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There is no fundamental reason to use a single brand or even a single weight from one brand for all strings. Granted you may find it easier to maintain an even sound level and strum/pick force if all strings are in the same weight class, but especially for acoustic guitars, you might find that swapping in one or two different weights improves the tone ...


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Could a low/high pass filtering solution work, or are the higher harmonics of the low notes too important? It can have an interesting effect - in fact I have experimented a lot with this on bass guitar - but you are correct that the harmonics of the lower notes would be above the fundamentals of the higher notes, and so you wouldn't really get full ...


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Sure you can! You'll need a little bit of nail on your index finger and thumb, but you don't need much. You pinch your thumb and index finger together as if you were holding a pick. Use the index fingernail for downstrokes and the thumbnail for upstrokes. Also check out Andy Martin Edit: This is what I do unless a gig requires a pick specifically. I ...


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I agree with what you heard that if you drop all the strings two frets you want to go up at least one step in string gauge. Perhaps two. I played two frets down in one band and I ended up stringing 12s for that, so to me, 11s certainly make sense. Drop B is a big difference for the lowest string. It’s gonna be floppy, but unless you get a custom gauge ...


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The action is likely to be higher in this area of the fretboard, which may slightly affect your fretting action The tone of the notes for a given picking position will be mellower, because the lower harmonics will be excited relatively more the speaking lengths of the strings will be thicker relative to their length, so the harmonic structure will be less "...


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I've always just used my fingernail like a pick - not because I need to be able to also play fingerstyle, but rather more mundanely because I once lost my pick right before a gig & had to try it. I've stuck with it ever since.


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For the specific song you mention, the two key things are: a heavily overdriven, high gain input stage on the amp a well set up neck using tapping, you could play forever with only one hand (see any Van Halen) - if you aren't able to do this, either you aren't hammering on or tapping quickly/hard enough, or your neck has other issues. You do want your ...


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I’ve done this before with a completely normal guitar but you won’t like how I did it: I simply learned to play the guitar part all over again, but I learned how to play the part only the bottom three strings and then only the top three strings and then I recorded two separate tracks so I could process them differently. Obviously this method can’t be used ...


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You don't say what the guitar is - Les Paul versus Strat means different tensions for the same string gauge and tuning, so it's not that straightforward. It makes sense that whatever tension you are already used to, that same tension, approximately, is retained for each string in the new tuning regime. You need to experiment a bit, by going up in gauge as ...


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It's possible (and fairly easy) to selectively mute strings on a humbucker pickup by placing a piece of soft steel between the pole pieces serving the strings in questions. If e.g. one mutes the upper four strings of the bridge pickup (which is what I often do), then the bridge pickup will just capture the bottom two strings. While I just do this to get ...


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Your guitar can definitely get that modern sound. A lot of the tone is the pickups, with the other major parts being the amplifier and cabinet. The guitar design and woods, while having an influence on the tone, are probably the smallest part of the equation. I'd suggest trying out some passive pickups that players you like are using. It sounds like the ...


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I did read about audio interfaces, would they be a good way to skip the whole amp/pedal part and leave it to digital stuff like VSTs? Yes, although software isn't necessarily cheap either, and sometimes there can be issues in setting up a computer audio system that works well. If you want to start with a minimum of equipment, a cheap multi-effect unit may ...


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