Unhappy with your electric guitar sound? Start with these 5 tone tips before you try anything else

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GUITAR SHOWCASE 2023: Guitar tone isn’t just a problem you throw lots of money at and then it is sorted. Buying top-quality gear does help but there are things that players of all levels, with all rigs, can do to get the most out of their sound.

These 5 steps will help you think about tone and give you the fundamentals before going down the rabbit hole. And that’s the thing – tone is a journey without a destination, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.