Should I use lighter gauge strings? Or is there some trick I can do? Bunther Silver Supporting Member. Messages Take your favorite guitar and have it professionally setup. If that works, then take the other two to the same tech. The problem may be the nut, neck relief, or string height. Messages 8, Intonation is always a compromise. Once the intonation is adjusted as best it can be, you need to tweak the tuning until it's as close to in tune with itself as it can be.
I fond that means tuning the B and G slightly flat but every instrument is different. Messages 1, What string are you having issues with? If that is the case try a 3rd string that is wound. Do you pull on the neck? A lot of people do that without realising it.
I put a wound 3rd on my fixed it for me. Messages 6, I always set the harmonics of my guitars in a playing position. If you lay them flat on their backs to do it I would suggest trying my method. DrumBob Platinum Supporting Member. Messages 17, Take them all to a good guitar tech. I can do my own action, neck adjustments and intonation, but sometimes, you need a pro to work stuff out.
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You' re welcome capn. It's been discussed in previous threads, but I'm not sure if the search function would catch it. I also had to flip my saddle on the G. I find intonation goes to crap until the strings are broken in. Changing string gauge can also have an effect on the neck, which can slightly change the scale length of the neck creating intonation issues until straightened.
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Recommended Posts. Posted January 29, Link to post Share on other sites. Strumbone 0 Posted January 29, Stig 1 Posted January 29, DizzyFingers 0 Posted January 29, That gave me a measurement of mm. I then measured from the crown of the 12 Fret to the bridge and mm took me exactly to the outside edge of the bridge.
That gives me a distance that is exactly what the scale length is meant to be. However the saddle sits back from the edge of the bridge and when adjusted as far forward as possible is about 5mm from the edge. This would mean the distance from the crown of the 12 fret to the point where the string meets the bridge is about mm which obviously gives me an incorrect scale length.
When the saddle is moved as far forward as possible the guitar at the 12 fret is about a semitone out. I am measuring this with a number of different tuners and have tried them plugged in and just acoustically. I have also used tuners built into my boss multi-effects pedal. All give very similar results. Thanks for your response and your thoughts. Measuring as you've described is not testing the intonation. It also does not allow for compensation and not all scale lengths use the same amount of compensation.
Now, let's break it down to the absolute basics and start from scratch. Plug into your best electronic tuner and tune the guitar. Once tuned, fret the 12th fret. Don't measure. No measuring takes place with intonating an electric. The manufacturer has already set the bridge position and if it's a real epiphone I'd assume it's not going to be wrong.
A Chinese knockoff not so sure. So, tune the guitar as perfect as possible, select the bridge pickup on the toggle switch, fret the 12th fret, plucking with a plectrum at a constant rate with about one gentle pluck per second so you are creating a smooth electronic pulse to the tuner. If the tuner bounces forward, adjust the saddle forward.
If the tuner bounces back, adjust the saddle back. This is how to adjust the intonation. If after doing this you run out of adjustment, we'll look at that when the time comes. Usually you can get it close enough and when explaining the implications of moving the bridge the owner will usually opt for close enough.
A photo or two of the guitar its model number etc is always very helpful. Allan's advice on ensuring the intonation is out using a tuner rather than a ruler is gold. Like I said before the crash, " Hit the bloody thing, it won't hit ya back www.
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The Epiphone Les Paul is a quality offering of a budget guitar with all the essential details that manages to look classy and deliver on tone. It is a good option for beginners or intermediate guitar players who want a utilitarian guitar at a very reasonable price. This basic square shouldered dreadnought by Epiphone has a solid spruce top with a Mahogany body back and sides. The acoustic tone of the instrument has a beautiful and balanced blend of brightness and warmth.
The guitar is capable of projecting sound if you work it and the overall tone would be ideal for country, acoustic-pop and rock music. It works equally well for finger style players and songwriters. The sound is a bit on the mellow side, tender enough to validate why it is called the humming bird.
Once you plug in the Epiphone Hummingbird PRO, the incredulous performance of the electronics makes you forget that is an affordable version of the Gibson model. The only thing missing is an inbuilt tuner but there a lot of clip-on tuners on the market that can easily remedy this issue. There is a lot of tone you can get out of this instrument and it can carry you through any stage performance with ease.
