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The Beginner's Guide To Electric Guitar Gear - Guitars, Amps & Pedals

Jun 05, 2021
Greetings, I'm Rob Chapman and first of all, apologies for my voice. I'm on a day off in the middle of a tour. It's a really stupid thing to shoot a video in the middle of a tour, but why didn't I think of doing it today? I'm going to tell you all about the basics of

electric

guitar

equipment, things you may need to know if you're a complete

beginner

or even if you haven't even bought a

guitar

and are really considering starting to play

electric

guitar. guitar or even if you've been playing for a few months, I'll talk to you about guitar amplifiers, different types of effects

pedals

, and some of the peripheral equipment that will help you on your path to electric guitar mastery.
the beginner s guide to electric guitar gear   guitars amps pedals
Insert lineable first. Everything, I guess if you are a complete

beginner

or about to buy your first electric guitar, it will be great, you will have a great time, there will be moments of complete frustration and moments of complete joy, but you will absolutely level up your life, very good done, let's start by looking at the different types of normal electric guitar uh, this is a Telecaster, this is one of the normal types of guitar, normal types of

guitars

, the phrase that I'm using and I'm pulling it out of my ass and really what I want To say is that there are four old ancestors from which all

guitars

arose and evolved in the land of electric guitars, so the Telecaster was really known for its country roots, in fact, originally these were even used as basses, but now it's gone from being much more just to country guitar and obviously country is a huge genre, but it also encompasses things like rock like Bruce Springsteen, some metal stuff.
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It's a very versatile guitar, a pretty bright sounding instrument and you get very clean tones, but if you hit it hard it'll rip your face off, so Telecasters are great, you see them everywhere, from Bruce Springsteen to the Stones , some metal stuff, really cool guitars, very simplistic, so let's start with the basics. Here's a volume knob if you want. turn it to the right you will get more sound turn it to the other side you will get no sound or you will get less sound this is a tone knob so it gives you brighter or darker sounds so when it is fully on it is fully bright if you take it off it's darker it cuts out some of the high sounds this switch is a three position switch we call it a three way blade and what it does is it swaps between these pickups we call pickups and they take the magnetic sound from the strings and transfer it to the amplifier, so what you get is in the first position that we're picking up from this pickup here that gives you a bright, clear sound in the middle position is both and then in what I call the neck position, it's the top, which is a warmer sound because if I just play this with the amp off and hold it up to the mic you can't see it, it's quite warm if I play here and brighter if I play here so it's about picking up those natural sounds so I do it What we do is as a lead get a brighter sound so you can cut through the mix and for the rhythm and this is a very general statement, it's a nice rhythmic sound because it's warm and thick and overall it feels a little bit more to the bleed beat. , but not always in the middle position.
the beginner s guide to electric guitar gear   guitars amps pedals
It's a mix of both. This is the neck. This is the body. We call it a scratch plate because it prevents you from scratching your body, but it is also a very simple option. cheap way to remove electronics, this neck is bolt on, it's a very cheap and simple basic build for a guitar, but it works great because if you break a neck, you can unscrew it, put a new one on, but unscrew it and fix the neck still. Guitars are made of different types of wood, this neck is made of maple and some people say that different types would give you different types of sounds.
the beginner s guide to electric guitar gear   guitars amps pedals
Now, in terms of shape, you can see that this body has been cut here and we call this part the horn. It is called a cutaway because it has been cutaway, so it has been cut on one side and is therefore a type of single cutaway guitar. It's a flat top, you see how flat it is, so it's usually a piece of wood that's just been CNC'd. flat and on the back of the neck you'll see a stripe and that stripe is where they took out some wood, they took out the wood here, they put in a metal rod called the truss rod, the truss rod.
It can be adjusted at the top of the neck and what it does is bend it, flex it and allow the neck to be pulled or pushed into position so that the neck remains straight despite the pain you will suffer during the tour with the different weather changes, humidity and temperature. there you have telecaster now because this is a fender telecaster and they invented the telecaster to be polite, a lot of people who make other instruments with this shape will call them type t obviously it means telecaster, let's put the play channel on the amplifier of the stratocaster, okay? ?
This is another normal type of guitar, the Fender Stratocaster or as we call it in other guitar companies, S type because we refer to Stratocasters as S type. Again, it is very similar to the Telecaster. This time he has the scratch plate. He has two. independent tone knobs and a volume knob as a one, two, three, four and five direction positional blade because this time you have three pickups, maple neck, although sometimes they differ completely, the necks and bodies are made of different types of wood, this is a beautiful custom. I bought a Strat, but it's a Strat anyway and there are many different types of Strats and Teles and Les Pauls and SGs that you will find on the market.
I guess the main difference between a Strat and a Tele other than the fact that it has three pickups which gives you a lot of different tone possibilities it has a tremolo now what it is this is a bridge that the string attaches to and goes through the body, so the bodies are routed completely through the strings, it goes through the bridge and you can push the bridge. back or pull forward with a bar we call whammy bar or tremolo bar, tremolo arm and loosen the strings or pull the strings tightly. You don't do it this way, a lot of people when I started teaching years ago used to do it.
Think you put the bar down and you do this, but you don't push it down and lift it up and it loosens the strings and tightens them to give you different types of string tone, so the differences in tone are dramatic, the strategy can give you really bright sounds or really warm sounds and some really woody sounds in between, hollow sounds, let me show you one. I've tuned the beast, so now it's tuned, this is what it sounds like, we're getting started. as always, if it's in the back position, the leaf is the first pickup, the next up is the two, the next is the middle position, then it's a mix of these two and then it's the front neck pickup, the bridge of the Neck starts in the middle with bridge one facing up. it gives you a middle-of-the-road sound and it's very woody middle position last middle neck position warmest guitar so cool strat type this is double cutaway cut in two different places double cutaway you'll see these terms pop up and all kinds of different guitars design because these guys really They started this again, it's a bolt on neck construction, this time there is no stripe on the back of the neck, in fact what they did is take a piece of wood on the fingerboard, the part where the frets are.
