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Let's talk about pickups!!

gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 18,016
pickups are a small part of a guitar but can be a huge part of your tone. they have different applications and can help you nail the tone you are looking for.

let's make this the all purpose pickup thread.

got a guitar that you like but want to improve the tone?

what pickups do you like? what are you using?

what do you not like?

have you swapped pickups out? if so, what did you replace them with?

post your pickup demo videos here. we can all learn something.
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."- Hemingway

"i'm not here to start the fire. i am here to fan the flames..."

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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 18,016
    edited November 17
    in my strat i have a lollar set. they sound killer. i had the old noiseless pickups in it at one time and i hated them. almost sold the guitar until someone suggested swapping out the pickups.

    i have a flying v with gibson 57 classics in it. i am not a big v guy. i bought it for a punk/metal band i was in a few years ago. i think it is my best sounding guitar but i just don't play it that often because it is a v. not super practical.

    i have a 76 bicentennial reverse firebird where the bridge pickup was going bad. had super low output and just sounded a bit off. replaced it with a lollar firebird pickup several years ago and it just sounds killer now. i do not use it too often because it is super long and neck dives on me because the banjo tuners are heavy. i will use it on a larger stage though. on small stages i always poke the singer in the back and it makes him mad.

    i just changed out the pickups in my les paul custom. it came with custombuckers i believe. or the 490 and 498 combo. they are unmarked so i can't really tell. i was not a fan of how it sounded because the bridge pickup was ultra hot and would not clean up. the other guitar player in my band swears by pafs and has lollar imperials in his LP. i put the righteous sound pafs called the RAF (righteousness applied for) set in there and i am so happy with how it sounds. i wasn't sure about how replacing a pickup that read 15.9 with a pickup reading 7.6 but i am super happy with it.

    i found out about righteous sounds when researching pickups for the tele i had built a few months ago. i based it off of a guitar that was owned by brian fallon from the gaslight anthem. i hit him up on twitter and asked what pickups he uses and he recommended the revelator set from righteous sound. the guy was super easy to work with, so i wanted to buy from him again for my les paul.
    Post edited by gimmesometruth27 on
    "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."- Hemingway

    "i'm not here to start the fire. i am here to fan the flames..."

    If you have never failed, you have never lived.
  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 18,016
    edited November 17


    how do pickups work?
    Post edited by gimmesometruth27 on
    "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."- Hemingway

    "i'm not here to start the fire. i am here to fan the flames..."

    If you have never failed, you have never lived.
  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 18,016
    good info here. 5 pickup myths busted.


    "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."- Hemingway

    "i'm not here to start the fire. i am here to fan the flames..."

    If you have never failed, you have never lived.
  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 18,016
    single coils vs p90s vs humbuckers


    "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."- Hemingway

    "i'm not here to start the fire. i am here to fan the flames..."

    If you have never failed, you have never lived.
  • bootlegger10bootlegger10 Posts: 13,260
    Thanks for starting this thread.  I should be getting my first guitar with P90’s shipped tomorrow.  Excited to compare to the others.
  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 18,016
    Thanks for starting this thread.  I should be getting my first guitar with P90’s shipped tomorrow.  Excited to compare to the others.
    dude, let us know what you think. i have always kind of avoided p90s, but they are so versatile i need to get something with them at some point. i could maybe put some humbucker shaped p-90s in my sg or something.
    "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."- Hemingway

    "i'm not here to start the fire. i am here to fan the flames..."

    If you have never failed, you have never lived.
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