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Last Updated on March 19, 2024 by Justin Thomas

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When you think about it, electric guitars can be very complex. Just look at all the options for wood, strings, bridges, tuners, and control layouts – the choices are seemingly endless. 

One of the most important aspects of electric guitars is pickups. These have the biggest impact on the overall tone of the guitar. Without them, an electric guitar would be nothing more than a fancy piece of wood and metal. The type of pickups in a guitar determines how it sounds through the amplifier. 

Not all pickups are created equally either. Some sound thin, some sound thick, some are bright, and some are dark – it gets complicated very quickly. However, there are some ways to simplify pickups so you can know what to expect when it comes to the tone. 

Let’s dive off of the deep end once again and explore the different types of electric guitar pickups! 

Check our full Electric Guitar Body Types guide and full Guide to Electric Guitar Anatomy too!

How Do Electric Guitar Pickups Work?

Guitar pickups are technically magnetic transducers. That’s just the scientific term for “pickup”. Pickups consist of a coil of wire wound around magnetic poles. The result is a magnetic circuit between the steel strings and the magnets. The vibration of the strings is then converted into an electrical signal that can be amplified. 

Image reveals how guitar pickups pick up the vibration of the strings

This is the basic principle behind all magnetic guitar pickups. Learn more from our full How Guitar Pickups Work guide.

12 different Electric Guitar Pickup types

Single-Coil Pickup

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Single-coil pickups are just that: a single-coil of wire wrapped around magnetic poles. Usually, single-coil pickups will have one magnet per string. This is a basic pickup design, and there can be different types of single-coil pickups (as you’ll see later in the article). 

Single-coil pickups were the first type of pickup invented. They are one of the two main types of guitar pickups – the other being humbuckers.

How Do Single-Coil Pickups Sound?

Single-coil pickups have a lot of brightness and jangle to their sound. They can sound “twangy”, especially when used in the bridge position. In the middle and neck positions, they can sound warmer with a little sparkle to the highs. A good example of a single-coil pickup sound can be found in Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Cold Shot”. 

Pros

  • Bright sound with a rhythmic jangle
  • Very clear sound

Cons

  • Susceptible to electromagnetic interference called “60Hz hum.” Aka. hum

Who Are Single-Coil Pickups Good For?

Single-coil pickups are good for players who want a clear sound with some jangle to it. They are not for people who are wanting a thick sound or for players who want to achieve a high-gain metal tone. 

Brands Using Normal Single-Coil Pickups

  • Fender
  • Squier
  • Paul Reed Smith
  • Sire Larry Carlton
  • Ibanez
  • Yamaha

Notable Normal Single-Coil Models

  • Fender Texas Special
  • Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound
  • Mojo Tone ‘58
  • DiMarzio Area 58

Genres for Single-Coils

  • Blues
  • Rock (especially 1970s)
  • Jazz
  • Country

Famous Players Using Single-Coils

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Eric Clapton
  • Yvette Young
  • John Mayer
  • Josh Smith
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Nick Johnston
  • Brian May

Humbucker Pickup

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Humbucker pickups are double-coil pickups. They were essentially designed to eliminate the hum and noise that plagued single-coil pickups in the early days. They are made by wiring one coil around magnets with their North polarity pointing up to a second coil wound around magnets with their South polarity pointing up. 

This out-of-phase wiring greatly reduces noise and contributes to a much thicker sound. 

How Do Humbucker Pickups Sound?

When compared to single coils, humbuckers have a thick, warm, and “rounder” sound. Some describe them as a “heavy” sounding pickup because of their ability to sound amazing when played at high volumes or with lots of gain

Pros

  • Much less noisy than single coils
  • Warm, full sound works great for many types of music.

Cons

  • Lack the “bite” of single coil pickups.

Who Are Humbucker Pickups Good For?

Humbucker pickups are great for players who are looking for a warm, smooth clean sound. They are also one of the best choice for players that like to play heavy metal or rock with a lot of gain. 

