If your passion are the electric guitars, then they should be the most important piece of your equipment. Only surpassed by the talent, the practice and a deep knowledge of music.
This guide was made from my own experience as a guitarist and user of electric guitars that were subject to test in a variety of situations ... from practicing technique to concerts in front of thousands or from recording sessions of metal music to jingles...from jammin' to song writing...
Here is an extensive selection of electric guitars so that you have a better idea for making an informed choice. They're the popular, the best sounding, those electric guitars that all of us want to play
Useful Info to Choose Electric Guitars
The electric guitars body is where pickups, bridge, controls and electronic components are installed. It's the largest and heaviest part in electric guitars; therefore, mainly here occurs many looking variations: graphic or special drawings, pickguard designs, metallic parts finishes, pickup colors, plastic parts, stickers, dents...
The body of electric guitars is generally solid, smaller and heavier than the body of acoustic guitars. The mass of the electric guitars body is directly proportional to the amount of sustain you obtain, e.g. the Gibson Les Paul has lots of sustain but weighs a little more … are you willing to hold standing during 2-3 hours 3 extra pounds to sound better? … Many would say yes and many would prefer to fix this limitation with guitar effects or a tube amplifier.
This part of electric guitars goes adhered to the guitar body and extends up to the headstock. The fretboard is attached to the neck; here's the space where the frets are. Pressing the frets is your way to determine the specific note you want to hear. Neck, Fretboard and Frets could be considered the main field of action of the left hand
Electric guitars necks generally feels more comfortable than acoustic guitars necks; partially because the strings (thinner) generate less tension. The difficult lines are executed with greater precision and less muscular fatigue.
Made of metallic material, except in some jazz electric guitars. From the classic Gibson, Gretsch, Fender and Rickenbacker of the 50’s to advanced tremolo systems like Floyd Rose or Wilkinson.
A good bridge should have adjustable height and the tuning of each string should be able to be calibrated independently. If you don't use tremolo, I suggest you fixed bridge electric guitars (hard tail)
On the majority of electric guitars, the bridge is that place where the palm of the right hand rests. If your style is intensive in palm mute, do not opt for a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo, because it will also respond to involuntary movements of the palm of your hand that could cause detuning
If your style requires electric guitars with tremolo, be sure that it comes equipped with a quality system to avoid one of the worst nightmares on stage: several strings out of tune after an intensive tremolo using.
The magnetic pickups "perceive" the strings vibration that travel through the
cable to the guitar amplifier, place where is produced the sound of electric guitars.
Especially important if your idea is to get a professional level tone. If the pickups installed in your electric guitar are poor quality or not the adequate for you, neither the best Mesa amplifier will be able to do something to fix a sound that was born being faulty.
ELECTRIC GUITARS CONTROLS
Electronic components used to choose between pickups you will use, its volume and tone
• Volume Control: sets the output level of your |
electric guitar. While the Fender Stratocaster
comes with one volume control for all three
pickups. The Gibson SG (2 pickups), has one
volume control for each
• Tone Control: sets the amount of treble/bass
frequencies that you'll achieve from a specific pickup.
The Epiphone Firebird has independent tone controls for each of the pickups; on the other hand the Ibanez Jem has a single tone control for all its pickups
• Pickup Selector: the most popular would be the three and the five position selectors
While the 3-way position selectors are frequently found in electric guitars of two pickups
(neck, bridge, and neck/bridge), the 5-way selectors are associated to electric guitars of three pickups (neck, neck/middle, middle, bridge/middle and bridge)
• Other controls: some electric guitars are equipped with additional switches that are used to invert the phase of pickups, to select between the two coils of a humbucker, to select between the magnetic pickups and a piezo pickup (getting acoustic guitar sounds, electric guitar tones or some combination of both), to select between the magnetic pickups and a MIDI pickup (obtaining synthesizer sounds that can be mixed with your regular tone)...
THE TUNING MACHINES
Are of easy, smooth action and they respond to fine adjustments
Some PRS or Fender models come equipped with locking tuners
that "lock" once the electric guitar is tuned up. The locking tuners
maintain the tuning even after an intensive tremolo
The tuners are found mounted in your electric guitars headstock (the place where
the manufacturer puts its logo) and they are arranged in one or both sides
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