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Old December 21st, 2012, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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guitar tips and ideas

thought id post a couple of cool and handy guitar tips and ideas. first one im sure everyone knows, with archtops you can get unwanted over tones, a little foam weaved between the strings behind the bridge will take care of this,second one i just found,i have a problem with my thumbpick hitting the pickup and making noise, a little electric tape over the contacting spot will fix it. im sure you boys have a ton of good ideas and tips about anything guitar related, lets hear them

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Old December 21st, 2012, 04:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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...heres another..a buddy just gave me an old 4 tracks, i'll probably never record with it, but its great to slow licks etc. on old favorite tapes, also which i'll propably never do anymore L.O.L.
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sorry..last one...removing stickers on guitars...hair dryer, then a little good old cooking oil for the stuck on glue
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The little plastic bread bag tabs (as opposed to the twisty tie ones) can be made into cheap temporary strap locks.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 12:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Always tune "up" , never down to get to pitch
Unless you're using locking tuners, according to Fender. Then you tune down. Fender knows all, so who am I to argue?
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when unsure about mic. grounding, get drummer to lick it
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 03:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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changing bus tire..in a pinch, a banjo, fiddle, or accordion, can be used as a wheel chock
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practice in front of a mirror so you know the kinda stupid guitar faces you are going to pull in public....;)
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Bill Hullett had a great one he posted here several years ago about how to tame a buzzing tele due to 60 cycle hum. I had actually forgot all about it until I was cleaning out my gig bag the other day and came across it.

You take one of them little metal alligator clips, (what we oldsters used to call a roach clip back in the day) attach a wire to it. On the other end, make a circle to fit the finger of your choice. Attach the alligator clip to your bridge and the other end to your finger. I can vouch for this one as I used it during a recording session a few years back...it worked like a charm.
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A large cupboard, old wardrobe or door make a great imrovised amp if you don't have, or can't afford an amp.

Just press the headstock against cupboard or door and instant amplification !

That's how we did it as kids before we saved enough to buy an amp : )
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When testing equipment at your local guitar shop, make sure that the amp and guitar is dimed otherwise you are not truly experiencing what it can do.
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A large cupboard, old wardrobe or door make a great imrovised amp if you don't have, or can't afford an amp.

Just press the headstock against cupboard or door and instant amplification !

That's how we did it as kids before we saved enough to buy an amp : )
You had doors on the cupboards?

Luxury!

I have used a valve radio as an amp and it sounds good. Has to be a big loud radio or radiogram to get much benefit though. I guess there are sockets somewhere on the back of a modern TV that could be used for guitar. Every house has a TV.
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keep your hang nails short on your fretting hand to avoid making divots in your fretboard/finish,,,

that is,, unless you want to gouge it up... err, I mean relic it ... ;)
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if you want to de gloss a sticky neck...

go to an auto store and get a tin of coarse cutting compound... and put a dollop in your palm before you play.. and work that sucker....

she'll be back to raw wood in no time...;)
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