Here is a video of Kirk Hammett playing EMG humbuckers live:

Here is a video of BB King playing some blues through his Gibson humbuckers:

Brands Using Humbucker Pickups

  • Gibson
  • Fender
  • Ibanez
  • Jackson
  • PRS
  • Schecter
  • ESP
  • Strandberg

Find cream of the crop electric guitars with humbucker pickups here.

Notable Normal Humbucker Models

  • Seymour Duncan JB model
  • Seymour Duncan Invader
  • DiMarzio Evolution
  • Gibson Dirty Fingers
  • EMG HZ H4/H4A

Genres for Humbuckers

  • Metal
  • Rock
  • Blues
  • Jazz 

Famous Players Using Humbuckers

  • BB King
  • George Benson
  • Eddie Van Halen
  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Albert King
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Dimebag Darrell

Humbucker vs Single Coil pickup, check our deep dive on what works for you.

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P90 Pickup

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P90 pickups are single-coil pickups. They were first designed in 1946 by Gibson and were the pickups found in the first Les Paul models. They are larger than the Fender designs in terms of width but are actually shorter. The windings are closer to the individual pole pieces giving them a different tone. 

Check a head to head comparison of P90 vs humbucker pickups here.

How Do P90 Pickups Sound?

P90 pickups do not have the “twang” of other single-coil pickups. The sound is a bit thicker, but not as thick as a humbucker. Early punk rockers of the 1970s relished the P90 sound.

Pros

  • Brighter than a humbucker but not as snappy as a regular single-coil
  • Great treble response without excessive brightness
  • Middle-ground between normal single coil and humbucker

Cons

  • Still susceptible to 60 Hz hum and feedback

Who Are P90 Pickups Good For?

P90 pickups are great for players that are looking for a pickup that has a sound in between a standard single coil and a humbucker. 

Brands Using P90s Pickups

  • Gibson
  • Epiphone
  • Gretsch
  • Fender
  • Guild
  • D’Angelico

Find our picks for the best guitars with P90s here.

Notable P90 Models

  • Seymour Duncan Antiquity P90
  • Seymour Duncan Hot P90
  • Gibson P90

Genres for P90s

  • Rock (1960s and 1970s)
  • Punk Rock
  • Country
  • Older metal (Black Sabbath for example)

Famous Players Using P90s

  • Johnny Thunders
  • Pete Townsend
  • Carlos Santana
  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Steve Jones
  • Mick Jones

Mini Humbucker Pickup

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The mini-humbucker pickup was invented by Epiphone. It is similar to the Gibson PAF humbucker but is narrower. The mini-humbucker design was acquired by Gibson when they bought Epiphone in the late 1950s. They use a single bar magnet under the coils.

How Do Mini Humbucker Pickups Sound?

Like the P90, the mini humbucker fits right in between a regular single coil and a humbucker. However, they tend to be a bit brighter than a P90 and take on more of a single-coil sound. 

Pros

  • Bright tone with a rounder high end
  • Noise-canceling

Cons

  • Can be a bit too bright if you’re a fan of full-sized humbuckers.

Who Are Mini Humbucker Pickups Good For?

They are great for players who want to achieve a truly vintage tone. If you’re a fan of 1960s-1970s rock, then you will certainly appreciate mini-humbuckers. 

Brands Using Mini Humbucker Pickups

  • Gibson
  • Epiphone
  • Ibanez

Notable Mini Humbucker Models

  • Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Mini-humbuckers
  • Gibson Original Mini humbuckers
  • DiMarzio PG-13 Mini-humbuckers

Genres for Mini Humbuckers

  • Rock
  • Jazz

Famous Players Using Mini Humbuckers

  • Pete Townsend
  • Scott Gorham
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Neil Young
  • George Benson

Firebird Humbucker Pickup

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The Gibson Firebird pickup is a mini humbucker with a major design change. Regular mini humbuckers use a single bar magnet under the coils along with screws on one side and a blade slug on the other side. 

Firebird pickups use two blade-shaped Alnico (Aluminum, Nickel, Cobalt) magnets instead of slugs or screws. This makes them sound completely different than regular mini-humbuckers.

