#1
Obviouslly there are harmonics and pinch harmonics.

But I just love squealies.

Obviouslly gain is a massive part of it. So I would presume the hotter the pickups the better?

Does wood have any influence?

What about number of frets and fretboard size? Is 24 frets better than 22?
#2
Different woods are going to affect the tone differently... but no wood is any "better" for pinch harmonics than another. Same with pickups... you CAN do pinch harmonics on uber- low output pickups, but they're going to sound different than if you do them on EMG's.

I don't think the fretboard size affects the way pinch harmonics occur, though... although different scale lengths have different "sweet spots" for the harmonic.
#3
String tension, for me anyways. With stiffer strings, for me its harder to pull pinch harmonics, when I tune down it's much easier.
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#5
pickups and strings are the main things, your pick might also be an influential factor, but it's not that big of a deal, also the place on the guitar where you execute them since the pickups will record the vibrations differently according to where you are on the guitar
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#6
Pinch Harmonics are a TECHINQUE. They can be done on ANY guitar.

That being said however..

Tune-o-Matic bridges
High-Output pickups
High Action
Bridge Pickup
High Gain Amp

can help.
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#8
as far as doing a pinch harmonic goes, its just as easy to do on the most expensive electric guitar in the world as a $50 acoustic, the only factor really is probably string gauge (thicker making it harder).

as far as making the end result sound like a huge "squealie" it comes down to amp, amount of gain, pickups, wood type and the players ability to hit the harmonic nodes. thats probably the right kind of order for their significance if you move the players ability to the front of the list.
#9
find the "sweet spot" for pinch harmonics. High gain and treble are both helpers. If you can afford it, buy a tube screamer pedal. EMG's do help a lot too.
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#10
Quote by Doodleface
Pinch Harmonics are a TECHINQUE. They can be done on ANY guitar.

That being said however..

Tune-o-Matic bridges
High-Output pickups
High Action
Bridge Pickup
High Gain Amp

can help.

Correct.
If the action is too low, then the PH won't come out right
#11
Quote by Creaz93
String tension, for me anyways. With stiffer strings, for me its harder to pull pinch harmonics, when I tune down it's much easier.

i second this, alot.
#12
Quote by Doodleface
Pinch Harmonics are a TECHINQUE. They can be done on ANY guitar.

That being said however..

Tune-o-Matic bridges
High-Output pickups
High Action
Bridge Pickup
High Gain Amp

can help.


thanks all, some great knowledge.

i find my pickups hold back that pirecing squeal im after. sometimes i think they sound better on my acoustic.

i have a cheap samick malibu. looking to replace bridge pickup with a HB. X2N good choice for lead and squeals?
#13
The player is what makes a good pinch harmonic. Someone linked me a vid of Satriani playing on a beginners guitar kit, with a cheap amp and a Strat copy...his pinch harmonics still sounded great.
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#14
Quote by Kurapica
The player is what makes a good pinch harmonic. Someone linked me a vid of Satriani playing on a beginners guitar kit, with a cheap amp and a Strat copy...his pinch harmonics still sounded great.


of course. my pinch harmonics are amazing. its not the hardest thing on a guitar to do, in fact prob one of the easiest. but too a point if u dont have the right electronics you AINT going to pronounce the PH. it wont stand out as such, no matter who you are or what gear your on. even satrianis are not going to sound as good on his specialised gear.
#15
Pinch harmonic is easiest on a hi-output guitar on a hi-gain amp. Shorter scale length also helps with the bending.
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Pinch harmonic is easiest on a hi-output guitar on a hi-gain amp. Shorter scale length also helps with the bending.


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as mentioned could i use the ibanez pedal to drive a solid state amp into really high gain? i know pedals dont mix well with modelling amps, but would think overdrive etc would be ok?

also whats an example of a high output guitar, any guitar with hight output pickups?
#17
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i like that one

but it wouldn't make much difference
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