ypx
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#1
i know you must think i'm reakky stupid to ask something like this
but i really need to know what thing like pickups and other stuff mean

lots of people use these expression and i just wanted to know what they're talkiong about
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#2
Originally posted by ypx
i know you must think i'm reakky stupid to ask something like this
but i really need to know what thing like pickups and other stuff mean

lots of people use these expression and i just wanted to know what they're talkiong about



A pickup is a device (technically called a transducer) that "picks up" vibrations and translates them into an electrical current. Here's how it works, in over-simplified terms:
A pickup is composed of two things: a coil of insulated copper wire and a magnet. The magnet magnetizes the guitar strings. When the strings vibrate -- either through picking or strumming them -- the vibration causes the flux field of the magnet to move along with the strings. The motion of the flux field creates an alternating current within the pickup's coils. The alternating current then travels from the pickup, through the volume and tone controls, through the output jack, through the cable (or wireless) and finally to the amp where it comes out in the form of tone.

What else do you need to know?

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#3
Originally posted by ypx
i know you must think i'm reakky stupid to ask something like this
but i really need to know what thing like pickups and other stuff mean

lots of people use these expression and i just wanted to know what they're talkiong about


can't say rancid didn't do a good job explaining how they work but he forgot the main thing wich is basically that pickups are those small horizontal things with dots on 'em under your strings
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#4
Originally posted by ypx
i know you must think i'm reakky stupid to ask something like this
but i really need to know what thing like pickups and other stuff mean

lots of people use these expression and i just wanted to know what they're talkiong about


no .... i don't think you're stupid for asking those questions ......we all have to learn somehow.

now, spelling "really" as reakky on the otherhand .....


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ypx
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#5
well said
thank you
you seem to no pretty much about bass
how long have you been playing?

Passive / active elektronics
bridge
riff
where are the pickups
is the neck the fingerboard?
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#6
Well here's a visula picture of a bass, that I made:
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#7
As for your other questions:

1.Riff: A Riff is a certain part of music that you play. Ex a part of a song played on your guitar would be considered a guitar riff. Kinda like a section of a song, or as you might already know, there is a Riff section (Thread), check some of them out.

2.Passive & Active Electronics:

Passive Electronics

Passive Pickup Systems
All basses and guitars generate an output signal by means of a pickup that translates some of the vibration energy of the strings in to voltage that gets sent to an amp. ?Passive? instruments send this raw signal to the amp, and passive volume and tone controls can only attenuate the signal and treble response, that is, make it quieter. In order for passive magnetic pickups to generate enough voltage to drive an amplifier, they must be wound with a large number of turns of wire. This causes high inductance in the coil, and a high impedance output signal. This has the effect of rolling off the extreme high and low frequency response and making the signal more susceptible to loss and degradation in the cable on the way to the amp. While this sounds bad, it?s one of the reasons passive pickups can sound ?punchier?, because the ear perceives more midrange when the high treble and low bass are rolled off. The powerful magnets and larger wire coils in passive pickups can also produce strange electromagnetic interactions with the strings and adjacent pickup coils, causing irregular response curves and dynamic effects usually not seen in active pickups. Both of these factors contribute to the unique voice and continued popularity of passive pickups.

Active Electronics

Active Pickup Systems
Typical examples are EMG pickups and the Duncan/Basslines Active Pickups. These generally use low-impedance pickups with a smaller number of wire turns. This causes less loss in the high and low end, and generally allows a much broader, full-range, hi-fi sound. Unfortunately, it also means the voltage produced by the pickup is very low, not nearly enough to drive an amp through a long cable. So these pickups have miniature amplifiers, called preamps, built into the pickup housing itself. Thus the signal only has to travel a fraction of an inch before it gets amplified and buffered into a low-impedance output. These systems often, but not always, provide a higher output signal than passive systems, so you don?t need to turn up the gain as much on your amp, which can add noise.

To confuse matters, active systems can use passive volume and tone controls just like passive pickups. These controls are almost always have different values for potentiometers and capacitors, and you usually must use the parts supplied by the pickup manufacturer. In addition, because the connection from the pickup coils to the preamp is made inside the pickup housing, options like series/parallel switching and coil tapping are rare and generally not available unless the manufacturer has specifically designed the pickup for it.

