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#124 - swimmingprodigy (09/02/2011) [-]
another question i have. Why does the arrangement of the pickups make a difference in the tone? And also, i have 3 knobs on my guitar, one for volume and 2 for tone. What are the 'tone' knobs supposed to do? When i turn them, i don't seem to hear a difference.
#125 - chillybeef (09/02/2011) [-]
The pickup configuration means a lot; the area the pickup sits under the strings (i.e., middle pickup, bridge pickup, neck pickup) changes the output significantly. The closer to the neck, the "thicker".
the tone knobs are kind of useless, they just kind of make it slightly faded.
#127 - swimmingprodigy (09/02/2011) [-]
well i have a switch to control that, it has 5 different positions and changes the tone. But on some of these better guitars ive seen a pickup thats wider and looks like a metal plate, i think it's called a humbucker?
Is that better than the standard or is it just what you prefer? Does it just depend on what kind of sound you want or does it just make it better?
#131 - chillybeef (09/02/2011) [-]
The general rule of thumb, is that Humbuckers are better, cause they're thicker and cut down on feedback.
And yes, those are humbuckers
about the 5 way switch, when you have it on position 2 and 4 (assuming all the way away from you is 1, and closest is 5) that's using 2 pickups at once
So position 2 is using the neck and middle pickup, and position 4 uses the middle and bridge
But, an exception to the "humbucker is better" rule, is usually for the middle pickup. single coils (the kind you have) sound pretty nice in the middle position
#387 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
i usually have mine either is the 1 or 5 position as you say. 5 is when i want a much 'softer' tone and 1 is when i want that 'harder, twangier' type of tone, idk how to explain it. Another question, my friend has a Silvertone guitar so it is much better quality than my Squier, but when i play on his he seems to have softer strings, that dont hurt my fingers as much, and its is SO much easier to do hammerons on his. Like i could literally put his guitar parallel to the ground and play it like a piano and the notes come out very well. Could it be that he has different or "softer" strings than mine, or maybe the neck of his guitar is more concave/convex than mine? Or maybe it could be the fact that he was a 20W amp, while mine is 'lunchbox' with only 10 watts?
#388 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
You're spot on about the pickup positions; the closest to the neck (1) is very smooth, and creamy (lol), while the bridge pickup (5) has a sharp bite to it
But about the "softness" of the strings.
I'm 99% sure what you're reffering to is the action. That's the height of the strings over the neck. The lower the action, the easier it is to do hammer ons/pull offs. But if it's too low, it will buzz against the frets.
you need a special tool to adjust the action on strat style bridges, but those 2 little round things on each of the string saddled (the blocks the strings go through on the bridge) adjust the height
#389 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
ya i was looking at the action cuz i got a sort of 'quick start' manual with my guitar. At first i thought thats why his strings seemed to be softer so i tried lowering my action. According to the manual, all you need is a hex key, and there is a bolt that you turn right at the top of the neck where the turning pegs are. I tried lowering mine but it didnt seem to make a difference. His strings are still softer and still easier to do hammerons. Can you think of another reason? Or maybe i just didnt lower the action very much, maybe it didnt make a difference.
Btw, i would just like to thank you for having the patience to answer all of my noobish questions.
#391 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
What you did was adjust the bow of the neck, using the truss rod
That will correct action, but in very rare circumstances; when the neck is bowed in either direction
That's likely not it, but you could have done some damage to your action by adjusting it when you did
The action is adjusted by a TINY hex key at the saddles
The way to know is to look at your neck from the side. Do the strings start close to the neck, and get farther away down the neck? is there curvature in the neck?
Once you know what your strings look like over the fretboard, you can take proper action
#392 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
At the first fret, the strings are, id say about half a millimeter above the fret. And nearest the bridge at the 21st fret the strings are about 3 or 4 millimeters above the 21st fret. So it's obvious that the bridge is higher, but i can't tell if my neck is curved; if it is, it is to small to be noticeable. I know what you mean about the 2 holes near each string on the bridge, i see them. You think that is my problem? I think i MIGHT have a hex key that small, but i dont know which way to turn and by how much so i dont think im gonna play around with that for fear of messing up my guitar.
#393 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
It's actually nearly impossible to check the bow of the neck without a straightedge
Don't worry about adjusting the saddles . . . it won't hurt much. But for reference, tighening it (clockwise) will raise the strings, and loosening will lower them
there is supposed to be a little bit of an upbow so that you can prevent buzzing from occuring anywhere on the fretboard
If it's that much more at the 21st than the 1st fret though, it may be the neck bowing
go ahead and check it with a straightedge, so I can be sure
#394 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
umm....how do i check with a straigthedge? because Right where the tuning pegs are and where the neck meets the body there begins a groove where you put your thumb while fretting the fingerboard......am i supposed to put the straightedge along the back of the neck or the front? And am i supposed to check just where the neck is grooved, or right from the top of the neck to the bottom?
#395 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
assuming you have a standard strat type guitar, which 99% of squiers are, You simple put it against the side of the neck where it joins the body (the bit that sticks out, with the black dots on the side) and measure between where it meets, and at the nut (where the strings cross over to the tuning pegs) and see if there's a curve in the neck
#396 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
one more time cuz i dont fully understand. What am i measuring, the distance between the strings and the fretboard?
And if i measured from the side of the neck, that would show if my neck was bent up or down, not forward or backwards.