How Do Firebird Humbucker Pickups Sound?

Firebird pickups sound even closer to single-coils than mini-humbuckers. They have more snap than mini-humbuckers and are a bit brighter. 

Pros

  • Noise-canceling
  • Offers single-coil-like tones without the hum

Cons

  • Sounds thin compared to regular humbuckers.

Who Are Firebird Humbucker Pickups Good For?

Firebird pickups are great for players looking to achieve a vintage tone or for players who are looking for a humbucker with a bit more jangle to it. 

Brands Using Firebird Humbucker Pickups

  • Gibson 
  • Epiphone

Notable Firebird Humbucker Models

  • Gibson Firebird pickups

Genres for Firebird Humbuckers

  • Rock
  • Blues

Famous Players Using Firebird Humbuckers

  • Johnny Winter
  • Eric Clapton
  • Tom Petty
  • Paul Stanley

Active Pickup

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Active pickups can be single-coils or humbuckers. They are different from passive pickups in the sense that they require an external source of power in the form of a 9-volt battery. Essentially, active pickups are simply very low-output passive pickups with a preamp circuit built in to boost the volume. They allow a higher output without boosting noise. 

How Do Active Pickups Sound?

Active pickups sound great when played with a lot of gain. They compress the sound a bit more than passive pickups allowing for more articulation. Individual notes do not get muddy when played with high gain as they might with passive pickups.

Pros

  • Great note articulation at high volume/high gain
  • Great for boosting volume without boosting noise.

Cons

  • Weak and easily distorting cleans.
  • Not as versatile as passive pickups
  • Might sound too compressed for some players

Who Are Active Pickups Good For?

Active pickups are great for players who play metal or heavier rock. 

Brands Using Active Pickups

  • Ibanez
  • ESP
  • Fender
  • Epiphone
  • Gibson
  • Schecter
  • Jackson

Find cream of the crop electric guitars with active pickups here.

Notable Active Pickup Models

  • EMG 81/85
  • Seymour Duncan Blackouts
  • EMG 707X

Genres for Active Pickups

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock

Famous Players Using Active Pickups

  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Kerry King
  • Jeff Loomis
  • Gary Holt

Fishman Fluence Pickup

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Fishman has been a name that most relate to acoustic guitar pickups. They do make some of the best acoustic pickups on the market. However, they reimagined the electric guitar pickup in 2013 when they introduced the world to their Fluence line of pickups.

Instead of using coils as traditional pickups do, Fishman Fluence pickups use two multilayer circuit boards which they refer to as the “Fluence Core”. This design makes them completely noise and interference-free while providing crisp sound and extreme versatility. 

How Do Fishman Fluence Pickups Sound?

When you compare them to active pickups such as EMG, you will notice that they are crisper and more treble-forward. They lack a little bass compared to the EMGs, but they are not harsh. They are very flexible and can give a single guitar many different tones. 

Pros

  • Can give you a ton of different tones in one guitar (voicings).
  • Completely noise and interference-free

Cons

  • Not the most visually appealing pickups out there (subjective)

Who Are Fishman Fluence Pickups Good For?

Fishman Fluence pickups are great for everyone! It is hard to not appreciate these pickups because of their flexibility. Those who like to use more than one tone will really love these pickups. 

Brands Using Fishman Fluence Pickups

  • Epiphone
  • ESP
  • Ibanez
  • Dean
  • Schecter

Find cream of the crop electric guitars with Fishman Fluence pickups here.

Notable Fishman Fluence Models

  • Fishman Fluence Classic
  • Fishman Fluence Modern

Genres for Fishman Fluence Pickups

  • Metal
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Country

Famous Players Using Fishman Fluence Pickups

  • Greg Koch
  • Will Adler
  • Stephen Carpenter
  • Matt Heafy
  • Tosin Abasi
  • Tim Henson

Lipstick Pickup

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What might seem like just a funny name is actually based on truth!? The first lipstick pickups were designed by Danelectro in the early 1950s, and yes, they were made from real lipstick tubes. A simple single coil was placed inside of them and the rest is history. 

