EGT Beginners Series

Our beginners series to learning the Electric Guitar has now begun on our Youtube channel. We’re really excited to bring you this, as we’re going to cover lots of different aspects – not just playing. In the first 2 episodes we’re taking a look at some entry level gear – everything you need to get playing the electric guitar. Don’t be fooled by the “entry level” tag though, as this stuff is amazing for the money and sounds great.

In the next episode we’re going through the anatomy of the electric guitar. You’ll hear lots of new terms when referring to guitars, so here’s a walkthrough what all the parts of the guitar are called and what they do.

You can also print out a labelled diagram to go with the lesson (or as a future guide).

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Beginners series Gear demo

To demonstrate how capable all the entry level gear we’re using is – the Gear4Music Tele with its new pickups and the Blackstar iD:Core10 v3 – we’ve thrown a quick demo song/jam together.

So this is the Gear4music Knoxville (Telecaster copy), which we upgraded with a Bare Knuckles Boot Camp True Grit series neck Telecaster pickup, a Dimarzio Chopper T bridge pickup which has been wired in with a push pull switch to coil tap it through the Blackstar iD:Core10 v3 amplifier. The amplifier is connected direct to a Mac using a USB cable, straight into Garageband. All the guitar tones use this guitar and amp – bridge on one ear, neck on the right (with lead neck pickup in the middle.

To help tell what’s going on, the video below has a screen recording of the GarageBand tracks while the song is playing.

Guitar run down

A run through the guitar I use and the DiMarzio pickups and special wiring it has, enabling me to get almost any sound from it.