Electric Styles

Solid body? Semi-hollow? Hollow body? With or without tremolo? What type of pickups? Lots of questions … here are some answers!

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Larry Hicks October 16, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Great website. I was surfing looking for Long Cool Woman and came across your site. I just retired, a friend of mine and I get together every Wed and play for 5 hours. I was wanting to play LCW. I do not play guitar very well, so I learned to play bass and can stay up with my friend. Still dable in guitar but have the time now to practice the guitar a little more. Your instruction is precise and to the point and doesnt spend 10 min repeating how to play a pattern. Will still concentrate on bass but will be tuning in.
Thanks Much


admin October 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Thanks Larry! Enjoy your Wednesdays and your music!


Terry December 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM

This is the best guitar learning website and I've been using YouTube for three years now for my guitar adventure.  I have three guitars, two amps and a loaded pedal board now.  All mid level stuff, but what I want to know is how do you control the sustain on your Dillion in the Bo Diddly lesson?  You have awesome tone in every video for me to strive for, but this one stumps me.  With my Epi Sheraton (335) and a Fender 6L6 tube amp, there is too much humbucker  and the Strat single coils seem too thin.  Okay, I'm in love with your Dillion, but I can't go there yet. I have EQ, overdrive, delay, and reverb pedals.  It seems like I've got to palm while strumming that tough pattern, but you don't seem to be.  Any advice appreciated.  Thanks!!


Russ February 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Hey Jackson!  I can't begin to tell you how cool your website is and how often now I refer to it.  I have a vintage 1964 Fender Mustang that I used to play as a teenager in a garage band.  It's been sitting in a closet for the past 45 years, until a friend of mine started a guitar club.  So, I've taken it out and started "relearning" how to play.  Your instructional methods are really helpful, but I'm finding that my fingers aren't as nimble as they once were, and the narrow neck on my Mustang is sometimes causing me to have dead strings when I play some chords.  I'm thinking about maybe a hollow or semi-hollow body electric that has a little wider neck.  What do you suggest?


Paul November 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I started out with a Dano guitar that was awful red & black color and had action like a trampoline about an inch away from the fretboard! The combo included a Dano "25" 1 12 inch speaker amp with reverb & tremelo and about 10 watts It seemed really loud at the time.  The guitar is long gone and frankly I cannot even remember where to?? But I still have the Dano amp and have been offered significant money for it a number of times….     The funny part about the cheapest guitar on earth is not only could they be set up to play REALLY good they were & are only the second guitar that I know of that has a 12 saddle adjustable bridge for their 12 strings, the first is RIC…..haven't seen anything else that did that!!  In music ya just never know where the good stuff is until ya find it in the strangest places…….like in a low end guitar that just plays good and tunes better than most of the high end 12 string guitars!
Keep up the good work!! seriously awesome….after about the same number of years playing as you…I still learned stuff….that is saying something!!    Love to chat with ya sometime


admin November 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Funny Paul …. my Dano was a dream to play. I miss it dearly. Keep up the great learning!


Willy Poelmans March 7, 2015 at 3:03 AM

Dear Sir Mace Jackson.

I'am 75 years old ' en untill now i playd always accooustic guitars 'i have 3 Martins one of them the D35.

But now i wonna play with a real electriic guitar 'and my eyes fallin on a Fender guitar ,and specheley the " Fender classic 60s  stratocaster sunburst brown  RW " (made in Mexico) .Mr. Jackson have i made a good choice' or……what do recommended on me.

Please an answer

JJ Willy Poelmans


admin March 7, 2015 at 4:45 AM

Hi Willy! Not sure you can ever go wrong with a Strat! It is the most played and copied guitar in the world. Good choice! It’s not particularly important that it is made in Mexico. What does matter is how it is set up. If it were me, I would buy it from a store or person who is very good at setting guitars up to play nicely and be perfectly intonated …… a good store will often include this in the price or charge $50 or so to make it perfect. If you are lucky, it may be very very nice right from the factory. So ……. be sure it feels nice to play, is correctly set up and …….. of course …… is pretty! Take care and keep me posted!


Santhosh Gumudavelli March 5, 2017 at 9:20 PM

Hey Mr Jackson,

I play acoustic guitar right now, have a simple epiphone which sounds great, but I want to get an electric guitar, what is a beginner's electric guitar that isn't too expensive? I am a college kid too, and thank you for this wonderful site of information! 


admin March 9, 2017 at 7:26 AM

Sure Santhosh. I’ll send you some information on reasonable electrics via email!


JIm August 14, 2017 at 5:36 PM

I know how how or should i say i'm learning to read tAB FOR LEAD AND YOU PLay different than others which I like but I'm not good enough to refigure the tabs for lead when you play in a different chord,so I need your help or ADVISE WHERE TO GET IT. THANK YOU.  I'm sure others have had this same issue when in the process of getting better.  jim


admin September 16, 2017 at 9:23 AM

Maybe try rephrasing Jim. I’m just not quite sure what you’re asking of me.


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