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Hi guys, iv been experimenting with the alternate tunnings. My problem is this, I can here the original string pitch from the guitar and it sounds awful. Is there a way around this or simply how loud do you have to get your amp before it bleeds it out? Iv been playing quite loud!

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You need to play surprisingly loud. How loud? Until you can't hear it any longer.

 

.... or, use headphones.

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There is a way of tuning it out psychologically.  You still have to have a certain volume but for some reason I'm able to "tune" out those strings.  The best way to describe it would be you have to ignore them and focus on the notes coming out of the speaker.  I know that's a very simplistic way of putting it but I don't know how else to describe it nor how to attain it.  I just wanted you to know I did.  And believe me, if I can do something, snyone can.  It's like if you're really engrossed in a movie and someone talks to you and you just don't hear them.

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If you are at home jamming or practicing, try using headphones to monitor just the alternate tunings. I also find it tough to ignore the string sound at low volumes.

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I'm shocked at how loud you have to be, but it also means that the guitar is extremely resonant, which helps with the tones from the mag pickups at least.

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Iv had the amp up loud, to the annoyance of my poor neighbour and I can still hear it. If your jamming along to backing tracks it's really hard to get rid of it making it usless for the home guitarist.

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This is an unfortunate fact of life with pitch shifting.  A normal guitar resonates at the frequencies that are being output so everything is working together.  With pitch shifting, this just can't be the case.  The strings and the body resonate at their natural frequency and the output is shifted so any feedback you get from the output to the guitar isn't at the frequency that the strings are ringing at.  This isn't ideal but pitch shifting is still cool.

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just thought i would add to this old post. I use headphones and have no problem playing to backing tracks through headphones and do not hear the original string pitch.

 

The JTV-69 which i had was also surprisingly resonant unplugged - which is clearly a good thing.

 

I was actually comparing my new purchase to a 2013 american strat i own and the variax has a lot more sustain and resonance than the strat. I also found out that i could lower the action lower than the strat and have no trace of buzz whatsoever. In fact i could lower the action to the point where it became awkward to bend the strings as they would choke - but still had no buzz anywhere on the neck.

 

I am therefore very impressed with the quality of the guitar itself as a well made guitar (this is a korean model)

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