Mind_Reader7
Tab Contributor
Join date: Aug 2008
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#1
In a song I'm trying to learn, there's a pinch harmonic on the 15th fret of the G string, and I can't do it properly. I can play pinch harmonics up to the 13th fret without too much grief.

If I manage to get a pinch harmonic from it, it's very weak, and hardly even rings out.

I don't think it's my technique, as I can basically play Master Of Puppets using nothing but pinch harmonics.

Is it normal for a guitar to be incapable to do pinch harmonics on higher frets?
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ruletheneck
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Join date: Dec 2009
465 IQ
#3
probably just finding a sweet spot thing, work up to it - start at fret 12 (pinching at 24) and work your way up.

however, it might be something to do with pickup placement - if a coil/pole piece is placed under a node (a point of no oscillation in the string - therefore zero amplitude), the harmonic will not come through on the amp (which is why pinches come out softer or not at all with a neck pickup).
can you get the harmonic to come out at all when unplugged?