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Guitar is harder to play when plugged in....??

constantineconstantine New York✭✭✭✭ Geronimo Mateos
in Technique Posts: 485

Hi Everybody,

I have noticed that when I am playing amplified (stimer) it takes more effort to play the guitar than when unplugged. Its like I've picked up a different guitar.

Do you experience the same? Curious....

Thanks,

Dean

Comments

  • pdgpdg ✭✭
    Posts: 469

    It's possible you're getting a type of feedback effect from the speakers -- the speaker sound makes the top vibrate and sort of "woof," after you've plucked the strings, and sort of chokes off the sound.

    And/or, the Stimer reduces the effective area of the soundhole, changing the bass-low-midrange balance, or making it harder for the guitar to pump air out.

    constantine
  • crookedpinkycrookedpinky Glasgow✭✭✭✭ Alex Bishop D Hole, Altamira M & JWC D hole
    Posts: 922

    I noticed or thought I noticed something similar happening to me. My thoughts were that the strings were somehow affected by the magnetic field of the pickup. I could be talking absolute rubbish but just thought I'd throw it in there.

    constantine
    always learning
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,154

    @constantine What you may be experiencing is the unequal string response that is inherent in magnetic pickups. Generally the B string will be the most responsive and the G the least. So if you set your level so that the B string is responding at the desired volume then the other strings will be too quiet, especially the G string. This may cause you to overcompensate and play harder on the other strings.

    djazzyconstantine
  • DoubleWhiskyDoubleWhisky Upper FranconiaNew Dupont MD60, 1940s Castelluccia
    Posts: 139

    It's also my experience that the "feel" when playing a selmer style with magnetic pu changes drastically. I wouldn't say it feels harder to play but indeed very different, even when not plugged in. I also think it's because of the magnetic field.

    constantine
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