The guitar is shipped with. The Grover Rotomatic Tuning machines are sturdy and hold the tuning well despite rough use. The action may need to be set based on your preference but the adjustable TrussRod allows you to setup the guitar without any issues. The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is a notch above the rest in its price range with no notable downsides.
Though this guitar is ideal for intermediate players, the playability and versatile tone can easily accompany any musician in their journey from a beginner to pro. The Gibson ES took the rock and roll world by storm when it was launched in as the first of its kind guitar. You may know it as Lucille , the red archtop that B.
King famously played. This all maple guitar resonates well and arrives with a low action and high playability out of the box. The solid center maple block under the pickups helps improve sustain and eliminate feedback. The neck might take a little getting used to if you are accustomed to playing on the modern slim neck electric guitars.
This may seem like a large guitar at first glance but the slim body profile makes it as easy and comfortable to play as any other strat or Les Paul shaped guitars. The four top hat knobs control individual pickup tone and volume and the 3-way toggle switch allows for different pickup configurations. Though versatile and capable of holding their own in many other genres, the Epiphone DOTs remains a favorite among those who play blues and jazz.
It is a well-crafted instrument that looks elegant and plays wells while still demanding a reasonably humble price. These guitars have always stood out because of their belligerent looks that have grit and attitude in just the right amount. Rumor has it that Pete Townshend The Who stopped using these because he found them too difficult to smash on stage after his live concerts!
The SG style electric guitar has a mahogany body with a black pickguard and nickel plated hardware. It has the legendary double cutaway that is the core styling statement of the instrument. The neck is made from Indian Laurel with 22 Medium Jumbo and trapezoid inlays.
The four knobs correspond to volume and tone for the neck and bridge pickups alongside a 3-way toggle pickup selector and CTS electronics. This is a guitar that rock and metal guitarists will thoroughly enjoy getting their hands on. The slim tapering of the neck and pau ferro fingerboard remains comfortable to navigate even and ridiculously high playing speeds. Even new guitarists will struggle to find something to complain about on this one. The LockTone ABR Tune-o-matic Bridge is unyielding and completed with a stop bar tailpiece that keeps the guitar tuning steady and reliable.
Though it may not be as versatile as some of the other electric guitars featured in this list, this nasty looking bad boy will keep you coming back for more. This guitar will continue to fulfill your needs as you grow and can hold its ground against guitars twice its price. It ships with stock.
It has a cutaway jumbo body with a solid Spruce top and hard maple back and sides that lay the foundation of its dazzling tone and majestic projection. The rosewood fingerboard is perfectly edge bound to a hard maple neck that houses 20 medium jumbo frets with faultless finish. This a single cutaway model, unlike the Gibson EJ, which allows for comfortable and complete access to the entire fingerboard.
The hardware is robust and extravagantly gold plated that looks great in contrast to headstock with the Epiphone crown motif. The jumbo size means a massive and powerful low end and the overall tone of the guitar has a lot of depth and balance. This is a guitar that loves to be strummed; it waits for any chance it gets to enthrall you with its balanced tone and cradling warmth. It is loud, really loud. This guitar can easily be heard at a small venue or gathering without the need for any amplification.
It also features a high-quality built-in tuner with LED display. As far as looks go, this luscious looking axe will turn heads at every venue you play, time and time again. Its inimitable appeal is propped up by the peculiar moustache shaped pau ferro bridge, imitation Tortoise pickguard with J Graphics, black and white bindings and crown pearloid inlays.
It is available in a vintage natural, black and sunburst finish. This is the only jumbo acoustic offered by Epiphone and that is probably because the design, craftsmanship and price of this model are hard to beat. The ES is one of the newer designs in the Gibson and Epiphone guitar catalogues.
While it is easy to confuse it with an ES style guitar, it a different beast altogether. The size is smaller roughly three quarters and the fit is more comfortable. It features a mahogany neck with select maple body and a solid maple block in the center. Regardless of the reduced size, it offers 22 medium jumbo frets on the pau ferro fingerboard with mother of pearl inlays. This guitar was built to cater to a broad appeal while still honoring the tasty and fat DOT tone and it does that in style.
Despite being a semi-hollow body electric guitar, Epiphone has done a great job of balancing its weight. It is comfortable to play while sitting or standing for hours without any pain or discomfort. The semi-hollow sound is unique and a breath of fresh air for those who are looking to move away from the Stratocaster and Les Paul tones. The nickel hardware finish and Epiphone Dexlue tuning machines leave no room for criticism.