How Do Lipstick Pickups Sound?

Lipstick pickups sound much different than regular single coils. They have plenty of bass and treble response, but not much in the mid-range. They are plucky with plenty of spank to them. 

Pros

  • More bass than regular single coils
  • Sound amazing on baritone guitars.

Cons

  • Susceptible to hum and noise.

Who Are Lipstick Pickups Good For?

Lipstick pickups are good for players who want a jangly, crisp sound with good bass response. Surf rockers and classic rockers will really appreciate them. 

Brands Using Lipstick Pickups

  • Danelectro
  • Silvertone
  • Harley Benton
  • Fender

Find cream of the crop electric guitars with Lipstick pickups here.

Notable Lipstick Pickup Models

  • Seymour Duncan SLS 1B/1N
  • Danelectro models

Genres for Lipstick Pickups

  • Surf rock
  • Country
  • Blues
  • Classic rock

Famous Players Using Lipstick Pickups

  • Mike Henderson
  • Mark Knopfler

Noiseless Single-Coil Pickup

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Eric Clapton Masterbuilt Goldleaf Stratocaster with Noiseless single-coil pickups.

When you look at a noiseless single-coil pickup, they appear to be the same as regular single-coil pickups on the outside. However, they are actually two separate coils stacked on top of each other. One is wound forward while the other is wound in reverse. This cancels out the 60-cycle hum that plagues regular single-coil pickups. 

How Do Noiseless Single-Coil Pickups Sound?

Older versions of noiseless pickups did not sound as good as regular single-coil pickups. This has changed in recent years, however, and they now sound very much the same. They are jangly with crisp highs and nice mid-range clarity. 

Pros

  • Most noise is eliminated. 
  • Newer models sound spot on with regular single-coils

Cons

  • Older models sound thin and brittle

Who Are Noiseless Single-Coil Pickups Good For?

Noiseless single coils are great to use everywhere because they are very quiet compared to other pickups. They are at home in the studio or on stage. 

Brands Using Normal Noiseless Single-Coil Pickups

  • Fender 

Notable Noiseless Single-Coil Models

  • Fender Vintage Noiseless
  • Fender Gen 4
  • Fender Ultra Noiseless
  • Fender Hot Noiseless

Genres for Noiseless Single-Coil

  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Country
  • Jazz
  • Funk

Famous Players Using Noiseless Single-Coil

  • Eric Clapton
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Jeff Beck

Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickup

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The Fender Jazzmaster employs the use of wide single coils that many might spot as P90s. However, it is important to remember that the P90s were invented by Gibson. Fender’s design uses magnets as the pole pieces instead of placing a magnet under the poles like P90 pickups. They are also wound flatter and wider than a P90. 

How Do Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickups Sound?

Jazzmaster pickups have a warm, thick tone while still maintaining the clarity of single coils. Check out this live video of Dinosaur Jr. to hear some great Jazzmaster tones. 

Pros

  • Warmer, thicker sound than regular single-coils

Cons

  • Susceptible to noise 

Who Are Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickups Good For?

If you’re looking for a warm single-coil sound, the Jazzmaster is the way to go. 

Brands Using Jazzmaster Pickups

  • Fender
  • Squier

Genres for Jazzmaster Single-Coil 

  • Alternative rock
  • Classic rock
  • Jazz
  • Country
  • Blues

Famous Players Using Jazzmaster Single-Coil 

  • J Mascis
  • Troy Van Leeuwen
  • Thurston Moore
  • Elvis Costello
  • Ric Ocasek

Hot Rail Pickup

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Have you ever wanted to put a humbucker in a single coil slot? You need to get a Hot Rail pickup! The name “Hot Rail” was coined by the pickup’s inventor, Seymour Duncan. It gets its name because of the twin rails that it uses instead of pole pieces. 

How Do Hot Rail Pickups Sound?

Rail-style pickups have a much fatter sound than a single-coil. They sound like a humbucker with a little more high-end. They sample a smaller part of the string than a full-sized humbucker since they are narrower.

