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Pickups, accurate reproduction, Fred Frith again (was: MIDI problems ???)
This is not another dating thread.
> And one could argue that - every electromagnetic nuance of a plucked
> on the best Les Paul or PRS is Not accurately reflected by even the best
There are many of us that would say that this is a blessing, although a
I moved last weekend (I'll get to the point in a bit), and stripped down to
only the barest possessions. For me that is. When I moved from Hoboken to
Brooklyn, I managed to fill a 14 foot U-Haul truck almost to the top with
of my stuff: I had nine guitar amps, five guitars (real ones, not
the junkers I was kicking around, drilling holes in- more on these poor
victimes later), a big ole rack of recording gear, and other less important
stuff (you know, clothes, a bed, stuff like that).
This last move, I was able to get everything a large Econoline van.
One of the things that I was forced to do was finally give up on a lot of
projects that I was working on- In particular, the Fred Frith neck pickup
project. I would up giving this guy three of my junk guitars for him to
into sculpture, along with about 15lbs of junked guitar parts I was saving,
just incase I ever wanted to, I don't know, make my futon frame into a
tune-able electric zither or something.
Now that I have been forced to move into the dreaded singer/songwriter
have tried to stop playing my electric unplugged, because nothing sounds
same plugged and unplugged.
Rather than use a well designed, comfortable guitar like you Klein lovers
there, I have sold my Paul Reed Smith and my Custom Shop Les Paul, because
never played them- why? How can you resist the ol' Fender Jaguar (highly
modified, of course). Who needs to stay in tune. Buzz Feiten would laugh
ass off if he played my guitar.
The problem with the Jag is that the way it sounds plugged into and amp is
completely different than the unplugged sounds. Don't laugh- I'm not
about volume and tone controls here. Through the amp, you only hear the
section of string between your fingers (or nut) and the bridge.
Sitting in my bedroom at 4:00am, I here countermelodies from the strings
between my fingers and the nut, as well as all those groovy sympathetic
vibrations from the section of string between the bridge and the tremelo.
Hence the Fred Frith Pickup Project. Mr. Frith has a pickup that he has
clamped to the headstock of one of his guitars (so I am told) to get those
string sounds between his fingers and the nut.
BTW: Lee Renaldo had one of his Jazzmasters routed out between the bridge
trem so that he could install a pickup there. I guess it didn't work out
well as he has since taken it out.
I had this one seriously abused plywood SG copy that I had routed out
out, actually) between the bridge and trem from the LR pickup idea. All it
really did was give some kind of weird comb filtering and a few strongly
resonent but otherwise not very interesting tones- I have since determined
I like the sound of the sympathetic vibrations to the real thing. I should
have known that I wasn't going to get what I was hearing through my ears.
drove myself crazy for a LONG trime trying to get a sound out of my guitar
sounded like it did when I was unplugged.
But I still haven't given up totally on the FF pickup project. With
in your neck, you be playing with double hammer-ons and quadruple stops!
Anybody try this out ever?
Piezos in the bridge and nut might be kind of cool, harmonywise, but I
sound of those things......