The LockTone bridge keeps strings stable and in-tune without any problems. The Alnico Pro humbuckers offer a thick and warm tone that lends itself to anything creamy and crunchy. Unlike other archtops, this model has split coil pickups that can be activated by the push-pull volume knobs. This leads to an extended range and tonal variety that can carry you through anything from Brit Punk to gritty blues.
The Epiphone ES scores a win for being more versatile than other similar guitars on the market. These guitars are setup in USA and play perfectly well out of the box, the only adjustments you may need to make might be on account of your personal preference. This is an easy ten in the looks department if you are vying for a classy, retro looking instrument. The finish is spot-on and the tobacco burst models really ooze a vintage vibe.
It is also available in an equally gorgeous Cherry Red or Pelham Blue finish. The Epiphone Les Paul Standard series is a first-rate substitute for those who cannot afford the expensive high-end Gibson models. They have nearly the same quality of performance and construction but at a fraction of the cost.
The Standard 60s models stick out in this range, often touted as the gold range for beginners and students. The ageless and timeless aesthetic of the Les Paul shape body is a class of its own. The mahogany lends its harmonic richness to the tone and the elegant AAA flame maple top brings punch, grit and clarity to balance it. The 60s C neck profile allows for smooth and comfortable playing.
It has an Indian Laurel fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets with trapezoid inlays. The PAF style pickups and CTS electronics are built with high quality components and render an impressive output and sensitive tonal response. They are more articulate than the Alnico pickups and do a top dollar job at reproducing the iconic Gibson Les Paul sounds of the 60s that are the backbone of many great records. The Probucker-2 neck pickup is slightly overwound and is ideal for crisp highs and a tight low end while the bridge ProBucker-3 is capable of some serious snarling tones and outstanding sustain.
There is the usual volume and tone knob for each pickup and a 3-way toggle switch to dial in a wide variety of tones. This guitar is capable of all the staple tones of the 60s era and keeps with the tradition of the vintage Les Paul. As the name might suggest, an archtop is usually a semi-acoustic guitar with a distinctive arched top and a hollow body.
These holes are commonly seen on violins and other instruments in the violin family, but archtops and semi-hollow body guitars are some of the only guitars to feature this design. The holes are intended to help a guitar project sound more efficiently. Even though jazz music really only began to take off in the s, the archtop guitar has been around for much longer. The first patent for what we now consider a classic archtop design was filed by Orville Gibson in The Gibson Guitar Corporation started producing the first archtop with f-holes, the Gibson L-5, in The L-5 was originally an acoustic instrument and primarily used in big bands.
A semi-acoustic version of the L-5 became available in The Gibson ES is probably the best-known jazz guitar, alongside its more expensive counterpart the L-5 CES, as it has been played by many jazz greats throughout the years. Though most professional players seek used s from the s and 60s, the newer reissue models are well built and carries many of the traits that made its predecessors legendary. The Gibson ES is a hollow body guitar that provides a sweetly resonant jazz guitar tone and excellent playability.
At the same time, the simple design and easy-to-handle approach of this instrument make it a great fit for beginners or students who are just starting to dip their toes into the world of jazz guitar. The Gibson L-5 has been a staple of the jazz guitar world for decades, due in great part to its use by jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery. The L-5 was the first guitar with f-holes and is made with the highest quality one would expect from a high-end Gibson guitar. It sounds as good as it looks.
The only downside to a guitar like this is that it is a bit pricey to be taken out to a club or bar for a gig. But for those who want a great guitar to play with at home, or to record with, this is a great buy. The Gibson Super is one of the most sought after pre-electronic archtop guitars on the market.
They are hard to come by as most people who buy them hang on to them for many, many years. This is due to the quality of the guitar, but also to its ability to increase in price over the years. The guitar debuted in and is the largest guitar ever produced by Gibson. Besides the early acoustic version, Gibson also released a version with P90 pickups and later with a Charlie Christian Pickup.
With a round, smooth tone to it, the Ibanez PM is a great choice for any jazz guitarist. Notable Player: George Benson. The Ibanez George Benson LGB30 is another guitar that is inspired by the legendary jazz guitarist of the same name, and his influence can be felt in the looks, sound, and style of this hollow body guitar. The bound ebony fretboard and other stylistic bits of flair combine to make an instrument that looks like a high-end guitar while still being affordable enough to appeal to beginning musicians.
