Top 3 Factors That Give Guitar Pickups Their Tone/Sound
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Top 3 Factors That Give Guitar Pickups Their Tone/Sound

No two electric guitars sound the same. This is due to a wide array of variables, but one of the most important ones is the pickups. Even pickups of the same model, brand, variety, and technology can vary depending on certain parameters and values. What factors give guitar pickups their tone/sound? The three main factors…

Complete Guide: Guitar Pickups Vs. Bass Guitar Pickups
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Complete Guide: Guitar Pickups Vs. Bass Guitar Pickups

Pickups are common to solid-bodied guitars and basses, but not all carry the same pickup configuration. This is to be expected, considering each instrument’s general sonic qualities and construction. What are the differences between guitar pickups and bass guitar pickups? There are no differences in the mechanism. Bass pickups could theoretically be installed on guitars…

Ceramic Guitar Pickups Vs. Alnico Guitar Pickups
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Ceramic Guitar Pickups Vs. Alnico Guitar Pickups

In the world of electric guitars, there is a myriad of variables to look for, and one of the most important among them is the pickup, which takes the place of the resonance chamber of acoustic/electric guitars. Pickups function through magnets, which can be made of various materials (including ceramic and alnico), and it’s reasonable…

Do Guitar Pickup Covers Affect Tone?
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Do Guitar Pickup Covers Affect Tone?

You’ve probably heard from various professional guitarists the notion that removing a pickup cover can make your electric guitar sound brighter. Some attest to this presumed fact, while others claim it’s mostly a placebo effect. Do guitar pickup covers affect tone? Though pickup covers do have some effect on the tone of a guitar, the…

How To Improve The Sound/Tone Of Guitar Pickups
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How To Improve The Sound/Tone Of Guitar Pickups

A myriad of variables intervenes in a guitar’s tonal quality and balance. Of them, the pickup takes a preeminent place, along with the strings. Pickups are comprised of parts or pieces that can make or break your guitar’s sound, depending on their placement. How can I improve the sound/tone of my guitar pickups? There are…

Bass Guitar: Bridge Pickups Vs. Neck Pickups
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Bass Guitar: Bridge Pickups Vs. Neck Pickups

Many basses carry more than one pickup (rarely more than two) placed at different positions. Precision basses are almost unanimous in placing one split-coil pickup at the center, while jazz or hybrid basses have two different pickups placed at the top (near the neck) and bottom (reaching the bridge). With that said, many people might…

When To Use Bridge & Neck Pickups Together
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When To Use Bridge & Neck Pickups Together

You’re probably aware of the difference between neck and bridge pickups. Pickups located near the neck will capture a “bassier” and rounder tone, while bridge pickups will render a thinner and sharper sound. Many guitars allow the player to activate both pickups and get a more in-between sound fitting for various music styles. When should…

Differences Between Using One, Two & Three Guitar Pickups
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Differences Between Using One, Two & Three Guitar Pickups

No two electric guitars or basses sound the same. Various factors can intervene in tonal quality, one of them unmistakably being the pickup arrangement. Guitars hardly come with only one pickup, many of them sporting two or even three pickups. Readers may be wondering if the number of pickups makes any significant difference. What are…

Does Guitar Pickup Performance Improve With Age?
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Does Guitar Pickup Performance Improve With Age?

There are few instances of electrical devices getting better with age. In the musical world, some guitarists may contend that guitars (particularly their pickups) get better sound as they age. But is that really the case? Does guitar pickup performance improve with age? A pickup doesn’t improve with age, although it doesn’t degrade significantly either…

Do Guitar Pickups Wear Out, And If So, How?
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Do Guitar Pickups Wear Out, And If So, How?

Readers familiar with guitars may know that strings need replacement once every few months or playing hours. Restringings are very frequent, especially with metal strings. Conversely, other components, such as pickups, seem to last forever. But is that really the case? Do guitar pickups wear out, and if so, how? Guitar pickups don’t wear out since…

Can Guitar Pickups Be Changed Without Removing Strings?
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Can Guitar Pickups Be Changed Without Removing Strings?

If you ever need (or want) to change your guitar’s pickup, you’ll be faced with a dilemma: what to do with the strings. By removing a set of strings, you might need to attach an entirely new set due to the damages caused during the initial installation. This could discourage many modding enthusiasts from even approaching…

Are Active Guitar Pickups Or Passive Guitar Pickups Better?
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Are Active Guitar Pickups Or Passive Guitar Pickups Better?

Pickups are an integral component of every solid-bodied guitar. An underwhelmingly built or installed pickup can ruin a guitar’s sound quality, regardless of whether you have a good-quality set of strings or not. There are various types of pickups, classified according to various features. You may have probably already heard of active and passive pickups…