Guitar Discussion Forum Archive - October, 2001



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Re: whammy bar

: How does a whammy bar work? How does it bend the notes?
: please help!

Gee.... let me try to put it simple. On an ordinary guitar, the strings are attached on a fixed bridge. A Whammy bar is in fact a floating bridge. U attach the strings to the bridge and the bridge can sort of rotate backward and forward, by pulling the whammy-bar. Sort of like a single sided see-saw.

cheers !

Re: whammy bar

Check out my guitar tips at:

http://member.home.net/wilkatguitars

There you'll find tips on setting it up, and these will probably help you understand better what's going on.

Regards!

Re: whammy bar

Yea i would like to know how to work a whammy bar and if u could please give me a short sound clip of the sound it makes byitself

Guitar shape

Dear anybody.
I am curious about the shape of guitar body, especially the accoustic one : why does guitar have shape like torso ? Why not just round shape like mandolin or banjo ? Is there any relationship between shape and the sound produced ? Any explanation will be appreciated. Thanks.

Re: Guitar shape

: Dear anybody.
: I am curious about the shape of guitar body, especially the accoustic one : why does guitar have shape like torso ? Why not just round shape like mandolin or banjo ? Is there any relationship between shape and the sound produced ? Any explanation will be appreciated. Thanks.

Re: Guitar shape

: : Dear anybody.
: : I am curious about the shape of guitar body, especially the accoustic one : why does guitar have shape like torso ? Why not just round shape like mandolin or banjo ? Is there any relationship between shape and the sound produced ? Any explanation will be appreciated. Thanks.

Too bad!

Re: Guitar shape

This is just a guess but it might be ergonomic, that is, it's because you get a large size box to make the sound and you can still sit it on your knee. Otherwise maybe it's because men designed them and we like curvy things 'cuz we're all pervies. I dunno...

Re: Guitar shape

especially the accoustic one : why does guitar have shape like torso ?

Hi, I'll try to answer your questions. The guitar traces back a long way, but the earliest record of having the waisted (torso) shape is around 1170 BCE - it's not exactly a guitar, it's a Hittite lute. The picture that I saw looked a lot like a Baroque guitar.
The guitarra latina, which arose from around 300 BCE to 1200, also adopted this waisted shape. From the guitarra latina came the 4 course (or 8 stringed) guitar, and then the Baroque guitar (5 course or 10 stringed) and then the 6 course guitar, which became the 6 string guitar. From the guitarra latina onward the waisted shape was prevalent.
> Why not just round shape like mandolin or banjo ?

There were instruments related to the guitar which had an oval shape, like the lute and the ud (or oud). The guitarra moresca, which came about the same time as the guitarra latina, had more of an oval shape and was believed to be influenced by the ud (which came from the Moors).

Is there any relationship between shape and the sound produced ? Any explanation will be appreciated.

That is a good question and I can find out for you, possibly. I can tell you that the earliest lutes/guitars had soundboards that were either wood or in the case of the lyre stretched skin like a drum. What did make a difference was string length, thickness and tension - also the thinness of the soundboard allowed for more vibrations and a greater volume (the soundboard is the top of the guitar). On a modern guitar, the soundboard is the piece of wood that contains the soundhole and the bridge is attached to it.

hope this helps.
PK

Packages

I've seen lots of 'packages' that you can buy. Some of these include an amp, elec. guitar and picks for about $200-$500 or £150-£400. What are the disadvantages of getting these packages, I don't see any yet! An electric guitar for $300????????

Re: Packages

Often they are cheap because they're crap. Sometimes you might be lucky (if a Yamaha Pacifica is included it might be worth it). You probably would do better to find something secondhand. You can get some great deals if you keep your eyes open. This is especially true for amps. The ones that come in 'packages' usually aren't very inspiring. There's no point in getting a 'deal' if it puts you off playing.

info on 12 string guitars

pleaseeeee help

Guitar on the radio

Hi all,

I'm the host of a radio show called the Guitar Shop. The show features those guitarists who are virtuoso or well respected in their particular genre...rock, blues, jazz, classical. Here you'll find tunes from the following: Segovia, Clapton, Petrucci (Dream Theater), Julian Bream, Alexander Lagoya, Liona Boyd, Steve Morse, Satriani, Vai, Eric Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Emily Remler, Joe Pass, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, Leni Stern, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Tal Farlow, Eddie Lang, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, BB King, Joanna Connor, Sonny Landreth, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Alex Skolnick, Randy Rhoads, and many other guitarists and bassists as well.

