I use the middle position on HH guitars for cleans. Especially if you can split the pickups. I find that the neck pickup alone sounds to warm and wide, but the bridge pickup sounds to thin. The middle position is like the best of both.
okobbrosly There is. At least nowdays, the Customs are made in Korea, and the standards are made in Indonesia. Honestly, i tried a bunch of them, and the customs always play better than the standards. 

In any case, try them both out and see what they are like. I have an SE custom 22, and i love it a lot. 
Honestly, a 5150. I played mesas, Diesels and a bunch of Engls, even had an engl of my own. But the first time i was like "whoah", was when I tried a 5150. Its just so simple, and it just works, and at least for me, its the ultimate metal sound. 
This has to be a troll.
Man, this thread is like the textbook definition of the dunning-kruger effect  
GuitarGoddess28 I actually understand magnetic induction pretty well, thank you. Im pointing out that its clear that you dont. And while everyone (who know what they are talking about) is telling you that its fine, and that a digital pedal will not "destroy magnetic induction relationship between you and the amp", you are still going on with your half-knowledge that you picked up in 30 minutes of googling and saying we are not correct. 

You are worrying for nothing. A digital pedal will not adversely affect your playing and amp response in any way. Electricity is not magic, and neither is conversion to a digital signal and back again. It simply turns the signal into 1s and 0s, and then back again into a pretty much identical signal, with the same characteristics as the original signal. 

In any case, you probably already have a digital pedal of some sorts in your pedalboard, you just dont know it, especially if you have a delay or reverb. Take it out, check how the amp works, put it back in, and check how the amp works again. Im willing to bet that you arent going to hear a substantial differnece. And im guessing that the Helix has better AD converters than a random pedal. Actually, the Helix AD converters run at 24bit, 192kHz sample rate. So thats pretty good.

Here is a good video on analogue to digital conversion, that will put those numbers in some kind of perspective:
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I find it amusing how you throw around words like magnetic induction and digital augmentaion, yet you have proven that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. 

Anyway, I have a helix, and my amp behaves exactly the same way if i run a helix in front of it or not. 
The issue with ezdrummer may be down to the fact, that the DAWs you get bundled with your card, are really stripped down versions, and may not even support VST plugins.  Anyway, the process for setting this up goes kinda like this:

Install the drivers for your interface
Download and install Reaper
Setup your interface in Reaper (either in the settings menu or in the upper right corner where you can see your currently used audio device)
Install EZdrummer
Make a folder where your VST files will go
Set Reaper so it scans that folder for vst plugins (in the settings->VST menu)

Thats it.
Dude. You are seriously overthinking this. Go to a store. Buy different picks. Try them out. See which ones you like the most. Congratulations, you just found the perfect pick for you. 
I have the east river drive. Its exactly what its suposed to be, a tubescreamer clone in a heavy duty metal box. If you dont like the tubescreamer, you wont like the EHX. It didnt fail me yet, and ive had it for like 2 years now.

I dunno about the BBE, but its probably similar. But since it has a bigger footprint, id go with the ehx.
T00DEEPBLUE well yeah. But to really get the feel for those differences, OP would have to actually test the guitars out in real life, and then he wouldnt need us to tell him what is better.

In any case, three of my five points still stand, the pickup config is unusual and cool and can produce a bunch of sounds, its a hardtail and it has some nice hardware that keeps it in tune very well. All things I would like out of any of my guitars. 
T00DEEPBLUE Im not trying to suggest that Squiers are shitty guitars all around. And if OP wants that super vintage feels, i guess the squier does win. But if he is considering the Yamaha, i didnt think that matters to him as much.

And, when I was actually buying my Pacifica, i tried out a lot of squiers in the 300-600€ range, just cause i wanted to really see whats out there. And while some of them were good, none of them really really convinced me, while the entire range of the pacificas did. Might have been coincidence, but that was my experience.
Id take the Yamaha any day of the week. First, its more versatile considering it has an unusual pickup config, especially if the bridge humbucker can be split. Altough maybe a HSS strat will be more versatile than this. 

Second, its a hardtail, so you dont have to hassle around with a cheap floating bridge. 

