Play Music Through Your Guitar

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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!

Step 2: Starting

Plug your guitar into the amplifier.

Step 3: The IPod Part

plug the headphones into the ipod

Step 4: Headphones-to-guitar

Put the ends of the headphones on the pickups on the guitar so that the strings are holding them up.

Step 5: Next...

turn the amp on and play the song you want on the ipod.

Step 6: Finished!!!

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    fluxorz

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    kneecaps

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    snowpenguinSpeedmite

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Mine works perfect. Make sure you are plugging into the right jack. I've been doing that for years perfectly.

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    Speedmitesnowpenguin

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    seanulousSpeedmite

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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" inch cable already, I guess. It's been working for me and many other people for years, in this topic / page alone.

    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

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    scoobbrandon

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    lolcat360danymw

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    pickups only pick up 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

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    bishopdantelolcat360

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    you'd be wrong there.

    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.

    You can build a speaker out of a pickup or vice versa, all the old electric guitars were built using speaker parts.

    A pickup is an electro-magnetic transducer.

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    geetarfrikbishopdante

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    You are very wrong there. A guitar only has circuitry to send a signal. Thats like trying to recieve a signal from an unplugged speaker.

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    bishopdantegeetarfrik

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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.

    It's not one way in the slightest, it's electromagnetic induction, it works both ways.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_induction

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    bishopdantegeetarfrik

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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.

    http://www.zyra.org.uk/sp-mic.htm

    https://www.instructables.com/id/SPKR-MiK--How-to-make-a-microphone-from-a-speaker/

    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.

    This is how loads of stuff works. Electromagnets, dynamic microphones, guitar pickups, transformers, speakers, Inductors...

    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.

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    danymwbishopdante

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     i do think you can make the strings vibrate but with atleast 3 times bigger pickup set (more power)