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Always use your ears. If something makes the sound better, it's good. If it makes the sound worse, it's bad. If it has no audible effect then it doesn't matter (unless you can think of other factors, like cramp). In this instance, you need the ability to leave open strings untouched, so that they sound cleanly. However if you don't want to pluck that ...


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Blues is a language, with grammar and vocabulary. The difference between learning to play the blues and learning to play a blues is the same as the difference between learning to speak a language and learning just some words or phrases in that language. In the vocabulary instead of words you are using scales and chords. In the grammar instead of order of ...


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Why not try it yourself. If the difference between a professional tune up and a new similar guitar is negligible you have little to lose. The experience will be priceless. Reading your Question again I noticed that you have recently changed the strings. If it is a Strat and you have fitted a different gauge you may have to adjust the bridge height.See Here ...


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The pickup you'd emulate with a lowpass filter would be the neck pickup since it picks up fewer harmonics. But it can't really be replaced by a low-pass filter since every string would need a different low-pass filter to show a similar composition of harmonics. Also the neck pickup has quite higher gain than the low-pass-filtered bridge pickup and working ...


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I would say to make sure the action on your guitar is at the lowest it can be for ease of playing. Also, you may consider playing slide guitar if it hurts to press strings. Also look into open tunings, you may find songs that are easier to play as well. Hope some of this advice helps and don't give up.


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Yes it is good to rest your fingers on unused strings. Muting unwanted strings will make your sound a lot more tight. If you are playing on a high gain setting then you will naturally get some background noise and good muting technique could very much help with that.


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The correct name for these screws are "Metric Socket Head Cap / Allen Screws (DIN 912)". Google this for your area. Here in the Uk M2 X 12 are aprox £5 per hundred. Are you sure of your dimensions as Floyd Rose being a USA company the may be using American standard threads. The following may be used. 1-72 UNF 1.854mm or 2-64 UNF 2.184mm 1-64 UNC 1.854mm ...


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Remember the rubber band guitar you made out of a shoebox when you were a kid? When you plucked the rubber band string, the walls of the shoebox got pulled inward from the rising tension of the rubber band. The same thing happens when you pluck a guitar string. As it is pulled and vibrating, the tension increases. As that tension increases, it causes the ...


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If there was only one pup position, it wouldn't be as simple to blend. With two or three, there are options - admittedly on most Strats all combinations are not available, but they can be, giving a wider sonic choice. Also, more guitars these days have different pups at different positions, giving even more sound choice, and that's before we start on about ...


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You have a few questions in there, which is not really the best way to structure questions on Stack Exchange. I'll cover off your main one, and you may wish to ask the others separately: For any reasonable quality audio work, get a separate sound card / interface. It sounds like the main part of your problem is from incorrect levels - ie your pedal may not ...


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Eventually you might want to get a better guitar. But your Fender should be easy enough to set up yourself. The two fattest strings are more prone to buzzing because the oscillation pattern of those strings is wider than the thinner strings. Changing the string gauge in either direction (heavier or lighter) could potentially contribute to such a buzz. ...


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Not sure how you measured your action, but, according to your comment, a quarter inch is a lot. So I guess your action is much too high, which means that when you press down the string on the first several frets you actually stretch the string and raise its pitch. I can think of two causes for this: the neck could be too concave, which can be fixed by ...


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You can probably find documentation on the web detailing the electronics layout of your guitar. You should do this and find out the impedance of your current pots. Alternatively, look in the control cavity if it is a solid body. Your new pickups should work fine with lower-valued pots. Switching to higher valued pots won't necessarily give you much in the ...


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There's nothing wrong with using your little finger however the other 3 are much stronger and (especially as SRV used strings that were really fat) he may be more comfortable like that. I remember slash saying in an interview he often used only 3 fingers on give a bluesy sound to his solos. So I guess its just about comfort and preference.


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Those are octaves. Mute the 4th string with the index finger. This is played in a million songs in Rock and Metal now. In Jazz, Wes Montgomery was famous for this technique. Yes there should be an X on the 4th string, but with enough experience and listening you know that they are octaves.


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Try playing a classical guitar instead. With a thicker and wider neck, and with nylon strings, which require much less finger pressure than steel strings, you might find that a classical guitar is easier to play. Go to a music store that sells classical guitars and try one for a few minutes. It may seem like a paradox, but many older players believe that a ...


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Have you seen this link, by the way? (Doesn't answer your question directly but may be interesting. It also mentions pickup hum...) http://www.sustain-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/What-Are-Low-Impedance-Pickups-by-Helmuth-Lemme-SUSTAIN-Magazine-2.pdf If your Ibanez curreently has really low value Tone & Vol pots, you might need to change ...


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It could be a simple setup issue, or it could be something more major like a warped neck. A reputable shop should do a free diagnosis, and then you can decide from there. For a guitar that cheap anything beyond an easy fix is not going to be worth it. If you do end up needing a new guitar, then I would highly recommend looking for a used Mexican Fender ...


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Unless you find a place that stocks vintage parts, I'd suggest going to your local hardware store, as they may have these. Some may even be able to fabricate them for you. That said, the whole trem looks like it needs some serious TLC - you could do as the guitar tech suggested and replace it.


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It does depend on how loud you mean by loud. For the purpose of practice, anything that makes your ears ring after playing might seem cool now, but take it from someone who can't hear that well anymore and has constant ringing in their ears because of loud music (I think it was a Pantera, or possibly dream theater concert that did it in the mid 90s) I would ...


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I want to shares on how my way to records some stuff of music recording with videos : so you will need these prerequisites : 1. keyboard 2. soundcard (e.g behringer UCA222) 3. jack cable 4. DAW (e.g nuendo) 5. Video Editor (e.g adobe premiere) tips : connect your keyboard to soundcard via jack cable, and plug that soundcard to your PC-DAW installed. ...


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It may be useful to view magnets as pushing out a stream of "north-pole stuff" out the north pole which wants to find a path to the south pole, and "south-pole stuff" which wants to find a path to the north pole. In practice, there's only one kind of flux and it doesn't really "travel" from one pole to the other but rather connects them, but imagining flux ...



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