Basic Tips On How To Repair A Guitar Amplifier11.29.13

Guitar amplifiers need to be taken good care of so that they will remain to function in the most optimal manner for their owner. However, in case you find your guitar amplifier in need of repairs and you need a quick fix, you can try the following procedures:

Inspect: If your amplifier seems to be generating strange humming sounds, you may want to examine the nuts and bolts in the guitar since the vibrations may be because of these nuts and bolts being loose. Make sure that every nut and bolt is in place and are tight and if one is not that tight, tighten it using a wench or screwdriver. However, be careful with speakers since the nut and bolts in it need a bit of room for the vibrations to go through so refrain from over-tightening it.

Tubes Amplifiers: It can be difficult to determine if a tube is durable enough to last a year or not. For most guitarists, tube amplifiers are the best option. The best was to repair a broken tube or at least keep it from breaking is to read the instruction manual of the product thoroughly and then learn everything that you can learn from it.

Fuses: Always make it a point to have extra fuses in your repair bag or tool bags in case a fuse blows up. Also, take this kind of situations seriously because a fuse that blows up indicates a more complex problem which needs to be dealt with right away. It is also important that you have an idea of the kind of fuse that blew up since you cannot simply replace it with just a random fuse.

In case there is no more hope in repairing the broken amp then you can always get yourself some budda amps at guitar center.

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Things to Consider When Picking The Appropriate Electric Guitar For Starters08.25.13

The first thing that you need to consider if you are planning to buy an electric guitar is the kind of music that you want to play. Some of the things that you have to consider are:

Fancy/Floating Bridges or Tail Piece:  Unless you have been performing for quite some time now and this is not your first time purchasing a guitar, or unless your music style is more on doing octave or high vibrato bar stuff, it would be best to just choose a standard guitar without any fancy accessories. Plus they are more affordable.

Visit A Local Guitar Shop: Refrain from going to a general store like Walmart, and or Best Buy since these stores are not initially established to sell guitars and often offer poor options. That is why visiting a local guitar store is more worth it since the people at the store are knowledgeable and can help you with what you are looking for.

Neck Thickness:  This is also a question regarding your play style. If you are the type who prefers to play rock music then you may want to consider getting an electric guitar with a narrow neck while an arch on the backside and a wide-neck guitar would be good if your aim is to play slide blues.

So if you find yourself eyeing that v shaped guitar, ask yourself first if that particular guitar would complement your playing style.

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Picking Your First Bass Guitar07.22.13

5-String Bass Guitar Level 1 Pearl White

It is important to have an idea of what bass guitar you should have especially if you have plans in being part of a band. Some of the things that you may want to keep in mind when choosing the right bass guitar for you are:

Your Play Style: Just like with choosing a guitar’s effects, it is important that you have an idea of what kind of music or style you play. Are you into semi-acoustic or do you enjoy delivering loud sounds?

Budget: If it is your first time buying a bass guitar, the best thing to do is to choose a modestly cost bass guitar. Pick one which suits your taste and until you are already invested in the idea of being a bassist, do not purchase an expensive bass guitar.

Buy from a Reputable Shop: Do not just buy the first cool-looking bass guitar at the first guitar shop that you visit. Try checking out other musical instrument shops before you settle on one. You may also want to try checking out some new ibanez bass guitars at musicians friend since they are one of the best options available out there.

It takes experience and thorough research when it comes to picking the best bass guitar for you but then again, you need not spend much to get a decent one for the meantime.

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Things to know about an Ibanez Artcore Guitar02.07.13

There are a lot of guitar brands out there such as Fender, Gibson, and Washburn. And Ibanez is one brand popular for its artcore model guitars. The original purpose why artcore guitars were manufactured by Ibanez around the year 2002 is to be able to offer starting guitarists models which are affordable for them. It is a known fact that a lot of electric guitars these days, especially branded ones can be expensive and it discourages musicians.

And that is what makes Ibanez Artcore models special. Not only are they more affordable to the average musician but it still retains the quality of an electric guitar. These models appear to have a large and hollow body which makes it unique among other models in the market. Other than being thin, what it lacks in depth is compensate by its width. Ibanez Artcore models are also known for their two F-shaped holes on its body whose purpose is to give more resonance, giving guitarists the advantage of having a hollow bodied guitar.

A typical Ibanez Artcore model is constructed through the use of a couple of boutique wood. The thing is that there is no chance for artcore models to be carved using larger, solid blocks of woods due to its hollow-body line. Most of the models nowadays feature maple and mahogany necks while fret boards are usually made out of rosewood. On the other hand, the back, its sides, and main face are often crafted using bubinga wood. If you are planning to buy yourself a hollow body, you may want to try an Ibanez artcore at musicians friend.

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Choosing The Right Strings For Your Acoustic Guitar01.15.13

One of the most important things that you should know when you play the guitar is choosing the right strings for it. Keep in mind that you may be good when it comes to playing the guitar but then again, if your strings are of bad quality then the sound that you will produce through your acoustic guitar will be affected negatively. When choosing strings for your guitar, bear the following in mind:

  • Acoustic Guitar: The body of your acoustic guitar should be one of the first things that you should take note of when picking a string. Know that the sizes of strings are suitable only based on the body of the guitar where they will be utilized. There are actually two kinds of guitar bodies which are generally used by musicians which are the dreadnought and the grand auditorium. Light gauge strings often fit acoustic guitars having a grand auditorium body while medium gauge strings are often used in dreadnought guitars
  • Playing Style: Playing style depends on the songs that you usually play because different songs are played differently. If for example you enjoy playing songs which mostly involves plucking then you may want to go for light strings since they are easier to pluck than medium-sized strings. On the other hand, if you prefer strumming a lot than plucking the strings with your fingers then it would be best if you go for medium gauge strings.
  • Sound: This is also associated with the kind of songs that you play. Just remember that medium strings are likely to produce deeper and bolder sounds as compared to light strings however, the good thing about light gauge strings is that their accents are higher. Though if you are someone who prefers playing music having prominent bass, then the medium gauge is for you.

If you are still uncertain what strings to buy for your acoustic guitar, you may want to check either one of the two; elixir strings or a John Pearce bronze string for a start.

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I Miss Playing Guitar…01.25.12

I just learned how to play the guitar months ago. That’s big thanks to my boyfriend. I am not inclined to music and it just happened by chance. Or should we say, by fate? I was with him one night when the electricity went off and we really had nothing to do. So out of boredom, I got his guitar and started strumming. Nonsense strums as you may say. And then he teach me the different chords and guitar playing basics! In no time, I can play the guitar all by myself.

Though lately, I haven’t laid my fingers on that guitar. I’m very busy with lots of online stuff and other things. But I’m not giving up. I will play again. My boyfriend also said that we have to upgrade our acoustic guitar. So we’re thinking about buying a new one. How about this package?

Ibanez JamPack IJV50 Quickstart Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Pack

Ibanez JamPack IJV50 Quickstart Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Pack

Maybe, we should also get some accessories and effects such as vht special 6! Yay! Way to go! I have to practice more and save lots to buy a brand new guitar!

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