#1
I've been trying to figure out if there are any pickups that are better suited to pick up pinch harmonics. I have a friend who has a ALEXI-200 and he's able to pick up better ph (pinch harmonics) than i do with my fender starcaster a.k.a ghettocaster. Is it just that active pickups can pick ph's better than passive or what. Any help?
#2
I guess higher output pickups would hel a bit, but it's mostly technique and practice that gets you nice pinch harmoncs.

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i would say although certain pickups do make it easier (also amp makes a huge difference, way more then p/us) nothing outweighs practice. you can do pinch harmonics acoustically.
#4
Dimebuckers Ftw!
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Haha, lol of course dimebuckers make you play like dimebag.

Seriosuly its mostly technique,
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You can get them on basically any eletric pickups.
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#8
Starcasters are notoriously known for their shoddy quality. Putting new pickups in it would be like polishing a piece of shit.

I'm guessing that you're not in the money right now, but the best advice I can give if for you to get yourself a better guitar.

All in all, harmonics come down to practise, but if you want the typical "squeally" sound, then you ought to be looking at some higher gain equipment, but not before you get a new guitar - nothing is gonna help more than practising and a new instrument.
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I've been trying to figure out if there are any pickups that are better suited to pick up pinch harmonics. I have a friend who has a ALEXI-200 and he's able to pick up better ph (pinch harmonics) than i do with my fender starcaster a.k.a ghettocaster. Is it just that active pickups can pick ph's better than passive or what. Any help?


Bollocks. Any brighter/hotter pickup will make it a bit easier for someone who uses them regularly - but it's not going to make up for crap technique!

Plenty of acoustic players can manage pinch harmonics, so don't go blaming your gear.
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#10
A lot of it will be in technique. High gain amplifiers, OD/distortion pedals, hotter pickups, and humbuckers (I'm assuming the Starcaster is single-coil?) will all bring the harmonics out more, but if your technique isn't there, you're out of luck.

I had no problems doing pinch harmonics on a Crate Palomino V8 (mid-gain at best) and with my Omen 6's stock pickups (passive).
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actually my stock mia strat did PH easier than other hambuckers guitars i tried.
#13
(1) The ability to effectively execute pinch harmonics (aka artificial harmonics) is relating more to your technique (or lack thereof).

(2) Some higher output pickups do help to make it "squeal" sharper and louder, but you still need the skill to execute PHs before you can make them squeal.

(3) More gain on the amp makes the PH more noticeable. However, you'll still need the proper technique to make the pinch harmonic jump out.

(4) Its still a technique, because it is very possible to do pinch harmonics on the acoustic.

(5) Don't pinch wherever you like on the string, because harmonics can only be executed on very specific length ratios along your strings. You'll still need the technique to figure out where to "pinch" your string.
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I have a friend who has a ALEXI-200 and he's able to pick up better ph (pinch harmonics) than i do with my fender starcaster a.k.a ghettocaster


He has better technique than you.
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it's all in the technique of the player of where you pinch the string.
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its mainly technique
i get nice pinch harmonics on my clean channel
try running through scales doing nothing but pinch harmonics should help
once you've got the basics a higher gain amp higher output pickups will enhance it
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I guess higher output pickups would hel a bit, but it's mostly technique and practice that gets you nice pinch harmoncs.


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#18
You should be able to get a pinch harmonic on a Telecaster going into a Twin Reverb. If you can't, then it's just technique.
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umm yea you gotta have the technique but if your equipment isn't correct your not gonna get a zakk wylde uber squeelly pinch harmonic.

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umm yea you gotta have the technique but if your equipment isn't correct your not gonna get a zakk wylde uber squeelly pinch harmonic.

High gain + high output pickups + good fingers Boii


Wrong. I can get Zakk Wylde-esque squeals with very low gain and my crappy Epi pickups. Its 99% technique.
#21
Wha Choo want........ a cookie ?

naa seriously though your logic is sterile. We all can do them without gain..... even on a guitar unplugged But..... to get heavy compressed lead sound you need gain.... suitable pickup for certain tones.


It's all cool though. agree too disagree.
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Wha Choo want........ a cookie ?

naa seriously though your logic is sterile. We all can do them without gain..... even on a guitar unplugged But..... to get heavy compressed lead sound you need gain.... suitable pickup for certain tones.


It's all cool though. agree too disagree.



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#23
It seriously takes 21 replies to say "EMG's and practice"?
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It seriously takes 21 replies to say "EMG's and practice"?

Well it's been said like 21 times, so you clearly didn't read the thread at all.
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no you don't NEED EMGs.
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no you don't NEED EMGs.

Exactly. Like already mentioned, it all comes from your skill. I can do pinch harmonics on an acoustic guitar. Your pickups are not the problem.

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#27
it's kinda stupid that no one is really helping him, but TS first play your friends guitar for a bit and see how it is. Of course pinch harmonics require practice and you can get them on an acoustic blah, blah, blah but a better guitar/pickups surely helps. You can't say that it isn't better on a high end ESP than on a freakin Starcaster.

Anyway TS, it's most likely just a matter of practice BUT if you've played many guitars and don't struggle to get pinch harmonics and them well then you may want to consider a new guitar then.
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i can do a pinch harmonic on an acoustic
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Well it's been said like 21 times, so you clearly didn't read the thread at all.



You're right, I really didn't. I skipped right over all the "Well, technically..."

No you don't NEED EMG's, but they certainly help. I can pinch just fine with Ibanez INF 3's an 4's. EMG's can help to boost your signal and harmonic response on an amp without having to crank the gain up to fizzy levels.
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#30
whoa whoa calm down the fu*k down everyone! i asked for pickups :P i'm still working on technique. i was also planing on getting a new guitar in the future. that was all i was asking for . pickups. plain as that. if it was all technique i would put it in the technique forums. :p