Questions tagged [pick-ups]

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 distinguished from microphones.

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How to record to my laptop 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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How do acoustic DIs soften the harsh sound of transducer (piezo) pickups?

When you compare the raw output of an acoustic guitar recorded by a mic and by transducers mounted under the bridge, you will notice that the the transducer output sounds much harsher/crisper/uglier ...
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Guitar that can pick up body percussion, and what a guitar needs to do it

Recently I bought an Ovation guitar, after seeing some videos of people using it for percussive guitar playing, for example here, or here. Even talking "how sensitive and well-suited it is for this ...
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Would upgrading the pickups on my low end Ibanez make it sound like a high end one?

I have an Ibanez JEM Jr, the cheap version of Steve VAI's signature JEM model (costs around 500$ compared to the 1600$~2700$ regular JEMs run for). There are many differences, among them that it uses ...
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Violin Pickup that will sound like natural violin?

I have been looking for years for a violin piezo pickup (or any other that is feedback-safe guaranteed), that won't ruin the violin sound. All the PUs I've been experimented with over the last decade ...
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DiMarzio Bass Pickups

I was planning on upgrading my bass pickups with a set of DiMarzio DP123, they have however 4 wires per pickup. Could anyone please tell me, which wires need to be connected where in the following ...
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Correct wiring for 3 Humbuckers

I have tried to create a guitar wiring diagram for 3 humbuckers that should result in the following posisitons using a 6 way, 4 pole rotary switch: Neck Middle/Neck parallel Middle Middle/Bridge ...
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Best practices for setting Stratocaster pickup height?

I recently bought my first stratocaster and after messing around with the heights of the pickups I've been having problems getting all three pickups to have the same volume. I'm having trouble ...
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Electric guitar troubleshooting

Went to look at a guitar yesterday and I'm trying to diagnose some of the problems it had before I potentially buy it. It's an LTD Alexi laiho 200 so single volume control and a single EMG 81 in the ...
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Do active pickups not work correctly with wireless systems?

I am considering buying a wireless guitar setup - transmitter connects to a guitar's output, receiver connects to an amp's input. This is, essentially, the system we see in modern times that allows a ...
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Dark-sounding 1986 Les Paul Custom - modern upgrade? or embrace yacht rock? [closed]

I'm lefty, and good lefty guitars used to be very rare. I bought the first lefty Les Paul I ever laid eyes on: a used black 1986 les paul custom. I gigged/toured in three different bands with it. It's ...
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Bass pickup height adjustment

I've recently set up my bass with the help of this youtube video: I'm really happy with it but one question remains. Fender recommends 2mm space between the ...
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Ways of reducing noise with single coil sound hole pickups

I currently use an sound hole single-coil magnetic pickup on my acoustic guitar so that I can get both a good "acoustic" guitar sound and so that I can drive electric guitar effects pedals. In some ...
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In phase, out of phase pickups

What is the purpose of having guitar pickups out of phase with each other?
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Differences between Covered vs. Open Coil Humbuckers?

As far as I know, there're two kinds of humbucker: The left one (called open coil), and the right one (called covered), are both humbuckers. What makes them different?
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Uneven volume of guitar strings when plugged in

Ive been facing some issues when recording with my Ibanez GRG 170DX. I noticed this recently, as I got a Scarlett Solo interface. When I record my guitar, the input volume from the lower E string is ...
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How to get raw signal from a divided or hexaphonic pickup

I have been looking for a way to get a truly divided signal from each string on an electric guitar. The problem is I don't want the signal to be in a midi format because midi throws away a lot of ...
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Strange hum when I touch a wire inside pickup cavity

I am trying to diagnose some shoddy wiring of some active pickups. All the wiring is done and appears to work. However I get: some buzz from neck pickup when a note is played. Bridge pickup is fine ...
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New pickups installed in guitar; mains hum in all positions?

I have three guitars: two Stratocasters and one Ibanez S. Their pickup configurations are SSS, HSH, and HH respectively. For the first Stratocaster, I decided to pick up some Dimarzio Injector pickups ...
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How to wire 1 humbucker to a 6 position rotary switch without tone and volume pots?

Any help would be useful diagrams?
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bare wires from pickups in ibanez diagram confusion

I am installing a two kill switch setup and am new to working within electric guitars. I am working on an Ibanez Prestige from 2007. I accidentally disconnected some soldering points so I used it as ...
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Slanted single coil pickups on Fender Stratocaster [duplicate]

How does the sound produced from a slanted single coil pickup on a Fender Stratocaster differ from the regular non-slanted single coil pickups?
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Can I use a soundhole mic to record with my phone?

