3D22.30 - Guitar

Code Number:
3D22.30
Demo Title:
Guitar
Condition:
Good
Principle:
Vibrating Strings and Pickups
Area of Study:
Acoustics
Equipment:
Bass Guitar and Amplifier.
Procedure:

Plug the guitar into the amplifier and adjust the tone and volume as needed.

References:
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