The Guitar Shop is broadcast each Wednesday night from 5-6 p.m. Pacific Time - on the web at www.kpsu.org, and click on webcast. This is the homepage of KPSU 1450 AM in the Portland Oregon metro area.

Please check out our webpage at www.pcez.com/~feech/guitarshop - there's also links to KPSU and other pages there as well.

Thanks!
DJ Philly Kid

crestline guitars

crestline guitars

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DS-1 Pedal

What kind of effect does a pedal like the ds-1 have?

Re: DS-1 Pedal

I'm assuming you're talking about the Boss DS-1. It is a basic Distortion pedal and a very good one at that.

sound

Are the 0.10 strings better then 0.09 comparing it to the sound?

Re: sound

The difference is more in how it feels because the string has to be tighter to be tuned up to E. The heavier the string the more metal there is for the pickup to sense so you get a bigger sound but you probably wouldn't notice much difference between a .09 and a .10. Jimi Hendrix thought it was important to use thicker strings (.11s I think) and Stevie Ray Vaughn was famous for using .12 and .13 and still bending so much he broke them. Mind you, he had to superglue his fingernails back on sometimes and he used to superglue his fingertips to his arm and pull off the skin to try to protect his fingertips. Tony Iommi and James Burton use.08s.

Re: sound

Generally,yes.10's will give you more signal and more sustain.
Good Luck

Fender B-bender Telecaster

The B-string of my telecaster B-bender doesn't stay in tune, after using the bender.I use DÁddario super light strings(.0095-.044).I've oiled the bender equipment and put some graphity powder on the rotatingparts, but no results.Does anybody know, what I can do about it???

Re: Fender B-bender Telecaster

First thing I'd do is try using bigger strings. On my Strat, I can divebomb and still be completely in. I use 11-50.

Re: Fender B-bender Telecaster

I have a 97 Parsons/Green Fender Tele. I use Rotosound Yellows 10-46. Stays in tune great and I never break strings either. I've been known to bend all the stings from top to bottom, from top to bottom!!! No Sweat!

Re: Fender B-bender Telecaster

First make sure no parts are binding....or touching anywhere they should not.eg: body wood...then try visiting www.stringbender.com and read the online help topics......hope that helps. Is this Tle new or used?

Ben

how to tune down a half step

how do you tune down a half step

Re: how to tune down a half step

: how do you tune down a half step

Easy.. just tune down to (low to high) Eflat, Aflat, Dflat, Gflat, Bflat and Eflat !

good luck !

Re: how to tune down a half step

: how do you tune down a half step

Re: how to tune down a half step

: : how do you tune down a half step
Just twist the machineheads pray to Allah and hope for the best.

learner

ive learnt most the chords in the first position and am working on bar chords but am starting to feel as if im not achieving anything any sugestions

Re: learner

hey,
I know how u feel. I was there. what u need is 2 find songs, or write songs that use the chords u know, and get a drum rythm. wheather it's a drummer or a rythm on a keyboard it will help keep the tempo. go faster, slower. what works for me really good is to play in an unformal band. I have played rythm guitar in my youth group for about 6 months, (now I'm 14) and now I can play lead when billy isn't there (our lead guitarist) w/out a problem. it's because i am playing in front of my peers, and there's pressure there.

learner

ive learnt most the chords in the first position and am working on bar chords but am starting to feel as if im not achieving anything any sugestions

learner

ive learnt most the chords in the first position and am working on bar chords but am starting to feel as if im not achieving anything any sugestions

Gituar Chords

Gituar Chords

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Alvarez Acoustic

Alvarez Acoustic

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Documentary about getting heard

I am looking for musicians to participate in my 15 minute documentary about getting (your music) heard in Vancouver. If you are a musician, that is trying to get heard (or even if you are already out there) I would love to talk to you!!
I want people who are in any stage of the process of getting your stuff listened to (from open mic, to paid gigs, to recording a demo, to self-promotion, to seeking a recording deal).
I am proposing this 15 minute documentary for my final project in the Media Program @ Capilano College. If it gets approved (1 in 3 chance), I will be filming from very late Oct. - through Nov.
email me - kylasheffield@hotmail.com
call me (Kyla) - 604-215-0595 THANKS

