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#1
Okay so i culdnt think of a good way to put that question....kind of confusing...but anywayz i have an electric guitar and itz an esp but i dont know th exact model, it sayz ltd on itt maybe thatz it but when u put the amp on clean and play it soundz like somethings not right, it soundz like out of tune but i just tuned it, and then u put it on heavy distortion and it sound awesome, so like my question is can an electric guitar be not ment for clean and designed just for heavy distortion?..or is it really fine but my ears are juss used to an acoustic guitar??
#5
are you SURE its in tune? try a different tuner... distortion tends to cover up any flaws.

and yeah, sure some are meant for distortion, but all of them should sound in tune when you play clean... to me thats a sign you're not tuning it correctly
#6
okay thanx.. so if tuning doesnt help then maybe it iz cuz itz ment for distortion?
#9
I see someone skipped English class one to many times.

Guitars are not really designed for just distortion, you can use a guitar for whatever you want to, it's an instrument, I don't care if it's a 8 string metal monster, I've seen people use them for clean jazz or blues.
#10
A simple answer is that you like distortion. Remember; distortion covers up mistakes. Maybe that's why it sounds better.
#11
Quote by logan97
intonated? whatz thatt?

if your guitar isn't properly intonated the open strings will be in tune but the frets wont be
try tuning it at the 12th fret without using harmonics
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#12
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A simple answer is that you like distortion. Remember; distortion covers up mistakes. Maybe that's why it sounds better.


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#14
I'd suggest you learn to type coherently if you want more people, including me, to take you seriously here. This isn't Facebook. But to answer your question, if it sounds like shit clean, then it's your tuning, intonation or maybe something wrong with the amp. Guitars are not designed just for distortion.
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I see someone skipped English class one to(o) many times.

Guitars are not really designed for just distortion, you can use a guitar for whatever you want to, it's an instrument, I don't care if it's a 8 string metal monster, I've seen people use them for clean jazz or blues.

Pretty much 100% this.

Your intonation and truss rod probably need adjusted to fix your issues with pitch, which are covered up by the gain on your amp (which is probably ratcheted up to 10, just a guess).

No, guitars are not factory made solely for distortion or clean playing, though some types lend themselves better to clean or dirty tones by nature of the materials used to make them and hardware they've got. I've seen guys play metal on a hollow body and people play country on an ESP and everything in between.

In closing, aside from your question, please, for the love of the Gods, learn how to form sentences. They start with a capital letter, often have punctuation such as commas or hyphens, and end with a period.

Additionally; A 'Z' isn't an 'S,' and 'U' isn't a word.
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#16
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I see someone skipped English class one to many times


>skipped English one to many times
>one to many times
>to

its too.
and holy "z"s OP. an S is an S and a Z is a Z. That's it.
OT, kind of yes and kind of no. Some pickups do definitely give a better distortion than others, but no a guitar is not really designed specifically for distortion. It could be the amp you're using, you could not be tuned totally correctly, or you're just not used to the sound. For future reference, the sound you're referring to that doesn't sound right is called "clean" not acoustic
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#17
You guys sound like my teachers. There i put a period, o look i capitalized the first letter too!
#18
Quote by logan97
You guys sound like my teachers. There i put a period, o look i capitalized the first letter too!


EDIT:
You guys sound like my teachers. There, I put a period. Oh look, I capitalized the first letter too!

Don't be a smart ass and expect assistance. You go to school for a reason.
#19
I think he is just not satisfied with the cleans he gets with his equipment... Maybe his amplifier just has a horrible clean sound. I know many amps do, it just supresses the tone and makes it sound very bland. He might be comparing this clean channel on his amp which lacks effects to clean sounds he hears in popular music that contains chorus, boost and other such effects/modulations. I doubt his guitar is the problem here. As everyone above me has also answered, guitars are not techincally designed to be better for distortion, its really the electronics that are affiliated with that. The pickups, amplifier, and effects can be designed to better adjust that.
#20
Quote by logan97
intonated? whatz thatt?

Better than outonated?


Make sure, when tuning, that the correct notes play at fretted positions along each string as well as when the open string is played. If not it needs intonating. If you're as young as I'm guessing get a pro to help or do some serious research first. And if English is your first language then may I suggest you study it a little more.
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#21
I just dont see why my typing bothers you so much, but thanks for the guitar and english tips.
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You guys sound like my teachers. There, I put a period. Oh look, I capitalized the first letter too!

Don't be a smart ass and expect assistance. You go to school for a reason.

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#23
Quote by logan97
Okay so i culdnt think of a good way to put that question....kind of confusing...but anywayz i have an electric guitar and itz an esp but i dont know th exact model, it sayz ltd on itt maybe thatz it but when u put the amp on clean and play it soundz like somethings not right, it soundz like out of tune but i just tuned it, and then u put it on heavy distortion and it sound awesome, so like my question is can an electric guitar be not ment for clean and designed just for heavy distortion?..or is it really fine but my ears are juss used to an acoustic guitar??

F-

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After calling in a team of experts who have helped me to decipher the incoherent mess that was your first post, I believe it's safe to say that the reason your guitar sounds bad without distortion is your playing is bad. Distortion is great at covering up shoddy playing. Of course, to the slightly musically inclined, your playing will still sound bad. Just not quite as bad. You need to practise.

