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Old November 17th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does the "Ashtray" affect the sound

I was just sittin' here wondering whether the ashtray over the bridge PU causes a different sound, because it is steel and might alter the magnetic flux of the pick-up and moving strings

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As far as i know, if you get steel saddles on the bridge, it doesn't really change much. If youre putting on brass saddles however, it's supposed to help out sustain-wise (brass is heavier than steel).
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As far as i know, if you get steel saddles on the bridge, it doesn't really change much. If youre putting on brass saddles however, it's supposed to help out sustain-wise (brass is heavier than steel).
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Only if it's full of Lucky Strikes...becomes muted...
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I meant to say tone, not sustain. Whoops.
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The ashtray cover can help shield the bridge pickup, so it can make the rear pickup quiter. It also prevents you from resting your hands on the strings and saddles. But really, it doesn't do much to change the tone.
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You have to really be splitting hairs to worry about the change in tone from putting on or taking off the ashtray!
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I was just sittin' here wondering whether the ashtray over the bridge PU causes a different sound, because it is steel and might alter the magnetic flux of the pick-up and moving strings
Try an experiment. Play your guitar, then put on the ashtray and play it some more. The difference you hear is the difference it makes.

I've never heard any difference, but you might have better ears.
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Yes, it makes it impossible to play, at least for a yutz like me who rests his hand on the bridge to palm mute the strings.
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My tone sucks if I can rest my palm on the bridge. My hands shake too much. I need the stability.
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