They pushed it in and placed it on top of the neck making a sandwich, but before putting it in they put the rod in the middle so you can't see where it's gone, but the rod is there, trust me, there you go. s kind of fender, okay, moving on, this is a Gibson Les Paul Standard, so it's a great guitar and they're all great guitars, whereas the Stratocaster and the Telecaster had magnetic single coil pickups. These have dual pickups, humbucking or hum canceling, what is that really? What it means for a beginner is that they are louder and don't give you the hum that we sometimes find with electric guitars, it is caused by lighting, you have some dimmer switches and things like that, and there is just bad electricity, dirty electronics that sometimes you find. you hear a hum when you plug the guitar into the amp with humbuckers you don't tend to do sometimes you still do they are much louder and give you more push into the amp if you are using a tube amp it pushes a part of the amp we call it preamp, it gives you more gain, so traditionally people who use humbucking guitars use them all for rock metal that kind of stuff, but they are used for everything, there are no rules in rock and roll, it's fine, except if it moves and you do not.
I don't want to use these four controls this time, we have two tone and two volumes, which is really useful because you can set the guitar in such a way that it gives you a rhythm sound and a lead sound with the flip of a simple switch, let me show you how it works , so if I turn both tones all the way up but turn both volumes all the way up and pretend that down, which is this bridge pickup, is my main tone because it's brighter than what I want. the rhythm pitch is going to be lower so I'm going to turn it down so this was my rhythm pickup this was my lead pickup so if I'm going to see now it's louder when I go to my lead pickup and that's one way very simple and useful to set up a les paul now, of course you can also affect the tones.
You could make the tone of the beat darker. It will be anyway, but you can make it much darker or you can match the main tone to the rhythm tone. So, for example, now I've made the The lead tone is almost as dark, but not quite, so you get a combination of tones, but again you can change the volume so that you can have the rhythm lower and the lead louder , so there are all kinds of things you can do with the two-stroke volume settings. on a three way switch, not a blade, one switch, one to the right, one in the middle, one down and again they label it rhythm and then treble, which I thought was interesting.
This bridge is very different from the strap bridge or the tele bridge, where the strings go. over these saddles and then hook it onto this bar on the back, so there's a little ball on the end of the electric guitar string. The electric guitar string is a very deadly weapon that will kill every finger you have as soon as you let it. The end is very sharp and one end has a ball like this, if it were a rope this is a ball and you pass the rope through the holes there and the ball holds it in place it locks in place and then you pass the rope around. the tuners at the end here differences in the wood, well, Les Pauls don't always tend to be made of mahogany, but on the top you can see that there is a slight curve and that is because they put a top, a thick top of maple on the top, not always and this maple is usually CNC carved to give it a nice carved top, so it is an arched carved top, the fingerboard or the board that they have placed on the top of the neck here is made of rosewood, although it can be ebony, it can be maple, it can be all kinds. of different types of wood and the neck is also mahogany, the neck is up here and it's glued to the body, so the neck has a tenon and it's buried here and a little bit below the pickup and glued in place, so what is a stuck neck pros and cons, well if you break the neck you're kind of screwed, I mean you have to take it to a luthier to fix it, obviously you would do it anyway, but you need a real repair of the mast, you can do it.
Just unscrew it and put another one on. You have to be careful with Les Pauls. They weigh. You don't want them to fall off. It's not good for the neck, but other than that, they are an incredible rock machine. Brilliant. Grippy tones well known for their sustained singing leads and rock riffs, so here's a clean, bright tone for you. Here you have an intermediate position. Here is a position of the neck. Let's give it a little play. Mast position in the middle. You will notice that it is much stronger. There is more profit. the amp, if it's a tube guitar we call it a single cutaway shape, other brands will call it a single cutaway shape like the telecaster and it's much heavier, much louder, less pool, a bit like the holy trinity of the star wars movies, the immortal.
Three, the only three, the Strat Telly Les Pauls really form the electric guitar of the ancestors, but there are others, many others, that are tweaks to the designs and eventually evolved into the huge smorgasbord of guitars you've seen now, here's one of them, this is an sg, so the gibson sg is like a les paul because it has two humbuckers it has four controls it has a similar wood spectrum it works pretty much exactly the same way because it's actually a les paul but the body is slab like a telecaster like a t -The guy is double cutaway like a Stratocaster but then it's glued like a Les Paul, so it's a combination of all three elements in a way and it has the Strats pickguard, sowhat they did was take the Les Paul and made it much lighter and added easier access to the top fretboard by cutting the bottom off just like our friend the stratocaster.
Now something else I forgot to mention on the left paul is that they have what we call binding, so on both sides of the frets that cross there is a plastic binding that covers the ends of the frets to ensure that you don't have sharp frets in your hand . sg is a great guitar that sounds very similar to a les paul but a little different because the way the body is built, but this is a good example of a different type of electric guitar from the holy trinity, all three of which you should know as soon as possible so we talked about electric guitars now let's talk about electric guitar amplifiers and essentially there are two or three different types of amplifiers you need an amplifier well you don't need one but if you want to play for a lot of people you need an amplifier you can Play them acoustically in your room and I did that for years and it sounds great and it's a really good job for you, but if you want to play with a lot of people it amplifies the signal, you need an amplifier.
Now let me talk to you about the two essential types of amplifier. The first is what we call a combo, so here you have a popular combo today this is the blackstar hd5 and what it represents is everything you need in a small and useful package is the three sections of an amplifier, the preamp, the power amplifier and the speaker, so the preamplifier is the section where you can adjust the sound. they have more gain or less gain or a brighter or darker tone and sometimes things like reverb, occasionally choruses, if you're lucky some

