In this instructable I'm going to teach you how to play music through your guitar.

Step 1: What you need

What you need:
A guitar (obviously)
headphones (the kind that you put in your ears)
an amplifier
a guitar cable
a cd player, mp3 player, iPod, etc.

OK, that's it!
sorry, random: what digitech pedal do you have back there in the picture on step 3? i had the rp300, then traded up to the rpx400. yours looks like.... rp200, am i right?
Yep, RP200.
couldnt you just plug the ipod into the amp... using a male male 3.5mm plugs and a guitar plug adapter. annd then ur done
Tried, make screeching noises and barely herad the song
So no, you can do the plug adapter.
Mine works perfect. Make sure you are plugging into the right jack. I've been doing that for years perfectly.
I have an active pickup and I tried on all eight spots, And plugging in the ipod to the amp resulted in a loud blast of screeching. And i used a adapter thing.
The volume should be very very low on the mp3 player to start, and distortion off, obviously. that's odd, since it works with every power amplifier I've ever had. Even my bass amp, though the pass filter was a little off with that one. An amp is just a circuit that amplify a signals current attached to a speaker, to put it plainly. Maybe you should try it with a cable that happens to be a little bit longer to get some resistance in there since it's a 60 W power amp. If you are using a 3.55 plug cable and not the huge 1/4&quot; inch cable already, I guess. It's been working for me and many other people for years, in this topic / page alone. <br /> <br />turn down the gain and off the effects of course. all knobs should probably be to the left to start with, then you can start tinkering
No luck for you!
Yea. 60 watts and cant play anything but bass and guitar through it.
could you plug an ipod into your amp on the imput and have the guitar on the output so it causes the strings to vibrate and play the music
&nbsp;i thought about that but i don't want to burn the pickups,who knows
pickups only <em>pick up </em>vibrations... not send them out. If you could somehow reverse the effect it might be possible... but if u try that dont hold me responsible! lol<br />
you'd be wrong there.<br /> <br /> A pickup is a copper coil with 6 steel pole pieces and a magnet on the back. It can be used for many purposes. It's basically equivalent to a solenoid.<br /> <br /> You can build a speaker out of a pickup or vice versa, all the old electric guitars were built using speaker parts.<br /> <br /> A pickup is an electro-magnetic transducer.<br />
You are very wrong there. A guitar only has circuitry to <em>send</em> a signal. Thats like trying to recieve a signal from an unplugged speaker.
A speaker can be used as a microphone. A microphone can be used as a speaker. It all depends upon what you connect it up to.<br /> <br /> If you connect an amplifier's outputs to a guitar pickup, it'll agitate the strings much like a speaker coil agitates the speaker diaphragm. <br /> <br /> It's not one way in the slightest, it's electromagnetic induction, it works both ways.<br /> <br /> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_induction<br />
even with things like LED's!
Although I'd say if you want to check it by connecting up an amplifier's outputs to an pickup on a guitar to see if the strings go (it sounds a bit like reverb), use a headphones output and start with the volume very low. The tiny copper wires in a guitar pickup aren't really designed for high current, you can melt them pretty easily.<br /> <br /> Also, for the reversability effect, lots of people use a standard yamaha NS-10 speaker as a kick drum mic. There's a few instructables here about how to do that.<br /> <br /> http://www.zyra.org.uk/sp-mic.htm<br /> <br /> http://www.instructables.com/id/SPKR-MiK--How-to-make-a-microphone-from-a-speaker/<br /> <br /> The fundamental thing to understand is that when a wire moves through a magnetic field, the electrons in the wire therefore move around creating a current. If you put a current through a wire, it generates a magnetic field.<br /> <br /> This is how loads of stuff works. Electromagnets, dynamic microphones, guitar pickups, transformers, speakers, Inductors...<br /> <br /> What's clever about the guitar pickup is that the pole pieces are used to magnetise the strings, so when they move, the coils generate a current.
&nbsp;i do think you can make the strings vibrate but with atleast 3 times bigger pickup set (more power)<br />
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this is so hax. No real reason to do so, but still really cool.
Orrr...you could just get an amp that has an aux port and plug an aux cable from the ipod to the amp...
Orrrr u could just buy an adaptor and plug ur ipod right into the amp....
The point is to eliminate noise or buzz, and that can be done with a humbucker guitar pickup, which is what amps use. But, don't spend that much money -- you can accomplish the same with an audio transformer. These are cheap and small (thumb-sized). Solder one side's terminals to a plug to the CD player; solder the other side's terminals to a guitar cable (or a plug that will take a guitar cable). I used this setup with "play along" CDs (karaoke for guitar). Clean!
hey do you have an instructable on it?<br>
Sorry, no, I did not put up an Instructable on it. This is for playing CDs, radios, etc. through an amp. That is what you are looking for, right? kyismaster has a great and simple solution that does the same thing without having to solder anything, just use an adapter and jumper cables. Oh, the adapter must be AC in to AC out.
oooor you can just use a adapter... it goes from 1/8 to 1/4 for input into the amp, and use a 1/8 to 1/8 male cable and plug it straight into your cd player or etc. This is how i plug my elect. practice drum set into my cheap line 6 amp.
For even better response, replace all the jacks to gold pinned. or plug. so simple.. so cheap.
WRONG. regardless of the state of your jacks and plugs, unless all of the internal wiring, and tracks on the circuit board(s) are gold, it wont improve anything. also, silver is much better then gold, as well as cheaper. gold is only used because it does not corrode. do not believe the BS lies you read in advertisements.
or you could only blug your mp3 to your amp : D
Here's something interesting. If you take the left and right and hold them over the two coils in a humbucker pickup (left one over one coil, right over the other) then it will cancel out anything panned in the middle, usually vocals. It's kinda neat to play with this. It works because the pickups are wired to &quot;buck&quot; the hum (out of phase).<br />
Just get a head phone cable, male to male 1/8" an a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter and plug it in the amp.
I&nbsp;know right?
The quality ain't the best obviously....<br />
i have a jackson fender too =-&gt;<br/>
Thats actually an ibanez :)
it's a jackson js series dinky<br />
were u talking to me?<br /> <br />
I have that same guitar!
i didnt see the head stock
Good Choice of Music and great instructable, RUSH ROCKS! ;)
I'm trying my bass! I have a 60- watt amp that I got for $200 used and it can get pretty loud halfway. Here it goes.... By the way, awesome instructable.
Didnt work with my bass... Im sad.....
the higher the quality of your pickups the lower the microphonics and the less this will work. a guitar pickup isn't suposed to pick up sound at all it is suposed to pick up the guitar string disrupting it's magnetic field by the induced current in the coil. in the old days they would pot the pickups in wax so that the coils couldn't move.
Its catching the magnetic vibrations from the head phones silly.
If the headphones are directly on top of the pickups, it's probably detecting the dynamic magnetic field generated by the speaker windings, not the actual sound.

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