An electromechanical device for amplifying the vibrations from guitar strings. Pickups can consist of ferromagnetic poles wrapped with copper coils for amplifying the vibrations of steel-based strings or piezoelectric crystals which amplify vibrations of the guitar bridge or body. These are both ...

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Are there any practical differences between Humbuckers and Mini Humbuckers?

Other than form factor, is there any practical difference in sound or performance between a mini/single-coil-sized humbucker and a regular sized humbucker?
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Are there guitar/pickup/effect setups for “ganged” distortion?

One of the audio engineering wisdoms of guitar playing is that only comparatively skimpy voicings like power chords go well with heavy distortion because of cross-distortion. Now one obvious solution ...
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Unwanted distortion from a guitar transducer

I've been using a K&K transducer in my acoustic guitar for ages. Recently I was running my clean signal through a headphone amp when I noticed that there appears to be audible distortion in the ...
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Can the interference of a power drill damage a guitar's pickups?

It's possible to get the sound of a power drill to come through an electric guitar's pickups. Paul Gilbert does it at the start of this video. Does this adversely affect the pickups when done for long ...
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Help for electro-acoustic pickup? (Element Active System)

A couple of years back I bought a classical guitar (Admira Avila), and had an acoustic pickup called the Element Active System put in. I was wondering what amps people would recommend for this ...
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What does the distance between a pickup and strings do for the sound?

What does the distance between a pickup and strings do for the sound? Should active and passive pickups be treated differently?
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Guitar pickup selection

Most electric guitars and some basses allow players to select different combinations of pickups. For example, modern Stratocasters have a five-way switch between the neck, middle, and bridge pickups. ...
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Under-saddle pickup not picking up the low E string

Recently, my under-saddle B-Band pickup has gone silent, but only on the low E. Acoustically, everything sounds just fine. The saddle hasn't been removed recently and everything appears sound. Any ...
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Get series and parallel pickup wirings from a Strat?

I'm looking for a way to get some thicker pickups-in-series tones out of my Strat without losing the existing Strat sounds, or some extra ones I've added. My current wiring uses one of the tone ...
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Middle pickup not working

The middle pickup on my Epiphone S600 does not come on when the 5 position selector is in the middle position. I cannot tell if it ever comes on. Also, the volume control closest to the tone control ...
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H-S-H vs H-H what can do one and can't another?

I'm seeking a guitar to elicit the rich fat heavy sound. So as I understand a guitar with the H humbucker (double coil) pickup is what I need for that. But there is a wide range of layouts for the ...
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What's the difference between alnico and ceramic pickups?

What's the difference? Is the gain on ceramic bigger or not? PS: I don't know what to say, but I only ask for those pickups difference in general.
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Is it practical (or even beneficial) to put pickup phase switch on Telecaster?

I play three Telecasters, they all have standard single-coil pickups. The oldest of these has a really individual sound when using the middle pick up setting. It is really thin and nasal; great for ...
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How are the passive pickups of an electric guitar powered when they are connected to an effects processor?

Having the output as headphones how are the passive pickups powered in an effects processor ? Do they take up the power source of the processor itself ?
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Annoying hot humbucker pick harmonics

I have a weird "problem" I recently bought an ESP ltd les paul style guitar with a Duncan JB pickup on bridge. Yesterday while i was practising with my headphones and with full hi gain distortion i ...
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How are guitar pickups tailored to a certain frequency response?

I'm fairly familiar with how pickups work (difference between single coil and humbucker, coil splits, coil taps, active vs. passive, the fact that they are made from magnets with wire wrapped around ...
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Active Pickup Height

There are a lot of guides about the pickup height for singlecoil and humbucker pickups but there is very little guideline on active pickups. I have had my pickups in the default position since I ...
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is there a way to fix Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup cable?

A friend that visited the States got it for me, but after half hour of using it I believe the cable got broken. Now it sounds with a buzz everytime I use it. Is there a way to replace the cable? ...
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Passive and active pickups for bass guitar

What is the difference in sound quality of active and passive pickups? At first it comes to me that active is best, always, but is that really true? Also, can anyone point me if THIS specific bass ...
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seymour duncan phase

I am about to upgrade the pickups in my Ibanez 1527 7string guitar, so I was looking into this model for the bridge: Seymour Duncan JB Modell 7 Bridge black 4-phase, 7-string. Could someone explain ...
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humbucker vs two single-coils

I have a Squire Strat that I've been fiddling with off and on for a while. My coil selector has two positions of particular interest: neck+middle, middle+bridge. Now, if I use any one of the three ...
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Andy Timmons Dimarzio AT1 pickup sound

Well, the story goes like this : I have a custom made Tom Anderson guitar which has a fender style body (alder wood). The guitar comes with VAx pickups which sound great but the pickup near the bridge ...
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Violin Pickup that will sound like natural violin?

