The Guitar Signal Chain: The Guitar


If you're like us, you know that your guitar is precious, and keeping it in top shape is a must. Whether you're just jamming with your mates or laying down some tracks in the studio, this guide will help you get your guitar sounding just right.


What You'll Learn In This Video


1. Restringing: Do It Right, Play It Tight

  • Pick Your Strings: What gauge do you use? 11 to 52 is a good choice for a heavy hand, but hey, it's your guitar.
  • Studio Ready: If you're recording, don't slack. Fresh strings are a must for the best sound.

2. Tuning and Intonation: Absolutely Crucial!

  • Get in Tune: We all know that your guitar needs to be in tune, but keep checking it while you're recording to make sure it hasn't drifted.
  • The Neck: Straight or a little bit of relief? It's your call, but it does make a difference.

3. The Pots: Clean 'Em Up

  • Crackling Noise: If your pots are acting up, grab some switch cleaner. It's a quick fix.

4. Stop the Rattle: Muting and More

  • Kill the Noise: Your guitar has parts that can rattle. Learn how to mute them and get a cleaner sound.

5. General Tips: Keep It Lean

  • Clean It Up: Dust sucks. Wipe down your guitar to keep everything clean.
  • Cutting Strings: Don’t slice your hand on those sharp edges. Learn a cool trick to break off the strings cleanly.




Your guitar is more than a piece of wood and strings. It's your voice, your expression, and your partner in crime when it comes to play fat riffs. From restringing to intonation, these practical tips are here to help you get the most out of your sound.

Stay tuned for more advice as we keep exploring the guitar recording signal chain!