amps

have different kinds of things built in but this for example only has reverb gain like overdrive things that make it sound like a dirty signal like rock or punk and the treble the bass the mid frequencies it's very important to remember to put a lot of mids on the signal I'm helping the world one person at a time and um because guitarists are the mid-high area of ​​a band We are not the base area of ​​a band which is the domain of the bassist, so put a lot of mids on your signal, as you can see all the controls are at the top.
It's nice and easy, it's quite light, you can take it to a small gig in a pub if you put a microphone in front of it, you could play a little combo like this and it contains the preamp, which is where you choose the sound, it sends the signal out. which we call the power amplifier, where the sound is converted into a large signal that passes through the speakers where you hear the speaker from the power amplifier from the preamplifier to sound now into a tube amplifier, which is pretty much what is, although it's not quite and it definitely is, they use little vacuum tubes, we call them valves in England.
I think in America you call them tubes and you drive them, they're like light bulbs, you put voltage on them and they give you tone with sound and overdrive if you push them hard and in the preamp section if you push them hard. they give you gain they give you overdrive they give you this big supersonic, crunchy, soaring sound in the power amp section they do the same thing but very, very subtly and the harder you drive an amp the more the power amp section gives you that sound resembling a bell the sustained tone otherwise its just clean so there are some amplifiers that have almost no preamp section they are more like a power amp and a speaker with a volume control and those are amplifiers very old and you have to control them a lot. very, very loud to get any kind of singing sustain out of them, whereas modern

