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Get fret clicking with agressive finger picking

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by tunewriter, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. tunewriter


    Jul 26, 2012
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    Have Music Man Stingray and no problems using a pick. Just learning finger picking and I get this metallic clicking sound when I play aggressively. Seems to be coming from my fingers over the sensitive pickups. Can't figure it out. Do I just need to learn how to lighten up on my picking or is it more related to the guitar setup? Action seems just a bit high. Appreciate any help.

  2. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
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    Are the strings touching the pickup pole pieces when you're playing? Might need to lower the pickup slightly.

    push the string against the pole pieces whilst plugged in to determine if it's the same sound.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
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    Three things.

    1)You're digging in to much, play lighter and let the amp do the volume work.

    2)The strings are probably hitting the frets, not the pickup. If they are hitting the pickups you really need to lower them.

    3)Stingrays are notorious for their clank, especially if you have a maple board.
  4. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
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    you might need to raise your action

    edit: nevermind, i didnt see that you said your action was already high
  5. funnyfingers


    Nov 27, 2005
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    It seems the OP knows that the problem comes from him digging in, but that is the sound he wants. You can't "amp" that sound. Hold down your last fret and measure the distance between the pickup and each string. Even if it never touches the strings it can give abrupt noise.
  6. Jensby design

    Jensby design

    May 22, 2008
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    Is it your on-board pre-amp clipping do you need to change your battery?
    Is your pick-up to close to the strings?
    Are your strings really loose?
    Are you getting a slap sound because that could be cool if you can tame it. http://youtu.be/SKYY32KK2po ok maybe that's a bit advanced.
  7. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
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    while Digging in , ... you can go more Across the string the hitting it at a downward angle ... coming down hard might hit the pups or the frets or both ... some folks like that .. !? or play a little closer to the bridge , it takes a harder hit to make that noise ...

    you can EQ that noise out a little bit ... I think it's usually between 1k - 4k ish range ... !?

    it takes some adjusting , of several things , when you change your style of playing ... hopefully you can find a happy medium for all things ... ! then it also takes a while to adapt and get used to ' whatever ' you change ...

    Dave C. Tampa Bay
  8. Twick


    Feb 15, 2013
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    I've found that if I dig in very hard then my plucking finger causes the lower string to tap the last fret when I land on it following an attack (eg plucking a note on the A string causes the E to click against the fret). Perhaps try to pluck parallel to the plane of the fretboard (if you're not already).
  9. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
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    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Just keep working on it, spend some time on your RH. It might take an effort time for the tone to really become in your control.

    I use musical sounding fretboard noise as part of my tone in metal. In my other bands I avoid it but still try to have a punchy sound. It was a very big change for me in terms of technique to go from max fingerstyle aggression to more of a clean fingerstyle funk sound... I know it can be done though.

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