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#2136954 Volume question

Posted by leebop99 on 23 November 2005 - 10:16 AM in Guitar Q & A

Thanks everyone. Sounds like I'll get a volume pedal. I would get a new guitar with 2 volumes pots, but I don't want to get a new guitar, I like the guitars I have. Plus you would be limiting yourself, i.e you would always be using the same pickup for your clean playing, and the other pickup for your lead... unless you quickly swap volume levels. (which is what I'm trying to get away from)

#2136095 fingers hurt all the time

Posted by leebop99 on 22 November 2005 - 11:07 PM in Guitar Q & A

Try new strings or an easier guitar to play. A few years ago (when I had alot of free time) I would play for 4 to 7 hours every day. My fingers rarely hurt, mainly because of good calluses. But if your strings aren't too old, and your guitar is decent, then maybe try practicing songs/licks with few bends (bends are the hardest on your fingers). Or maybe try spraying that spray stuff on your strings to make them slippery. There should be no need to take a break or play less in my opinion.

#2136052 Volume question

Posted by leebop99 on 22 November 2005 - 10:35 PM in Guitar Q & A

I use a single channel tube amp. I use the master volume for setting the volume at gigs, and I leave the volume knob (the gain) up high (around 7) to get my distortion. I use the volume knob on the guitar to control the level of speaker distortion (3 is clean, 10 for lead). I use effect pedals only in rare situations.
I do it this way because I love the tone I get out of my amp, and don't want any distortion pedal messing it up. My question is, if I got a volume pedal, and used it instead of my guitar volume to control my amp distortion, would I change my tone at all? Or my sound in any way. (I get tired of constantly adjusting the guitar volume knob).

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