How to make a not so good guitar sound better?

I have a Oscar Schmidt i think it’s called, it’s a guitar by Washburn. Anyways it isn’t the best guitar in the world and i have recently just bought a new guitar but kinda want to make the old one sound better without having to spend to much money of course. So i just wanted to know if anyone had some tips or ideas on how i can pull this off?

Chosen Answer:

Your best bet in my opinion, is to get a Boss Chorus or a Boss Digital-Delay. That should spice up your sound.
If you want distortion, then get the Boss DS-1. As for strings, the best one are Phosphor Bronze, either Guild, D’addario, Martin etc…… They really get the best out any acoustic. They are slightly more expensive but well worth the money.
by: Left-T
on: 2nd March 09

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10 Responses to How to make a not so good guitar sound better?

  1. thebuffettour says:

    What do you think is wrong with it?

  2. Left-T says:

    Your best bet in my opinion, is to get a Boss Chorus or a Boss Digital-Delay. That should spice up your sound.
    If you want distortion, then get the Boss DS-1. As for strings, the best one are Phosphor Bronze, either Guild, D’addario, Martin etc…… They really get the best out any acoustic. They are slightly more expensive but well worth the money.

  3. Benjamin G says:

    If its an acoustic try changing the nut or the bridge with better material-usually plastic. I tried the TUSK brand and what a difference. If you think the sound is too tinny you can try putting stick on felt on the inside of the sound board but it might mute the volume.

  4. Matte says:

    Sometimes good strings can make all the difference in the world. You could also try switching to a bone nut and/or saddle.

  5. Oddball Copperbottom says:

    You could throw some new pickups in it, new hardware (nut, bridge, pots, locking tuners, etc.). You’ll probably notice the biggest difference by putting in some good pickups, though. That other stuff is very nuanced, and you probably won’t really know what you like if you aren’t familiar with any of it.

    You can get some great pickups from http://www.guitarfetish.com for really good prices. They’re knockoffs, but the sound quality is amazing. My brother has a couple of them in his Epiphone Les Paul, and they sound great.

  6. infraredheaters says:

    I agree with the new strings idea, and getting a quality effects pedal.

    I just wrote a post about the 5 best distortion pedals for under 100 bucks.Check it out here: http://rockdistortionpedals.com/news/2009/02/top-5-distortion-pedals-for-under-100-dollars/

  7. Deathshadow717 says:

    new pickups will do the trick

  8. drm says:

    There really isn’t that much that can be done to improve the sound of a guitar, but here is where I would start:

    1. Change the strings. A lot of people wait too long before replacing their strings. New strings can make all of the difference in the world. In fact, some guitar stores will change the strings while you are in the store so you can hear the guitar with new strings. Great info on how to restring is here: http://www.fretbase.com/blog/2008/07/how-to-restring/.

    2. Replace the nut and saddle with bone. Bone just plain sounds better (warmer) than the plastic materials that are often substituted in the nut and saddle.

    3. Practice. I have heard terrible guitars sound good when played by somebody good. 🙂

  9. Kyle Squirrel says:

    The way to a great sound isn’t in the guitar– It’s the amp. The amp gives you like, 90% of your tone. Though most important is the player’s ability, skill, and technique, obviously. The most important thing on the guitar itself is the pickups. You haven’t really given much information here, so I can’t give you a very detailed answer.

    You could also try getting some effects pedals. I can’t really recommend any though; I normally just play straight through my amp, occasionally with a wah pedal.

    For more detailed answers by more experienced people, you could try asking in the forums of ultimate-guitar.com.

    Peace. :3

  10. sirmudkip says:

    better amp or effects pedal.

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