amps

that have a preamp section and a preamp section are easier because you can overdrive them at lower volumes, so you combine the power of the preamp and the speaker. -in one and they are very affordable usually very practical they sound very good this one definitely sounds very good however it is quite practical to have the preamplifier and the power amplifier separate from the speakers this is an example of this being a preamplifier and a power amplifier and then this is a speaker so the preamp and the power amp are in a little box we call the head and what this means is that I can switch the head between different types of speakers, now you can actually do that with combos . or in some combos there is also a cable that you can put on the back and you can connect it to an external speaker, but not always and they are quite heavy, if you get big ones, a small head is great nowadays, you don't need much. big amp heads back in the 60s or 50s or early 70s you needed huge 100 watt and 200 watt heads because there were no pa speakers there were no pas you didn't mike a guitar signal you went straight through 10 15 8 any big speaker cabinets and drove it directly to an audience and you needed hundreds and hundreds of watts nowadays most venues mic your speaker and run it through a PA so you don't need big amps and lots of watts and this is a good example. a 20 watt PV head goes to this 412, but what I'm going to do is take the signal from the 412, I'm going to get rid of that and I'm going to plug the head directly into a 2 by 12 speaker or two 12 inch speakers, instead of four 12-inch speakers, so you can hear the difference and make yourself realize that the speaker cabinet makes up a big part of the overall sound that you hear, so I have a small two-by-twelve speaker a twelve-inch speaker inches here one on the bottom I'll put it in front of the four by twelve it's exactly the same settings but I'm connecting it directly to the 12 tuba. this is what it sounds like with the same settings hey wow it sounds completely different uh different it's not good because the tone or the way things sound is subjective, it depends on whether you prefer pizza or Indian, Chinese or Thai food, I love them all, I love all the different types of tones, so it's two per twelve speaker cabinet instead of one of four by twelve, there are pros and cons, this is much lighter than a four by twelve, if you are miking a speaker in either cabinet you are still miking a speaker, it is the sound of the speaker that you don't hear the sound of the air around you unless you scale it down or use a lot of different microphones, so live this can sound more or less the same if we just put one microphone in front of each other. 12 inch speaker cone, so on the front of most amplifiers you will find two switches.
These are quite important, there is a power switch and a standby switch and the reason for this is that we need to warm up some of the internal circuitry before actually turning it on. turns off, so you turn it on first and leave it on standby for a moment. Now some people will tell you five minutes, ten minutes, one minute, you know, basically, leave it on for a moment and then turn it on once you tube it. tubes and everything is warmed up and ready to go, a bit like some cars you see moving along the front panel, you'll see a pretty standard layout, most amps have what they call two channels, a cleaner channel and a dirtier channel, and I'll usually share an EQ like a bass, mid, and treble EQ.
Now as I said the guitars aren't really bass dominant in the mix so I don't have much bass in there, this amp is quite bright so I've taken it. a little bit halfway by the way anywhere from five down I would call out and from five in I would call in so I have a little bit of half out but that's unusual for me and then triple , I put a little inward. this has reverb which makes it sound like it's in a big room or a big room like echoes, kind of a vibration, um, forget it for now, this is the overall volume of the amp, how loud is the overall amp, this drives the power amp section and then I have a button here that changes the channel between the clean sound and the dirty sound of the amp and this is the amount of dirt or how dirty the sound is.
Let's take a walk and look at some peripheral bit accessories and things that you'll also need if you're just starting out. I have a lot of them here so this will be great so starting with picks and strings now I use a very particular type of pick but I don't want you to think that you need to use this this is just what I use it's a pretty thick pick , quite thick, um, and it doesn't move, it doesn't move. bend at all look how thick it is very thick sorry my nails are dirty from gardening. It has a very sharp end and I find it really useful for playing rock and metal because the pick doesn't bend, it's a constant, not a variable.
You find it useful for playing the best pick to use is the one you prefer to use, that's all there is to say about that use, whatever you find works best for you because each one has a different type of feel. I know great musicians, these thin picks are great. Players use thick picks, dull and sharp experiment. I have thousands of different types before I decide on that and I've been playing for years and like 20 or 20 years or more, so I start with whatever you buy. Experiment, enjoy it. Straps, so this strap is made of leather, but now you can get different materials.
What is different about this strap is that it has strap closures. Now there are different mechanisms behind how they work. This one is great, it has a button, we press it and it releases the strap from the end here. actually this is for a different mechanism but it doesn't make a difference so you push it in and it locks into place. You press the button that releases. That's good because the last thing you want is to spend hundreds of dollars on a guitar or pounds and then drop it because the strap didn't hold it honestly, please buy strap locks, such a useful thing.
I dropped so many guitars when I was a kid, pain in the butt. Strap closures so let's move on to things like cables and ropes, I have a few here so again use whatever brand you can afford or like. I'm using these, they come in different gauges, so they come in numbers that are outside the gauge zero nine would be the thinnest string um four two would be the the thickest string, the thickest on the low base side, the thickest thin on the treble side and they go from something like an eight on the thinnest or seven or eight and go up to um or so, I mean, I'm using 52 on the top sometimes 60, which is good if you want to tune your guitar, so since I tune my guitar very low to get that kind of metallic sound and fit them into my vocal range, I need thicker strings to tune them lower to keep them. the tension, so the thinner the strings, the softer they are, the thicker the strings, the harder, but you can tune them lower.
Now I showed you some pickups that you can buy separately, so here are some pickups that I have that I'm going to put in. in something, quite a few pills and they are all singles, they are all seymour duncan, but there are a lot of big brands out there, like I don't know, emg and di marzio bare knuckle and big brands, and you can take these pills and learn. how to connect them to your guitar to get different types of sounds, these make up a large part of the pickup amps, so it's important to experiment. Here are the strap locks I use, important for experimenting with the sound you can get from the pickups I guess lastly.
A very important thing is a case now, if you are going to play a lot and you are going to travel by car and get to places, a case is a very good idea, they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes depend on what you buy and how much have. Some guitars come with a case like this guitar, some don't and you need to buy a case like this. It's the second case I bought, I think it's for a prototype. guitar and there are some pretty good brands like Gator that make pretty good hard cases so make sure when you buy your beautiful guitar that you store it in a hard case if you can so last and by no means least and this is going to destroy your wallet for years and years and years and well done, that would be fun, this is a pedal board.
Now what I have here are things that will affect the tone of my amp by connecting them in two different areas, so the first area You can connect it if you put your guitar with the cable here, go through here, go through here, get to the amp, on the front of the amp, the input and what you can do there are things like wah-wah, like the pawn type whackle-backlebacker. sound or overdrive or distortion things that make it sound more rock metal punk things like a tuning pedal are great on the front um tuning

