#1
I've played guitar for 1 & 1/2 years now, and when I come on this forum time to time, I just wonder how the hell you guys know all these stuff about the amps, effects, and etc. Do you guys just look these stuff up online as they're mentioned and just get to know them by time? or go to some guitar shop and try everything out?

I mean, I don't think 1 & 1/2 years is a really short time but in comparison with like everyone on here I feel like a complete no0b on judging tone & stuff like that.
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#2
We read up on it.
We try it out.
We share our experiences on the forums.

Stick around, despite all the flame wars and retarded-ness that do crop up on internet forums, I have learnt a lot about guitars, amps and effects from UG.
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#3
I read guitar magazines all the time and browse through music catalogs. That's where I get most of my knowledge. Word of mouth around here is also helpful, but can be biased.
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Stick around, despite all the flame wars and retarded-ness that do crop up on internet forums, I have learnt a lot about guitars, amps and effects from UG.

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#5
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#6
i do a lot of trying out in the shop, reading reviews, and lots of buying/selling/trading myself. in 3 years iv been through 7 guitars, 5 amps, and maybe 10 pedals. its not that im not happy with the stuff, its just a hobby to me and i like to try different things and cannot afford to keep it all at once.

it all comes down to research and trying things for urself. what people tell u is better, or sounds good, will be different to u. not only are ur ears sonically different to some extent, but its ALL about preferences.
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#7
Read Total Guitar and Guitarist

those two magazines will give you more knowledge than anything else

when you see stuff in them you like with good reviews go to a shop and try it out
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Read Total Guitar and Guitarist

those two magazines will give you more knowledge than anything else

when you see stuff in them you like with good reviews go to a shop and try it out

He lives in the U.S., those magazines are way too expensive here.

Guitar World and Guitar Player are good magazines to pick up. They are both quite different, but together they cover all the bases. And they both put out special gear-only editions here and there.
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they both put out special gear-only editions here and there.


That does nothing but give you GAS.
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That does nothing but give you GAS.

very true
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#11
I've spent the better half of these past 4 or 5 years on musician's friend and then looking at demos on youtube. It comes from having nothing to do in your free time.


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#12
A lot of it comes from sheer boredom and looking stuff up online. Also when ever I think about buying anything I always get really anal about learning everything I can about the product and products like it so I can make the best decisions.
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He lives in the U.S., those magazines are way too expensive here.

Guitar World and Guitar Player are good magazines to pick up. They are both quite different, but together they cover all the bases. And they both put out special gear-only editions here and there.


Really? i live in Australia and these magazines from England are fairly cheap.
Besides they are far better quality than the american counterparts which are mostly filled with ads, i would consider them better value for money on content.
#14
Loads of ways...some people just pick it up better than others. A lot of guitarists I know take very little interest in gear, and don't really consider anything beyond than the usual Fender/Marshall/Gibson etc.

Try reading some guitar blogs to keep up with interesting news. I really like Guitar Noize, and there's also Gearwire, Harmony Central etc.
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We read up on it.
We try it out.
We share our experiences on the forums.

Stick around, despite all the flame wars and retarded-ness that do crop up on internet forums, I have learnt a lot about guitars, amps and effects from UG.


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Really? i live in Australia and these magazines from England are fairly cheap.
Besides they are far better quality than the american counterparts which are mostly filled with ads, i would consider them better value for money on content.


Yea, there's a Borders bookstore (or something like that, IDK because I cant read) up the street that has all those UK guitar magazines. They seem like they are full of fluff and ad's. They look neat though, all glossy and stuff...but they are very expensive for what you get (in the States at least).

Guitar World has been awesome lately. Just got this month's in the mail. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman.