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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 11:42 am   #1
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Hello

I watched the Queen biopic last night and I swear at one point the Brian May character was talking into his guitar to reply to a colleague speaking to him on the talkback.

Have I misconstrued what they were depicting or did someone really think you could speak into guitar pickups... or did Brian have strange pickups?

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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 12:15 pm   #2
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Nothing strange about the pickups. Brian's "red special" guitar which he and his father built was fitted with Burns Tri-Sonic pickups which are normal guitar pickups. I Haven't seen the film so can't comment otherwise.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 12:18 pm   #3
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I haven't seen the film, but if you talk loudly enough to set the guitar string vibrating then the thing will act as a (very) crude microphone. The feedback known to every electric guitarist works this way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luURyH9fzhk.

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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 1:57 pm   #4
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Thanks chaps. I wonder if anyone has seen it from the forum except me

It is worth a watch and I've found cinema tickets have come down in price very sharply (wonder if it's just a January thing).
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Old 24th Jan 2019, 4:51 pm   #5
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Nearly all guitar pickups are microphonic to some extent. No strings required.
The best ones just have less of it.
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Old 24th Jan 2019, 10:29 pm   #6
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Thanks chaps. I wonder if anyone has seen it from the forum except me
I have seen it and it is brilliant. Take some tissues though. I must have missed the scene you mentioned or just not noticed.

(not to change the topic of your thread to another musician with a guitar, but if you are a music lover I recently saw something extraordinary and brilliant too, a cover of Jimi's version of All Along the Watchtower. Its very difficult for anyone to do in the first place, but it was done really well and believe it or not lifted to another level at the end: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTCID7fQSQc)

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