This is the Play Along Video for The Waiting by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
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This is a Play Along video for What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction.
Josh Ayala, guitarist and guitar nut reviews his latest favorite for us.
Body: Alder Body Shape: Jaguar®
Body Finish: 3-Color Sunburst Polyester
Neck Shape: “C” Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Vintage Ivory Dots
Fretboard Radius: 9.5″ (24.1 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 24″ (61 cm)
Neck Plate: Vintage Style 4 Bolt
Truss Rod Nut: Original Vintage Style
Pickup Configuration: H/H Bridge Pickup: Enforcer™ Humbucking Pickup (Bridge) Neck Pickup: Enforcer™ Humbucking Neck Pickup Pickup Switching: Neck Pickup On/Off Slide Switch, Bridge Pickup On/Off Slide Switch, Normal/Low Cut Slide Switch Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Hardware: Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge with Vintage Style “Floating” Tremolo Tailpiece and Tremolo Lock Button String
Nut: Synthetic Bone
Tremolo Arm/Handle: Screw-In Style Jaguar/Jazzmaster Tremolo Arm
Auxiliary Switching: Master Kill Slide Switch, Neck Pickup Humbucking/Single-Coil Blend Control, Bridge Pickup Humbucking/Single-Coil Blend Control
When you shop for an electric guitar always play it unplugged first. If you like the sound of it acoustically, you’ll probably like it amplified. Playing without an amp also helps you focus on the feel of the guitar. Slide your index finger and thumb along the side of the fret board. If it’s not smooth, if frets stick out this is an indication of a bad finish job and there could be other, less obvious problems. Does the neck feel clean, without blemish, bump or crack? Does the shape of the neck feel good to your hand? Site along the neck to make sure it’s not bowed or crooked. Look for bumps in the fret board. Is the weight of the guitar what you want it to be? Do you like the way it fits against your body? You should, it’s going to be there a lot!
Play a series of your best licks. No need to worry about what the people around you think; it’s not plugged in! Play chords and melodies. Make up a routine that you play on every guitar you try.
Still like it? NOW plug it in! Play it on a clean setting first, distortion can hide bad tone. Try all the controls on the guitar; turn knobs and flip switches. Note how they affect the tone. Are these tones you will use, tones you like? Once you’ve run through all the guitars adjustments, do the same with distortion. Most amps have an overdrive setting so use it and keep it simple for now. You’re testing the potential of the guitar, not searching for the perfect tone.
Does this procedure sound troublesome and complicated? So, how much of your hard earned cash are you spending and how long do you expect to work with this axe? Take your time shopping, play unplugged!