Third, Pacificas are the best budget guitars you can get. Every single one I tried played great. Squier? Not so much. Not saying that its going to suck, but from my personal experience, yamaha has more consistency when it comes to build quality. 

Fourth, with the Yamaha you get grover tuners and a Graptech nut, which will help with tuning stability. 

Fifth, well, i have a Yamaha Pacifica 611, and its one of the best guitars i have owned. When i was buying it, it beat guitars 2 times as expensive hands down. So if like half of the quality filters down to the 311 model, its got to be good. 
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This discussion comes up fairly often, and it makes me wonder if richlite isn't the answer to everyone's prayers.

I only play slide on electrics, so I know nothing at all about the fine print of bends, but when maple boards are mentioned, I think of the observation that most players are happy enough with them when the finish has worn off. Do they still feel smooth?

I actually had a richilite fretboard on a guitar once, and it was actually great.

That being said.... Just go to a store and try a rosewood and maple freboatd guitar.... Its that simple.
I used amps so rarely that i just got rid of all of them. Yeah, they are cool for practicing with the band, but for everytihng else I just use a Helix now. Much more convenient, and for practice i just plug it into a power amp to power the cab, and it works just fine. 
I guess it depends on the drummer, but all of the times I used the EXH Magnum, it just didnt work. And ive used it with 3 differnet drummers. Id say go for at least the Seymour Duncan Powerstage 170. That should do the trick. 
I mean, with such a limited budget, you really dont have the luxury to picky about something as minimal as pickup covers. 
greenpointe denmickmac7557 I mean, thats all fine and dandy, and obviously, unless you have really massive massive vocal damage, you will still be able to speak and so on... But ive seen first hand what vocal damage looks like, and its not nice. My dad can barely sing for longer than 20 minutes because of it. My aunts range decreased dramaticly over the years because of vocal nodules. A friend had to leave his position as a singer in a band after 20 years because he always "let it rip", and it caught up to him. He is barely able to sing anymore. My teacher strained to hard a few times while she was sick and it ended with an inflamed vocal cord, which almost ended her career as an opera singer. Some of her classmates from the academy had bigger issues and had to drop out of singing entirely. 

So if you want to minimize the issue, well go ahead. But dont be surprised when after a few years of abuse, you start developing issues. 
I usually take guitar gear demos with a grain of salt. Its either stores that make demos, or youtubers who demo sponsored products. Luckily, its hard to really fake a shitty sounding pedal/amp, but still. As far as guitars go, i try to find one of those "unbiased reviews" that people do nowdays, those seem to be the most, well, unbiased, and actually list the negative aspects of the gear. Normal demos or rewievs usually just praise whatever product they are reviewing. 
Honestly, from my experience they sound somewhere between a humbucker and a single coil. Which makes some kind of sense. Brighter than a humbucker, but not as noisy and spanking as a single coil. More output, at least mine does. Dunno how they sound when split. I actually like it a lot in my Tele.

I base all of this on a sample size of 1 tho, i have no idea if this is generaly how they sound or not.
Yamaha Pacifica. 

You are welcome. 
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How then do u acheive great vocals and create something great without pushing your voice. If your singing live often you might want to adjust your approach to help presearve your voice. The voice is an organic instrument and changes over time whatever your lifestyle. Great rock vocals always push the limits of your vocal range. Should he whisper his vocals to save his voice?sometimes the added rasp just adds more flavor.  Maybe classical music singers are an excrptions. Are we talking about rock here?my advise is enjoy yourself and dont worry about the stress on your voice. Lifestyle of couse will effect your voice. Im not saying smoke 3 packs a day and it wont effrct your voice. But be u and let your voice reflect who u are

Uh, you get some lessons or whatever, and learn how to sing properly. That way you can push to the edge and not fuck everything up. Its not that complicated dude. 
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I agree with you especially about the drinking/screaming at a bar. But I feel like that is an obvious thing that will damage your voice if you do it too much. But only because for most people it is an irresponsible behavior, whether they will admit it or not. I think about babies and little kids who scream and shout and cry all day yet their voice doesn’t get damaged as they get older. Their voice simply changes and adjusts with the circumstances.  I feel like this is because they naturally are using their voice to express their truth. As a result, their voice is aligned with the body in a way that can’t damage it because of how freely and honestly it’s used. I don’t mean to be too philosophical but I think the expressing our truth gets lost as we get older and is what should ultimately guide our use of voice to begin with

