#2
Gain, gain, gain, and gain.
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Mostly comes from your technique. You should be able to do them acoustically. High treble and gain will make them com out and scream better, but its mostly technique.
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Different picks make it easier, and do it on the highest gain channel of your amp.
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#7
Gain, tecnique, and where you do it.
With single coils the sound can vary a lot depending on where you pick.
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Bridge pick up and lots of distortion
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#10
All the things that people above me have been saying, but also if you have one of those pickup switches make sure its all the way down for lead guitar, when my guitar is on the rythem switch i cant get my pinch harmonics very well.
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All the things that people above me have been saying, but also if you have one of those pickup switches make sure its all the way down for lead guitar, when my guitar is on the rythem switch i cant get my pinch harmonics very well.

Did you know different guitars have different switches?

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#12
I can nail them just fine on the neck or bridge pickup. It's technique. Settings just make it sound better, but the squealing quality is definitely technique.
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Are there any optimum settings for pinch harmonics? I find with my current gear they are pretty hard to nail. Anything I can tweak to make them slightly easier?

Its all about technique .
Obviously you need distortion and a high treble might make it sound better but if you can't nail it, just means you need more practice.
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#15
Technique.

I can hit pinch harmonics on my clean Fender. Its not about gain, its about doing it correctly.
#16
High gain, high treble, bridge pickup
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The higher output the pickup the easier it seems to make them. I can do them without thinking about it and my Dimarzio D activators make them easier somehow.
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#19
I got d activators and they're easy on them.
Especially harmonic pull off and harmonic slides
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it really is all about technique. But gain makes them come out much more
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#23
bridge pickup, hot pickups, gain, technique

Yes you can pull them off on an acoustic, but you're not going to pull a full on shrieking squeelie without high gain.
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#24
it all depends what sort of pinches you want

lets assume you want zakk style screaming head popping style

your gonna want, very high gain, high treble, a high output pickup, a good distortion setting on your amp, the bridge pickup and of course good technique

and who ever says that pickups dont make a difference is talking rubbish. ive got two guitars, one with an ibanez v8 in the bridge and one with a dimebucker. the dimebucker pulls them off alot louder than the v8 because it has a higher output. zakks pinches are nothing special, its that bloody emg 81 that hes got.
#25
technique, guitar tone and volume knobs on ten, enough gain, plenty of treble and mids, bridge pickup (preferably a humbucker), wide vibrato.
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#26
I find that the most important thing is a following the pinch immediately with a vibrato (or bend) for max squeal.
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yeah, definitely.
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#28
You have a lot of good answers here but I'm surprised no one has mentioned this. Right hand technique is what you have to work on. I dig into the string a bit and at the same time hit it with the thumb of my picking hand. It also makes a difference where you pick the string. You may have to play further toward the neck (or toward the bridge) than you're normally used to. After a while you won't even have to think about it.
#29
do they sound weak/thin? or are you having trouble getting them to pop out at all? either one may be a problem with your technique. other than that, i'd say what pickups are you using?

and of course, your right hand technique--as has been already stated--is most important. you can have all the gain in the world, but if you're not hitting the string right it still won't spit out the harmonic right.
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#30
I use high gain, bridge pickup and a lot of treble.

But my secret is the Dime-o-Tone which is amazing for punchy pinch harmonics, and wicked solos for that matter.

I also find pinch harmonics difficult to do with a thin pick. I can do them with a thin pick, but any thinner than .53mm is too thin. Its really easy for me to do with a 1.22 mm Frostbyte. The ends on those picks are tapered, and I think that helps a lot.

Technique is also important. When I do pinch harmonics, I hold the pick so that the tip of the pick is barely showing, in sort of an irregular way.
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You have a lot of good answers here but I'm surprised no one has mentioned this. Right hand technique is what you have to work on. I dig into the string a bit and at the same time hit it with the thumb of my picking hand. It also makes a difference where you pick the string. You may have to play further toward the neck (or toward the bridge) than you're normally used to. After a while you won't even have to think about it.


most of the posts mentioned technique...
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