How to Use Talk Box


A talk box is a device used with a guitar to create many types of tones unable to be produced by the guitar. As a result, a musician is able to use a talk box to project sounds from their voice that sound like a talking guitar. You can use a talk box by connecting the guitar to your sound equipment.

Things You'll Need

  • Battery
  • Guitar
  • Pre-amp
  • 1/4-inch audio cable
  • Amp head
  • Talk box
  • 8-ohm speaker
  • Microphone
  • Open the foot pedal of the talk box, and insert a battery. If you are using the power cord, plug the talk box into a wall outlet.

  • Connect your guitar to the pre-amp. Plug one end of a 1/4-inch audio cable from the pre-amp into the input jack on the amp head.

  • Plug one end of a 1/4-inch audio cable into the speaker output jack on the amp head. Plug the other end of the cable into the input jack on the talk box.

  • Connect the speaker wire from the talk box to the 8-ohm speaker.

  • Place the end of the clear tube from the talk box next to the microphone. The tube needs to be as close to the microphone as possible for the best results.

  • Turn on all of the equipment. Start practicing with the talk box to produce sounds while playing the guitar.

Tips & Warnings

  • When the talk box is turned on, the sound is sent through the tube for the talk box. The sound will be sent directly to the speaker when the talk box is turned off.

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