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Neck width

The width of the neck, from the low E string side to the high E string side. Usually measured at the nut and 12th fret separately, because the size is different at each. Only classical guitars or ones with additional strings are likely to have thicker necks.

Lessons for: Neck width

1: Attaching the Bolt-On Neck to the Body

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In this video I'll show you how to attach the bolt-on neck to the guitar body. The whole of the guitar neck has the fretboard and the headstock, and can also have truss rods inside to keep the neck straight.





2: Necks/Fretboards: Maple Neck/Rosewood Fingerboard

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This series of videos covers various types of necks and fretboards used to make electric guitars! In this first part I feature a maple bolt-on neck with a rosewood fingerboard (or fretboard).





3: Necks/Fretboards: Maple Neck/Maple Fingerboard

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This series of videos covers various types of necks and fretboards used to make electric guitars! In this second part I feature a bolt-on maple neck with a maple fingerboard (or fretboard). This is sometimes called a maple cap.





4: Blues Riff: Movin' It Up The Neck!

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In this lesson I'm gonna show you how to move the blues riff from the open position and up the neck. This requires some left hand finger stretching that can be pretty hard at first, but you just have to keep doing it and you'll get there!





5: Over the Neck Practice Exercises

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Now that we're almost at the end of this tutorial, let me show how you can use a metronome to work on the different mini-positions. I realize that it can be overwhelming to look down at the giant fretboard and try to recognize all these different patterns and notes. But just remember that it's really all the same notes repeating again and again, and there's no rush with getting familiar with every corner of it all. You can explore it at your own pace, whenever you feel ready for it. And in the meantime you can just be extra creative with the notes you already know and m...

6: All Over the Neck Tone

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For this tutorial I'm going to be using my Gibson 335 on the middle pickup, and I'll be running that through a modeled version of a Vox AC30 amp with a little bit of reverb. In front of that I'm adding a Fuzz pedal with a pretty basic fuzz tone dialed in, nothing crazy. So you can use whatever overdrive or distortion you have instead. I'm also adding a subtle delay tail with a quite delay volume and just one repeat, just to add a little extra ambience.

7: Randy Rhoads Style: Fun Bend Trick

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Next, we're going to learn another trick Randy used for maximum expression: using the neck of the guitar to bend a note. After playing a note, you press on the body of the guitar with your right hand and arm, towards your body, and grasp the headstock with your left hand and push away from your body. This bends the neck slightly, and results in a downward pitch bend.



8: Necks/Fretboards: Scalloped Maple

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This series of videos covers various types of necks and fretboards used to make electric guitars! In this third part I feature a bolt-on maple neck that has been scalloped. Since this neck was originally a solid piece of maple, it has no separate fretboard piece. It's a non-cap.





9: Way Up High!

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When you really wanna "tear it up" it works really well playing the familiar pattern of the blues scale UP AN OCTAVE! You can play the same licks and they will have a very different and cool sound. You will most likely have to consider some alternative fingering, because the frets are so small up there. Once I've shown you how to find this pattern, we'll take turns playing four bars with the backing track.



10: It Must Be Love: Gear & Tone

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For this song you'll get the best results with a steel-string acoustic, but if you don't have that you can also play the rhythm part on a nylon string guitar or even on an electric guitar with a clean tone and on the neck pickup. But again, the best results will come from strumming a steel-string guitar with a medium pick. I'll be using this Martin-style VKV and I'll be getting the sound that you hear in the video from a combination of my built-in L.R. Baggs pickup/microphone and the overhead mic that I'm also talking through. For the electric guitar I'll be using the...

11: Little Red Rooster: Gear, Tone & Tuning

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Whenever you try to hone in on a certain blues tone it's important to keep your eyes on the end result and not get distracted by the tools used to get there. The old blues guys definitely knew what kind of sound they wanted, but they typically used whatever gear they had to obtain it. So rather than focusing on what particular guitar, pedal or amp to use, try to focus on getting similar results and effects out of whatever gear you have. One of the main things that distinguish different blues tones is that some players like a darker and more muddy tone while some prefer the ...

12: Sunshine Skies: Guitar 3 - Verse

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Guitar 3 strums along with the acoustic using different chord shapes in the verses. The phaser effect on this guitar adds a cool dimension and really emphasizes the percussive nature of the strums, adding to the overall groove. The capo is optional here, as we aren't using any open strings in any of the parts. We are playing inversions of the chords up the neck at the 6th position, using a slightly different strum.



13: Slipping Away: Outro Guitar 2

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In the outro, guitar two continues to play staccato stabs on the backbeat higher on the neck, but vamps along with the D and G chords instead of playing the progression that we played earlier.





14: Predicts My Fate: Guitar 2 Verse 3

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The third verse contains several great fills and licks from Guitar 2. There’s a whole range of great country-influenced licks here both up the neck and down low. There’s lots of opportunity here to dig in and express yourself with these great licks.





