MusicRadar Basics, brought to you in association with Blackstar Amplification, Epiphone, Rockschool and Dunlop is a series designed to answer all of those questions that crop up when you first start playing an instrument.
Out first set of videos looks at the electric guitar. It can be an intimidating to pick one up for the first time, so we're going to make it all as simple as straightforward as possible.
We'll show you what all those switches and strings are all about, how they work and what sounds they produce, how to re-string your new pride and joy, clean it, and what accessories you'll need to look after it properly.
We're also going to show you all about amplifiers, what they do, what the different types are and how to get the best results from them.
Check out the videos below, and remember: everybody had to start somewhere...
MusicRadar Basics is brought to you in association with Blackstar Amplification, Epiphone and Rock School
- For more information on Blackstar's amps, go to blackstaramps.com
- For more Epiphone guitar goodness, check out epiphone.com
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- To get started on your guitar grades today, visit rockschool.co.uk
- Find out more about accessories, strings and more at jimdunlop.com
Parts of an electric guitar
Types of electric guitar
How to tune an electric guitar
How to re-string an electric guitar
Types of guitar bridge
How to use a capo
Straps and strap locks
How to clean a rosewood fingerboard
Types of amplifier
Connecting a guitar to an amplifier
Amplifier controls explained
Achieving basic guitar tones
Effects pedals explained