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Pickup Lines. What is a Guitar Pickup?

If a kid were to ask me, “Where does water come from?” I’d reply, “The faucet” without a second thought. So when I got the question, “What is a pickup?” I was temped to write that it’s a kind of a truck.     But my new year’s resolution was to be less of a jerk, so…    Pickups are used to amplify your guitar by converting the strings vibration into an electrical signal that is then sent to a preamp (where modifications can be made, such as changing the tone, adding reverb, etc.) and then sent to the amp (to amplify the sound, of course) and which is then reproduced by the speaker. Often the preamp, amp and speaker are contained in one enclosure, what is typically called my musicians as an amp. There are pickups for both electric and acoustic guitars. Acoustic guitars without pickups in them can be retro-fitted with a pickup that performs as well or better than those installed at the factory. For electric guitars, the pickups are made of magnets with wire coils around them, or a magnet with threaded pole pieces attached to it and a coil of wire around these pieces. Generally, you don’t see the coils for the pickups as they are usually covered with either plastic or metal that is plated with chrome or gold to match the guitars other metal parts. On some...

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Pickup Lines. What is a Guitar Pickup?

If a kid were to ask me, “Where does water come from?” I’d reply, “The faucet” without a second thought. So when I got the question, “What is a pickup?” I was temped to write that it’s a kind of a truck.     But my new year’s resolution was to be less of a jerk, so…   Pickups are used to amplify your guitar by converting the strings vibration into an electrical signal that is then sent to a preamp (where modifications can be made, such as changing the tone, adding reverb, etc.) and then sent to the amp (to amplify the sound, of course) and which is then reproduced by the speaker. Often the preamp, amp and speaker are contained in one enclosure, what is typically called my musicians as an amp. There are pickups for both electric and acoustic guitars. Acoustic guitars without pickups in them can be retro-fitted with a pickup that performs as well or better than those installed at the factory. For electric guitars, the pickups are made of magnets with wire coils around them, or a magnet with threaded pole pieces attached to it and a coil of wire around these pieces. Generally, you don’t see the coils for the pickups as they are usually covered with either plastic or metal that is plated with chrome or gold to match the guitars other metal parts. On some...

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Stairway to Sonic Nirvana: Changing Guitar Strings to Change Your Tone

I recently had a question from someone who had broke an electric guitar string and wanted to know what kind of string to replace it with.   While this is a beginner’s question, i thought it might be a good time to explore the different kinds of strings that are out there…and what they can do for you.   But first:   If you’re just looking to replace the one string, obviously you’ll want to try to match it up with the rest of the strings on your guitar.   Someone at your local music store might be able to tell you what you have on your guitar by looking at it, but they look pretty much the same. And…even if the were to determine what strings you had on (and if they sold single strings in that brand) it would still sound different as new strings sound much brighter than those with even just a few days wear.   If you had the strings on for a considerable amount of time, it’d be best to replace all six.    So, what are the best kind of strings? The best type of strings for your electric guitar (we’ll cover acoustic guitars and acoustic guitar strings at a later date) are the ones that sound how you like them to sound. Right now you really have the opportunity to craft your...

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Do You Have Protection? Copyright Your Songs.

It was been said that your songs are like your children. You give them life. You help guide them along. You watch them grow. And, when they reach maturity, you try to find them a good home.   Now, a parent might warn their child about the less than scrupulous people out there and the precautions they should take, but the responsibility of protecting your songs falls squarely on your shoulders.   The good news is once you write a song, the song is copyrighted. A copyright means that the rights of the song belongs to a person or company (the copyright holder), and it’s theirs to exploit however they desire or see fit.   The bad news is unless you register your copyright with the U.S. Library of Congress, the really only legitimate way to register your song, your legal course of action against those that trespass on your copyright are greatly diminished. So, even if you register the song with ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC, mail a copy of the song to yourself, or use some other means of trying to cement the song is yours and you wrote it, it has no more legitimacy than your initial copyright claim you got when you wrote it.   Sure, it does cost to register your songs with Copyright Office (but there’s ways to save yourself serious cash), but if you’re a professional (or want to...

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