How high are you? Babies can scream becuase they use false cords to create the scream. The false cords then atrophie and becomes pretty much useless after growing up. You need to train to get it to work again. Thats actually one of the ways to scream in metal, using the false cords, but it takes practice.
denmickmac7557 thats just horrible advice, OP please dont follow it.
Anyway, singers like you describe are legendary for good reason. For every one of those smoking, drug using and drinking singers, there are literally hundreds that burned their voice out with permanent damage. Vince Neil, Axl Rose, Dave Mustaine are some big examples right from the top of my head... Others either changed their lifestyle completely and got a lot of vocal coaching, or they didnt live as excesively as they would like you to believe. Sebasitan Bach for example doesnt drink or smoke for years and years now (i dont even know if he smoked ever), and leads a very healthy lifestyle. Same with James Hetfield for example. 

As far as vocal damage does, A LOT of singers have had vocal nodules and had surgery to fix them. Pavarotti had them. Even Fredie Mercury sufferend from those, but he declined surgery because he didnt want his voice to change. Elton John had surgery for nodules, and his voice was deeper afterwards. Bonnie Tyler also had nodule surgery, and her voice changed from a smooth one to a gritty and husky voice that she is known for. Here is a list with some more singers with vocal damage, and its far, far from complete.

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 The voice has to be way stronger than anybody wants to admit.  It's just that people don't approach singing as truly natural as it is.  I feel like the key to optimal singing is to be creative with how sound resonates in your body through any circumstance.  Rest is only necessary when you literally don't feel like singing. 

I wanna touch on this as well. The voice is in fact less strong as most people think it is. Hell, go out for a night of drinking in a loud bar, where you have to scream to be heard. If you feel in top vocal form the next day, you are probably one in a million of humans. 

The vocal cords are not a muscle. They dont get stronger with practice. The muscles supporting them do get stronger, thats why the more you sing, the longer you can keep it up. But the cords themselves dont get stronger. So if you sing in a way that abuses them, you get damage. A small ammount of damage, but damage nonetheless. And if you dont give them time to rest, that damage doesnt heal, and it just adds up until you get serious issues that may or may not be treatable. 
If it sounds good, and does what it does well, how is it overpriced at less than 500€? Apparently it sounds better than a Katana, so that alone justifies the price hike. Also the line out and an fx loop. And at this price its not really in the "tube amp territory", unless you get some nice deals on used amps. 
Id recommend a one of the higher end Yamaha Pacificas, excelent guitars for a suprisingly low cost, and a Katana 50. That pretty much sets him up for the first few years. And with the leftover money he can get a good tuner and some beer. Also, id stay away from really powerful modelers like Pods and Helixes and so on, those can be hard to dial in even with years of experience. 
Hi guys, 

So Im currently building my apartment, and Im going to have a nice guitar corner for myself, for playing and songwriting. Now, when I write, I often google some theory stuff, because Im not really well versed in it. Im getting better, but googling shit all the time is just annoying, so I decided to print up some posters with some handy theory on them. For example, something like this:

Now the thing is, i cant find any hi-res files for this kinds of things, at least not very good ones. Id gladly pay for them, so thats not the issue, but all of the good ones that I can find are prints. Im not going to buy prints, because a) im not from the US and Im really not going to ship some posters over the pacific, and b) i work in a printing shop.... So what id like to find, are actual files that i can print, either free, or that have a reasonable price. 

So, does anyone have something that would work for me? 

Thanks for your help!
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... I should have a very light touch, fairly low action on the guitar, and "let the amplifier do the work. It's an *electric* guitar!"...

Id argue that this is wrong. Playing hard (within reason of course) gives you a lot more options when it comes to dynamics. If you always play lightly, then you cant really play lighter. 

