guides for recording guitar to your pc and doing guitar setup
free programs record to your pc.
1. Audacity a awesome free program to record to your pc there’s plenty of free guides on how to use the program on youtube and its completely free
2. Reaper this program is a bit more fully featured for recording to your pc but it is not free however the trail version is free and it has no limits that means its the same as the paid version check them out.
Basic electric guitar setup
Basic guitar setup is something that all guitar players should learn and its really easy if you just take your time with it with this guide you will save your self some money.
the tools you will needs
1) Allen Key
3) String Cutters
4) Straight Edge
5) Feeler Gauges
7) Guitar Tuner
first get your tools you will need
- Allen Key or screwdriver
- Straight Edge
- Capo The first step of any guitar Setup will always be to check whether the neck is straight or not. If the neck is not straight, then it will need to be adjusted via the truss rod. The truss rod is a rod of metal running through the center of the neck and tightening or loosening this rod will determine the bow of the neck. What this means is that you can manually flex the rod in either direction in order to achieve a straight neck. The truss rod is usually adjusted from the top of the neck – where the head stock meets the neck. Some models may be adjusted from the base of the neck, meaning that you will have to remove the neck in order to make your adjustments. Checking the bow of the neck: Version 1: If you have a Straight Edge, you can place this along the neck. Version 2: Place a Capo on fret 1 then press the string on fret 17. At this point, If you have them use your feeler gauges to measure the gap between the string and the fret at fret 8. If you do not have these then you can try to use a ruler or your best guess.
- The gap should be approximately 0.10inches or 0.25mm between the string and the top of the 8th fret. If the gap is less than 0.25mm you will need to loosen the truss rod by turning it counter-clockwise. If the gap is more than 0.25mm you will need to tighten the truss rod by turning it clockwise. Tip: Loosen the rod a little bit first. When making adjustments make small turns – up to one quarter turns maximum at a time. Always use caution when adjusting the truss rod! If you have difficulty or notice stiffness when making your adjustments, you may be better off taking it to a professional luthier instead of risking damage to your instrument by forcing the truss rod. Result: The result of your actions should be a setup neck, straight with no curve or bow along its length. It is incredibly important to get this right early on as if you need to adjust it again later then you will have to repeat all the steps that follow this.
next String Height
- Allen Key Now that you have set your neck straight, you will want to check your string height. It is important that you set your string height correctly now, as any changes made at the end of the step up will require you to correct the tone a second time. To setup the string height you will place a Capo on fret 1 and then use the Ruler to measure the gap between the strings and the frets at fret 12. You may use your personal preference when setting string height, however there is an widely accepted measurement of 1.2mm-1.6mm gap from the fret to the string. Adjusting the string height is done via the saddles on a Fender style guitar bridge or by adjusting the entire bridge on a Gibson style bridge.
now for Intonation
- Guitar Tuner The final step of setting up an electric guitar is adjusting the intonation. This entails changing the length of each individual string by moving the saddles on the guitar bridge backwards or forwards. The aim is to make the a harmonic at fret 12. I.e. the note will be the exact same pitch as when the string is played open (but an octave higher). Plug in your guitar tuner and tune the instrument so that it is at the correct pitch when played open. Once done: Play the low E string open and then fretted at fret 12. – If the note is flat you will need to move the saddle forward towards the neck, shortening the string. – If the note is sharp you will need to move the saddle backward away from the neck, so that the string is lengthened. On a Fender style bridge, the screws to adjust the saddles are at the back of the bridge. On a Gibson style bridge, the screws to adjust the saddles are accessed from the front of the bridge beneath the strings. Once the length of your strings have been adjusted, the notes played at the 12th Fret and the notes played unfretted ought to be the same. I.e. an E string played open is also an E note when the same string is played with the 12th fret depressed.
Thats it for basic guitar setup for more advanced setup I would suggest you see a professional until you are comfortable doing basic setups and are ready to learn more.
(note: guide came from ultimate-guitar check them out!)
more guides coming in the future.