15 Guitar Myths That Make Us All Look CRAZY!

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Shared December 10, 2018

Today I talk about some bizarre and unusual guitar myths that people believe! I also mix in some more commonly held myths with playing examples!
See if there are any you believe on this list!
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B Maxey

You think guitarists can sound crazy, check out audiophiles.

3 months ago | [YT] | 237

Elliot Vernon

It’s not the headstock on the strat that makes the difference, it’s the spaghetti logo that gives warm vintage tone.

7 months ago | [YT] | 552

Paul's got GAS

To my ears the rosewood fretboard had a warmer vintage tone than the maple, but that just might have been the poly finish.

4 months ago | [YT] | 114

José Palomino

0:28 Nitro finish vs Poly finish
1:34 Vintage pickups vs Modern pickups
2:32 Gauge & Tone
3:26 Thin lines vs Solid bodies
4:03 Maple fretboard vs Rosewood fretboard
6:06 Power supply pedals vs 9V batteries pedals
6:42 "Vintage tone"
7:18 Strat bridge vs Tele bridge
8:40 Guitar versatility
10:00 Small Strat headstock vs Big Strat headstock
10:54 Boiling your guitar strings
11:32 True bypass vs Buffered bypass
12:31 Noiseless pickups
13:12 Country of manufacture
14:06 Tonewood

4 months ago | [YT] | 51

Tark McCoy

Practice...why does it ALWAYS come down to practice...can't I just PAY to sound like Hendrix???

7 months ago | [YT] | 83

Alberto H. Soto Ocasio

Guitarists swear they can hear a dog whistle being blown from the other side of the moon when they should be focused on practicing instead of these silly myths.

7 months ago | [YT] | 257

matthias umagat

Somebody call Rob Chapman to do these hearing tests

1 month ago | [YT] | 10


Myth #14 - You have to buy American guitars only. THANK YOU! I get so tired of the gear/guitar snobs who look down their noses at you if you don't own THE most expensive guitar. It's like playing an Epiphone instead of a Gibson makes you less of a player in their minds. Screw that noise!!

7 months ago | [YT] | 128

Scott Raycraft

In a corner
My f holes aren't haunting or organic

4 months ago | [YT] | 20


Perfect tone comes from good technique. Focus on that and all this stuff won't matter.

1 day ago | [YT] | 0

Michael Fancher

Bass strings actually can be revived somewhat from boiling. Not a myth at all. But buying new ones is still preferable.

3 months ago | [YT] | 14


Myth #11 wasn't particularly satisfying. Boiled guitar strings might not sound brighter once again, but this most definitely works for bass strings, so I would say there's some basis in fact here. Better yet, use a solvent bath at room temp to remove dirt and oils from the strings.

2 months ago | [YT] | 13

Robert Baker

Ok can confirm was triggered multiple times in this video hahahahaha

8 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 601

Ralf Burhenne

Myth No 16: Les Paul Players believe their back pain were caused by their guitar.

3 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 14

Eric Kleefeld

The purpose of noiseless Strat pickups is to have one guitar that can do it all: Clean and jangly, or big and heavily distorted.

Thing is, you won't do either one of those sounds with 100% traditional accuracy. But the vast majority of people hearing you won't even know or care. So go for it. But there IS a difference. (I've got Fender Vintage Noiseless, first generation, on my Strat. I like them. No noise, so I can just play what I want and not worry.)

1 day ago | [YT] | 0

Wesli Paul

Thank You Darrel.... I've only one guitar, its a Chinese made Ibanez. But I love her so much....

2 months ago | [YT] | 8

Mickey Breezy

"This is what my life has devolved into." I feel that homie.

7 months ago | [YT] | 14

Erick Brassfield

I was triggered as well: Pickup windings: Mine were wound by Abigail Ybarra at Fender. Maybe other companies had issues with pickup winders but not Fender especially during the 60's

Power supplies vs. 9volt batteries. Yes there is a difference. 9 volt battery will sag over time as its voltage goes down, a regulated power supply will not. That's why some power supplies have "9v sag" output options. Same reason you get different tone from pickups with different signal strengths, this is why vintage pickups are "good" because the magnets lose strength, and therefore output power over time, so you can move the strings closer to the pickups, giving it a different tone than a strong pickup farther away from the strings. With batteries, the sagging voltage battery changes the gain/tone. That is the reason people purposely buy the cheapest 9v batteries from the dollar store because a dying 9v battery does sound different from a regulated power supply.

2 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 7

Nathan Adcock

Agree with everything except for fretboard, I passed his test for starters, I COULD tell the difference, it is small but there is a tiny difference. But both are good fretboard, I own guitars with both.

2 days ago | [YT] | 0


I think there are a few things in this video people would disagree with. It has been my experience that the guitar sounds fatter with heavy gauge strings. I thought there was more output from the strings and sustain, though this could be due to the mass of the string.

The guitar pickup works by a string passing through a magnets lines of flux and inducing a voltage on a coil. Thus the string has a direct relationship with the output.

I agree people do sound good with thin gauge strings too, but there are other factors which come into play such as their amp and speakers.

7 months ago | [YT] | 10