Re: Documentary about getting heard

I'm from Brasil and I play guitar in a alternative rock band. We are looking for a way to show our stuff out of Brasil, here we got many fans (even our mothers and wifes, he)....I'm curious about your documentary.
What do you think about to put foreign bands on this?

tks

fx/loop on new marshall jcm2000 tsl 60watt combo

this amp comes with an fx attenuator on the front of the amp. even with the fx mix turned allthe way up,my effects pedals are barely audible. if i plug my pedal board into the front of the amp direct it's fine but theres too much noise on gain channels. is there a sensitivity adjustment inside the amp(circutry). everything works fine on my jcm dsl 50watt head and i've already tested the cables that send and return the signal. anyone with helpful info contact me. i've got a job in a couple of days and would like to use the amp if i can get it to work properly. thanks w.g.

BCRICH PLATINUM VIRGIN

just wondering if anyone here has or played this axe, looks great but ive never played one.

is there a guitarist named strataverius

my buddy was telling me about a guitarist that plays sweet solos and his name was like strataverius is there such a guy?

Re: is there a guitarist named strataverius

: my buddy was telling me about a guitarist that plays sweet solos and his name was like strataverius is there such a guy?

there is a cool band named stratOvArius.

Don't know if this help.

Seb

Re: TIMO TOLKI is his name!!!

: : my buddy was telling me about a guitarist that plays sweet solos and his name was like strataverius is there such a guy?

: there is a cool band named stratOvArius.

: Don't know if this help.

: Seb

Timo Tolkki from Stratovarius

Find out more at www.stratovarius.com

Tolkki is a great guitarist allright

Re: Timo Tolkki from Stratovarius

: Find out more at www.stratovarius.com

: Tolkki is a great guitarist allright

Tolkki's CVAT album is excellent! I love it!;)

Help needed

>Hi folks,
>
>i have one hot question. I´m searching the net for the original song from
>??? with song name ???.
>
>The song I´m searching has been covert by many R´n´B and Hip Hop Singers. At
>first covert Mary J Blige a part of the song I´m searching in her track "I
>Love U" although covert Foxy Brown this part of the song in her track "Letter
>to the firm".
>
>My question is: "Do you know the original Titel and Artist who first created
>this song. Perhaps in the 60´s or 70´s?" I mean the piano part which was
>covert in M.J.B. "I Love U" or in F.B. "Letter to the firm"?
>
>Please answer. It is very important for me
>
>Thanks a lot
>
>Your´s sencierly
>
>Jonas

Gibson Trini Lopez Guitar

Gibson Trini Lopez Guitar

This popular thread has been given its own page : Gibson Trini Lopez Guitar

The Major Scale

I need to know a lot more about the major scale.

For example, 'A major' (i'm assuming the scale takes letters): is the first note played an 'A', and the rest are in the relative positions?

For example, for 'A major', do I find any 'A' on the sixth string and play that then 2 frets down, then fifth string .... etc according to the shape?

Re: The Major Scale

??? I found that octaves are a great way of getting around the guitar.
Good Luck

Re: The Major Scale

Hey there, as far as the major scale goes i will try and give you an easy understanding of ther scale but if you wish to know more please mail me.
The major scale is a collection of notes starting on the root and ending on the Octave. For instance like you said A major, you would play the scale starting on A and end on A the next octave up. I dont know fully what you would like to know but im just trying to help.
The first note of the scale is the root as ive mentioned. Im gonna use the key of C to make this easier. Each scale has a key of its own. The key tell you which notes are to be sharpened of flattened. The kay of C has no sharps or flats there for the scale of C major is C D E F G A B (C) the second C is known as the octave and from that point the scale just repeates itself. Just to let you know the key of A has 3 sharps, F C G.

Few questions

I recently bought a right handed Ibanez GAX70.

Is it possible to convert it over to right?
If so, what precautions should I take?

Few questions

I recently bought a right handed Ibanez GAX70.

Is it possible to convert it over to left?
If so, what precautions should I take?

Brad Paisley, I'm Gonna Miss Her

If anybody knows the chords to the Brad Paisley song "I'm Gonna Miss Her", I would really appreciate some help. Thanks!

mexican and american strats

: Could someone please give some information about Stratocasters. What is the difference in appearance/sound and overall quality of American and Mexican Stratocasters?

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