Anyway OP, take a pick in your picking hand, and just learn some songs that you like. The feel of the guitar is going to be different, but the actual main thing is to lean how to manage playing with distortion. Mainly, muting strings. There are a bunch of videos out there on how to do it, but if you are a decent enough player alredy, you should be able to figure it out on your own.
None of the shapes will hinder your progress tbh. The upper frets are a bit harder to reach on a singlecut guitars in general, but again it depends on the guitars in question. If i were you, id think about how much droptuning you are planing to do. If you want to tune the thing down to like C standard reguralyl, the one with the longer scale should be better. Also, floating bridges on entry level instruments are just plain not that good, and will give you grief, so id avoid that. So those are some of the considerations.

But the actual answer is very simple. Just take the one you think looks better.
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Is it possible that something is wrong with the wiring?

Yes. If its one of those quick conect systems, you can try wiring it directly to the output jack, and see if there is still a problem. 
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Imo they sound okay 

Thats all the answer you need.
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That's a nut problem, not a tuner problem.

Either that or you staight up don't know how to string a guitar properly.

I replaced the Gotohs on my FGN with Gotoh magnum locking tuners and the tuning stability of that guitar didn't change one iota. It made no difference.

Dunno.   Its just my experience. I never actually switched from standard to locking tuners on a guitar, so i cant compare. But two of my guitars came with locking tuners, and they stay in tune somewhat better/longer than the other ones. One has a fancy graphtech nut, and one has a normal plastic nut. Other guitars also have a mix of plastic and whatevergraphtechis nuts, and in general they dont stay in tune as long. So take that however you will. 
Try them. Seriously, people overthink everything.
If this was yesterday, there is a big big chance its not dry yet. There could be moisture trapped in some circuit or whatever. Put it in a well ventilated and warm area, and leave it there for like... 2 weeks or something, just to be sure. I actually had the same thing happen to me, and thats what I did, and it worked perfectly afterwards. But I waited 2 weeks. 
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Locking tuners make no difference when it comes to staying in tune---they just cost more, and save a few seconds on string changes---just get some good regular tuners.

I dunno, both my guitars with locking tuners stay in tune better than other ones. And they are all fixed bridge guitars. 
Well first of all, you need an audio interface. Something like THIS would probably do the job, and it fits into your 60 quid budget. Then you need to install a DAW (basicly a music recording and editing program). I recommend Reaper, since it (at least it used to have) and unlimited free trial. Then you need an actual amp simulator. There are a lot of free ones out there, so just search for "free guitar amp vst" on google, and take your pick. Or look at paid ones like amplitube and bias, you a n probably find them on, ahem... alternative sites.

Amp sims are usually in the form of VST plugins, which means they dont run standalone, but inside your DAW. So you will need to install the DAW, install the amp sim, and then configure the DAW to use the path to the .vst plugin that you installed.

After that, just fire up the DAW, put in a new track, select the amp sim as the effect, and off you go. I know it sounds complicated, but really its no more complex than installing any sort of hardware on your computer.
I cant speak about the fender, but i got a PRS SE custom 22 a few months ago. It plays nice, and after a nut change it stays in tune very well. I also blocked of the bridge, because it just dont use it. The pickups are indeed very versatile. Suprisingly, there is barely any drop in volume when coil splitting is engaged, and so the guitar can go from crisp cleans to a fat distorted sound very well. Im not sure if the 22 is voiced differently than the 24 tho. Its got a 25" scale compared to the fender 25.5", so that might be a slight difference for you. There are times when i feel like i can tell the difference, but at other times i cant. Honestly, its just an all around good guitar for the price. But i dont think you can really go wrong with either. 
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I don't have the money and the need for a better amp right now. I'll wait a few weeks before deciding to change pickups.
Is there an effect that can help me get a better modern metal tone with my amp? Thanks.

Maybe a preamp pedal would work.

But check this out: you managed to save money for pickups. Now, just do the same thing again, and save more money. And then do it again. And then you will have enough money for a 6505. Its simple really. 
Distortion_101 Poly finishes play in just like any other. I had a bunch of guitars that started out with sticky necks, and then got way better after a few hours of playing. In any case, you can try polishing it back to smooth again. It might work.

BTW, I also have a SZ320, and its been my favourite guitar for around 8 years now. I used it as my main guitar for years, but now I keep it at home for recording and just playing, and use others for live playing, because this thing has taken a lot of abuse already. But its an amazing guitar, and im pretty sad that Ibanez stopped making the SZ and SZR lines.