#1
does not playing the muted strings in riffs make much difference in the sound? i've got some gnr tab books and some of the riffs have muted strings.
#2
Muting changes the tone of your guitar, so yes it does make a difference in sound.
#4
Not playing muted strings?

If your not making a sound, it changes the sound only in that there is no sound. So if you are not playing a string that is required in a song, you are changing the sound, but if you don't play a string that is not in a song, you are not.

Now, if a song has a muted string that needs to be played, then not playing it will change the sound (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) but not to the extent not playing a note or changing a note would.
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#5
I bet it'd make a difference with high gain. I'm guilty of muting the low E alot when I strum power chords and the d major chord. I'm sure if someone listed close enough, they'd hear this dull muffled sound getting in there.

If I want a really crisp sound, I try to avoid plucking anything but the ringing strings.
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