This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.

Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

My guitar sounds like shit

Discussion in 'Backline' started by HandsOfDespair, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. HandsOfDespair

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Messages:
    1,522
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
  2. reg3n

    reg3n Señor Miembro

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    877
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Argentina
    the.... pick?
     
  3. Sam Bottner

    Sam Bottner Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2010
    Messages:
    677
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Chicago
    +1
     
  4. HandsOfDespair

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Messages:
    1,522
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    Am I going crazy :dopey:
     
  5. AeternusEternus

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Messages:
    601
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    That's the pick bro. Your technique.

    Tiny harmonics. Same as if you played an open string and then tapped your left finger on the string right around the fifth fret.
     
  6. jherman

    jherman I lurk, A LOT.

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2004
    Messages:
    198
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    NWI
    Sounds like you're using a RED JAZZ III, or... maybe a penny? haha, try something thinner.
     
  7. PaoloJM

    PaoloJM Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    Cork, Ireland
    Are the pickups on this guitar closer to the strings than your other guitar?
    If so then try backing them off a bit.
     
  8. Melb_shredder

    Melb_shredder Orpheus: Melodic Death

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2008
    Messages:
    2,854
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Melbourne
    yeh, tiny accidental pinch harmonics haha! they happen here and there in my songs, but I don't mind, adds a bit of character IMO. But if it's really noticeable... not so good!
     
  9. P-E

    P-E Munchkin

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,816
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Montreal, QC
    Listen to Kalmah, their music is full of this kind of pick attack.

    Esti c'est rare j't'écris en anglais haha. C'est le pick.
     
  10. EETFUK

    EETFUK Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    Kulmbach, Germany
    it could also come from the frets which are slightly touching the strings when you hit them. this can happen when string action is set too low or the truss rod is not adjusted correctly.
     
  11. HandsOfDespair

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Messages:
    1,522
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    I just noticed that those harmonics ( cause I'm pretty sure its that), become less apparent the more I play next to the bridge. They sound a lot worse if I play between my pickups.
     
  12. AHChris

    AHChris Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Messages:
    999
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Bavaria
    Another good example of massive pick attack noises is the solo in Machine Heads Aesthetics of Hate... Has something unique, though.
     
  13. AntonioPetrole

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Messages:
    1,974
    Likes Received:
    41
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    New Jersey
    completely off topic but.....

    i <3 kalmah
     
  14. 006

    006 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2005
    Messages:
    8,955
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    I don't get that at all using the red jazzIII: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/794136/idea.mp3
     
  15. Lazzari

    Lazzari Chakachakalabuchaka

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Messages:
    439
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    In a Shitty Country (Venezuela)
    I use Jazz III and i dont get that sound... Maybe its the way you are holding the pick against the strings..

    mike that sounds awesome ! What amp did you use for that ??
     
  16. 006

    006 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2005
    Messages:
    8,955
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Thanks dude, Dual Recto > Mesa OS > fredman 2x 57's, and sloppy playing :lol:

    Don't want to derail HoD's thread though :p was just trying to make a point.
     
  17. Notuern

    Notuern Bloody vaginal belch

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    3,625
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    99% of the people who have this issue seems to hit the string with an angle on the pick, while you should have the pick almost parallel with the string(Small angle is fine.).. it seems to be one of those important basics that people dont tend to think to much about.

    This rookie-vid shows how you should hit the strings to avoid unwanted scrapes/harmonics.

     
    #17 Notuern, Aug 23, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 20, 2015
  18. Colonel Sanders

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2007
    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Canada EH
    LOL at the video. There's no proper way to use a plectrum... do w/e you need to do to make it sound how you want... JB from august burns red holds his pic inbetween his middle finger and thumb on quite an angle and it seems to be workin for him.
    I've used lots of plectrums and I'm currently a fan of the dunlop yellow .73 tortex's
    Used to use Dunlop 1mm nylon's (black ones) then switched to Jazz III's as I thought I had my reasons but realized I didn't like them, so back to the dunlop 1mm's then recently I figured id give the tortex .73's a chance as one of my friends had one on him (but no guitar o__O) and I put it in my hand and it really felt good... I'm very picky about tone... I notice a huge difference between a Jazz III and a 1mm nylon and out of a random try I really like these .73 tortexs!
     
  19. Notuern

    Notuern Bloody vaginal belch

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    3,625
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    I never said there is a proper way to HOLD a plectrum, but you bet your god damn ass there is a right and wrong way to hit the strings.
    You can have a slight angle on the pick, but put just a little bit too much of an angle and you will get unwanted scraping/harmonics and you might end up hitting the strings below the one you are trying to play as well.
     
  20. Colonel Sanders

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2007
    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Canada EH
    what ever get's a person the sound they want is the right way. people commonly get good results from what you said (as I pick like that too) but just because it's common and works for most people doesn't make another way wrong for someone else...
     

Share This Page