I sometimes see electric guitars where one of the pickups are not in line with the bridge. What is the purpose of this? Seems to be a thing with strat bridge pickups.

What purpose does this serve?


  • My guess is a desire to either enhance or reduce certain high-frequency overtones. As a totally unsubstantiated example: the layout you see will be sensitive to overtones on the top strings, emphazising the peak notes, while the overtones on the bass strings are reduced, producing a "cleaner" bass. Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 11:51
  • Difficult to do with humbuckers, though!
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 17:18

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As noted here, it is as the commentor suggested; this angle produces brighter highs and reduced bass.

"The closer you are to the bridge, the more 'trebly' the sound".

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