18 ways to improve your guitar tone

Photo of a PRS guitar, Victory amp and Warm Audio effects pedal
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Chasing tone is one of the fundamental aspects of being a guitar player. Sure, you want to play the notes right, in the correct order, in time with the beat. But you want them to sound good. Sounding good is… good. 

It is also not a given. There are so many factors that can affect your tone, particularly with an electric guitar, that it pays to be mindful of them, taking a holistic look at your gear to troubleshoot and identify where something isn’t working, or where something could sound a little better.

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.

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