Tips on How to Get Better Guitar Tone?
Playing guitar can be as frustrating as it is fun. You may get tired of making the same mistakes over and over again if you hurry and do not pay attention. To get a better tone, you have to be curious. You will make mistakes for sure, but you better learn from them rather than becoming frustrated.
Today I am going to share some tips that will help you get a better guitar tone.
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Tune the Guitar
Your guitar probably came pre-strung and pre-tuned when you bought it. While it is easy to get it tuned by someone else or a friend, it is more likely to boost your confidence and enthusiasm if you try and learn it by yourself. By doing so, you will find the right tuning setting that you like.
Choosing the right pick
This isn't obvious when you're playing different kinds of tunes on your guitar. But for some parts, using a certain level of thickness for a pick can offer you a wide range of differences in tone. For instance, a thin pick can add treble when strumming with a clean-smooth tone, and a thick pick gives the strings more intense strokes.
The difference in sound may be subtle depending on your playing style. Still, those slight distinctions separate a decent guitar sound from an excellent one.
The thickness of your string will affect your guitar's tone. Thicker strings usually create a warm, rich tone. The thicker you go, the more power it adds to the tone. Keep in mind that thicker guitar strings increase the tension on the neck. You may need to tweak the truss rod to adjust the increased stress.
Tune your Fingers
You probably won't hear this much, but it is crucial to tune your fingers as well. What I mean by that is, try playing guitar without looking at the strings all the time. It hampers your focus on the tone. Rather than looking at the strings all the time, try to relax, let your fingers roam around on the stings, figure out and get familiar with the string formation and the cords without seeing.
After practicing a while, your fingers will spontaneously find their way around the guitar, leaving you with complete attention to the tune.
Learn to use the volume and tone nobs
Chances are, you won't always have a footswitch to switch between your amp's channels. Sometimes you will get stuck with only the guitar, and you may have to rely on your guitar's tone and volume knobs to clean dirty sounds. Play with the knobs; try to understand which do what.
You will find some great combinations of settings that will provide you with a cleaner and natural sound. You will be shocked to see how many different tones you can get by playing around with the knobs alone.
Tweak your Pickup
You can adjust the height of your pickups to set them either closer or further away from the strings. You can even change the size of each pole under the cable with some pickups.
Experiment with the height of your pickup or the size of each pole, and you may be amazed how drastically it can alter the sound. Just as treble pickups are close to the bridge and bass pickups are close to the neck, tiny modifications in the place where the string is "picked up" can create a ton of difference.
Try Simple Pedal Configuration
You can affect your guitar sound by changing the pedal order in your signal chain. First, you might want to remove any pedal that does not contribute any importance to your sound or is not used. Try to get a few pedals as you can. In most cases, a tuner and a boost pedal for leads are sufficient. Keep it easy.
Keep in mind that each button will color the sound it gets from all the pedals in the loop. You may also want to transfer your modulation effects to the effects loop rather than passing them through the amp's front.
Learn your Guitar Setup Properly
All the tips and tricks won't help you if you do not know how it works. Play with all the knobs on your amp; you will be amazed by how many different kinds of tones you can get out of it. All amps are not the same. You will see fierce changes in the tone with minor adjustments in some amps, while it is safe to dial a knob up or down in some other amps.
Try to learn how different settings in your guitar and your amp interact with each other. It can be a little bit troublesome and problematic. Still, it will help you get a great guitar tone tremendously if you can learn how your gear works properly.
In a nutshell, guitar playing can both be challenging and very simple. If you want to learn just a few chords and take it casually, you don't have to worry much. But if you want a good tone out of it, you must be patient, keep practicing, and most importantly, do it in a sequence or in a logical way. You cannot go blindly all in and hope for the best. Make up a strategy that suits you and strictly follow it to the end.