15: Strutter: Gear & Tone

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If you want to get a super thick hard rockin' tone for this tune in the comfort of your living room, all you're going to need is a solid body electric guitar with a decent tube amp that has a medium to high gain pre-amp section. If you want to nail it spot on, a guitar with a Mahogany body and a Marshall tube amp will do the trick. Here's the Line 6 POD settings and gear I used: Amp Model: Brit Class A Cab: Factory for this amp model Bass: 7 Mid: 8 Treble: 8.5 No effects used Guitar: Gibson Les Paul 
Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB59 in the bridge/ Pearly Gates in t...

16: A Thing or Two: Intro Guitar 2

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Guitar two plays the same chords as guitar one, but plays inversions up an octave to really fill out the higher register that's missing in the power chords. It also only accents the triplet hits at the beginning of each chord and then just rings out - leaving the rhythm guitar room to play that busy blues riff. We just slide this same shape all over the neck. On the last chord of each phrase though we accent the back beat with a slightly different strumming pattern again to leave room for the rhythm guitar.

17: I'm Feeling Outshined: Guitar Solo

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We'll start the solo with holding a double stop - the notes C and E on the G and B string. Hold it and give it a just very slight bend at the end and land on A on the D string. Next we go into a really interesting double stop phrase where we'll do a lot of rhythmic hits going between the double stops. Notice the little bend in the beginning of the lick. You're going to notice that - in true Soundgarden fashion - this solo has a lot of very different rhythmic elements to it, and the next lick is no exception. Take time and listen to what this phrase actually sounds like. ...

18: Bright Lights, Big City: Gear & Tone

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This song can be played with just about any guitar, acoustic or electric. On the original recording we hear an electric guitar using the neck pickup, played through a tube amplifier of some kind (our research team has not discovered the specific make or model of the guitar and amp). You'll need an amplifier that produces a clean warm tone. The guitar I'm using here is a Fender Broadcaster.



19: Baby Please Don't Go: Gear & Tone

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Even though we're looking at two guitars we'll only really need to look into one setting on the amp. We're going for that good old electric blues tone, so you want to go for an old overdriven tube amp kind of sound. There's not a lot of overdrive on these guitars, just enough so that it breaks up a little bit when you dig into the strings a bit more. I'm using a Fender black face type of amp here but you can use whatever you have at your disposal. One of the most important things about these old blues songs is paying attention to how the notes are played. The tone comes ...

20: And You Know: Outro Lead Pt 2

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Now let's check out the next chunk of soloing during the outro jam. For this part he goes to regular fretting and plays the lick from the intro, but now it comes in on the “and of 1”. Keep your wah moving in quarter notes for this. After the two repeated intro licks he creates a very powerful build using unison bends moving up the neck, horizontally.





21: Crazy: Gear & Tone

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For this song you want to use a basic clean tone with some added reverb. I'll be using my Gibson 335 on the bridge pickup, which gives me a slightly darker sound because of the humbuckers. If you use a guitar with single coils, you should be careful not to get too much treble in your tone. You want this guitar part to stay in the background and also sound kinda jazzy. So if you're using a guitar with single coils you can either use a neck or a middle pickup or roll off some treble on your amp. You can also try rolling a little bit of tone off on your tone pot. Again the goa...

22: Even Flow: Gear & Tone

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First let's talk a little bit about the gear and tones that I'll be using for this song. As always it's really important to remember that you can play a song like this on whatever gear you may have, and if you play the parts well, it's most likely going to sound great. It's going to sound more like the original if you have the same gear, but that doesn't mean it can't be different in a cool way, when you play it on your own gear. So always keep that in mind! For the rhythm guitar that plays the lower parts in the open tuning I'll be using a Les Paul on the bridge pickup,...

23: Black: Gear & Tone

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First let's talk a little bit about the gear and tones that I'll be using for this song, but as always you have to remember that you rarely need any specific gear to be able to play a given song. It's of course going to sound more like the original if you have the same gear, but that doesn't mean it can't be different in a cool way, when you play it on whatever gear you have. So always keep that in mind when we're talking gear. For the rhythm guitar that plays the strumming parts and the power chords in the choruses, I'll be using a Les Paul, and I'll be running that th...

24: On the Road: Intro Guitar 2 Slide

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Guitar 2 ups the ante of the intro with an ascending slide lick and trill. Use the D and G strings to ascend up the neck with slide. We'll look at slide technique with a brief explanation. There's also a power pick slide, trill, then hold B power chord 2 bars. These are cool tricks to grab listeners attention and create tension!





25: The Thrill Is Gone: Gear & Tone

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The guitar tone that is used for this song plays a huge part in the overall aesthetic, but it's important to remember that most of B.B. King's tone comes from how he plays - mainly how hard or soft he picks the different notes and also where he picks the notes. If he picked up your guitar as it is right now I'm sure he could make it sound like him, without changing a thing. That being said his basic tone comes from a Gibson 335 guitar on the bridge pickup, going straight into a somewhat clean sounding tube amp with quite a bit of reverb. The amp volume is loud, but he gener...

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