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Top 7 Ways to Get That Dream Guitar Sound
5 August 2015
Let's face it, if you're going to get the best out of our Coffee Break Grooves backing tracks, you'll need to make sure your guitar and rig is optimally set up. We thought we'd help out by giving you a few tips on how to make sure you're getting the best sound you can, so your jams can be truly awesome!
1. Balance it baby! There's a hidden sweet spot between the volume control on your amp and on your guitar. So use it. Instead of focusing on just adjusting the amp volume, try adjusting guitar and amp together in small increments. You'll find it can make a real difference.
2. Pickup and go! Pickups are the heart of any guitar sound, so it makes sense to get a handle on how to set them up properly. The height of the pickup, the type and the balance between multiple pickups on your guitar all give a distinctive flavor to your instrument. Experiment.
3. Check your cord! Believe it or not, there are differences between different qualities of guitar cords (or leads for you Brits). A good quality one can give a vastly improved sound over a cheap one, and remove interference too.
4. Keep it sweet and low! Most players insist on using Input One on their practice amp. If you have two, then try using the second one (low gain), to make your sound cleaner and more clear.
5. Don't string me along! Strings make a huge difference to your sound. Design, gauge and make can deliver a radically different tone to your instrument. Spend some time researching the strings that suit your favorite tone.
6. Pick and choose! Most guitarists spend very little time choosing a pick, and yet the sound you get with different types, weights and brands can be huge. Once again spend time exploring different products to see which you prefer.
7. Fret not, Charlie! The only time most guitarists notice their frets is when they're too worn to be useful. But they can deliver more than just playing feel. Wider frets tend to be easier to bend, while narrow ones are selected for a generally more crisp harmonic sound. And remember to keep an eye on wear, as that is a vital component of a guitar's playability.
So there you have it folks, we hope these tips really help out. In the meantime, make sure to visit your favorite genre here at coffeebreakgrooves.com and check out our range of amazing backing tracks and video lessons. And have fun!
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