Big frets for big squeals?

sandmannn69

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I just added a new LP to my setup, a Classic Antique (mahogany cap instead of maple). I also have an 87 Custom and a 91 Studio Lite. One thing I noticed right away about the new Classic is that it is so easy to make it squeal (pinch harmonics like Wylde, Sykes, etc). I find this kinda odd cause my other 2 LPs have ebony boards which are definitely brighter sounding than the rosewood on the Classic, yet don't squeal hardly at all when wiggling a low E string.

Was wondering if the bigger frets on the Classic were the reason?? Frets on the studio are pretty worn down, and the Custom is a "fretless wonder", so they were low to begin with. Can't be the pups cause the Classic has '57s in it which are not high output.

Hopefully, this squealing isn't addictive, or I'll start sounding like BLS pretty soon.
 

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I think it's just you. Back when I played a G&L Asat for all things punk/metal and it pinched as good as any other guitar and had low frets. Even your fretless wonder might be bothering you, but pinch harmonics happen all over the place on fretlss basses in the hands of the right player.
 

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I think it's just you. Back when I played a G&L Asat for all things punk/metal and it pinched as good as any other guitar and had low frets. Even your fretless wonder might be bothering you, but pinch harmonics happen all over the place on fretlss basses in the hands of the right player.

That could be. I think Lampens had a good point on another thread-pointed to the vid on youtube where Zakk Wylde said action has a lot to do with it: YouTube - Zakk Wylde - Epiphone Guitars at 4:45

I have low action on the Custom and Studio, whereas the Classic is higher. Thanks for the feedback, pinches on a fretless bass would sound pretty cool!
 

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I find that squeal hunting is something you have to sit down with and patiently find the location along each string. So you try it at the bridge end and then work your way up to the neck. Somewhere along there you are going to have the better sounding squeal. That is why when you pick up a guitar and try it out and it doesn't squeal so well, you might be making a mistake to judge it on just a few attempts. Also, a big part of a good squeal is getting your vibrato into shape and muting other strings. If you are good at this and have the volume and gain you can make a squeal last as long as want.
 

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Don’t think it has anything to do with the frets, per se. I’ve found that it just depends on the guitar. It seems to me that the less mid focused a guitar is, the easier pitch harmonics are to get. That said, I’m usually able to dial in the EQ (primarily the mids) on any of my guitars to get them to do pinch harmonics on demand. :)

Of course, the pickups and amp you are using play into it as well.
 

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Bigger frets deffo make it easier, my 87 had a refret last year with jumbo frets and its WAY easier to play, shred and squeel!
 

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Not sure how a bigger fret is going to help you with artificial harmonics since the work is being done at the other end of the guitar (that is, your picking hand).

Perhaps the higher frets are creating an easier time bending so you’re hearing that Zakk sound when you do them. Or it could be higher output or higher treble/mid pickups. Maybe it’s where the pickups are set in terms of height.

Point is, it could be a lot of things, but one thing I’m fairly certain it’s NOT is simply a higher fret.
 

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Fresh strings and EMG certainly help!
 

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