How do you test your guitars?

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  1. thegrasshopper

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    Interesting... :)
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    Why don’t you tell me? What is testing a guitar?
     
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    I find the amp at GC that’s closest to what I have at home and play it. If I like it I get, if not keep looking.
     
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    For me is getting to know if the guitar sound wise, is well balanced. I know this is vague and imprecise, and depends on each person, taste, and so on. I try to find out if a guitar is harmonically reach in the midrange, do not care much about the low end. Obviously I take into account the guitar type: a strat does not sound like a tele...If i am testing a strat, I would like to find the charastteric strat sound on it (at least my conception about how a strat should sound like) My final goal is to tell if the guitar could settle up nicely in a mix (of course for my music genres... I know it is not the same country music than doom metal)

    What I tried to point out is that, with my previous methods, I was missinn things I consider now key factors, things I do understand other people wouldm't give a s***
     
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    I tested the Elite Tele I eventually bought at GC on a Twin Reverb RI and Princeton Reverb they had in the room. My amp at home was a Pro Sonic. I tested the guitar on amps similar to mine.
     
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    "Is it a guitar?"
     
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    "How do you test your guitars?"

    I line them all up and ask them questions such as " Can you name the notes that comprise an "A" chord?"

    Or things like "Recite the climatic scale to me"

    They always pass so that's why I keep every single one of them.
     
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    I play them.
     
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    Get outa here with that kind of talk!
     
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    Not sure if this has been mentioned before, I haven't read every post, sorry.
    I always play any guitar I am trying out without an amp for about 15 minutes. Does it sustain, ring and have a 'snap' to it. I put the low E and A strings away from the body and let go. If I get a nice snap and ring to the sound I know there's a resonance to the neck/body.
    Not sure about the science of all this but I have found if that all works well, it'll sound well plugged in.

    Told to me by an old pro in the 70s.
     
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    When I’m in a store I always plug into a cheaper amp. If it sounds good there it will sound better at my house.
     
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    The tricky bit is getting the nut lube and fretboard oil off the guitar and into those tiny tubes.
     
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    I play them, it’s music, not rocket surgery here.
     
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    In all honesty what I do is only buy new. Then I have 30-45 days to try gear with my rig and my band.
     
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    If you buy a guitar center used you still have the same return window. Even my local Sam Ash is now offering returns on used gear when they never used to.
     
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    Neck, neck, neck. Visual inspection. Balance. Unplugged sound/resonance. Electronics check on any amp. By then, it is probably pretty enough and new to me enough to keep;).

    Noting I've returned one guitar that unpacked with a broken headstock, and collected a discount on three guitars/amps with cosmetic flaws. I tend to not return stuff.
     
  20. Bob Spumoni

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    I have a number of amps (who doesn't?). I always try something new on all of them. Some matches are good; some are not. You're "testing" the amp as well as the guitar, of course, and the speaker. It's the ensemble of the three that makes the sound, after all.