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#1
I've been playing my electric unplugged at least 70% of the time simply because it is more convenient... although i wish i had plugged it in more often as i notice some sloppiness sometimes when plugged in (like fingers brushing other strings or chords not held down properly) but it isn't too bad for a relative newbie.

What's the ratio of your unplugged / plugged playing? Have you noticed any disadvantages to playing unplugged too much?

Thanks.
#2
i play unplugged alot and i guess i haven't noticed any disadvantages
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#3
90 percent plugged in, because i bought an electric guitar instead of acoustic.
only play unplugged when its very late.
#4
i play through a halfstack always, not necessarily loud, but i picked up the guitar cause i loved the way it sounded and thats why i dont play unplugged very often.
#5
pros of plugged in
hear mistakes
loud
tell if the tab is wrong

cons of plugged in
wait for tubes to heat up
can wake people up
headache

i prob do 60/40 60 unplugged
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#6
I play my electric unplugged almost all the time, don't yet have a guitar amp (just a bass one) and its on the wall above my bed to i grab it down for some late night jamming ^^
My bass I play 100% plugged unless it's late, got a good set-up in my room so I can do it easily at the PC or watched TV or whatever.
#7
Almost always plugged in, only ever unplugged if it's between 12pm-7am and usually then I'm too lazy to play much
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#8
90% plugged in. If yoru practising for a gig it will need to be plugged in so you can get it tighter
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#9
I would say mostly unplugged from an actual amp. I have been using Guitar Rig 3 and plugging in to the PC lately. Easier to use headphones and record that way.
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#10
I live in the guest house so my Tube Combo is always busting out the riffage. I will play my Acoustic/Electric unplugged sometimes though.

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#11
Almost always play plugged in. I don't have much reason to play without the amp.
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#12
I muck around heaps unplugged, just pick up the guitar n play for a bit

Plug in if im looking 2 play more than a song or two
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#13
I end up practicing mostly unplugged because it is more convenient and I don't get yelled at about noise. I remember reading in an interview with EVH recently that he said he almost never plugs in at home and I thought that was pretty interesting.
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#14
I hardly ever play plugged in...
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#15
I usually play my electric plugged in. I only really play it unplugged when I'm on here, looking up a tab. Then once I memorize the song, I go back into my room and plug it in.
#16
I play unplugged most of the time cause my amp kinda sucks, unless im practicing stuff that requires an amp like hammerons, pulloffs, palm muting etc.
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#20
Unplugged most of the time.
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#21
Wow lots of unplugged...I play plugged in majority of the time so I can hear the mistakes and correct myself. Especially with distortion
#22
Always plugged in, myself. When a lower level of sound is required, I use these things called "headphones", which are kinda like speakers you put on your ears. Okay, they're not exactly great if you've got a luverly value amp, but they do the job with my Cube 30x.

Having said that, we had a rash of power cuts in the run-up to Xmas, so there have been a few evenings where it's been open fire and unplugged electric.
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#24
I write things unplugged most of the time, but I practice with my amp.
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#26
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pros of plugged in
hear mistakes
loud
tell if the tab is wrong

cons of plugged in
wait for tubes to heat up
can wake people up
headache

i prob do 60/40 60 unplugged


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#28
I play plugged in almost 100% of the time. I play through a 15W, so I can keep it pretty quiet when its late.
#29
when i'm learning songs i play unplugged, then i go to my amp and try them out. sometimes i drag my amp into the computer room and learn plugged in. id say 65% plugged 35% unplugged
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#30
Always plugged in.

And the parents won't be complaining about my "noise" much longer; getting my room sound-proofed for my birthday.
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#31
I play my electric plugged in.

I have an acoustic which I mostly practice on. It depends usually on the type of music I'm playing.

I do country/fingerpicking and some jazz on my acoustic.

I play metal/rock and jazz on my electric.
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#32
used to play plugged a lot but now mostly unplugged cos of other people in the house etc.

interestingly it has totally changed the way i play bends - much harsher than they used to be. when i play unplugged tend to end up doing lots of quicker blues stuff - plugged in i go for more sweeping stadium-esque sounds
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#33
i used to always play unplugged cuz i had a crap behringer starter amp
but i got a Peavey Bandit 112 so i plug in alot now especially since i get a sick sound out of it using my MT-2
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#35
Always plugged in on my electric, and probably 80% of the time with headphones.

Buy headphones if the only reason you aren't plugging in is because it is too loud
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#36
Unplugged, my amp is terrible :S

The downside is that I'm terrible at hammer ons, pull offs and harmonics.

I'm getting an amp soon hopefully.
#37
I nearly always play unplugged.
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#40
If I'm playing my electric, it's plugged in. Always. If it's late, just use headphones.

The only thing I play unplugged is my acoustic.
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