#1
Hey guys!

I have a TBC AP-500M, which has a single passive humbucker..



Well, its a 3-band active EQ stock, but the person i bought it off made it passive, but thats beside the point

I'm trying to play amazing grace by victor wooten, and he starts playing this..

------[5]------------------------
------[5]-----------------------
-------3-------------------------

the 5's in brackets being harmonics.

My problem is that i can only really hear the 3, and not the harmonic 5's, even with treble cranked and bass right down on my amp (fender rumble 15 watt).

Is it just my crappy playing, or is there something i'm not knowing about humbuckers, that they pick up lower notes better or something?

thanks!

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#2
Try plucking the strings a bit harder to make the harmonic sound louder. Other than that, it could be how you play it. Try playing the harmonics alone and see if it sounds right.
#3
i'm just plucking with 3 fingers, each finger to a string, index on A, middle on D, ring on G..and its kinda hard to pluck hard with two fingers and soft with one..:P
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#4
Try playing the harmonics alone. Then, once you can play them cleanly, just don't play the fretted note so hard.
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#5
wootan also uses active pickups+active EQ and it is easyer with this setup.
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#6
ah...that would possibly be why..i hear him play it and its clear as day.. oh well, guess i'll have to keep practicing..
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#7
I don't know your level of skill, but when you play, you're suppost to play right by the fret, not anywhere in the fret 'box'. When playing a harmonic, you have to play right on the 5th FRET. Play by the bridge, and play hard, with a fair heap of mids. To me, it sounds like you're not quite hitting the harmonic on the fret.
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Wy do u got a ebay picture?
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#10
To show the bass...i dont know, maybe where the pickup was had something to do with it..

and i know how to play harmonics..it just seems that the 3 comes out alot stronger than the harmonics do..
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#12
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To show the bass...i dont know, maybe where the pickup was had something to do with it..

and i know how to play harmonics..it just seems that the 3 comes out alot stronger than the harmonics do..


Harmonics don't ring with consistant volume. Harmonics at the 5th fret are some of the quietest harmonics you can play. Boost those low mids, and compression will help.
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#13
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I don't know your level of skill, but when you play, you're suppost to play right by the fret, not anywhere in the fret 'box'. When playing a harmonic, you have to play right on the 5th FRET. Play by the bridge, and play hard, with a fair heap of mids. To me, it sounds like you're not quite hitting the harmonic on the fret.


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Boost those low mids, and compression will help.


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