I want to record my guitar using my phone. I found these soundhole pickups. If I convert the end to plug into my phone(directly, from the soundhole to phone), will it record the sound while I am using ...
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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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Electric guitar pickup not picking up a specific string

Just string an old guitar with Fender's pure nickel wound 009 gauge. I don't have any prior knowledge whether the pickup is faulty or not. The issue is the B string not picked up by the guitar pickup. ...
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Shadow Nanoflex pickup not working anymore

I have an electroacoustic folk guitar (Lâg 4 seasons) equipped with a Shadow preamp, and a Shadow nanoflex pickup. During the past few days, I have been experiencing very annoying noises which, ...
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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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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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Why is a violin so hard to amplify?

Why are electric violins so expensive compared to an electric guitar, why is a guitar pickup so relatively easy and cheap to produce compared to an electric violin's pickup?
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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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Humbucker buzzing when playing, but if I point in certain direction it stops?

I have used my Ibanez RG350 for roughly 2-3 years now. I haven't played for a couple of months, and upon picking the guitar back up, the middle humbucker has a humming / fizzing noise while standing ...
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Can a guitar pickup be eq'd to imitate a different wiring from its own?

For example can a parrell humbucker be eq'd to sound like a single coil? Or even can it be eq'd to the other possible wiring's, series etc.
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Does an acoustic guitar pickup still benefit from overtones provided by wood types?

When I was buying an acoustic guitar, I was told there were different types of wood and construction principles that gave guitars different flavors. You choose this wood for a softer and rounder tone, ...
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Humbucker troubles

I'm rebuilding a Stratocaster, and I put a new pickguard in that's a a very basic wiring setup for a strat: a single humbucker and a volume knob. I have my ground wire soldered in the back. Soldered ...
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Why piezo pickup pickups too much noise from left hand sliding up/down the fret?

Why piezo pickup picks up so much noise from, e.g., the left hand sliding up/down the neck? The sound is picked up from balalaika-prima. I am using the simplest piezo pickup which is placed on the ...
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Does a SSS standard strat sounds the same than an HSS One with the 5-way switch on the 4th position?

Hi Guys I was about to buy a strat but I'm not sure about choosing the SSS, or the HSS model, let me explain a little bit more the situation: I had 2 strats, both of them SSS, one was a Squier bullet, ...
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Is it possible to get a lace sensor tone without the lace sensor pickups on a Fender standard strat?

Just out of curiosity. Without time to experiment it, I wonder if it is possible to make a Fender standard stratocaster sound like a strat with lace sensor pickups on it?
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Is there such thing as a pyroelectric pickup?

Learning about guitar and acoustic pickups and the physics and electronics behind them. I've heard that pyroelectric acoustic guitar pickups are nice? Looking and can't find anything.
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Do disconnected pickups alter sound in noticeable way?

There are many artists performing with single pickup guitars, playing various genres. Some even remove two pickups from HSS guitar and leave only bridge one. When it beneficial to do this? Update: ...
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pick up placing on electric guitars

Are there specific places where pickups need to be placed on electric guitars? Given that most have two or three, how are the optimum positions calculated? On Teles, the neck pup is exactly under an ...
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Is there a pickup for Melodica?

I've got a couple of melodicas I want to run through guitar pedals, especially distortion and wah and then run the signal into a guitar amp. Is there some kind of pickup I can put in or attach to ...
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Are single coil pickups better at catching picking dynamics?

I've seen mention of dynamics on the Internet generally associated with single coil pickups, and it seems that people assume that those have more dynamics. However, there is an interesting forum ...
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Removable sound hole pickup for an acoustic twelve-string

I have a high-end acoustic twelve string built by the Santa Cruz guitar company. I would like to be able to amplify it when I sing with a mike. I am not willing to carve, glue, or screw into this ...
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Replacement Preamp for Yamaha APX 8D

My Yamaha APX 8D's preamplifier is broken. Does anyone know a good replacement? The guitar has a piezo pickup and a microphone. There are potentiometers for volume, treble, bass and a 9V battery ...
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Acoustic guitar with humbucker pickup sounds like an electric guitar, not acoustic

Last week I had played the first time with a PA. My acoustic guitar Epiphone ej160e using mini acoustic humbucker sounds more like a clean electric guitar, not like an acoustic. But why? Can ...
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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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What do I need to start playing violin amplified?

I play acoustic violin, but would like to start playing amplified sometimes. But when I start looking into equipment, I get lost in options. Piezos? Microphones? DI boxes? Pre-amps? Speaker systems? ...
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What are the characteristics of a signal from a typical electric guitar?

A standard electric guitar utilizes passive induction pick-ups, which generate fluctuating voltage as the vibrating string moves in a magnetic field. This is high-school physics. Because it's passive, ...
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Why Does the Volume Change When Using Split Coil

I have a couple of guitars that have split coil capabilities and when I use the split coil feature, I notice that the volume seems to go down drastically. I'm not entirely sure if it's actually the ...
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Are the strings supposed to be directly over the pickups?

I just bought a Squier affinity strat and noticed that the strings do not directly go over the center of the pickups. This is especially the case for the bridge pickups which are at an angle. Is ...