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In this preview I used the Ibanez S-470 (DXQM). One of the greatest feature of it is its slim neck. Instead of the neck being a full curve it has a flat section which allows your hand to easily slide along th back of the neck, and your grip feels better. This allows for speed when shreeding through the fretboard.

The neck pickup is the Infinity1, the bridge is the Infinity2 and the middle is the Infinity Single1. I usually have the pickups set to the neck when playing Rhythm because it gives your guitar a fuller sound when hammering and shreeding notes and chords. When playing sweeping licks I will set the pickups to the Bridge because the sound is a lot more precise and gives a better tone and depth to the sound. I have thought about getting active pickups installed, but what's the point, these pickups are great.

Another important feature of the S-470 is the Tremolo Bridge. It not only uses the spring tension to keep the strings in place but also ball bearings. This allows the strings to stay in tune longer while the whammy bar is being used, because the ball bearing allow for easier movement. (Personally, I only have to retune my guitar, slightly, once every week to fortnight, even if it has been a hot of cold day, it's incredible) The Tremolo Bridge is an excellent combination when used with the nut locks at the top of the fret board, the strings practically won't go out of tune.

To top everything off, the Ibanez S-470 (DXQM) has a very slim body. Although this may seem like a flaw in the design of the guitar, its Mahogany body is very sturdy. (I would know since i have dropped my guitar a couple of times and seen no signs of markings)

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Choosing A Guitar Pick

So, what guitar pick is right for you? Generally you will use a thicker Guitar Pick for a heavier/rougher tone. Lighter Guitar Picks are generally for a cleaner/lighter sound. Personally I prefer the heavier picks.

I have found out that a thick, 1.5m-2mm, Guitar Pick is easier to use once you are familiar with your own guitar. At first a
1.5m-2mm Guitar Pick is hard to use because you stumble and can't push the Pick through the strings, therefore you will find a 0.73 or lighter pick easier to use. But in the long run the 2mm, which I use, allows you to get a fuller sound when shreeding and makes sweeping a whole lot easier. You can always pull the Guitar Pick back a bit to strum multiple strings easier (like brushing the strings).

Thinner, 0.73mm, Guitar Picks are great too. I find that they are easier to use on acoustic guitars. You want to be able to get a degree of volume out of your Acoustic Guitar, therefore a lighter Pick is more durable because of its flexibility. It allows you to brush the strings easier and doesn't get caught when picking strings individually.

You should always choose to buy a Guitar Pick that has a ruffled surface because, unlike the smooth surfaces ones that slip out of your hand when your sweating, the Guitar Picks that have a rough texture to them will allow for a better grip, once comfortably held.

(These Guitar Picks all have rough surfaces and are easy to use)

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Strings, What's good for your guitar?

Strings come in a range of sizes, from 0.08-0.38 to 0.14-0.56. I would recommend that for a guitar with a whammy bar you use a lighter/thinner set of strings. this is because the tension is a lot weaker which will allow the whammy bar to sit in place comfortably. Heavier strings are a lot stronger in tension and can put the whammy bar out of place when your guitar is in E Tuning.

If you really do want to have a thicker set of strings, because it gives a chunkier tone, I would only recommend that it be used with a guitar that does not have a tremolo bridge. Therefore the string tension will not be altered by the pull on the whammy bar, meaning your guitar won't go out of tune quickly.

(The two guitars on the left work better with thinner strings. The two on the right are capible with thick and thin strings)