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#24
Quote by logan97
I just dont see why my typing bothers you so much, but thanks for the guitar and english tips.


You should've capitalized English and put an apostrophe in don't, but I can live with this. It bothers us because reading isn't supposed to be a difficult task for us like it was in your first post. I was young when the whole typing like shit (internet, or texting) became cool somehow, and it's always infuriated me. I've failed at least one English class and it's still not hard to type coherently.
#25
I can type coherently if I want, I just like to type fast and get back to playing guitar.
#26
I would say if your guitar is set up properly, and its an ESP I can only assume it has ACTIVE pickups.

So the first thing you want to do is "CHECKZ DUH BATTERIZZZ!"

and if the battery/batteries are good, then your problem may be volume.

When you switch to clean, try rolling back the volume knob on your guitar a quarter of the way, and then push the volume on your amp to compensate, and see if that sounds any better.
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#27
On a side note, I wouldn't recommend jumping straight to adjusting your truss rod and making modifications to your guitar.

These are things to do AFTER you have determined they are definitely the problem. If you ask me, distortion DOES NOT cover up your mistakes. Out of tune still sounds out of tune, distortion or not. Try other cables, amps, and adjust the tone on both your guitar and your amp for optimal clean and distortion settings, and then if the problem persists look into having your guitar set-up.
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#28
Quote by logan97
I can type coherently if I want, I just like to type fast and get back to playing guitar.

I think it actually takes longer to try in the way you were. You never see anyone who types faster than 50 WPM type like that.
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#29
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On a side note, I wouldn't recommend jumping straight to adjusting your truss rod and making modifications to your guitar.

These are things to do AFTER you have determined they are definitely the problem. If you ask me, distortion DOES NOT cover up your mistakes. Out of tune still sounds out of tune, distortion or not. Try other cables, amps, and adjust the tone on both your guitar and your amp for optimal clean and distortion settings, and then if the problem persists look into having your guitar set-up.

When people say distortion covers up mistakes, they're not refering to it covering up the guitar being out of tune, it can help cover slopy playing. That's why music teachers have you play on a clean channel.
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#30
no the guitar has to do nice cleans too. only distortion guitars don't exist, they tried in the 80's and there was a huge guitar war about cleans, and the edge of break up.

then robben ford invented the chirp accidentally and it was over.

all guitars had to do both, period, end of discussion.

you can't have a guitar made for just metal, if you think an 8 string sounds nice clean, try a 12.
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#31
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>skipped English one to many times
>one to many times
>to

its too.
and holy "z"s OP. an S is an S and a Z is a Z. That's it.
OT, kind of yes and kind of no. Some pickups do definitely give a better distortion than others, but no a guitar is not really designed specifically for distortion. It could be the amp you're using, you could not be tuned totally correctly, or you're just not used to the sound. For future reference, the sound you're referring to that doesn't sound right is called "clean" not acoustic



I forgot one "o", whoopdiefrikendo! I don't care grammar nazi.
#32
Quote by gregs1020
no the guitar has to do nice cleans too. only distortion guitars don't exist, they tried in the 80's and there was a huge guitar war about cleans, and the edge of break up.

then robben ford invented the chirp accidentally and it was over.

all guitars had to do both, period, end of discussion.

you can't have a guitar made for just metal, if you think an 8 string sounds nice clean, try a 12.

Wha-

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Why do you have quailman's avatar.

Anyway, you're either out of tune, your guitar isn't intonated, it needs a setup, or you need to work on your playing.
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#33
No, TS, your guitar is not an ESP. It's an LTD, which happens to be owned by ESP. LTD is like the cheaper line of ESP. Just like Epiphone is the cheaper line of Gibson.

Thought I'd add in that piece of information.

But honestly, type coherently on here please? Because trying to read that first paragraph was painful. For example: "soundz"? how is that speeding up anything when the "Z" and "S" keys are RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER?

That is all.
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#34
Quote by logan97
I can type coherently if I want, I just like to type fast and get back to playing guitar.

So that's why you change your "s" to a "z" at the end some words?

I smell someone that wants attention.....
#35
^Me too.

You need to play your guitar on the clean channel and clean up your technique, Logan.

Poor playing sounds out of tune because you probably aren't paying attention to your fretting hand.

And use an electronic tuner until you can accurately tell if a guitar is properly in tune.
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#36
What you really need is a new amp........yea im that guy
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#37
I think this guy just successfully trolled you guys. No one, I mean NO ONE uses that many "z's" unless they want to "lulz".
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I think this guy just successfully trolled you guys. No one, I mean NO ONE uses that many "z's" unless they want to "lulz".

Hipsters do... And kids who think they're "cool", but in reality are just irritating.
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Quote by Darth_jacob22
I think this guy just successfully trolled you guys. No one, I mean NO ONE uses that many "z's" unless they want to "lulz".

No offence to Americans but I loathe the US spelling of words like "realise" and "specialise" or "organise".

Just saying - as this (work's) computer keeps reverting to US English regardless of what I do.
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No offence to Americans but I loathe the US spelling of words like "realise" and "specialise" or "organise".

Just saying - as this (work's) computer keeps reverting to US English regardless of what I do.

Well that's a bit different from someone saying "spillz," though. English vs. American English isn't the same as substituting a z for an s in words where it's got no legitimate reason for being there.
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