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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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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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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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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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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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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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I am not a Clapton listener actually so I do not know about his approach of wooden block. It may be affecting tone by increasing the vibration on body as the strings vibrate through the bridge. By doing that, it increases the sustain and sound I think. As you know bridge has a direct impact on a guitars tuning. If your bridge is not stable, then you will ...


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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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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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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 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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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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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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To interject some engineering. The warble is an ossiliation. Take a simple example. Suspend a spring from the ceiling and attach a weight. Pull down on the weight and let go. The weight rises an falls in a periodic motion at a given frequency just like the guitars string. Now supposed you attach a second spring to the original weight the add a second weight. ...


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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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Use an electronic tuner, I am sure you already are, but its important to state because the bridge is "floating" and does not have a true home position. The bridge is set level relative to the tuner. If you have just put your stings on and all of the strings are flat with the bridge tilted back and not level, opposite of your photos. Tune each string one at a ...


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Would it be accurate to describe your problem as an oscillation sound especially noticeable when using distortion? Making even one string sound out of tune with itself and making it very difficult to intonate the guitar? If that is accurate, lower your neck pickup in a go no go manner until the oscillation is gone. The magnetic field of the pick-up is ...


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Oh god yes it makes a difference. And thickness, shape, and material all make a difference. You can easily do tons of home experiments on this. Go buy a selection of picks at your local music store and then find some coins. Coins have been used as picks by some famous guitarists and have a very distinct sound. The science (a little bit at least): A good ...


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You can try using percussive strumming on the muted strings. That always helps me in attaining fullness of tone. If that is not enough you can consider some sort of harmonizer pedal that adds one or two voices a certain interval above and below the root note.


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A decent PA would do it, and give you the possibility of plugging in microphones also, or other sound sources. If you are trying to go cheap and compact, then a keyboard amp or electronic drum amp would also work, but those are normally designed for a single sound source. You'll want a lot more watts in your PA or keyboard/drum amp than your guitar amp, ...



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