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Acoustic, noisy version of the Star Spangled Banner

Help me find a version of the Star Spangled Banner I heard a couple of years ago. [more inside]
posted by griseus on Nov 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Guitar tab "format"

Is there such a thing as a widely used guitar tab file format, and associated software? There seems to be everything on the net from text files with just letters to proper sheet music with the guitar tab written underneath and I'm getting a bit lost. [more inside]
posted by fatfrank on Nov 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Guitar amp recommendations

Looking for a guitar amp, $200-range, just for messing around. The Blackstar ID15 looks pretty versatile. Good reviews on the Roland Cube 20GX as well. Anything else I should be looking at? Looking for some built-in effects with a good user interface, easy to program. (Good/bad experiences programming with an iOS app welcome!)
posted by starman on Oct 12, 2016 - 9 answers

Seeking suggestions for a sonorous selection

This is kind of the definition of a problem of plenty, but I was recently gifted $1000 with which to buy a musical instrument for myself, and I have no idea what to buy. I already play a number of instruments, and between my girlfriend and myself (mostly her) we have a small selection of instruments already. I would love to hear any and all suggestions. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Oct 7, 2016 - 16 answers

Guitar to Mac to Amp (2016 Edition)

What's the best way to plug my electric guitar into my Mac to record (I'm using GarageBand) and what's the best way to output from my Mac to an amp/PA (say if I'm using GarageBand's virtual effects to play live)? [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets on Oct 5, 2016 - 11 answers

I need a mini amp for electric guitar

I'd like to get a small amp for a beginner electric guitar player. It's my stepson so he can only use it a couple days a month here to practice but I'd really like to encourage his new hobby. I know NOTHING about music or guitars, etc. I'd love to get something cheap but I don't want to be too cheap. I am willing to spend as much as I need to get the job done right.
posted by beccaj on Sep 23, 2016 - 18 answers

What type of professional am I looking for?

Where should I take my guitars for this stuff? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Aug 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Musicians who play their signature instruments

Which musicians have actually "real" signature models of their instruments available or previously available? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jun 25, 2016 - 18 answers

How do I get this guitar tone from Bettie Serveert's Kid's Allright?

What gear do I need to achieve this specific guitar tone from Bettie Serveert's "Kid's Allright"? I'm looking to replicate the sound the guitar makes from about 2:29 to 2:42. I really like that heavy, machine-like grinding distortion. I assume there's some kind of effects unit that's key to getting this sound. Any suggestions as to what that might be?
posted by millions on Jun 20, 2016 - 7 answers

Finger Picken

So, I really like a rolling finger-picked guitar (and/or other strings). Song's like Steve Miller's I Love You, The Dead's Friend of the Devil, and I suppose anything that Leo Kottke ever did, ex. Ojo. But al of those are almost fifty years old. Help me update my listening.
posted by rtimmel on Jun 17, 2016 - 9 answers

Unofficial evolving MetaFilter group sing-along chord-and-lyric songbook

Problem: You're at a campout or other casual gathering with a bunch of MeFites. Some people have guitars and maybe other instruments. People want to have an old-fashioned sing-along. Sadly, nobody knows all the words or all the chords. What are good resources that can be brought together and cherry-picked to create a printable-for-sharing evolving, unofficial, fun songbook for such an event? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Looking for one and two chord songs for my 8 year old to play on guitar

My (very nearly) eight year old has progressed to the point on guitar where she can play root positions pretty cleanly. Any suggestions for songs that are pretty simple - one chord across the verse, no quick changes. Can be folk or pop or whatever. I'm digging through Rise Up Singing right now.
posted by mzurer on Jun 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Ennio Rotten

I am looking for punk/post-punk/new wave songs that feature spaghetti western styled guitar sections. Examples include: Do You Believe In The Westworld? by Theatre of Hate, Obsessed by 999 and tons of Adam and the Ants songs.
posted by ericthegardener on May 26, 2016 - 17 answers

Jimi Monterey strat duplicate paint replica variations

There's Jimis legendary original version which lasted one night, there is a John Mayer copy of it that for some reason varies slightly, and then there is seemingly a third version where a rose is replaced by a yellow and pink daisy in the corner with some additional yellow dots and tiny amended details. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on May 24, 2016 - 1 answer

Guitarfilter: Salvage the irreplacable?

Tragedy struck while restringing my beloved circa 1989 Takamine EN-30C when the 3rd string tuning peg snapped off. My first consultation for repair did not result in anything resembling the solution I am hoping for. [more inside]
posted by raider on May 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Can I learn to play the guitar?

Can I learn to play the guitar? Hope me! [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on May 8, 2016 - 22 answers

Best scooped pickups for electric guitar

Strat players - JM Big Dippers or Seymour Duncan scooped pickups? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Apr 22, 2016 - 0 answers

What's the double-coil equovalent of an SSL1?

I have a Fender American Standard HSS strat. If they were all single coil pickups I would install SSL1s. What should I install at the bridge humbucker? I am going for a John Fruiciante Calofornication/By the way sound.
posted by jitterbug perfume on Apr 15, 2016 - 12 answers

While my guitar gently weeps

Recommend new(ish) guitar/rock music for someone who needs a break from pop. [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Apr 13, 2016 - 48 answers

Anyone can play guitar?

Will I be able to learn guitar on a vintage Guild acoustic guitar? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 23, 2016 - 21 answers

What do I do once I learn guitar?

Last year I quit my job and went freelance/work-from-home. I'm also single & early 30's, so healthy and no big commitments. One of the first things I did was bought the electric guitar (2 actually, an 8-string & 6-string acoustic), because I've always wanted to learn and it's something I can work on during downtime. Now I'm finally getting the expected downtime, and a question popped into my brain - what am I gonna do with this? Help me understand where knowing guitar can take me. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Feb 20, 2016 - 9 answers

How hard is it for an adult to learn how to play guitar?

Said adult is in early thirties and has very minor musical experience
posted by watrlily on Feb 8, 2016 - 22 answers

How do I structure my guitar practice time?

I feel like my guitar playing skills have plateaued, and I'm not sure how to more foward. [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Jan 29, 2016 - 9 answers

Guitar/vocal songs suited to my voice

I'd like to learn some songs that are fairly simple to strum on the guitar and sing. Details within. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Why does this sound like it does? (Guitar and music theory question)

Why is it that when staying in the same key, when the backing band / bass changes in some way, the notes that "feel right" on the guitar change? (Lots more inside) [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Nov 13, 2015 - 11 answers

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 - 10 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 - 12 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

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 - 44 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

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