Electromechanical device consisting of ferromagnetic poles wrapped with copper coils, for amplifying the vibrations of steel-based strings, found on chiefly on electric guitars and bass guitars, and distinguished from piezoelectric elements and microphonic means of amplification

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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. ...