Originally introduced in as an affordable option for musicians who wanted a high-end sound, the Epiphone Broadway has remained true to its original vision throughout the years. The Broadway is slightly larger than similar models, as a direct result of its original designer, Epi Stathopoulo, who believed that a larger body was necessary for a fuller tone. Thanks to that belief, the Epiphone Broadway provides a classic example of a large hollow-body guitar design, and its curvy appearance helps draw out a wider range of tones.
It was the favorite of many influential jazz artists when it first debuted in , and it continues to be so today, more than eighty years later. The Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin is a drop-dead gorgeous instrument that sounds every bit as good as it looks. The single P pickup provides a warm and full jazz tone that is often described as old or smokey. While the Heritage guitar company has only been around for about thirty years, the company is fighting to establish itself as one of the premier sources for high-end instruments, and the Heritage H is a great example of such a guitar.
Avoid the Premier and go for an Excel or Deluxe. A semi-hollow guitar has a solid block of wood running through the body and the two bouts the sides of the guitar closest to the neck hollowed out. The center block reduces some of the feedback that hollow body guitars can experience, and the resulting sound tends to be tighter and more focused than a traditional electric guitar. The Gibson ES is the guitar of legends and is a versatile model that works very well for jazz as well as other styles of music.
Originally released in as the first commercial semi-hollow archtop guitar, the Gibson ES was the favorite of music icons like Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, and B. With a solid maple block in the middle of the body, the hollow wings on either side let sound echo and reverberate around the chamber to create a warm, dark tone. Since it rocketed onto the world stage in , this guitar pairs the looks of an electric guitar with a completely hollow body for a classic, vintage feel.
With a light, well-articulated tone, the Casino is a thinline archtop with a distinctive shape and a rich history that dates back to the birth of a whole new sound on the global stage. With a classic, warm, and versatile tone, the Ibanez JSM can switch easily between different genres and tones. A Gibson ES style guitar from the Japanese Yamaha Corporation, the Yamaha SA is a sycamore and maple guitar that has enough weight and power to provide a strong, energetic sound while still retaining the soft, warm tones of a hollow body guitar.
The solid maple soundblock helps fight feedback, while the hardwood sycamore construction lends to the weight of the overall instrument. The thinline design makes it a great choice for blues, jazz, and rock guitarists. A solid body guitar is made entirely of a single wooden block. As the name suggests, the difference between solid body and hollow body guitars comes from the fact that, while a hollow body instrument allows sound waves to bounce around inside the body of the guitar in order to increase their volume, the solid body guitar relies on electronic amplification.
Known for its warm tone, playability and build solid enough to take a beating, this guitar is a favorite among studio and traveling musicians of all styles. Another example of a solid-body guitar used by a jazz musician Mike Stern , the Yamaha Pacifica is an extremely playable guitar that is affordable enough to be great for even starting musicians.
With three pickups two on the neck and middle and one additional humbucker , the Pacifica can create the round, resonant tones more typically found in a semi-hollow guitar. Notable player: Mike Stern. Since then, however, it has come to be a favorite piece of musicians in other genres such as pop and rock. Joe Pass played a Fender Jazzmaster and a Fender Jaguar when was trying to get rid of a drug addiction in the Synanon Center, probably because that was the only guitar available at the center.
Since its original release, the Jazzmaster has undergone some mild renovations, but across the board, the sound, style, and tone of this guitar is very much the same as it was more than sixty years ago. A laminated workhorse of a guitar, the Eastman ARCE is perfect for the most hardcore jazz purists and more experimental musicians alike. The instrument adapts itself easily to multiple styles of play, and the handsome, acoustic design belies the wide range of styles that the guitar is fit to play.
The affordable price makes it a great starting point for musicians who are still fleshing out their style of play. The Japanese guitar company Ibanez carries many names in different markets, but no matter the official brand, the instruments they make are some of the best on the market today. The full tones offered by the Ibanez Artstar AS puts it on the same level as other, far more expensive semi-hollow guitars, and the flexible sound makes it a great fit for musicians who are just beginning to figure out the sound they want.
Perfect for jazz or blues, the Ibanez AS93 is an unmistakably cool instrument. These models are ideal as an introductory jazz guitar for players who want to get a jazz guitar sound without breaking the bank.
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