#1
I am sick of having my guitar and pretty much everyone else's guitar sound like a harpsichord. I mean that by it's all treble and brittle and twangy and high pitched. I don't want any of that. I want my guitar to sound like a nylon string guitar. Something gentle and smoothe and blue and wet and soothing. Kinda like some jazz guitarists. I want it to sound like a classical piano almost

How do I do this? I have all the high end turned off, neck pickup, nothing works. Should I just sell my guitars and buy a nylon string and a pickup?
#2
Eh....


... What amp?
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#3
You want the tone of a nylon classical, get a nylon classical guitar. It is that easy
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Quote by jrcsgtpeppers
I am sick of having my guitar and pretty much everyone else's guitar sound like a harpsichord. I mean that by it's all treble and brittle and twangy and high pitched. I don't want any of that. I want my guitar to sound like a nylon string guitar. Something gentle and smoothe and blue and wet and soothing. Kinda like some jazz guitarists. I want it to sound like a classical piano almost

How do I do this? I have all the high end turned off, neck pickup, nothing works. Should I just sell my guitars and buy a nylon string and a pickup?


Well; you are talking about a couple of different things here. For a Jazz guitar tone, a great many Jazz guitarists play hollow-bodied electric archtop guitars, often with flatwound strings. They tend to boost the bass and mids and dial back the treble. What kind of guitar and amplifier do you have now?

For a nylon-stringed acoustic sound, you may be working against physics, here. Your steel strings are not going to have the same characteristics as do nylon strings. You could try using some type of enhancing device such as the Aphex Aural Exiciter, flatwound strings, and a bass-and-mids heavy EQ, but even that might not do it.

Your guitar is never going to ring out like a concert grand piano. It simply does not have the physical mass, and the strings on a guitar are not in the same league with those on a piano. You also do not have that huge, tuned soundboard that is very much a part of a piano's sound. Hell; I cannot get my bass to sound like a concert grand, and those strings are a lot thicker than the strings on a guitar.

So you can definitely pull off the Jazz guitarist tones; you might pull off the nylon string classical tone, but you will not pull off the concert piano tone - at least, not without a very good synthesizer module. And even with such a module, string tracking has been hit-or-miss for guitar synthesizers. Some day, someone will fix the problem, but today it remains.
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#5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GXEfsDBGic

Piezo Pickups and actual Nylon strings on a Stratocaster, so best of both worlds there

Otherwise my tips: don't set the amp's treble completely off, turn down the Presence if you can, and if you want that non treble electric guitar Jazz tone do it by turning the tone down on the guitar instead and try to find a sweet spot, should keep some of the attack but the tonality for that application.

Gear wise, a hollowbody through a dark clean sounding amp helps a lot to achieve that.
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#6
My amp is a shitty crate amp and I am stuck with a texas special strat. I feel like my best bet is to sell my strat and buy something else. But i liked the advice, Il look into all of it. But i might just end up buying a nylon string guitar. It just feels more real to me. thanks everyone
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Quote by jrcsgtpeppers
My amp is a shitty crate amp and I am stuck with a texas special strat. I feel like my best bet is to sell my strat and buy something else. But i liked the advice, Il look into all of it. But i might just end up buying a nylon string guitar. It just feels more real to me. thanks everyone

I suspect the amp is doing more harm than the texas special strat, although strats are naturally bright and twangy sounding guitars which won't help if you want a deeper, richer tone. You can reduce the twangy, wirey overtones by turning the tone knob down though.
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#8
I have the same problem as you, but when I asked the forum for a suggested better guitar, they unanimously told me: "It's your amp that's the problem."

I would suggest that you go to your local guitar shop and try out some valve amps - they have a warmer, smoother sound than solid state amps. I have heard a custom Mexi-strat sound like warm butter through a valve amp. If for cost reasons, a valve amp is no good for you, try the Fender Mustang II or above. It's a modelling amp which replicates older valve amps. It might work out for you.
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Quote by Blompcube
I suspect the amp is doing more harm than the texas special strat, although strats are naturally bright and twangy sounding guitars which won't help if you want a deeper, richer tone. You can reduce the twangy, wirey overtones by turning the tone knob down though.


yeah.

also which pickup are you using? on some strats the tone knob isn't attached to the bridge pickup.
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