How to Choose Your Style of Electric Guitar

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There are many different styles of electric guitar you can choose from, and the sound is different depending on what you choose. Decide what you want to play with help from a professional electric guitar instructor in this free video.

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Hi, this is Wesley Winford, and today I'll be going over how to choose your style of electric guitar and right now I'm starting off with this is a Gretsch Anniversary and it's a little more probably grungy sounding or gritty sounding than most, most other guitars and it works well for, you know, a type of you know, like British rock stuff or even like worship guitar, like in your church. It works well like with a Bigsby and all. It just gives some, just good sounds like that and see you can kind of tell it's not, I'm running the overdrive here so it's still kind of, kind of grungy sounding like that which is good but if you kind of back off a little bit you can get some, some good smooth tones like that. Maybe if I change some pickups or something. So if you're trying to choose between guitars, first kind of identify what kind of music that you're going to be playing and like I said this Gretsch works well with, it's the pickups are really hot and if you're, it also works well for like some good type of like rock music as well. And also I have a Tele here. This is a Telecaster here and if you're, when you're trying, if you're trying to identify what kind of music you play or want to play, a Tele is good for, really good for country music. You know maybe kind of country rock, stuff like that because it has a lot of tone to it. It's kind of a little more defined than a Gretsch I would say because of the type of pickups it has in it. So it's going to be a little more, maybe a little more bitey as you would say and you can adjust the pickups here for some good sounds. I like the neck pickup a lot to get some good tones if you're doing like some country licks or whatever. The Tele works great for that with a little bit of overdrive or something or you can play it you know, clean and some good smooth tones like that. Tele also can pretty much work for anything. It's kind of like an in between guitar like in between a Strat and maybe a more beefier guitar like a Les Paul or something. And it works well for worship music also because it's just like an all around good guitar. And this has been how to choose your style of electric guitar.

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