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Can you play metal on single coil pickups?

The obvious answer is yes, you can! The question is if you really want it, because it will be easier to achieve an appropriate metal sound with humbucking pick-ups. Today's amps or (modeling) effects ...
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What do coil taps actually do?

There's a very good description of coil tapping in this article on the Seymour Duncan site: Coil tapping is when a wire runs off of the pickup windings at a certain point, somewhere short of the ...
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Would upgrading the pickups on my low end Ibanez make it sound like a high end one?

Better pickups, if properly matched and installed correctly, can make your guitar sound better. Many players upgrade their pickups to improve the sound of their stock guitar. Certainly putting in the ...
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Why is a violin so hard to amplify?

At the time of writing this answer, there are roughly two ranges of electric violins available on the market. Inexpensive instruments in the $150 - $400 USD range, and better quality instruments ...
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Are good pickups in a bad guitar worth it?

You've had the guitar for 7 or 8 yrs. That means either you just put up with it and its foibles, or it's basically not a bad guitar. As in it stays in tune, isn't too bad to play, isn't falling apart, ...
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My B string on my bass keeps hitting the pickup

Can you adjust the pickup height? That would be my first adjustment, assuming the rest feels right while you're playing it. Any other adjustment would change how it plays. Dropping the pickup back ...
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How do I record zither, harp etc. with a pickup?

You can record almost anything with a piezoelectric (“piezo” for short) pickup. A piezo pickup works by generating a small electric current when it is moved or flexed. There are contact piezo pickups ...
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How do I record zither, harp etc. with a pickup?

It's not just theoretically possible to make an electric harp. You can buy them from at least three manufacturers, and I have one. It has piezo electric pickups, one per string. These are wired in ...
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Acoustic guitar with humbucker pickup sounds like an electric guitar, not acoustic

So this guitar is quite a unique model, the John Lennon signature. Its pickup is not an acoustic-guitar pickup at all but, well, basically a standard high-impedance humbucker in small format. It's no ...
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Uneven volume of guitar strings when plugged in

This is almost certainly not anything to do with pickups needing remagnetising - that is a very rare thing, especially these days. There are two far more likely causes that you can quickly check and ...
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Are good pickups in a bad guitar worth it?

I've done this before: I put Fender Custom Shop vintage Strat pickups in literally the cheapest guitar that was in the store when I bought my first guitar (a Peavey Predator Strat clone). It ...
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Are good pickups in a bad guitar worth it?

There are several good answers here already, but I'll add a couple more considerations no one else mentioned yet: Your question seems to imply that you're okay with the tones you're getting, but want ...
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Can you play metal on single coil pickups?

The only real problem you may have with playing high-gain stuff on single coils is if the pickups are picking up hum, a high-gain signal chain that introduces a lot of clipping (distortion) is going ...
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Do active pickups not work correctly with wireless systems?

This was posted on the a Line 6 forum regarding their wireless system: In some rare cases, the guitar’s active electronics are wired with inverse polarity. In this scenario, the transmitter's ...
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Humbucker troubles

Your wiring description is not all that clear. I suggest you find a suitable wiring diagram (example here), and make sure your wiring matches. I would then use a continuity tester to check your ...
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Magnetic part of pickup sticks out

Some pickups are designed like that, so it's almost certainly normal. But if you hit it with the pick while playing, you should probably lower it a bit. Lower it equally on both sides with the two ...
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Why Does the Volume Change When Using Split Coil

When you are using both coils, the signals induced the two coils are added together, so the total output power ends up being a bit less than double the output of just one coil.
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When making a pickup, does the orientation of the magnetic field relative to the winding matter?

The magnet poles should be in the direction perpendicular to the plane of the strings. For an individual single coil pickup the polarity of the magnet doesn't matter. If you use several magnets, they ...
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When making a pickup, does the orientation of the magnetic field relative to the winding matter?

Others have addressed the magnet orientation, so just to add one additional point. The cable from headphones will be magnitudes too thick for this task. You will barely get a couple of dozen winds ...
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How do I record zither, harp etc. with a pickup?

Contrary to what some of the other answers have implied, there are actually a whole bunch of keyboard instruments with magnetic pickups, essentially analogous to electric guitar PUs. They all sound ...
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How can I evaluate violin pickups?

Many of us have had this dilemma. I think first off we need to realise that the "Stradivarius" violin was never made to be electric. I feel strongly that the huge price difference from a few dollars ...
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Ways of reducing noise with single coil sound hole pickups

This is not always feasible in terms of performance, but the strength of the noise often depends on which way you are facing. If you turn left or right you might find a dip in the volume of the noise ...
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Can you play metal on single coil pickups?

It is certainly broadly true that humbuckers tend to provide an fundamentally 'heavier' basic tone, especially when you aren't using much in the way of effects, indeed many modern guitars designs ...
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pick up placing on electric guitars

Short answer: No Pickups can be placed anywhere. What will happen is the sound you get from a pickup is highly dependent on placement, as you observe, because of emphasis of some vibrational modes ...
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Uneven volume of guitar strings when plugged in

I fixed my issue, thought I would post my solution here in case anyone faces a similar issue. Thanks everyone for the suggestions, some of them helped. I made two main changes: I changed my strings ...
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Can a guitar pickup be eq'd to imitate a different wiring from its own?

You can emulate various tonal characteristics, yes, but pickups have differences that aren't just tonal, so not able to be emulated with an EQ. These include phase differences, sustain and decay, ...
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How do acoustic DIs soften the harsh sound of transducer (piezo) pickups?

Piezo processors come in two primary flavors. The L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI is a good example of the first one, straight up tone shaping. The unit is basically a combination of a preamplifier stage ...
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Electric bass scale length and pickup angle

The pickups may simply be slanted because the manufacturer designed the instrument with a narrower string spacing, but also designed the instrument to use fairly standard off-the-shelf pickups. The ...
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Is spacing between strings and fret board rounding important for humbucker pickups?

In re-reading your post, I am uncertain which distance you mean, so I'll leave my previous answer (which was about distance between strings and pickups) and I'll add a new one below on string spacing: ...
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