wants to sell it. Appears to be in very good condition. No clue about the value -- poked around a few forums/sites, didn't find anything particularly helpful. Now turning to Mighty AskMeFi for info on what we can reasonably expect to ask/get for it.
posted by davidmsc on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Music nerds, please help me figure out chords on the mountain dulcimer

I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Jun 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Tips for shopping for a mid-level acoustic guitar

I have about $300-400 to spend on a new acoustic guitar that will be gifted to someone who is a classically-trained pianist but would be a beginner on this particular instrument, someone who wants to play music in the vein of Cat Stevens (i.e., pop-folk). There are simply so many options out there that I thought I would ask this site for advice. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 10, 2014 - 27 answers

Gillian Welch without David Rawlings?

I love Gillian Welch's songs and her voice, but I really dislike David Rawlings' guitar-playing. Are there any substantive recordings of Gillian Welch playing solo, without Rawlings accompanying her? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Jun 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Bad rhythm guitarist wants to take the lead.

I am reasonably competent at playing guitar chords. I prefer to strum them with my fingers/nails, but can use a plectrum as a blunt instrument. I seem unable to get the right hand coordination together to do any single notes/scales/tabs. Can mefi guitarists suggest exercises that might help me? It needs to start at real remedial beginner level.
posted by bystander on May 13, 2014 - 8 answers

How to learn guitar without the guitar?

I've been playing guitar for about a year. I practice when I can but I spend a fair amount of time sitting around watching TV when I can't have the guitar in my hands but I do have my laptop handy and I feel like I could be using this time to learn some things that don't strictly require me to be playing an instrument. [more inside]
posted by VTX on May 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me to arrange folk songs!

I'd like to write arrangements of folk songs for (one) guitar and (one) voice, but I don't know where to start. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by HoraceH on Apr 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Fingerstyle Guitar Songs

I'm looking for good songs to practice various fingerstyle guitar patterns. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Apr 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Please melt my face off with some choice licks.

What are the best live guitar videos on youtube I should know about but probably don't? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Mar 29, 2014 - 33 answers

Identify old guitar

Hello , can you please help me finding out more about this old guitar. I think it might be a Jazz guitar, my grandpa bought it second hand around 1958. If you read closely on the neck it says "Trademark Clove" and something else unreadable. Here is a couple of images: Guitar 1 Guitar 2 Guitar 3 Guitar 4 It is still playable and sounds good to.
posted by mr_rg on Mar 28, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I record stereo guitar through my Profire 610 device?

How can I record stereo guitar through my Profire 610 device? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Feb 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Can anyone tell me the style of guitar playing on this track?

Can anyone tell me the style of guitar playing on this track? Link. Thanks
posted by pilibeen on Feb 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Monitor speaker recommendations

In an effort to simplify my system, I'm looking for some straightforward monitor speakers to use with an Alesis MultiMix. Specific details? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Jan 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me shred with confidence.

New musical opportunities have arisen and I need to find my confidence when playing lead guitar. What are the top tips for playing with a confident and casual attitude? Should I be taking note of any lead guitar players in particular for inspiration? A collection of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sapien on Jan 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Wood Inlays on a Guitar

So, my wife has purchased an acoustic guitar, and plans to try her hand at inlaying a rosette around the hole on the soundboard. Have any of my fellow mefites tried something of this sort, and if so, could you share your knowledge / words of wisdom? [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Jan 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Guitar Hero controllers on PS3 and XBOX360?

I picked up an XBOX 360 Guitar Hero controller for very little money at a thrift store. But I do not have an XBOX, I have a PS3. So I have been doing some eBay research, but I am still rather confused. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Dec 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Software for jamming along with on guitar, with tampura?

I play solo guitar, and had great fun jamming along to a tampura, which is an indian drone machine. I'm wondering if there is any software that can replicate this sound, or perhaps an album with 'very' minimal production in a single key. I'm particular interested in playing celtic music, and perhaps the blues also if a chord sequence facility exists? I'm aware there are some complex 'band in a box' midi sequencers that can do this, but I'm looking for a simple solution with high quality looping droney sounds with some organic sounding variance.
posted by molloy on Dec 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Missing Link: Overdrive Edition

Can you help me find a lost link to an awesome guitar-nerdy overdrive review site? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Dec 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Epiphone Les Paul Baritone Guitar

Thinking of buying an Epiphone Les Paul Baritone Guitar (appears to be the same model as the wooden one in back of picture). This is a craigslist purchase which I will see tomorrow. Any advice on what to look for/ask? More questions inside about price and amps and so on. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Dec 17, 2013 - 6 answers

You bastards!

I want to hear more pre-solo exclamations. I'm talking about the thing where the vocalist yells something (not just the end of a chorus or verse) to kick off a guitar solo. Examples: You bastards!, Do it! [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 21, 2013 - 51 answers

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