What Makes Up the Ultimate Guitar?

Is there something like an ultimate guitar? What is it that makes an ultimate guitar? If you think it is the design then think again. The ultimate guitar is not about jazzy and mind-blowing designs; it is about how much your guitar can scream. Here’s what you need to do to make your guitar scream.

Right now you are probably thinking if there is a shortcut to making your guitar play like Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammet, Jimmy Page or even Jimi Hendrix. Well! There are no shortcuts to becoming a legend but with practice and more practice, you will be there sooner: among the best guitarists in the world.

There are two important details that can help you make your guitar scream and add some oomph into a guitar lead. One of them is harmonics and the other is using samplers. For example: if you need to take out a piercing sound with a delayed effect on your guitar then first you will need to work on your guitar and amplifier settings. Then experiment with the MIC settings. The further you keep the mike from the guitar, the more heavy room sound you will get. Add some reverb into your guitar and you will have the perfect dark and distorted sound.

To get a delay effect, you will require a delay pedal. Input a time, which will indicate the length of the delay and use a feedback to indicate the number of times the delay will repeat and finally set the level. The level will indicate the loudness of the delay. A standard digital or delay pedal will provide you around 2 seconds or 2000ms and sometimes even longer, which is quite a lot for inducing one of an overdrive or vibrato effect. The most standard time settings used by professionals for a delay can be anywhere between 100ms and 500ms. This signifies that when a single or particular note is played using a delay setting of around 250ms then the delay will repeat almost 1/4 second later.

Here is our top 8 tips regarding guitar delay

1. A Delay is dependent on the tempo hence never try to fudge it. Calculate it and work it out

2. Try not to record a delay effect during a take. During the take you should only record the amp sound and the dry or normal guitar sound. Add the delay in the mix separately to provide you with more flexibility.

3. You need to have a well tuned guitar so that you can work on the more complex delays like nested delays.

4. To make the repeat or delay sound extremely natural, you should ideally filter out the top end in a delay. You can do it using sequencers like Cubase and Logic, which have this feature in their delay plug-ins.

5. Whenever you are in doubt, try to use only the dotted delay values.

6. Always remember that it is difficult to get heavy delay right on a rhythm guitar and hence it will require you to create a much simpler original part.

7. If you use regular quarter-note delays then it will certainly create clashes.

8. Use string bends blended with in-time delays to create that fantastic organic-flange effect.

You can also create some great effects using natural harmonics. You will find natural harmonics along the spaces on the strings where one wave stops and another one starts. This normally takes place just above the 5th fret, 7th fret, and the 12th fret strings. You can also use tap harmonics where you have to simply fret a string and simultaneously moving up the natural harmonic spot. All you need now is some practice and your guitar will be screaming in a blaze of glory.


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