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mr.gibson
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Hamilton, Canada

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Nov 14th, 2013 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Probably 99.2% of us do....... Are you OK doing that, or do the sonic limitations drive you nuts?

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Nov 14th, 2013 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The sonic limitations don't drive me nuts, but I have noticed that I sometimes let myself get away with some sloppiness unplugged that would be very obvious amplified.

ninworks
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Nov 14th, 2013 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to do it a lot when I was young and still living with my parents. I developed a lot of bad playing habits because of it. The main one being picking way too hard.

Now that I have a digital modeler I never play electric guitar un-plugged. I use headphones to keep my marriage intact.

I put different speakers in my BFTRRI last night. I turned the amp up to 3, for about a minute, just to see how it sounded. You would think I had another woman in the room and having passionate ..... well you know. My wife ran into the room shouting "TURN IT DOWN - TURN IT DOWN!" I wasn't playing loud just to be loud. I had a reason and I wasn't going to do it for long. If she had known me when I was younger she would have had to put up with that a lot more. As it is now she never does because I'm always practicing in headphones.

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Nov 14th, 2013 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No never.

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Nov 14th, 2013 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to practice unplugged a lot. Now, very seldom. Yes, the sound sometimes was annoying.

Plus - no delay!

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Nov 14th, 2013 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good question. When I get home from work no. On weekends during the day yes. And my acoustics never at night but again weekends yes. That's an advantage of electrics. You can play all you want late and not wake the wife who has to be up by 4:00 am.


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Nov 14th, 2013 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, and I can play any style doing this. Also, if you're set up is not up to snuff, playing unplugged will reveal any issues.

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Nov 14th, 2013 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Play unplugged a lot. Esp when I am at my computer checking out YouTube and other music sites, or playing CDs. Gotta have something in my hand when I listen, in case I want to learn it.

I usually lay the headstock against my wall for extra amplification as well. Nice tone there.

But love playing via Amp best ...

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Nov 15th, 2013 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rarely. Only while sitting on the couch noodling while watching a game.

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Nov 15th, 2013 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A fair amount, yes. One of my favorite (and most productive) practice methods is to play along with the sound track of the TV. Between the shows and commercials there are lots of key changes and tons of different things to play along with. I find it keeps me sharp.

mr.gibson
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Nov 15th, 2013 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Brilliant, kego. I do that a bit, but in my case, it is not as productive as I would like.

6 Cylinder Slim

South Carolina

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Nov 15th, 2013 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never use an amp at home. Solid bodied guitars are a bit too quiet. My at home practice guitar is an old short horn dano. I like archtops too.

cisco

Tucson, Arizona USA

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Nov 15th, 2013 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I practice with my electric bass guitars most all the time acoustically.

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Nov 15th, 2013 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back in the '60s and I was living in a college dorm and was my most active learning, I played unplugged almost all the time.

Now that I'm old and gray, I think that playing without hearing it right is pretty counterproductive.

After all, it's all about the music. If your practice listening to the sound to make it musically, you will improve.

If you just wiggle your fingers without listening to the resulting sound to make it musical, it's pretty much a waste of time.

Lee


John P
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Nov 15th, 2013 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nope. I leave everything plugged up so all I have to do is turn my amp on and wait a few seconds for it to warm up.

mountjoy

canada

Nov 15th, 2013 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The covers stay on my amps 99 per cent of the time.
Love the unplugged sound of a solid body guitar.
Always have.


stinger22
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USA

Nov 15th, 2013 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Absolutely, it teaches you to pull tone out of the guitar first, that "it's in his fingers" thing. You learn how to make an electric weep and cry when it ain't plugged in and you'll improve your plugged in playing a LOT.

6 Cylinder Slim

South Carolina

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Nov 17th, 2013 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A lot of what I do at home is repetitive. For more complex stuff, I have to read it off a chart and play it over and over till I don't need the chart. Especially if I'm singing, the guitar part has to be on auto pilot to be gig worthy. No need of an amp for that. Besides, I already know what the amplified sound would be like from experience.

reverendrob
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Nov 18th, 2013 03:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No need in this day and age of (available to me) decent headphones, modeling stuff, low-wattage, low volume amps, and learning to not live in cardboard walled apartments with nosy neighbors.

When I didn't live alone, I didn't crank an amp at 3 am most of the time, but I didn't worry about being a churchmouse at 4 pm either.

These days I'm reasonable in volume the vast majority of the time, and when I'm not, it's still not actionable and for short durations, no different than the neighbors having the grandkids over for the game on Sunday afternoon.

I play an electrified instrument, not making noise with it makes no sense to me.

Back when it was easier to say bring with an electric and small amps sounded like dirt for a weekend away from home, sure.

But not these days. No need, no how.

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Nov 18th, 2013 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most of my playing at home is unplugged.
Less disruptive to everyone else in the house and, as a result, more productive for me.

And since most of what I'm doing at home is learning new songs or polishing up bits here and there, the lack of "real sound" is not an issue.

"Besides, I already know what the amplified sound would be like from experience."

I think this is key, too. I've been at this long enough that I can still work on the proper picking techniques, etc..., even without any amplification. That may not have been the case years ago.

As far using a headphone amp - I guess that can be fun, but my little Pandora headphone amp sounds NOTHING like my live rigs, so there's no real advantage to using that, at least not for me.

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