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High pitched sound when picking


(@cristian12)
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Hi! I'm new here, this is my first post :D
I have a very frustrating problem with my guitar: when I play, I can hear a very high pitched sound(especially on the high e string). It sounds to me like the strings are trying to make a harmonic. But I checked and nothing touches the strings, I tried raising the action, changed the strings, tried different picks, and the sound is still there. Also, I don't even have to pick the string, just slightly touching it with the pick makes the noise.
Can somebody please help me? What's wrong with my guitar?


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(@rocket-dog)
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Hi Cristian12

Are you able to record it so that we can hear the noise you are talking about?


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(@cristian12)
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Sure, here is : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piyPNWdZtI4


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(@s1120)
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Im guessing its when plugged in right? WHat kinda guitar? Does it still do it when away from the amp?

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(@xplorervoodoo)
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Sounds like pick noise to me. Try different picks?

Tone is subjective.


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(@blue-jay)
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Hi! I'm new here, this is my first post :D
I have a very frustrating problem with my guitar: when I play, I can hear a very high pitched sound(especially on the high e string). It sounds to me like the strings are trying to make a harmonic. But I checked and nothing touches the strings, I tried raising the action, changed the strings, tried different picks, and the sound is still there. Also, I don't even have to pick the string, just slightly touching it with the pick makes the noise.
Can somebody please help me? What's wrong with my guitar?

I have heard every sound that can be made with a guitar. I can't make all sounds, but did that one easily enough.

Firstly, you are using a rather heavy and abrasive pick, it is actually quite fibrous, acts similar to a violin bow with rosin.

Now, take the pick, or any pick that you have and turn it sideways so that you are using the flat part. It sounds bad using the sharp edge, doesn't it?

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(@cristian12)
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To answer all the other questions: yes it only sounds like that when plugged in, and it still does it away from the amp.
I have tried all the different picks I have, still the same thing. I just got some Dunlop Big Stubby's yesterday and so far they're fantastic, but still the same noise, even if I pick the strings with the flat part.
It's like the noise just came out of nowhere, it wasn't there before, I'm sure of that because I recorded myself playing a few times and it's not there.
This might not be relevant, but those screws that you use to lower/raise the bridge (I have a floyd rose) in the back of the guitar, I changed them with some random screws, because they were damaged,and that's all I ever did to my guitar.
I uploaded a pic (not my guitar) so you can see what screws I'm talking about :


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I also get a high-pitched whining sound, when I play -- but that's just the wife.......

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