Windings and How They Affect Tone & Output – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 2

windingsLearn how windings change string vibrations, thereby affecting the tone and output of a guitar pickup.

In the last article we discussed all of the different guitar pickups available to the guitar player. So, we should now have a good idea why we would use each type and we should also have a rough idea of how each type works. And from that last article, we probably also remember that the most popular kind of guitar pickup is the passive type, and that it uses a magnet and the windings of a wire coil to create your sound. Continue reading “Windings and How They Affect Tone & Output – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 2”

Honky Tonk Woman by The Rolling Stones — How to Play

honky tonk womanHonky Tonk Woman, by The Rolling Stones, features some great Blues by Keith Richards, who uses an open G tuning, which is great for that particular style.

An open G tuning is when we tune the notes of our guitar to the notes of a G Major chord. This means we tune our guitar from low to high – D G D G B D. The G Open tuning is great for slide playing and for Blues playing. Open G is used here in Honky Tonk Woman, and it’s also used in several other Rolling Stones songs.
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Understanding How Pickups Work – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 1

how pickups workIf you would like to learn more about guitar pickups, what the different types are, how they are created, how they work, and even how to build your own, then this is the place to get started.

This is the first in a series of articles in which we will detail every aspect of the guitar pickup. We’ll discuss, with as much detail as possible, how pickups work, the different types, and when to use each. So, let’s get started. Continue reading “Understanding How Pickups Work – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 1”

War Pigs, by Black Sabbath – How to Play

war pigsWar Pigs was originally titled Walpurgis and had different lyrics, but the record label deemed it too Satanic so the band changed the lyrics and re-titled the song.

War Pigs first appeared on the 1970 Black Sabbath album, Paranoid. The siren in the beginning of the song was added by the record label without the band’s knowledge or consent. The melodic Guitar Solo at the end of the song is titled Luke’s Wall.

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Bring On The Night by the Police — How to Play

bring on the nightBring On the Night was written in 1979 by Sting, for the second of the Police records: Reggatta de Blanc.

Bring On the Night uses lyrics from an earlier song, as well as words from a poem by Ted Hughes titled King of Carrion. Andy Summers used a Fender Telecaster with a Maple neck, and a Gibson bridge humbucker in his neck position at the time of this recording. His amp of choice was a Marshall JMP 1959 Super Lead.
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Telecaster FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about the Fender Telecaster

telecaster faqAre you a huge fan of the Fender Telecaster Guitar, looking for more information? Well, we have answers to five of your most written and asked about topics.

Telecaster FAQ 1 – Which Fender Telecaster is the best?

There are many models of the Fender Telecaster, and there are just as many types of players that will argue over which particular model is the best so the answer is entirely subjective. Continue reading “Telecaster FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about the Fender Telecaster”

Light My Fire by The Doors — How to Play

light my fireThere are only about four sections of music to learn in Light My Fire, which The Doors released in January, 1967 on their self-titled debut album.

Robby Krieger is said to have written most of the song himself, and also claims that it is the first one that he ever wrote. For this song, and for their entire first record, Robby uses his Gibson SG straight into a Fender Twin Reverb amplifier.

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Voodoo Lab Wahzoo Wah Pedal

voodoo lab wahzooAs one of the most versatile wah pedals on the market today, the Voodoo Lab Wahzoo is actually three in one: Standard, Autowah, and Step Wah.

There’s a Vintage mode that is Voodoo Lab’s recreation of the Vox Clyde McCoy Wah, and it has a wide sweep, as the pedal is designed to feel good under your foot. The next mode is Autowah, which is an envelope filter/volume controlled effect for those times in which picking harder or softer controls when the wah kicks in. Continue reading “Voodoo Lab Wahzoo Wah Pedal”

Best Budget Guitar Phase Shifter Pedals

best budget guitar phaseIf you're searching for a new Guitar Phase Shifter Pedal, here's a list that's sure to help you to get started.

Before we zero in on the best budget guitar phase shifter pedals, we’ll first take a look at their actual significance. The Phase Shifter, or Phaser, is an often overlooked effect that sounds very similar to a Flanger. The Phaser can be heard on many historic recordings by Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Waylon Jennings, Jimi Hendrix, and many others. Continue reading “Best Budget Guitar Phase Shifter Pedals”