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  • Van Halen: how did he get his B string to cut through?

    I've been amusing myself with covering some vintage Van Halen material recently. The tone is great, except that my B string just does not cut through. You need this for those triads and suspensions rooted on the A string.

    Was Eddie known to play with the pole pieces? Or was it pre-eq?


  • noisebloom
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    His tuning probably has something to do with it. Since B is only four notes from G, he thought the intonation sounded "off," so he tunes his B string a few cents down from the expected note (from Bb, since he tunes in Eb).

    http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/Guitar-Jam/Eddie-Van-Halen-s-B-String/td-p/13590743

     

    A good explanation can be found in the OP in this thread on MetroAmp.com:

    http://forum.metroamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=3753

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  • DaveAronow
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    But seriously, every situation is different. Yes I would start with adjusting pup height and even individual pole height if you are inclined to go there. Otherwise, next step is to try a little eq, and then my next suggestions would be a little compression. So many other variables could contribute or degrade, like dead strings, loose or improperly seated but, does your neck have a sustain destroying shim in it, etc, etc, but start with new strings, then pup height, then eq, then compression, but the effects should be used only after you have physically attempted altering all the adjustments on the guitar itself.

    If none of these things work, try playing golf for a week. That should cure you of ever complaining about guitar problems again.

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  • DaveAronow
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    I think it was because he was just GOOD!

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  • Kazinator
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    Oops! Harmony Central's upload code cut the end off. Ah well. I didn't hit the harmonic tone very well there anyway in that take.


    You can see how the upper notes of those triads don't cut through all that well, like suspension embellishments on the C#m and B.

     

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