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  • Pinch harmonics?

    If you can't for the life of you squeeze out a pinch harmonic on the low 'E' and A strings, is it the pickup, string gauge or amp that's the issue?

    Sure technique plays a part but what if technique isn't the problem?

    Or maybe technique is the problem. I don't have any trouble getting pinch harmonics from say the 'G' and 'B' strings
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    To be completely honest the biggest problem I've come across when NOT being able to pull of pinch harmonics is the action of the strings... not bragging in any way shape or form but I can pull a pinch harmonic off of any guitar, any amp setup, humbuckers, single coils... doesn't matter... but if the action is too low, forget it.... it just won't happen...

    I will say some amps are slightly more difficult to pull them out, but you should never NOT be able to get one, try raising your action....
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    • #3
      To be completely honest the biggest problem I've come across when NOT being able to pull of pinch harmonics is the action of the strings... not bragging in any way shape or form but I can pull a pinch harmonic off of any guitar, any amp setup, humbuckers, single coils... doesn't matter... but if the action is too low, forget it.... it just won't happen...

      I will say some amps are slightly more difficult to pull them out, but you should never NOT be able to get one, try raising your action....


      Thing is, the problem I'm having is on the lower frets. 1st to the 5th. Me thinks I should give my neck slightly more relief. Raising action from the bridge won't affect the lower frets.
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      • #4
        you have to be zakk wylde to pinch on the low E, stupid
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          you have to be zakk wylde to pinch on the low E, stupid


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          • #6
            Technique, technique, technique. Use a very light touch, I've found to get massive squeals you don't actually have to dig a whole lot to the strings. And half of the effect comes from the vibrato, not the pinch harmonic itself.
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            • #7
              Every electric guitar has the harmonic nodes down there by the pickups that you grab for pinches, its just a matter of knowing where they are and having good technique.
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              • #8
                One note can trigger many pitches of pinch harmonics.
                If you imagine the nodes on the frets where natural harmonics occur, at like 2 3 4 5 7 9 etc etc.
                You can mirror this at the body end, only the distance between the nodes is less because it's further up the guitar.
                But this will yield harmonics of one note. Very useful.
                Also too low an action will make it very difficult. Generally I can do it on any guitar, on most setups, but if the action is too low, it's much harder to the point where some of them won't come out at all.

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                • #9
                  One note can trigger many pitches of pinch harmonics.
                  If you imagine the nodes on the frets where natural harmonics occur, at like 2 3 4 5 7 9 etc etc.
                  You can mirror this at the body end, only the distance between the nodes is less because it's further up the guitar.
                  But this will yield harmonics of one note. Very useful.
                  Also too low an action will make it very difficult. Generally I can do it on any guitar, on most setups, but if the action is too low, it's much harder to the point where some of them won't come out at all.


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                  • #10
                    The hard thing about pinch harmonics is not playing them all the time.
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                    • #11
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                      Just trying to help

                      If someone is struggling to get pinched harmonics, it can be because of not hitting node points correctly or having an action that is too low causing them to choke.

                      I struggled to play them on a les Paul that's action was too low/buzzy.

                      Don't see why you would call me out for saying that.

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                      • #12
                        I thought they were easiest on the low strings??

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the suggestions guys

                          So I didn't adjust my action or neck relief but I used less force picking and I adjusted my pick angle slightly and it's gotten better.
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                          • #14
                            I pinch a loaf every morning but no harmonics......


                            If i do squeelies it's usually by accident, but i can pop harmonics with a pick.
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