Pros

  • Fits in a single-coil spot without modification.
  • Big sound for a little pickup

Cons

  • Doesn’t quite nail a true humbucker tone, but it is close enough

Who Are Hot Rail Pickups Good For?

Rail-style pickups are great for players who have a guitar that is routed for single coils but want to step up to a fuller, thicker sound. Since there they drop right into a single-coil slot, making the upgrade is simple. 

Brands Using Hot Rail Pickups

  • Fender
  • ESP

Notable Hot Rail Pickup Models

  • Seymour Duncan SHR-1
  • Seymour Duncan STHR-1

Genres for Hot Rails

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Metal
  • Blues
  • Jazz

Famous Players Using Hot Rails

  • Janick Gers
  • Dave Murray

Sustainer Pickup

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The sustainer pickup is a little different than your average pickup.

Ok. It’s actually a lot different. 

It is more of a system than just a pickup. It uses a pickup (either a humbucker or single coil) as a “driver” and small circuit boards which mount inside the guitar. It is controlled by switches. The sustainer pickup provides you with endless sustain when engaged (well, as long as the battery will last). 

Lead players will love sustainer pickups!

How Do Sustainer Pickups Sound?

Sustainer pickups are usually in the neck position, and they have a creamy sound. Engage the system and hold a note for as long as you want (or can). Several settings allow you to get different types of sustain and feedback so you can always keep your solos interesting!

Pros

  • Comes in single-coil or humbucker sizes.
  • Sustain really is endless.

Cons

  • Not very useful unless you’re a lead player

Who Are Sustainer Pickups Good For?

Sustainer pickups are great for lead guitarists who want to be able to play with endless sustain and pull off crazy stuff with their guitars. 

Brands Using Sustainer Pickups

  • Schecter
  • Jackson
  • Ibanez

Find cream of the crop electric guitars with Sustainiac pickups here.

Genres for Sustainer

  • Metal
  • Progressive Rock
  • Progressive Metal

Famous Players Using Sustainer 

  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Phil Collen

Different Types Of Electric Guitar Pickup Magnets

  • Alnico III – Weakest of all Alnico magnets. Clear, warm, full mids, soft highs
  • Alnico II – Loose lows, enhanced mids, sweet highs
  • Alnico IV – Between a V and II in magnetism, tighter than Alnico II on lows, more mids than an Alnico II, sweeter highs than Alnico V
  • Alnico V – Tight lows, cutting mids, and glassy highs.
  • Alnico VIII – Loudest, strongest Alnico magnet with smooth mids and treble response
  • Ceramic – Bright with enhanced upper mids, punchy bass, aggressive harmonics, and compressed dynamics.

List of Electric Guitar Pickup Brands

  • Seymour Duncan – Single coils, humbuckers, P90, Active, Jazzmaster, Lipstick, Hot Rails, Noiseless Single coils, mini-humbuckers
  • DiMarzio – single coils, humbuckers, mini humbuckers
  • Gibson – P90, Firebird, humbuckers, mini-humbuckers
  • Fender – Single coils, noiseless single coils, Jazzmaster, humbucker
  • Sustainiac – sustain pickups.
  • EMG – Active, humbuckers, single coils
  • Fishman – Fluence pickups

How To Choose The Right Type Of Electric Guitar Pickup for You?

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It depends on what type of tone you’re shooting for.

  • For example, if you like a heavy tone with a lot of distortion for metal, then you’ll probably want to go with a humbucker setup or even an active humbucker setup. 
  • If you’re wanting a bluesy tone similar to that of Stevie Ray Vaughan, you’ll want to go with a set of regular single coils or noiseless single coils (Texas Specials are the pickups that he used specifically). 

I suggest that you research some of your favorite artists on YouTube to see what they are using. This will help you pinpoint which setup you’ll want to go with. 

In addition, you may look at what your guitar has already. If it is equipped with humbuckers, then you’ll want to stick with a humbucker-sized pickup set (if you are happy with your tone). You can achieve a single-coil tone by wiring them up for coil split (more on that later). If your guitar is set up for single coils, then you can achieve a humbucker tone by using a rail-type (Hot Rails) humbucker. 

