Who Else Likes to Play Unplugged?

RU Experienced

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This may sound corny, but I just love the sound of an unplugged electric guitar. Especially a nice resonant guitar. Just noodling around the house, I probably play unplugged about 75% of the time.

I know everyone is after perfect tone, but I'm usually after an electric that sounds awesome unplugged. They are usually the best plugged in - but I just love playing them acoustically.

Anyone else like playing their Les Pauls unplugged?

I take it one step further...........I just sit there and "hold" the guitar. I like it THAT MUCH!! Looks good. Smells good. Makes me feel good.
 

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When I was a young lad my mother bought me a used Strat and a 5W Symphonic amplifier. My father would never allow me to turn on the amp so I learned to play without using amplification. I wanted to plug it in but feared reprisal.
I suppose in a way it helped me because I didn't feel held back by the sound of my amp.
When I was 15 I bought a 4 cabinet GBX amplifier (360W) and moved out of the house.
I use a Rockman X100 headphone toy when I'm sitting at the house learning new licks now.
Rockman small.jpg
 

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All the time.... .I'd like to get one of those Boss Waza Air Wireless headphone amp
 

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I never plug in a guitar when I try them out. I refuse. If im trying an amp or pedal clearly its a different story but ususally to do that I bring my own guitar because I have a good comparison from experience.

i can gut a guitar and make it sound however I want. i care about feel/playability. I have been bitten by a shit guitar or two that i fell in love with the plugged in sound of and forced myself to ignore the fact that it was a turd.
 

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I like noodling unplugged, but you WILL pick up bad/sloppy habits that will come through the amp when you plug in.
This is a big thing that goes unsaid. Pickups pick up EVERYTHING slop that you get away with when youre armchair noodling. Its great to enjoy the guitar both ways.
Hell i used to play on stages as a kid..got used to sitting down playing as an adult then i found out I play like ass standing up. Body forgot how. Now i try to balance.
TL:DR- everything in moderation
 

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On this one, I need to pull out the "old guy" words...

I know that everyone's in a different place and level of playing and circumstances, but generally speaking, if you can't make what you play sound good unplugged, you're not going to find the right tone ever. I've been playing pro and not for 50 years.

Word.
 

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Yes I love to play unplugged - I really feel the soul of the instrument when I do ... It's really quite fun.
 

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I NEVER plug in when looking to buy a new guitar. I want to hear what the wood sounds like. Modifying electronics is child's play, but you are stuck with the wood forever. I've even gone so far as to ask the salesperson to hand me guitars with my eyes closed so I'm not seduced by a particular flame top. The one that feels best and sounds best unplugged is the one you'll keep forever.
 

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I wouldn't buy an electric that didn't sound good unplugged.

I've often thought a sticking a mic on an unplugged solid or semi-hollow would be a neat recording trick.
 

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I always try a possible new guitar unplugged for about 20 minutes before I plug it in.

I do practice a little bit unplugged at home, I find it forces me to slow down and make sure every note is played properly/evenly.
 

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I love it I got roomies and hate wearing headphones-sometimes I forget and my friend is like why dont you plug it in!.
 




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