ELECTRIC GUITARS | Do you have a hard time figuring out what electric guitar that suits you? Every guitarist goes through this at some point, which is quite understandable, considering how much there is to choose between out there. Some may claim that certain guitars don't suit certain genres of music, but how much is true and how much is it just based on old prejudice regarding specific guitar brands and models? For instance: Are all Fender guitars useless for metal? Or on the contrary: Can you only play metal on a Gibson Flying V or Explorer? Most of us know this is not the case at all, but there's indeed a lot of variables that influence the tone you get out of the instrument apart from the amp/settings and effects. Such as the guitar's pickups, their positioning and distance to the strings. Also the very weight of the body and construction of the guitar itself, decides (among other things) how long the picked strings will vibrate; ie. how long the notes will be kept sustained after being played.

Help yourself choose your ideal guitar with Scott Grove's blind test

Les Paul playing a Les Paul.
In order to give a fair comparison between guitars a blind test is a superb method of doing so. Whether you're a beginner looking for your very first practising guitar to use with Rocksmith, or you're a veteran who likes to think you've already had your mind made up on what guitars sound the best for you, this might become yet another eye- (or perhaps ear-) opener.

So bring up your notepads, or grab a scrap of paper and start taking notes what you think of the different guitar tones, and see if you might perhaps discover a new, unexpected favourite, having all prejudice from the looks and guitar brands, now put aside. All guitars will be revealed at the end of each video, so make sure to make some sort of reminders to yourself regarding the guitars before you eventually get to see them, to avoid getting the whole thing spoiled prematurely!

Apart from the usual Gibson Les Pauls and Flying V's, as well as Fender Strats and Teles, there are some slightly lesser known models thrown into the distorted tone test as well, giving you some further tips on guitars that you perhaps weren't even putting into consideration earlier.

Clean tone comparison between 18 different Fender and Gibson guitars

Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) played with a clean tone on 18 different Gibson and Fender guitars.

Distorted tone comparison between 10 different guitars (Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, PRS, etc.)

Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne) played with two different distortions on 18 different guitars including Fender, Gibson, PRS, Ibanez, Peavey and more.

Videos by Scott Grove. Watch his YouTube channel here.
Hope you found this somewhat helpful in your search for your new guitar. Happy tone hunting! Good luck!


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