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Choosing String Gauges– Guitars & Basses

Compared to the past, today’s guitarist can avail of a wide variety of string gauges. Indeed, the selection is so wide, almost any requirement can be met. There are four major factors affecting the choice of a new set of strings. Gauge: Generally speaking, the heavier the string’s mass, the more volume it will produce…

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The Role of Tuning in Classic Rock

  A popular myth among players is that accurate tuning only became a possibility a few years ago, and that the old masters such as Jimi Hendrix didn’t really care about tuning. The fact is, most of the top guitarists in the world own and use a strobe tuner, and many have done so since…

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Out of Tune on Purpose — Dissonance as an Effect

  How many times have you heard a song or piece of music and wondered “what is it about this that makes me listen?”. It could be the great guitar solo, the chord sequence or the melody, but sometimes it’s none of those things. Take a song like “The Poacher” from 1974, by the late…

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Tuning Stability on Vibrato or Tremolo Bridges

If your guitar includes a tremolo arm, commonly referred to as a whammy or wang bar, you’ll need to adjust the bridge from which it protrudes in order for the tuning stability to be unaffected when the tremolo arm is used. There are several types of vibrato or tremolo systems, ranging from those which produce subtle…