Sorry if i dont understand fully
#398 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
im not 100% sure but it appears that my neck is bent the opposite way of the guitar in your picture. If you were to put the guitar flat on the ground with the strings pointed up, the neck bends down i think. I dont have a straightedge long enough on hand to check to be sure.
#401 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
if it's just 2 frets, then it's almost surely fret height, but you shouldn't worry about that. Just lower everything til it buzzes, then back off gradually til there is no longer any buzz.
Also, it seems your trouble with the strings doesn't have to do with action at this point, if you have strings buzzing at all.
So maybe it's your string type
How old are your strings?
#402 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
i havent replaced them since i got the guitar, which i bought near the end of June this year. So 2 months since i bought them, and idk how long theyve been on the guitar.
And its not just 2 frets i hear the buzzing, i hear buzzing on almost all of the strings except high E and B, and along almost the whole fretboard.
So either they made the guitar wrong and all my frets are too high, or the action is too low?
#403 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
That means your action is low, but a buzz isn't considered a problem unless it muffles the note considerably. If you have to listen closely to hear the buzz, it's fine
A tell tale sign of whether it's the strings or action is how far you have to push a string to get it to touch the fretboard
Is it just that your fingers hurt when you play, or that it's difficult to press it down all the way
Also, a possibility is just the way the guitar was made. Cheaper guitars, like squiers are notorious for having issues like that
#412 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
are you SURE thats not fret buzz? The first second when i play the guitar without the amp sounds like just string vibration but the 2nd second it starts sounding like fret buzz....
Idk man, i trust you but i still think that it is fret buzz and not just the string vibrating. Ill see when i can go get strings changed and ill write back with more news. Thank you very much for your help
#413 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
Yep, 100% positive
I know what you mean, String vibration is kind of a loose term
There are actually 2 stages of vibration. The initial pluck, and then it intensifies for a sec. That's what I think you're confusing for fret buzz. Fret buzz is when the note is so muffled from touching the fret, that it either rings out on a higher fret, or doesn't do anything at all, for the most part
here's an example of some minor buzz
#410 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
are you sure it's the amp? If i play without the amp you can still hear it like that, if you want i can play again on another vocaroo clip.
And i hope it is the strings, i just asked my friends now and he says that he prefers medium guage cuz he plays mostly metal, but when i was over his house he had the same ones you told me, Ernie Slinkys.
So next time i visit Sam Ash or guitar center ill get some new strings. and pray that theyre the reason i get strings buzz.
Here is the same thing except with no amp if you wanna listen:
#411 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
Yeah, that's not fret buzz. Just the string adjusting it's vibrations as you pluck it
That's what they all sound like, so you're fine
Also, there are tons of ernie ball slinkys, so you should determine what kind of guage you want
I use super slinkys, cause they're really easy to bend, but if you want a more standard set, just go for the green "Regular Slinky"
#408 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
once again it wouldnt let me reply but anyways:
Try this link. I start on the low E string and the very first time, i plucked it REALLY hard and you can hear the buzzing almost immediately. The 2nd time i strummed it very quietly, then louder and then louder and then very loudly. Then i moved onto G string and next and next so you can hear buzzing on almost all strings. This is without pressing any of the frets though.
Turn your sound down a little, it's loud and i wouldnt want to scare you.
#409 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
Nah, you're fine. That's just from the amp. your action, from the clip, sounds fine; as in it's definitely not too low.
So yeah, the only other 2 things I can think of are the strings being low quality, or a serious construction problem. 99% chance it's the strings
#406 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
it wont let me reply to that comment because there are too many purple lines already, but:
There is fret buzz on almost all of the strings across almost the entire fretboard. Do you think i should trying raising the action to try and cancel the buzz or should i leave it where it is? And when you talk about the string radius, generally thinner strings should be easier to do the hammerons with, right? Is there any material or something that would effect the softness of the strings? Because his guitar was so easy to play that it took almost no effort to press the strings. Next time im at his house ill carefully inspect his guitar to see how high the action and what type of strings, etc.
#407 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
I'm not sure if you can, but if it's possible for you to maybe give me an audio sample of just plucking a few strings through your amp, I could tell you for certain whether you should raise the action or not
But as far as "softness", maybe his strings are coated, and yours are lower quality
Enrie Ball Super Slinkys are my favorite; Almost slippery out of the pack, and real thin, and easy to bend
That would likely make it easier to Ho-Po if your strings are low quality
#404 - swimmingprodigy (09/04/2011) [-]
well no it doesnt muffle the note but you can hear it fairly considerably. Its not even very difficult to press the strings when i play normal chords, but i have to press very hard to do hammerons yet on my friends guitar i can do hammerons very easily so i was just wondering what would cause that.
So you're saying that the action already is low and that by lowering the strings even more by turning that tiny hex key in the saddle, it would bring the strings lower to the frets therefore making hammerons easier but the fret buzz would be more noticable?
#405 - chillybeef (09/04/2011) [-]
exactly, but I think your action is fine after thinking about it
If you have any buzz, it's 90% certain your action isn't too high
so it's easy to push down for chords, but hard for hammer ons . . . Maybe it's the string guage (radius). Perhaps ask him next time you see him what kind of strings he uses, and also in the mean time tryin changing your strings.
It's actually really easy to change them. You just insert them into the holes in the back, then through the tuner pegs. The, you give em about an inch of slack, and put a kink in them right at the post. lastly, just tune up to pitch, and repeat
That could be it, cause I hate some strings . . . I can't play for shit on them, but others are great
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