Source for #2: http://www.warmoth.com/Bass/Gecko/ActivePassive.htm

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ypx
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#8
Originally posted by Rancidbass
Well here's a visula picture of a bass, that I made:


thanx for the pic
it really helped
but where's the NUT
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#9
Originally posted by ypx


thanx for the pic
it really helped
but where's the NUT


inbetween the headsock and the end of the fretboard
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#11
Originally posted by ypx
what's the headsock?


Well the headstock is where the tuning pegs etc are, maybe this is a headsock
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Originally posted by beatallica_fan


Well the headstock is where the tuning pegs etc are, maybe this is a headsock


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#14
Originally posted by beatallica_fan


Well the headstock is where the tuning pegs etc are, maybe this is a headsock


excuse my spelling SIR!
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#15
what is a "humbucking" pickup? is that a active pickup? and would "single coil" be passive? thanks
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#16
Humbuckers and single coils can be both passive and active. Humbuckers have two sets of magnets which are wired in such a way to reduce noise that is inherent with single coils.
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#17
Hammer on?
pull of?
mute?
vibrato?
harmonic?

i know these are ways of plying a tune but how exactly
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#18
Originally posted by ypx
Hammer on?
pull of?
mute?
vibrato?
harmonic?

i know these are ways of plying a tune but how exactly


Hammer on: Lets say you freted the 3rd string on the 7th fret with your pointer finger and picked the string. Now quickly use your middle/ring/pinky and put it on the 9th, the note will change without you picking again. Thats hammering on.

Pull ofs: Kinda like hammer ons backwards, say you fret the 7th fret with your pointer and the 9th with your ring finger, both on the 3rd string. If you pick and quickly...well...pull your ring finger off...the note changes.

Mute: I assume you mean Palm mute? You may mean "free hand muting" or "scratching" so Ill go through both:

Palm muting: Rest your palm on the strings near the bridge and strum/pick...it'll sound muted.

Free Hand/Scratch muting: Just dont hold the strings all the way down, it'll be scratchy.

I forget what the others mean...:-(
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#19
i'm sorry but hammer on and pull offs were a bit hard to imagine
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#20
Get a guitar and try them, then you wont have to imagine them.
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#21
What's a fret? And what exactly do you do with it?? I'm new by the way.
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#22
Originally posted by tara_willow
Have a Very Happy New Year everyone!! .


Ahhh! Please don't spam up this thread, it's a sticky. You wanna talk about New Year's Go to the pit.

To answer your question here is a picture of a fret:
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#23
Here is a visual example of a fretboard of a six-string guitar, and the notes each fret produces (source: http://www.daddydoodle.com/)
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#24
I'm still confused. . What does it mean to play a fret?


P.s. What's a sticky?
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#25
that is to put your finger between two frets and strike the string
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#26
Originally posted by tara_willow

P.s. What's a sticky?


Time to venture back to the newbies corner!
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#27
look at "rock guitar for dummies", its a book. that should help out. a lot and but a tabs book of something that you want to play(fav. band) so you know you can actually learn something and get the feel of the guitar. practice a lot, its amazing of the things that can be acomplished with a little effort.

and one more thing as a beginner you shouldnt worry about pickups yet, learn more about the guitar. dont buy anything too exspensive like humbuckers when your not really sure abouit much on a guitar.
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#28
Originally posted by ypx
Hammer on?
pull of?
mute?
vibrato?
harmonic?

i know these are ways of plying a tune but how exactly


Vibrato is a slight change in pitch of a note. Like when you bend a note, except with vibrato it's generally small bend up and down on whatever note you are currently fretting. Vibrato is applied to give character to notes, used predominately in solos. Often confused with tremolo which is a fluctuation in volume, not pitch and why the whammy bar is called a tremolo arm is beyond me. Also tremolo picking is a term used to describe super fast alternate picking.

Check out EVH's Eruption and you'll hear most of the techniques you want to know.

There's natural harmonics, pinched harmonics and artifical harmonics.

They're basically overtones produced when a string is played in a certain way.

Check out Nothing Else Matters by Metallica for clean Natural Harmonics.
Zakk Wylde for pinched harmonics and Pantera for squealing natural harmonics.
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