So you’ve finally picked up your favorite electric guitar and tried your hand at playing it only to find out that it doesn’t sound as you imagined it to. This happens surprisingly a lot. Fortunately, there are things you can do to change the sound your guitar makes to make it more like what you desire it to be. Barring of course, that the sound problems are not caused by you not having the skills to play the guitar – that’s a separate problem. But if you’ve gotten the basics down and still aren’t satisfied with the produced sounds, then take a look at these ideas below.
Use the right pick
If you are using a guitar pick to play, then you should be aware that picks have a great effect on the tone of your guitar. You should own a few different kinds so that you can switch it up as needed. In general, heavier picks produce thicker tones. Try playing with different types of picks so that you can learn how to spot the difference.
Use the right strings
Similar to the picks, the strings, mainly their thickness, affect the tone of the sound. The thickness of strings is called ‘gauge’. This gauge ranges from being 0.008 inches to 0.013 inches. Heavier strings are said to have a more ‘clear’ sound but the thinner ones are the easiest for beginners.
Another factor is the materials strings are made of. The most common ones are made from nickel-plated steel. They have a mellow sound and a rather short sustain. On the other hand, pure nickel strings produce very warm sounds and they also last longer. They are used in mellow musical genres, such as blues. There are also stainless steel strings that are used by rock musicians because these strings are louder than others and produce a brighter sound. All of these strings come in different gauges. Check what strings you are using now and see if maybe changing the strings will improve the sound you make.
Use a pedal board
You can use a pedal board to add different effects to the sound you make with your guitar. It allows you to play around with different frequencies and different tones so that you can try out a different sound than what you are used to. And you don’t need to do any modifications to your guitar, you just simply plug in the pedal board and you’re good to go. There are many kinds of pedals available, for example, a reverb pedal will produce reverberations as you play.
These are just some of the methods you can use to customize how your guitar sounds. Check the Hitlantis website for more tips on guitars and other instruments. And remember that while personalizing your sound should be done by yourself so that you get the sound you desire, there is nothing wrong with asking other players for help. If you don’t have any guitar-playing friends then there are some professionals you can get advice from for a small fee.