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  • Guitar Myths

    Here's a thread to list things you once believed were true about guitars and realized they were not.

    "The blues is the recognition of a tragedy, and the optimism to deal with it" (Fruteland Jackson)

    "You may think you're playing your instrument, but what you're really playing is the audience" (anonymous)

  • #2

    Not so much a "myth", but I thought (when I just started playing and had never held a Strat) that a whammy bar was a complex mechanical device where turning the arm would move the saddles back and forth on some sort of gear system. Wasn't till I saw a video of Steve Vai playing the Star Spangled Banner at some event (with a tight close up of the bridge) that I realized how they actually work.

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    • #3
      That anyone can tell what kind of guitar it is by listening to it.

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      • nuke_diver
        nuke_diver commented
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        That tone is in the fingers, we all know it's in the gear and fingers have nothing to do with it

        ..oh wait :P

      • GreatDane
        GreatDane commented
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        PrawnHeed wrote:
        That anyone can tell what kind of guitar it is by listening to it.

        that's a pretty good one.


    • #4
      When I first started playing, I thought that the number of knobs on your guitar determined how nice it was. My cheap Strat copy had only 2 knobs, while my friend's nicer Squier Strat had 3. By this logic, I naturally assumed that the Jaguar was the best guitar. If I had seen one of those 3-pickup, 6-knob guitars, my mind would have been blown! Lol
      Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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      • #5
        I used to think having the most diversity of sound was the best way to go, but now I know it's better to have one great sound than a plethora of mediocre ones.
        Information is not knowledge
        Knowledge is not wisdom
        Wisdom is not truth
        Truth is not beauty
        Beauty is not love
        Love is not music.
        Music Is The Best.

        - Frank Zappa

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        • xrleroyx
          xrleroyx commented
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          Country of origin is the only thing that matters.

        • billybilly
          billybilly commented
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          Not that I've ever believed it to be true but its common for people to attribute the speed of which a guitar can be played with the thickness of its neck.  It's just ridiculous.


      • #6
        15 watts isn't quiet.
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        • Patuney
          Patuney commented
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          My first acoustic guitars had some idiot at the factory put the bridges in crooked, what were they, blind? I quickly fixed that and never had a in tune guitar again!


      • #7
        That is not a myth.

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        • Flintc
          Flintc commented
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          Long ago I was told that the kind of wood some parts of an electric guitar were made of, had some kind of influence on the tone. Later I realized that this is true only so long as the listener's eyes are open.


      • #8

        You can't use single coils for metal. That's a huge myth, but many still believe it.

        Originally Posted by csm


        The first, and most frequently violated rule of punk is: THERE ARE NO RULES.



        "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." — David Gilmour

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        • GreatDane
          GreatDane commented
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          noisebloom wrote:

          You can't use single coils for metal. That's a huge myth, but many still believe it.


          that's another good one.


      • #9

        That pratice makes you good

        Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

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        • Into Nation
          Into Nation commented
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          I would like to know if the "pluck the b string and feel the vibe" to ID a live guitar is really true. 


        • BydoEmpire
          BydoEmpire commented
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          Ratae Coritanorum wrote:

          That pratice makes you good


          I would add the corollary - that great players got to be great without lots of practice.  They just magically sprang from the womb able to play Paganini's Caprices at 160bpm, or able to write amazing songs.  Regardless how much you believe in "talent," it doesn't have a whole lot to do with success.  It might give you a head start, but it's not going to take you across the finish line (if there is such a thing in music).


      • #10

        Vintage guitars are better than their contemporary counterparts.

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        • Marko
          Marko commented
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          I suppose ineffective practice won


      • #11
        There seem to be lots of folks here who think nothing makes a difference to the sound of a guitar. Everything to them is marketing BS. I think they run their Squiers through a lot of distortion and then come online to froth about how you can't tell the difference between that and a high end guitar.

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        • Mad Tele
          Mad Tele commented
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          fat necks = fat tone, thin necks = thin tone.

          Jimmy Pages number 1 LP has a super thin neck, shaved to the point of almost no wood above the truss rod. 

           

            


      • #12
        An affordable guitar needs mods.
        "The blues is the recognition of a tragedy, and the optimism to deal with it" (Fruteland Jackson)

        "You may think you're playing your instrument, but what you're really playing is the audience" (anonymous)

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        • PRS_JRW
          PRS_JRW commented
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          You only need one guitar. They all sound the same. (this myth is propogated by wives, girlfriends and some moms.)


      • #13

        The old stuff is better. The wood, the components, the circuits, the speakers, the mojo. You know the drill.

         

        Actually, forget the speakers, cuz generally guitars don't have them, but same thing applies to amps.

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        • #14
          Totally agree about the older-is-better nonsense.

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          • WannaStrat
            WannaStrat commented
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            Guitar myth...the more posts an HC member has, the more knowledgable he is.

        • #15
          Erlewine is a great starting point for any guitarist interested in doing their own set ups and mods, even restoration. He's not the end all and some of his suggestions are not for everyone, for example his preference for dead straight necks, but he's very knowledgeable, and has some great techniques in his books.
          Information is not knowledge
          Knowledge is not wisdom
          Wisdom is not truth
          Truth is not beauty
          Beauty is not love
          Love is not music.
          Music Is The Best.

          - Frank Zappa

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          • Mad Tele
            Mad Tele commented
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            photon9 wrote:
            Erlewine is a great starting point for any guitarist interested in doing their own set ups and mods, even restoration. He's not the end all and some of his suggestions are not for everyone, for example his preference for dead straight necks, but he's very knowledgeable, and has some great techniques in his books.

            he doesnt suggest dead straight necks. he says the ideal neck has relief in the center and is straight from the 9th fret on. Thats pretty solid advice. 



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