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Gibson SG Standard question

7/13/2005 11:14 PM
Gibson SG Standard question
I just got an SG and when I play it through distortion, (regardless of which pedal or amp distortion) and i play 2 of the high strings together, the 2 notes get that noisy "clashing" sound (where neither note is distinct). Is that a problem with the guitar/pickups or is it just a characteristic of the SG? played clean it sounds fine.Thanks!
7/14/2005 9:11 PM
Steve A.

    If the two note clusters sound okay without an amp I'd bet that it was the pickups that are screwing up the sound.  
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7/21/2005 8:49 AM
Dwight Listmayer
Certainly NOT a characteristic of the SG. They are normally fine guitars.  
With the sensitivity of these pickups and a possible high gain setting, you would want to be sure that both strings are absolutely in tune.  
When I do "Chuck Berry riffs" using strings 1 & 2 together, on a Gibson or any powerful series/connected Strat with a little amp distortion, I often hear the clashing of notes, if not tuned perfectly. Yes, the distortion accentuates something that is otherwise not heard.  
You can also lower the pickup a little away from the strings. Strat man Dwight
7/28/2005 9:03 AM

Thanks for the advice. I will try it out!
8/2/2005 10:16 AM

Good advice on lowering the pickups, Dwight. That would be my first thought.  
Also check the intonation. Sounds like it could be an out-of-tune symptom. Assuming the strings are in tune and the pickups lowere, intonation would be my next step.  
CraigJC "GuitarTechCraig"
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