I am constantly looking (for years) after a violin piezo pickup (or any other that is feedback-safe guaranteed), that won't ruin up the violin sound. All the PUs I've been experimented with, over the ...
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How can I evaluate violin pickups?

I wanted to buy some pickups for my accoustic violin and I was looking on thomann.de and see these two models that seems interesting with the same price: Fishman V-200 David Gage Violin Minijack ...
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Acoustic/Electric Guitars

So I was going to get a new acoustic. I really want to start getting into acoustics but I don't want to lose the ability to jam with friends who are on drums/bass, and have their own electrics plugged ...
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Humbucker pickup wrapping wire role (The one that wraps the four wires together)

I was wondering if this wrapping can be removed as it is very hard to stack all the wires so that the pickguard will be easily placed inside the guitar. Does it shield noises for the four wires coming ...
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Effect of nickel cover on Telecaster bridge pickup?

Traditionally telecaster guitars have the neck pick-up covered in a nickel/chrome cover, and the bridge pickup left with exposed pole pieces. What is the origin/logic of the nickel cover? What ...
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What are the most popular types or styles of pickups, and what is the genre of music most associated with them?

I see humbuckers, single coil, active pickups, etc. I see P90's, PAFS, etc. Which are basically for jazz, blues, metal?
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Guitar Fetish Pickups - Can anyone describe their tone and quality?

OK. I have seen Guitar Fetish pickups at prices that seem insane compared to what most pickups cost - and they have things like humbucker sized P90s that are hard to find in any case. Their stuff ...
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I bought a guitar transducer (external pickups). How do I mount it for the best sound?

I have a classical guitar, a very good one. But I want to use it with an amplifier, so I bought a guitar transducer. Belcat EGT-202 (A good picture: ...
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Validating pickup wiring

I want to replace the pickups on my guitar with another set. Is there a way of knowing if I wired the pickups correctly before putting on the strings ?
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F-Spaced pickups

I want to buy a Dimarzio DP224 pickup which comes in two types : F-Spaced and regular. I heard that the difference is in the distance between the poles in the pickup. I have an Ibanez GRG140 guitar ...
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How to record the sound of an acoustic guitar with a magnetic pickup?

I have a magnetic pickup... How can I use it to record the sound of a guitar to a laptop? I was told magnetic pickups should not be directly connected to a laptop (and that might be true, because I ...
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Is there a way to test pickups or to determine which pickup to buy

I don't like the sound of the stock active pickups on my Ibanez (ART-320 - Les Paul like body), so I'd like to change them. I really love the sound of the passive pickups I have on my other guitar ...
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What is the recommended way to amplify a jarana?

I've seen some inexpensive guitar pickups to amplify any kind of acoustic guitar, but I don't know if there's something like that for a jarana, and how good the sound quality is. Is there something ...
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Replacing a humbucker with a P-90

I have an Epiphone Special Les Paul Junior, and I've been thinking about replacing the one humbucker that came on it with a P-90. Any reasons why this is a bad idea? Any recommendations about what I ...
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What pickups should I install on my telecaster?

I have some texas specials on a telecaster right now. The were fine when I was back in the army but now I'm playing a wider combination of music that needs solid rhythm (even acoustic sounding would ...
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Why is my neck pickup quieter when playing with both pickups?

I have an Epiphone Les Paul and have noticed that when the pickup selector is set to both pickups, my guitar plays very softly from the neck pickup. When I play from the pickups separately the volume ...
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How can I keep my low end level constant across my strings?

I'm a bassist. I play a Warwick Corvette std 5 string with MEC pickups. I use D'addario strings. Ok now my problem, I play in a band and we play progressive thrash metal (kinda like Metallica meets ...
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Does a covering on a humbucker pickup make a difference?

I have seen a number of different pickup designs, like the ones in the image: Notice how some humbuckers have a covering, and what look like screw heads. Is this just style or do these different ...
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Hot guitar pickup

What does it mean when a guitar pickup is deemed "hot"?
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Why is the bridge pickup on a Stratocaster angled?

I've always wondered why the bridge pickup of a Stratocaster was angled. Is it cosmetic, or does it make a difference in the sound?
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What is a piezo pickup and how does it differ to a common pickup?

I have heard of a piezo pickup used in some guitars, like John Petrucci's signature Music Man. What is a piezo pickup and how does it differ to a common pickup?
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Can I wind my own pickups?

I want to know this to see if I can do some modifications to my guitar tone but I don't want to screw the pickups... is there any guide arround?
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of active pickups?

I have two guitars, one with "passive" pickups and one with "active" pickups. Although I looked on the web, I'm not really sure to understand what is the difference in terms of sound. Yes my guitars ...