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post Jul 11 2007, 09:04 PM
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Hi if someone could advise me on how to make my guitar sound like the one's in the lessons.

I've just brought and electric guitar and its sounds like the acoustic guitar. Now im a total beginner at all of this so it may be a silly question. This probably sounds stupid and all i need is some special amp or something. Is there a bit of kit that i have to buy in order for my guitar to sound like the one's in the lessons? If so what are the best types and how much do they roughly go for?

All help would be appreciated. Cheers big ears!!
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post Jul 11 2007, 09:19 PM
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QUOTE (stano @ Jul 11 2007, 10:04 PM) *
Hi if someone could advise me on how to make my guitar sound like the one's in the lessons.

I've just brought and electric guitar and its sounds like the acoustic guitar. Now im a total beginner at all of this so it may be a silly question. This probably sounds stupid and all i need is some special amp or something. Is there a bit of kit that i have to buy in order for my guitar to sound like the one's in the lessons? If so what are the best types and how much do they roughly go for?

All help would be appreciated. Cheers big ears!!


Your guitar sounds like an acoustic you say.. Then you want more distortion! Most amps do have dist in them. I hope that will help you a little bit. ^^


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post Jul 11 2007, 09:23 PM
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QUOTE (stano @ Jul 11 2007, 03:04 PM) *
Hi if someone could advise me on how to make my guitar sound like the one's in the lessons.

I've just brought and electric guitar and its sounds like the acoustic guitar. Now im a total beginner at all of this so it may be a silly question. This probably sounds stupid and all i need is some special amp or something. Is there a bit of kit that i have to buy in order for my guitar to sound like the one's in the lessons? If so what are the best types and how much do they roughly go for?

All help would be appreciated. Cheers big ears!!


Turn up your gain, add in a bit of chorus, some reverb and you'll have it sounding a lot closer.


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post Jul 11 2007, 09:28 PM
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QUOTE (stano @ Jul 11 2007, 04:04 PM) *
Hi if someone could advise me on how to make my guitar sound like the one's in the lessons.

I've just brought and electric guitar and its sounds like the acoustic guitar. Now im a total beginner at all of this so it may be a silly question. This probably sounds stupid and all i need is some special amp or something. Is there a bit of kit that i have to buy in order for my guitar to sound like the one's in the lessons? If so what are the best types and how much do they roughly go for?

All help would be appreciated. Cheers big ears!!


Weeeel, guitar effects is a big subject ... probably the first thing you need to know about is overdrive/distortion, which is pretty much an essential effect for the majority of lead work. If you don't have it the sound is referred to as "clean" - which is what you have now.

To get distortion you can buy an effects pedal, or a lot if not all guitar amps have a special lead channel which allows you to crank up the gain until it distorts.

Theres a heck of a lot more to this, but those are the fundamental first steps.


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post Jul 11 2007, 10:03 PM
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If your amp dont have distortion you should get a distortion pedal.

Like this one for instance: http://www.musik-schmidt.de/osc-schmidt/ca...s/Boss-MD-2.jpg


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post Jul 11 2007, 10:07 PM
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This is what I'd suggest that if you don't already have an amplifier you should get one.

You'd be better off with a combo model, meaning it's a box with all the controls and a speaker. All inclusive so to say smile.gif
If you get f.ex one of the Roland cube models you will have effects built in. I think that's a better start than to start adding external effects before you even get to know your amp. And even better amp would be a simpler one with just an equalizer, reverb, volume and gain in say two channes, clean and lead, or three with an additional crunch channel. That way you'd learn the fundamentals of your amp first.

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Just continuting, you'd learn how your amp works and what sounds it produce before you start adding outside effects.
If you have an amp but it lacks distortion a distortion pedal is a must for you. Like others suggested here.

Just curious, what equipment have you got now? Us GMC'ers could start from there and suggest plenty biggrin.gif

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post Jul 11 2007, 10:09 PM
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if you want i could sell you my old Mt-2, its sweet. I got it for 100 but you can have it for 20$.


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post Jul 11 2007, 10:35 PM
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Okay, if your amp doesnt come with distortion id suggest you buy a pedal.....


Affordable pedals:
Boss ds-1
boss mt-2
boss bs-2
Digitech Grunge
Ibanez Ts-1


All in one distortion pedal:
Digitech df-7
-Instructor like pavel use this, It comes with probablt the world best 7 distortion pedals (some are mentioned above).


If you need effects and have a low budget:
-Digitech Rp-100


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post Jul 12 2007, 05:07 AM
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I had this same problem when I first started. Make sure your amp is on the "Distortion/Gain" channel before you get a pedal :) On my first amp, the gain channel was turned way down so I felt pretty humbled when I realized my mistake.

You'll eventually want to buy a pedal for distortion, though. I went about 3 months before I finally gave in and got an Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer. I love it with all my heart :D

All the other suggestions in this thread are great. Just remember pedals are like the potato chips of music. You can't have just one
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post Jul 13 2007, 03:04 AM
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Amps and effect pedals are fine and a must have for performing, but if you are like me, just starting out and your performing days are at least a year away I suggest you get the Guitar Port. It will make your guitar sound any way you want. As an example I am working on The Pentatonic Substitution lesson by what's his name ;-) ( muris ? great lesson BTW ) and I love the sound he has going in it. It took me a while to get it but I have it saved now in my tone library and have ready to go in a few clicks. I have mentioned this on the forum before and I get the feeling they might be looked down upon by some of the more experienced players but I love mine. I snuggle with it when I have the chance. ;-)


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post Jul 13 2007, 01:21 PM
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I have a presence knob on my amp.

Can someone explain exactly what it does in relation to the sound
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post Jul 13 2007, 01:41 PM
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QUOTE (timbo81 @ Jul 13 2007, 02:21 PM) *
I have a presence knob on my amp.

Can someone explain exactly what it does in relation to the sound

It brings out the high frequences - for simplicity say it's a high frequency boost.


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