Electric Guitars

MusicMajlis is home to one of the largest collections of Electric Guitars in the UAE. They are one of the best instruments to learn for aspiring guitarists and beginners because of their simplicity to work with. The necks are specially designed for fast movements and will hold tuning better. Electric Guitars are made from solid wood, so they are less fragile. This is also an option to consider if noise is a factor since headphones are compatible with most Electric Guitars. Electric Guitars offer some of the most versatile sound options, accessible when using a feature-packed amp or dedicated foot pedals.

 

Electric Guitars are available in different shapes, each with a unique name: Stratocaster (made famous by Fender), Telecaster (also made famous by Fender), Les Paul (made famous by Gibson), Jazzmaster (from Fender), Hollow-bodied (from Gibson), to name a few. The guitar sounds are not affected when the shape of an electric guitar is manipulated. However, the comfort and ease of playing differ based on shape. Only the individual artist can ascertain this. It’s important to note that a hollow-bodied electric guitar sounds different to a full-bodied electric guitar. As for the pickups; when the strings on an electric guitar vibrate, a pickup converts that signal to an electric signal which is amplified using a guitar amplifier. The pickup can convert signals owing to the magnetic properties present in the copper-wrapped magnet (producing a magnetic field) around the strings. The stronger the strum, the higher the disruption (of the magnetic field), and the better the output volume. There are multiple pick-up styles to suit the genre of music, some of which are: single coil - optimal for Blues, Rock, Country and Pop with a downside of electrical interference; P90 Pickups - optimal for Classic Rock, Punk Rock, and Country; Humbucker Pickups - most popular, best for versatility, and optimal for Classic Rock, Blues, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop, and Jazz. 

 

Do different guitars use different strings?
Classical (or Spanish) guitars use Nylon strings, while acoustic, electric and bass guitars use steel strings. Nylon strings are also found on ukuleles.

 

What are string gauges and which ones should I use?
String gauges are indicated on string packs to describe the thickness of the string set. The name of the gauge (e.g. 11s) is derived from the thickness of the thinnest string (the high E). They are also referred to in terms like ‘light’ and ‘medium’, usually 9 and 10 respectively, though this varies.

 

Do different wood types alter the sound of the guitar?
The wood of the guitar will affect the timbre of the instrument. For example, mahogany is known for its darker sound, with spruce, on the other hand, sought after for its bright, more colourful tone.

 

Do I always need to replace my strings?
String replacement is subjective, though it is recommended when the strings feel worn and uncomfortable to play. For recordings, it is recommended to have fresh strings. On the other hand, some players prefer the sound and tonal qualities of older strings. It is subjective and up to the player.

 

What is the price range of an Electric Guitar?
An Electric Guitar starts from AED 350 and can go upto AED 35,000 in the professional and limited edition ranges.