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What is a good example of Quack?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by TremoloJoe, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. Miotch

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    I always thought Edgar Winter's "Free Ride" was from using position 4. Watched a live version and he was on 5 using bridge pickup. But it also didn't sound the same as the recording.
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nope. Just Ed's guitar clean into the board.
     
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    I’ve been trying to think of a track which would give a good insight into Stratocaster Quack, and I could not remember where I could find it.

    But I’m going to try to load for you the best example that I can!

    The demonstration is of EC playing the Custom Shop replica of “Brownie”

     
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    I’ll try:

    Quack is the in-between sound of the bridge and middle or neck and middle single-coil pickups on a Strat. Certain frequencies cancel out, creating what’s called a comb filter. It’s sort of like going through several wah pedals creating notches in the harmonics. It doesn’t affect the fundamental much.

    The harmonics in the attack are (to me) where quack sounds the most unique.

    You aren’t usually going to get quack from a single pickup alone, or from pickups that sense a large area of string or sound dark.

    It seems to help if the pickups are fairly similar, though bridge pickups wound a little hotter can still quack with the middle.
     
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    Thanx!
     
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    I like the feedback on these forums because inevitably it reminds (through posts) me of all the great guitarists out there that I was aware of but got distracted away from. For example, like Clapton who I really dug in Cream but really had not listened to his other music (gasp!) and appreciated. Or, I learn about guitarists that I’ve never heard of...(a few)* and missed. In any event, it is nice and refreshing and I may be getting old.
    * Actually, there are probably a lot that I don’t know and so this may form my next post: ‘less known guitarists that you admire and why’
     
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