How do you play a double-neck guitar?


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Playing a double-neck guitar is no different from playing a single-neck guitar in terms of form and technique, and requires outfitting, tuning and configuring the setup. The benefit of using a double-neck guitar is that during a live performance, the guitarist is able to achieve varied guitar sounds without having to physically switch to a different guitar. However, there are several factors to consider when playing a double-neck guitar.

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  1. Select the appropriate strings

    The most common type of double-neck guitar features one six-string head and one twelve-string head. It is important to use the proper style of strings in order to achieve the intended sound during a performance. Using the wrong strings not only damages the instrument but also defeats the purpose of playing with a double-neck guitar.

  2. Tune both necks

    During a performance with a double-neck guitar, most players focus predominantly on a single neck. To avoid embarrassment or disrupting the other musicians, remember to tune both necks prior to the performance. Many amps and effects pedals come with built-in tuners that allow players to check each string without having to unplug the guitar.

  3. Configure the effect pedals accordingly

    The settings on an effects pedal can sound very different depending on which guitar neck you use. Take the time before the performance to experiment with the available effects on each neck in order to achieve the desired sound.

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