The options are nearly endless when it comes to creating your tone. Experimenting is part of the fun!

You find our full acoustic guitar pickup types article here.


FAQ

What is The Most Common Pickup for Electric Guitars?

The most common pickup for electric guitars is the single-coil pickup. However, the humbucker is very common as well. 

What Is The Most Versatile Electric Guitar Pickup?

The Fishman Fluence pickups are the most versatile. They allow you to achieve a wide range of tones from a single pickup. From more traditional pickups, humbuckers with a coil-split is another really versatile option

What’s The Difference Between Active and Passive Pickups?

The difference between active and passive pickups is that active pickups require a 9v power source to power up the signal whereas passive pickups do not. 

What Are Zebra Pickups?

Zebra pickups are humbuckers that have one coil wrapped around a white bobbin and the other coil wrapped around a black bobbin. These pickups are half white, half black and give the guitar a very custom appearance. 

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Zebra humbucker pickup.

What Is Coil-Split?

Coil-split enables you to split your beloved humbucker and use only 1 coil of it. This allows us to get single-coil-like tones out of a guitar with humbucker(s).

Find top-notch guitars with coil split here.

What Is Coil Tap?

Coil tapping is when the output of the pickup is reduced by taking the signal from the middle of the coil instead of at the end. 

Do Expensive Pickups Sound Better?

More expensive pickups are usually crafted with premium materials with great attention to detail. They will typically sound better than cheaper pickups. However, this does not mean that your guitar will sound better with the most expensive pickups you can buy. Sometimes, your sound can be achieved with a cheaper pickup. The prices are all over the board, and some premium pickups are actually very affordable.

What Do Parallel and Series Connected Pickups Mean?

This terminology has to do with how the coils are wired. Without getting too technical, parallel pickups produce a clean, low-output tone. Parallel humbuckers mean that the coils “hear” the string equally. Series humbuckers have the traditional loud, mid-range-focused tone that humbuckers are known for.

Why Are Guitar Pickups So Expensive?

The materials of pickups themselves are not that expensive. But pickups need to be carefully constructed with plastic, pole pieces, magnets, and wiring.  Wounds of wire around the pickup poles are really long. From thousands of wounds to up to 10,000 or more. Every single wound has to correctly sit in its place. Doing this in big bulks under quality control and with employer expenses and still, manufacturers have to make a profit. That’s why some pickups are pretty expensive.


Conclusion

This was the most exhaustive article that I have written so far (thanks, Teemu), but that is because there are so many options available for guitar pickups. This article is just a primer – we didn’t even get into wiring which is a completely different topic altogether! 

Pickups come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Each pickup can produce its own palette of tones, and combining pickups can introduce another palette of tones. It is easy to see where this can be overwhelming.

One thing that helped me find my favorite pickups (EMG-HZ H4/H4A humbuckers and EMG-HZ S4 single-coils) was listening to my favorite artists and figuring out what type of tone I really wanted to achieve. I experimented with a ton of pickups before finding the set that I like the best. They work with my playing style as well as my amplifier to achieve the tone I want. 

If you do this, you’ll be well on your way to finding your tone. Good luck, and happy picking from all of us here at guitaristnextdoor.com!

DL Shepherd

Darren has been playing guitar for over 25 years and teaching guitar since High-School. He fronted the metal band Suddenly Silence in the early 2000’s, and also achieved recognition as an award-winning bluegrass guitarist. A native of southwestern Virginia, and has shared the stage with many big-name acts from various genres. When he is not playing one of his many guitars, he can be found riding his Harley through the mountains of Virginia. Expertise: teaching guitars, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, guitar amplifiers, guide pedals, flatpicking, bluegrass, metal, rock, and blues.
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Jim Asherman

Filtertrons !
Which are humbucking, but aren’t humbuckers.

Teemu Suomala

Hi Jim and thank you for both visiting and commenting! But humbucker means humbucking pickup. Mad world. haha