Glitch guitar: 7 creative ways to destroy and rebuild your riffs

A man holding a Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HH electric guitar. During a studio shoot for Guitarist Magazine/Future via Getty Images, January 13, 2011.
(Image credit: Joseph Branston/Future)

Glitch effects in electronic music have long transcended their original niche. These days, you can find modem-like glitches, warped samples, and machine-gun stutter in progressive metal or radio pop.

Glitchy-sounding guitar is also commonplace, but how do you go about creating futuristic guitar parts, and can they be played live? The answer is yes, they can, especially with the dizzying array of pedals available today.

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