Tuning electric guitar: should I connect it to amplifier when tuning?



Asked by: Brian Zhou

You can easily tune an electric guitar without an amp. Simply plug your electric guitar directly into a tuner or a tuner pedal. You don’t need your guitar amp to use either type of tuner. You can also use a clip-on tuner and clip it onto your guitar’s headstock.

Do you need to plug in a guitar to tune it?





Most tuners are either plugged directly into the guitar output jack (there’s usually no need for amp being on the other end, but you need a cable) or have a clip-on microphone that’s clipped to headstock or sometimes to the bridge of an acoustic and picks up sound directly from the wood.

Should you plug in guitar before turning on amp?

It doesn’t matter, just make sure your amp is turned off when plugging in or unplugging the guitar, as this can cause a loud hum which may damage the amp’s speaker if it’s turned up very loud. I plugged everything in and turned the amplifier on but it isn’t working, what do I do?

How do you tune a electric guitar with a tuner?

There are a lot of ways to tune your guitar. Including the fender to nap which is a great way to tune using your mobile device anywhere. Let's get into the app.

Can an amp make a guitar sound out of tune?

If you are overdriving the power section a vintage valve amp then your amp can make you sound out of tune if there isn’t enough filtering in the power section. This isn’t really an issue with most modern amps.

Do you tune an electric guitar with the amp on?





You can easily tune an electric guitar without an amp. Simply plug your electric guitar directly into a tuner or a tuner pedal. You don’t need your guitar amp to use either type of tuner. You can also use a clip-on tuner and clip it onto your guitar’s headstock.

Where do you hook a guitar tuner?

Attach a clip-on tuner to your guitar’s headstock in noisy settings.

  • To use a clip-on tuner, clip it to the headstock of your guitar, then start plucking a string. …
  • Clip-on tuners work with both acoustic and electric guitars, although they’re more useful for acoustic guitar players.


Should you turn off amp before unplugging guitar?

There’s an easy way to prevent those annoying (and potentially damaging, at high volumes) pops: unplug your cable from the amp side first. Unplugging from the amp won’t cause a pop, and you can even leave the cable partially inserted into the jack. Now, you can disconnect your guitar or bass without popping!

How do I play my electric guitar through an amp?

Let’s go!



  1. Plug the guitar into the amp.
  2. Set all the controls on your guitar to full, and select a pickup of your choice.
  3. Set all the controls on your amp as follows; …
  4. Turn the amp on.
  5. Test the clean sound (using the clean channel if the amp has one) by turning the main volume control up to a comfortable level.

Should I unplug my amp when Im not using it?

Amplifiers are usually made to last for quite a long time, so the chances of anything happening to them are close to none. Naturally, the best way to do everything is to unplug it after you’re done playing.

Why does my guitar sound bad after tuning?

Out-of-tune: even one string slightly out of tune can make strummed chords sound bad. Bad technique: pressing too hard on the strings or hitting the strings too hard can make chords sound out-of-tune. Bad intonation: if your guitar’s intonation is out, chords will sound bad when you strum.

Why does my electric guitar always sound out of tune?

If your frets are worn, notes played on those frets will be out of tune. Sometimes frets pop up a bit throwing notes out of pitch at those frets. If you’re noticing notes out of tune throughout the neck it might be time to either have the frets dressed (leveled) or after excessive use, replaced.



Why is the B string always out of tune?

This is why the B- string sounds out of tune. It’s because the G string and B string are a major third different from each other, and in the Equal Temperament tuning system, the Major Third is 14 cents sharp in comparison to the Just Intonation system, which is 100% accurate.

Why is my guitar hard to tune?

The Nut is Improperly Seated. Of course, your tuning problem could also be your guitar nut. If the nut is cut too narrow, it can cause pinching of the string, which causes problems when tuning. If it’s not flat, it can cause your strings to break prematurely.

Can I use B string as an E?

Re: Using a B string for the high E string.



I have personally used the B string as an E string when I didn’t have a spare and it was no problem. The gauges are similar enough that the tension shouldn’t be too different. It didn’t do any damage to my guitar at all and it sounded fine. It will just sound DIFFERENT.

Why do guitars have 2 E strings?

The high E string produces a higher frequency sound, whereas the low E string produces lower frequency sound. There are 2 E strings in guitars because a guitar uses four half steps between each open string. Also, the 2 E string setup (EADGBe) is the most convenient and physically comfortable way of placing the strings.



What is a 3 string guitar called?

If you’ve seen a 3 string guitar being played and wondered what it is, chances are it’s a cigar box guitar. A cigar box guitar is traditionally handmade from a cigar box with a wooden through neck and 3 steel strings attached to tuning pegs.

Why is there no C string on guitar?

A Guitar is not tuned A,B,C etc because this would make it harder to play chords. A keyboard has no way of changing the pitch of a note, so it necessary to have one note per key, one key per string. A guitar has a fretboard, so to play an F, you just fret one up on an E string.