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Solid body, hollow body and semi-hollow body guitars: the differences explained

Nick Coyle

Solid body, hollow body and semi-hollow body guitars: the differences explained

For guitarists or aspiring guitar players, there are many factors that determine which guitar is right for you. One of the most fundamental of these factors is the type of guitar body: solid, hollow, or semi-hollow. Each of these three types of guitar bodies has its advantages and disadvantages, and each will be ideal for different genres and playing styles. Before choosing a guitar type, it’s so important for you as a musician to consider the type of music you’ll predominantly be playing, so you can identify the tone and style you want to produce. The type of guitar body...

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What a guitar's tone knob really does

Nick Coyle

What a guitar's tone knob really does

Have you ever really thought about what the tone knob on your guitar does? If you’re like most players, you've probably got the general idea that it makes your guitar's tone more or less “bright." Of course, “tone” can be a bit of a vague concept, one which different musicians interpret and describe differently. Generally, guitarists use the term “brightness” to refer to tone that could be described as thin, light or twangy. The opposite of a “bright” tone would be a deeper, richer tone. So when most guitarists adjust their guitar's tone knob, they think in these terms: turning...

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Guitar setup: when is it worth paying for?

Nick Coyle

Guitar setup: when is it worth paying for?

So you’ve finally got your new guitar—whether you bought a finished model or built one yourself, it's likely that the only thing on your mind is playing it until your fingers bleed. So the last thing you probably want to do is take it in to the shop and be without your new ax while it gets set up.  But what if you could set up your guitar yourself? Many guitarists have the impression that setting up a guitar is a scary, mysterious process the be performed only by experienced luthiers and guitar techs. And indeed, some of the adjustments you may make...

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Coil-splitting and coil-tapping

Nick Coyle

Coil-splitting and coil-tapping

If you’re a guitar player, you’re undoubtedly aware of how important—and often, difficult—it is to get the right tone from your guitar. And you’re probably also aware of how important pickups are to your tone. The two basic types of pickup are single-coils and humbuckers, each of which produces a distinct sound. Traditionally, in order to achieve both sounds, you need a guitar—or multiple guitars—equipped with both types of pickups. Of course, this isn’t the end of the world, as plenty of guitars have both humbuckers and single-coil pickups. But a pickup’s position—that is, whether it’s closer to the bridge...

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Single-coil pickups vs. humbuckers

Nick Coyle

Single-coil pickups vs. humbuckers

When it comes to electric guitars, tone is everything. Musicians know that the right type of tone will make all the difference to the music they’re producing. And pickups,perhaps more than any other component in an electric guitar, play a crucial role in determining how a guitar sounds. That's why it’s so important to know the pros and cons of the various types of pickups when building, buying or upgrading your guitar.  Humbuckers and single-coils are the two main types of pickups used in electric guitars. While they share many commonalities, the differences they do have account for huge differences...

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