Having problems with your YRG sensitivity, here are some solutions that can help optimise the response of your You Rock Guitar for your style of playing.
This technical support document requires the use of the PC Control Panel or the YRG Menu system. For instructions on using these parameters see: using the YRG Menu System and using the PC Control Panel.
There are a lot of adjustments and setting in the YRG that can be tailored to your playing style. Most of them interact and you should adjust one at a time for best results. At any time, you can revert the settings to our factory defaults by following the procedure indicated at the end of this article.
String Sensitivity is affected by several parameters:
Most of the parameters affecting sensitivity are global parameters – this means they are not stored in presets and will affect the guitar regardless of which preset is affected.
String Gain can be individually adjusted for each string. The String Gain can be adjusted from 1 ~ 10. The default value is 5. Typically we find there are two conditions that may need string gain adjustment.
You find that one of the strings has a different output level than the others. This is more common on Gen1 guitars.
The output of the guitar is very ‘hot’ and you are having difficulty getting good dynamics out of the instrument.
String Gain can be increased up to a value of 10. Typically you will adjust only one or two strings using String Gain so that all strings match. If you find you are adjusting all the strings, then you are better off using the Trigger Sensitivity parameter which affects the response of all strings.
String Gain does affect the MIDI Velocity or output volume of the note.
GEN 2 NOTE. The Gen 2 pickups are typically a lot more sensitive and consistent than the Gen 1 pickups. In some cases lowering the String Gain to 2 or 3 will improve the dynamic control of the system.
Trigger Sensitivity is also a global parameter that is not stored in individual presets. Trigger Sensitivity affects the response of ALL the strings. Changing the Trigger Sensitivity changes the point at which the system decides to turn no a note. The default value is 5, but it is common to increase this to 8 or 9 for different styles of playing – some people prefer higher sensitivity when fingerpicking.
Trigger Sensitivity does not affect the MIDI Velocity or output volume of the note.
String Tension does not directly change the gain or the sensitivity, but it does change the ‘feel’ of the strings and can also affect the mechanical coupling between the strings and the pickups. There is a relationship between String Tension and the feel of the guitar. The factory tension is chosen to be a good compromise. It is easy to adjust using the six screws behind the bridge (2C) – please adjust these with caution. Usually ¼ turn counter clockwise will reduce the tension adequately. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
A good rule of thumb is that if you press down on a string approximately at its mid-point, it should give easily, adjust them so that they easily can be pressed down to about 1/8” from the surface of the guitar.
YRG-1000 Gen1 only. On our original product it was possible for the pickup to detach from the string under certain conditions. If this is the case you will often hear a rattling sound when picking the string. This is simple to fix and requires removing the bridge cover plate with a Philips screwdriver (2A) and carefully snapping the pickups back on to the string. CAUTION. Use care when snapping the pickups onto the string as too much pressure could damage the pickup material
On YRG-1000 Gen2’s this will not occur due to a redesign in the pickup system.
How to Restore to Factory Settings
To restore the presets to the factory settings
While pressing and holding the GUITAR and SYNTH buttons, press the TRACK button. This will restore all Presets to their default settings.
To restore global settings (performance parameters) to factory values
Go to subMenu5 (global settings)
Press and hold the RECORD button until the entire display blinks on and off (about 2 seconds)
To get to subMenu5P
ress and hold MUSIC
Press PLAY 5 times to get to the Global Settings Menu
For more information on the subMenus, see the User Manual