AvengedReno
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#1
I am planning on buying a electric guitar because I can't play the style of music that I would like on my acoustic. I haven't got enough money to get a amp though, so my question is, is it possible to play a solid body electric guitar without an amp until I have enough money to get an amp at christmas
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#2
It's possible, but quite unsatisfying. You can probably get a Peavey Vypyr 15 used for $50 or less on craigslist.
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An electric guitar without an amp is like a sandwich without cheese or a woman without a kitchen.

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#5
You can, but it still wouldn't give you the sound you want to play the style of music that you would like to play.

Of course, there's another way of doing it.
Instead of spending the money on an electric guitar, why don't you spend the money on a clip-on pickup for your acoustic and an amp?

You'd have a better 'clean' sound than many electric guitars and if you turn the amp up until it distorts, it'll also sound pretty good for more rocky stuff too. Meanwhile, you can be having fun with that while you save up for an electric guitar, which, once you buy it, you can plug straight into the amp that you'd already own.
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Yes. It just won't have a lot of volume since there's nothing to amplify the sound coming from the vibrating strings.

You're basically playing a guitar that has no resonating chamber. But you're still playing guitar.
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#7
There are some fairly nifty non-amp solutions, depending on what you really want from it. If you're fine just playing with youself (*stifled laughter*) you can get a multi-effect pedal like this one and plug your headphones into it
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#8
Get the guitar and practice the style you want to play. Then get the amp later
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#9
Sure, you can play unamplified. Make sure you attach a phonograph's horn to your output jack though, else you won't hear the vintage beauty of the guitar.
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Sure, you can play unamplified. Make sure you attach a phonograph's horn to your output jack though, else you won't hear the vintage beauty of the guitar.


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#11
dafuq is a 'electric guitar'?
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dafuq is a 'electric guitar'?


It's one of those 'stringed' instruments commonly played by beatnicks that is amplified by means of that newfangled 'electricity' m'lud.
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It's one of those 'stringed' instruments commonly played by beatnicks that is amplified by means of that newfangled 'electricity' m'lud.

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AvengedReno
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Quote by guitarninjaruy
Get the guitar and practice the style you want to play. Then get the amp later


wouldn't something like that cost more than a little practice amp? I have got a amp in mind. It's a kustom dart 10fx and it has 3 level eq, gain setting and effects (reverb and delay) clean channel and lead which has distortion. But its €100 and I wont be able to afford it 'till christmas. So is it really that bad to not have a amp for 2 months?
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#16
It's possible, but it can mess up your technique because you won't be able to hear unfretted notes ringing out or accidentally holding a note for too long when sweeping due to the lack of amplification.

It's not exactly bad to do, but you may develop bad habits from it.
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#17
Man, I don't understand the people on UG sometimes.

Yes, go for it. Honestly I play my electric unplugged most of the time. Obviously thats not gonna help you all soundwise, but the feel of an electric guitar is much different than an acoustic.

Have you looked into getting a guitar/amp value package? The quality isn't very good, but really you don't start getting good quality for things until you're paying like $1,000 for them anyway. I personally started with a fender starcaster startup kit from Sam's Club of all places, and it served me well for a couple years. I actually still use the guitar, but I think something got messed up with the electronics of mine that actually made it sound better.
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#18
It'll be fine, just make the sounds of how it would sound through an amp.
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You can, but an electric guitar without an amp is like a woman without boobs ass and mouth, It's completely useless.....
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You can, but an electric guitar without an amp is like a woman without boobs ass and mouth, It's completely useless.....

Still has a vagina, and no complaints about the mouth.


OT: You might as well, man. You could just get the feel of electrics until you have the cash for an amp.
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#23
Quote by guitarninjaruy
Get the guitar and practice the style you want to play. Then get the amp later

This is what I would do.
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#24
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The quality isn't very good, but really you don't start getting good quality for things until you're paying like $1,000 for them anyway.

There are tons (literally, actual thousands of pounds) of quality amps for less than one thousand dollars. Especially if you include used--then, finding a high-quality amp for less than a thousand dollars goes from "easy enough, if you know what to look for" to "trivial."

OT: It's definitely possible, if not super enjoyable. If you know any other people who play guitar, you could try asking around to see if somebody will loan you an amp--most of the guitarists I know (myself included) would be happy to let somebody use a spare amp to practice.
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#25
get yourself an epiphone es175, usable acoustic sound, mellow electric sound, and not too pricey.
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#27
why don't you take it to your mother? make her feel guilty that she doesn't support you enough in your musical ambitions. then get a guitar and an amp with the money she'll surely give you.


that's what i did when i was your age
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#28
I think an electric guitar without an amp is less like a woman missing parts and more like a woman you can't see. Because you can still feel everything, you're just missing that extra sense that lets you know whats really going on.
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#29
I play my electric unplugged like 90% of the time anyway.

Go for it.


Actually, I lost my guitar cable from like January till July of this year so I didn't play plugged into an amp all that time.
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AvengedReno
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#30
thanks for the mixed responses everyone. I think i'm going to go ahead and buy one and just save up to get an am
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#31
You could always spend 50 bucks and get a USB interface. Then you can plug into your computer
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You could always spend 50 bucks and get a USB interface. Then you can plug into your computer


Or even a cheap converter that fits into a microphone jack.
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Quote by RRRone
Or even a cheap converter that fits into a microphone jack.



Yeah that works too.


There's also a few really nice free amp simulators available for download so you don't have to buy Amplitube or the like.
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#34
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why don't you take it to your mother? make her feel guilty that she doesn't support you enough in your musical ambitions. then get a guitar and an amp with the money she'll surely give you.


that's what i did when i was your age


A bit difficult when she only gets €70 euros a week.
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#35
I played my bass for a good few months before I got an amp. It's not ideal but you can do it. I did jerry-rig an amp out of my stereo though. Just need an AUX cord and an adapter so it fits in the guitar's socket. You can't get distortion but at least you can hear it louder.
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Quote by vince1991
why don't you take it to your mother? make her feel guilty that she doesn't support you enough in your musical ambitions. then get a guitar and an amp with the money she'll surely give you.


that's what i did when i was your age

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#37
My advice is to save up and buy both at the same time. You want to spend money on a really decent amp. I got my Peavey for 400 bucks, and it's not bad, but it's starting to go out on me after only about 3 years. That's 3 years of sparse usage, as well.

Also, if you have a good amp, the Pit can't tell you that you need a new one.
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