Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Research Triangle (NC)
palm mute & pickups
I'm playing more metal now and am doing more palm-muted low E power chords. I'm now playing RG350's with EVH Frankenstein pickups. When I do the muted E's my "chunk chunk chunk" sounds aren't distinct like they are on my Jackson with stock Seymour pickups. I use exactly the same palm-mute technique on both guitars, but on the Ibanez each "chunk" is followed by a low rumble, while on the Jackson each "chunk" is tight.
What I wonder is whether this is really due to the actual pickup (Frankenstein versus stock Seymour) as one might assume, or rather to something else like pickup placement (I'm playing bridge pickups on both guitars), or possibly to the tremolo, via different vibration properties (the Ibanez has an Edge III, the Jackson has their Floyd copy), or even wood resonance differences...?
In the past I always thought that muddy palm mutes were due to pickup height (given proper palm technique), but adjusting the height on my Ibanez doesn't seem to fix it. The most obvious answer would seem to be that these pickups are just no good for this style, but I don't like that answer and wonder if it's something else.
Thanks for any suggestions.