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This might be a dumb question but I found nothing by googling

I am new to guitars and have only a strat i bought recently.

I was at a friend's house and tried to play one of his guitars but I immediately noticed that no matter how hard or soft I hit the string I would get pretty much the same output. (meaning how loud it sounded)

*Other guitars acted normal. Hard hit -> loud volume, soft hit -> quiet volume. But that v-cut just kept giving me the same volume. *

Now I understand that there is use for it but I would like to know how I can tell between "static" or "dynamic" pickups (I don't know the terminology) for any future purchase.

Thanks in advance

  • How do you determine the output level? Is there any sound processing involved? Compression? Overdrive/distortion? Jan 15, 2021 at 5:53
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    It’s not necessarily the pickup. The amp could have added a lot of compression. Jan 15, 2021 at 5:55
  • i mean how loud it sounds. His other guitars sounded normal but on that one it was like no matter what i did i would get the same volume level. His response was "EMG pickups tend to do that so it's easier to shred" Jan 15, 2021 at 6:03
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    Was the amp. set the same for all the guitars?
    – Tim
    Jan 15, 2021 at 7:55
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    High output pickups, active or not, tend to compress dynamics. Gain stages, compressors, etc have the same effect, but it may start from pickups.
    – ojs
    Jan 15, 2021 at 11:39


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