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Old 08-22-2013, 12:54 AM   #1
johnyere
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New guitar problems...

You guys always provide great answers, so i thought i would ask.

I got a new guitar (Strat style) and it seems as though my skills diminish when i play it compared to my other guitar.

First, my picking arm seems to tense up a lot. I also can't play as fast and everything just seems sloppier.

Could this just be the result of my new guitar having a different scale, fretboard radius and thicker strings?
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:28 AM   #2
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You guys always provide great answers, so i thought i would ask.

I got a new guitar (Strat style) and it seems as though my skills diminish when i play it compared to my other guitar.

First, my picking arm seems to tense up a lot. I also can't play as fast and everything just seems sloppier.

Could this just be the result of my new guitar having a different scale, fretboard radius and thicker strings?


What were you playing previously? Analyzing your own playing back and forth might be your best bet, but for some things to consider:
right hand:
- bridge height and fingerboard width (does it cause you to hold your wrist differently or support your hand with your pinky?
- Are you using more or less wrist movement and switching to arm perhaps?
- Is the guitar further away from you?
- Is the angle of attack different?

left hand:
- How is your action?
- Is the fingerboard wider?
- Is the neck thicker or round/flat compared to the other?
- Did you switch string gauge?
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:51 AM   #3
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I was playing an Epiphone SG, made a huge upgrade to a Carvin Bolt...

The neck is flatter and I did switch string gauge (from 9s to 10s).
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