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Old 28th April 2006, 03:28 PM   #11
poobah is offline poobah  United States
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C'mon Bob,

Buy some strings... bass players get HURT when they buy though...
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Old 28th April 2006, 03:38 PM   #12
BobEllis is offline BobEllis  United States
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Yeah, I need to get a set of flats with a piece of foam under them to get the thud I like
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Old 5th May 2006, 03:03 AM   #13
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the sound comes from your FINGERS...
remember that and you'll only need to change strings once every couple of years or so....
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Old 10th May 2006, 09:42 PM   #14
Albertb is offline Albertb  United Kingdom
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How are your pickups set up? Are they really close to the strings or is there a sensible space between. I have been told that positioning them too close can give a dead sound due to magnetic damping.

Speaking of Gibson SGs, good choice. I have an original '65 Standard with Lyre tailpiece. (Owned by Mick Abrahams of Blodwyn Pig before I bought it in '69). Wouldn't swap it for anything.
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Old 11th May 2006, 03:54 PM   #15
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Whats a good gauge string for difficult solos?
I prefer lighter gauge for more sustain and ease.

I was mostly wondering if possibly the strings I'm using could be effecting the sound quality of my soloing
Strings, as everything else, are important but not THAT MUCH (in my opinion). I doubt replacing them will significantly improve your sound and soloing.

I've got an Ibanez GRX20 guitar playing on a Behringer amp
I've suspect these have horrible pickups. Check if they are any reviews on www.harmonycentral.com. Getting another guitar or at least replacing your pickups I think will be a step in the right direction. I like Ibanez RG350 and Jackson DK2 which are much better guitars and not expensive either.

I do play mostly anything between rock and heavy metal
For ROCK music you won't get away without TUBES. Nothing compares to the distortion of tubes - I've tried all kinds of effect pedals, processors, simulators, and such...all sound like xxxx". get a tube amp or at least a tube distortion.

Good luck
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Old 11th May 2006, 04:11 PM   #16
Peter M. is offline Peter M.  Norway
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Here is a good site about guitar sound and tone, a must read

Note to myself: Never again use fingers to check if there still is voltage left in a capacitor...
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Old 12th May 2006, 09:51 AM   #17
Markus2006 is offline Markus2006  Poland
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I agree with Pete that: "the sound comes from your FINGERS...".
I have a colegue who plays Fender Startocater and has a Marshall valve amp. He sounds great (like Jimi Hendrix) but he can also play on Squire and Line6 (with almost the same results). He does not change the strings too often. Other people who try the same equipment do no sound that good.
I noticed the same issue with bass players. Many of then are buying a new equipment (thinking that they will sound better). But I know a guy who sounds great with any amp (costing ~200$). So again: FINGERS, FINGERS, ATTACK, FINGERS.....

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