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The Ultimate-Guitar Electric Guitar forum FAQ((Under construcion))


1.) Respect other peoples choice of instrument. This is personally the most annoying problem I come across. Dont tell people their guitars suck, are crap etc. Not everyone can afford Gibsons etc and one man's junk is another man's treasure. If opinion is asked for back up your claims with reasoning.

2.) The 'which guitar' problem... While we are happy to offer advice when people are buying guitars we cannot decide for you. Ask specific questions on specific guitars and give details on what music you like and what features you think you will require from your guitar. A fairly comprehensive list of guitars recommended by UG users can be found in the ?Ultimate Which Guitar Thread? http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=42965 this list is being added to all of the time.

3.) Don't clutter the forum with similar threads, multiple threads on the same guitar are not allowed.

4.) Please don't 'bump' threads up the main page, if no one has replied it means they don't know the answer.

5.) Use the archive forum, the FAQ and the search facility before posting a thread. These features are extremely useful and have a lot of info which you may find useful. If you cant find the info you need then by all means post.

6.) Please don't ask how to replicate the tones of other guitarists or advice on what songs you should learn. There's no way that we can give you good advice in these areas because we don't know you. We don't know how well you play. We don't know what styles you play. We don't know how you learn etc.

7.) No repeat threads on the same brands over and over again (take note the agile brigade)

8.) No threads on guitar amps, effects or any other type of accessory, this is why we have the wonderful GG&A forum.

Frequently asked questions

1. Which guitar should I buy?

From zappp's Beginner's FAQ:

We've had this question 100 times before. Which guitar you should buy is personal. It depends on what music you (would) like to play. Even on what shape of guitar you prefer.

No one can decide that for you, so I suggest you go to a guitar shop and try some guitars

out! Take the one that is within your budget, the one you like the sound of, the one that

feels good in your hands and makes you sound/play better than you actually are.

2. Are guitar lessons worth it?

See this thread for a discussion: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...&threadid=25295

3. Are x pickups any good? Should I change my pickups?

We get this question all the time. In general, it's not advised that you change your pickups unless you know exactly what you're doing and you have a very good reason for doing it.

See this thread for a discussion: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...&threadid=23631

4. How do I tune a guitar with a Floyd Rose?

See this thread:


5. How do I replicate the tone of so and so ????

Simple. You go out and buy all the same equipment. The same amps. The same guitars. The same f/x pedals. Then you go to the exact same recording studio that they were in. In the exact same performance rooms. You get the same producer and mixer. You use the same mics. The same recording and mixing equipment.

You will have their tone down exactly. Basically don't ask, these kind of threads are banned, remember guys, it's all in the fingers.

6. What is this knob, lever, button on my guitar called?

See below for a brief overview of the workings of the two most popular guitar styles.

7.Whats the difference between single coil and humbuckers/active and passive pickups?

Please refer to this thread, written by Nirvanaozzie and archived.


8. What does my truss rod do and how can I adjust it?

The truss rod is a very important component of your guitar; maladjustment can seriously affect the playability of your guitar. If you are at all unsure then do not attempt adjustment yourself but seek advice from a professional. Here?s another excellent article covering truss rod adjustment should you feel confident attempting it yourself.


9. How do I go about changing pickups??

This is another subject id approach with caution, if your unsure refer to a professional, mistakes can ruin your guitar. For a good covering of the basics refer to this article http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=88525

Written By Beatallica, Dmal, Asomodai

With Special thanks to Nirvanaozzie for his help.

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