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timono
post Nov 10 2007, 11:58 PM
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hey guys

i was just wondering,
if i would buy a guitar in the usa and would i have to change things on my guitar because of the change in electricity, cause in holland whe have 230V and in the usa it isn't so does anyone know the answer to my question (hope so tongue.gif )

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post Nov 11 2007, 12:41 AM
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You're not plugging the guitar straight into the wall power socket are you? huh.gif


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post Nov 11 2007, 05:59 AM
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QUOTE (timono @ Nov 10 2007, 11:58 PM) *
hey guys

i was just wondering,
if i would buy a guitar in the usa and would i have to change things on my guitar because of the change in electricity, cause in holland whe have 230V and in the usa it isn't so does anyone know the answer to my question (hope so tongue.gif )

timon

Nope, no such issues with guitars.


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post Nov 11 2007, 09:13 AM
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Didn't quite understand the question when I first read it -sorry.

As MickeM and Botoxfox say guitars are not an issue. Amps and things (efx etc) that plug in to the mains can be a problem as they may be specified for either US or European voltage (not sure if Australian is the same ? Hemlock or someone might know smile.gif ) . Some amps and efx can be switched between Us and European Voltage btw, or you can get an adaptor or change the transformer - which is what Muris has done with his new Triaxis pre-amp.

A guitar however doesn't pull voltage or current off the mains and so a US one will work with no adaptation in the UK. Same as Japanese one and so on - they are not region specific. The only thing I think you need to watch out for is importation and tax and the warranty smile.gif . At the moment though Euro is good against the dollar so a good time to buy US smile.gif .


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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Nov 11 2007, 03:13 AM) *
A guitar however doesn't pull voltage or current off the mains


My Variax does unsure.gif















But I'm just muddying the waters, ignore me, Tony's answer was a good one!


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Nov 11 2007, 03:17 AM) *
My Variax does unsure.gif


He said "guitar". JUDO CHOP!

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post Nov 11 2007, 09:06 PM
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thanks guys, i thought about this cause i just bought my guitar (ibanez 2550e) and it was 900 euro's, now with the low dollars a jem7v would have only cost me 1300 euro's so if i had just waited like 2 months i would have had a jem7v by now sad.gif , but now i know that i can also buy guitars in usa smile.gif so thanks guys

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post Nov 11 2007, 09:47 PM
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QUOTE (Hardtail @ Nov 11 2007, 07:19 AM) *
He said "guitar". JUDO CHOP!

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Well it depends how you define guitar wink.gif


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If you are buying a normal electric guitar (not Variax wink.gif - sorry Andrew) you will not have any problems as you plug the guitar in the amp and the amp is the one that takes care of the rest of the things.


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QUOTE (Pavel @ Nov 11 2007, 03:53 PM) *
If you are buying a normal electric guitar (not Variax wink.gif - sorry Andrew) you will not have any problems as you plug the guitar in the amp and the amp is the one that takes care of the rest of the things.


Yeah, ignore me on the Variax front - I was trying to be smart. The Variax has to be powered because of its internal DSP circuitry - you can use batteries or a wall adapter or a PodXT. However, this guitar is a complete exception.

All other guitars use either batteries which are universal, or are totally passive meaning they need no power at all.


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guitars are fine. amps are lethal, you can die and stuff like that
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