pedals

are really important by the way um although it's great to learn how to tune by ear and with a pedal, but Then on the back of most amps there's a section that's in the power amp part of the amp, not the preamp, and that's what we call the effects loop and that's what we put stuff inlike chorus, delay or reverb, sometimes the amp doesn't work. it has its own reverb, you know, a flange, all these different types of colored sound effects and they go directly to the power amp section bypassing the preamp and give you different types of tones and the dream effect was in the part back of an amplifier. find a send that goes to the input and then the send from here goes to the return of the effects loop, so here's the back of the amp and you can see the little tubes or tubes that would glow when it's on here. is the effects loop I talked about, there's the send and return sends at the top, return sends at the bottom, now normally they're next to each other but this amp does it slightly differently so you would plug it in here and go from the send to the input of your The pedal goes through the pedals and back to the return and this goes through the power amp section.
Here we have the speaker impedance, so it's very important that it matches the speaker that you're using, so you want to read the manual, you want to make sure it's good. disclaimer disclaimer this is set to 16. most 4x12 speakers like this will be 16 ohms sometimes you get a 212 and it can be 8 ohms like this one you can set it to 8 ohms but basically read your manual find out which one do you need to use, there's the fuse and there's the power, good luck, enjoy playing the guitar, it's a great thing and if you have any questions you know what to put them in the comments section below because the guys who watch these videos are really supportive, really cool, really friendly, we are a community and we love each other so take it easy, good luck with your journey and I wish I could start over because I would enjoy it all again, take it easy guys. i have been rob chapman chapezone if you have a finite budget yes you spend the most on your guitar let's say a thousand pounds yes let's say okay I can go on with that let's say we have a budget of a thousand pounds do you spend the most part in your guitar and you buy a cheaper amp or you spend most of it you put in your amp and buy a cheaper guitar so we have a great beach we are at anderton's in guildford and we are very excited because I am in the draw which It means I can have the good ending, the good amp. and the guitar affordable but

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