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Acoustic Music Guide

How shall I add a headphone jack?

Now you have your new amp, now what do you do? Bug amplifiers won’t take much of your time to learn how to use them, these can be plugged in directly to your guitar and have a 3.5mm port so you can plug your guitar headphones and that’s it!

Mini amps are not as easy to use, still it’s fairly easy, all you have to do is plug your guitar cable to the 6.3mm port and then plug your headphones. You may find that the other port is a 6.3mm port as well, in that case you will need a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter and you’re good to go.

While many of these options are within a reasonable price, there is no doubt that many times, higher price means higher quality, however, that does not mean there aren’t great headphones out there that will leave you more than satisfied when you check your quality/price.

You should remember what kind of use will you be giving your new headphones, Because if you are planning to record in a home studio, a more expensive pair of headphones would be a better investment or if you need it for professional producing and mastering, you may want to be extremely careful and get yourself some refined headphones to get the best audio quality; if you are just planning on practicing or jamming, then there is no need to spend more than $100, but of course, in the end, it’s your choice that matters.

Once you’ve chosen a good pair of headphones to do the “quiet” job for you, it is as easy as plugging your headphones from an eighth to quarter-inch adapter so you can plug it into your guitar and you are good to go. Just remember that you make your own sound, and a pair of headphones is just the beginning, so get comfortable, allow some silence in the room, and get lost in the sound of your guitar in your ears.

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How Can I Choose Guitar Strings With Proper Tension?

How Can I Choose Guitar Strings With Proper Tension?

Here are some useful tips about tension while you are choosing your guitar strings:

· You don’t have to put all Bass strings of the same tension on your guitar. The “normal” string sets have been designed for the “average” sensitive guitar with a solid wood top and 650mm string stop length. In fact, every guitar has its own acoustic parameters and abilities. You may find, for instance, that the best sounding string 4-D on your guitar is high tension, while other Bass best at normal tension.

· Your choice depends on the string length as well. If your guitar has a vibrating string length 625mm, the tension of the strings will be approximately 0.5 kg lower than indicated in the table above. A 600 mm string stop lowers the tension to 0, 5 kg more, and so on.

· Avoid using all extra high strings on your solid wood top, custom made delicate 650mm classical guitar. Take a look at the total tension of these strings and save the sound board.

· High tension strings are not better than normal tension, and extra high ones are not better than high. Higher tension strings are able to produce more sound just in case you pluck them with more energy. If you are not a performer for a big audience or in big halls, you probably will not use them.

· On the other hand, high and extra high bass strings would be very useful for your acoustic or folk guitar with its heavy design, thick or plywood soundboard, etc. Free online guitar string calculators will help to make your right choice and there is a great selection of acoustic guitar strings here.

What is the different between silver and gold Bass strings?

“Silver” strings are wounded with silver-plated copper wire,”gold” strings – with a brass/bronze wire. Copper strings have warmer tone; brass strings are a little louder and clear. If you have a sensitive classic guitar with solid wood soundboard, it probably better to use copper set. If your instrument has a less sensitive or a plywood soundboard, or smaller size, try the brass set. It’s also a matter of taste. Keep in mind that a bronze is harder than copper, and this set will stay much longer. On the other hand, if strings are as hard as fret bars, the frets will be rubbed out in a while.

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