Poll: unplugged?
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Most the time
20 30%
50/50
22 33%
rarely
25 37%
Voters: 67.
#1
Anyone else typically play their electric unplugged? 90% of the time I play I am pretty much unplugged and wandering about my place doing other things like watching tv, homework, etc. Sometimes, when doing some heavy thinking, I pace back and forth strapped up and strumming out simple things.

Anyone else turn nomadic when they play?
#2
My guitar sounds amazing unplugged, so i often do.
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#3
I do a lot, my parents' bedroom is right above where my amp is and I get my best rushes of creativity at night so I don't plug in as often as I'd like.
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#4
When I have the urge to play electric, I'll occasionally take one of my electrics down and sit on the couch with my wife, as she watches TV. It's a little easier to hear the TV over an unplugged electric, than it is to hear an acoustic, which is what I normally prefer to play.
#5
I almost always play unplugged, unless I want to see what something sounds like on the amp.
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#8
My amp sucks so that's a yes.
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#9
When I first start working on something I will pay unplugged but once I start figuring things out I plug in.
#10
In my opinion, practicing unplugged makes you a better guitar player because you don't have distortion or compression of an amplifier to correct your mistakes, and it forces you to pick harder to hear yourself instead of letting the amp do the work.
#11
If I want to play quietly I tend to use my acoustic so an unplugged electric is not that useful to me, John Frusciante write alot on unplugged electric I read somewhere
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#12
Quote by Ian_the_fox
In my opinion, practicing unplugged makes you a better guitar player because you don't have distortion or compression of an amplifier to correct your mistakes, and it forces you to pick harder to hear yourself instead of letting the amp do the work.


I believe quite the opposite. An electric guitar is made to be played through an amplifier and how you sound when you play unplugged is completely irrelevant. You won't hear the noise you're making while you're playing unplugged, and players who practices that way may have some trouble muting out string noise that becomes noticeable when amplified.
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#13
The majority of my home practise is unplugged and when I'm setting up/repairing/modding a guitar I test it mostly unplugged, only plugging in briefly to make sure the electronics are working as they should. You can tell an awful lot about a guitar from its unplugged tone.
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#14
I miss the "never" option. I haven't really played my electric guitar unplugged, ever. Maybe some noodling when I'm waiting until the tubes are hot, but nothing more. Electric guitars are meant to be amplified and I don't play them without doing so, as I don't see the point. :P
#16
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I believe quite the opposite. An electric guitar is made to be played through an amplifier and how you sound when you play unplugged is completely irrelevant. You won't hear the noise you're making while you're playing unplugged, and players who practices that way may have some trouble muting out string noise that becomes noticeable when amplified.


+1.

Also, unless you have a really crappy amp, your mistakes will be amplified - making them that much more obvious, and bad sounding. I use EMG's and I pretty much sound like shit if I don't play stuff perfectly.
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#17
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Nope, if I'm not plugged in I'm playing an acoustic.

This for the most part.
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#18
Quote by Ian_the_fox
In my opinion, practicing unplugged makes you a better guitar player because you don't have distortion or compression of an amplifier to correct your mistakes, and it forces you to pick harder to hear yourself instead of letting the amp do the work.

+1

If you can get fast alt picking/legato runs to sound good on an unplugged electric or acoustic it will sound great when plugged in. Of course you have to pay attention to muting but that applies both when plugged/unplugged.
#20
i like to noodle while i'm watching TV so yeah i play a great deal unplugged.
#21
I only ever play unplugged these days. I share my house with 3 other people and I don't want to disturb them with my shitty guitar playing.

All headphone amps that I've tried sound awful. I'd rather play unplugged with no "tone" than play through an unpleasant sounding amp. I can still hear it clearly when its unplugged.
#22
All I have to do is swing around in my chair and grab 'ye ol' strat copy and do a bit of jamming.
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#23
Quote by sashki
I only ever play unplugged these days. I share my house with 3 other people and I don't want to disturb them with my shitty guitar playing.

All headphone amps that I've tried sound awful. I'd rather play unplugged with no "tone" than play through an unpleasant sounding amp. I can still hear it clearly when its unplugged.



Gonna go with this. xD I do play plugged in a fair bit but my playing is terrible and it depresses me and I don't want to spread my failure. xD
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#24
Quote by MrFlibble
The majority of my home practise is unplugged and when I'm setting up/repairing/modding a guitar I test it mostly unplugged, only plugging in briefly to make sure the electronics are working as they should. You can tell an awful lot about a guitar from its unplugged tone.



+1.. If a guitar plays well unplugged..It will probably be awesome with an amp...
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