#3
some kind of boost/drive pedal that you can use to add some upper register perhaps
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this aint really an effects pedal, but u could install a sustaniac pickup that gradually turns ur note into a harmonic, and does a couple other nifty things
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#5
Gain boost, higher output p'up or Active p'ups an overdrive pedal in front (accually i think it is behind but if u have both u can try it, i dont have an overdrive pedal) of ur distortion (warning: this can get VERY loud and if you do that you have to control the overdrive very well)
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#6
im running emgs 81s and 85s on my guitar (ibanez rg350) into a tbx 150 half stack which is also made by ibanez. For some reason Getting harmonics is extremely hard with this setup. Idk why. I had emgs on a les paul special II which is a 160 dollar guitar and i could do pinch harmonics all day on it. And even with the stock infinity pickups i had originally on my ibanez which had horrible tone, I could get better harmonics then my ibanez with emgs. WTF!!!!!
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im running emgs 81s and 85s on my guitar (ibanez rg350) into a tbx 150 half stack which is also made by ibanez. For some reason Getting harmonics is extremely hard with this setup. Idk why. I had emgs on a les paul special II which is a 160 dollar guitar and i could do pinch harmonics all day on it. And even with the stock infinity pickups i had originally on my ibanez which had horrible tone, I could get better harmonics then my ibanez with emgs. WTF!!!!!

its all about technique. if you can get them decently loud unplugged, then you can get good ones when going through an amp
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#8
If you can get harmonics to ring out easily on other guitars, the chances are the problem is this guitar hasn't been set up correctly - if the intonation is off or if the action is too high or too low then areas where you can get a pinch harmonic to ring out properly may change slightly. Also, the LP Special that you mentioned is 24.75" scale while your Ibanez is 25.5" scale - now this is something that comes purely from my own personal experience and could be different for each person, but for me I have always foudn it much easier to get pinch harmonics rinigng out on 24.75" scale guitars than 25.5" scale - that said I can do them on 25.5" scale too.

I would run down this list:
  • Practise, practise, practise. You absolutely do not need boost pedals, compressors or extra gain to get pinch harmonics sounding out correctly - you can get pinch harmonics ringing out on an acoustic if your technique is good enough. Nine times out of ten if someone is having trouble with harmonics, it's entirely because their technique is terrible.
  • Make sure you're not using too much gain. After a certain point, too much gain will actually just muddy the tone up in an inaudible wall of noise.
  • Make sure you have your amp's mid control at halfway or higher. Don't reduce the mids below this. Weak mids = no response.
  • Use a slightly thicker pick.
  • Check that the guitar is set up properly; action is at a reasonable height (not so low the strings hit the fretwire or is effected byt he magnetic pull of the pickups, not so high it is unplayable), pickups are at the right height (lower = better response and sustain, important for subtle techniques like pinch harmonics), intonation is set correctly at the bridge, etc.
  • Consider using a different string gauge. Very thin strings produce a weaker sound so things like pinch harmonics may be coming out too weak for the pickups to pick up on properly. Very thick strings can vibrate in a more restricted manner, also making pinch harmonics weaker than they need to be. For a 25.5" scale guitar, a standard set of .09, .10 or .11 strings is recommended.
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#9
Compression/sustainer helps them ringout alot longer.
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#10
yeah i have one of those and it sucks the tone right out of my amp. I play mostly metal so a compression sustainer wouldnt really help my sound any. or at least from what i can tell it doesnt
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a BBE sonic maximizer may help a little bit, but practice is paramount.
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#12
I'm making my own sustainer specifically to enhance plucked string harmonics.

Technique is all well & good, but it can take some 'energy' out the string - leading to reduced signal strength & premature note fade - my sustainer keeps the harmonic'ed note alive.

i'm getting some absolutely insane harmonics out of the one I'm making - & I don't mean a bog standard sustainer harmonic mode where you flick a switch & a std harmonic fades in - no, I'm talking a special sustainer mode, where the sustained note is normal until you brush/glance the vibrating string with your finger at different points - wild harmonics then leap out (& hold) - crazy!
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