Damn My Neck Pick-up!

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  1. needhelp

    needhelp Well-Known Member

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    I always use my bridge pickup but I have concluded that it sounds thin. I spent three hours at the practice space today fiddling with every knob on the Bassman-like amp and guitar trying to thicken it up. With a big sourpuss look on my face I flipped up to the neck pick-up, and dammit, it sounded great and cut though the loud PA mix well.

    I love pedals, but I try to keep it old school and plug straight in at practice and the quarterly gigs we get. There's just too many things to fiddle with. What sounds good at home sounds like crap in a band setting.

    I'll try it this week at practice. Aren't neck pick-ups for AARP members?

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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    You mean people like Stevie Ray or Eric Johnson? Some probably are AARPers but I wouldn't want to argue with them: Brian May and Jeff Beck come to mind.
     
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    if you keep at it and then decide that youre neck pup is STILL missing a little something a really wide (10+ band) eq pedal can AMAZE you with how good it makes things sound

    but like everything it take some experimenting

    I almost through away my original PV C50 212, someone suggested and EQ pedal, bought the dano $10eq became the one thing I'll be buried with! (the amp not the pedal )
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    On a P90 guitar i'd choose the neck pickup over the bridge if I was presented with the option of only being allowed 1.
     
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    Whatever works. I pretty much only use neck pickups for clean personally.
     
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    kungphugrip Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Swap out the pup for something beefier!
     
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    On most guitars, the neck pickup is my favorite.
     
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    You can watch Duanne Allman live on youtub switching all around the 3 position switch.
     
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    You're not getting old... you're just getting "cultured." Nothing wrong with that neck pickup. Clean or Marshall overdrive Slash tones I love it.

    Now that middle position... that's just silly!!! (I kid... sort of...)
     
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    ^ That is when you know you've really graduated - when you solo in the middle positions!

    ala.: Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, etc.
     
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    Middle position on a Tele is legendary.

    Honestly, I tend to run both pickups, or solo the neck. I hardly ever solo the bridge. I'll probably never own a Junior or an Esquire. Just gotta have that neck pup!
     
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    You gave me a good laugh with this! :)

    I understand where you're coming from, and many of our heroes (EVH, Gibbons) are famous for utilizing only one PUP to achieve their signature sounds.

    Thing is, most of us are not trying to forge a signature sound as much as we're trying to effectively emulate many heroes' signature sounds.

    Anyway, I also see this as part of the progression of learning to play electric guitar. (And believe me, this is not a critique on where you are with your learning development.) As we mature as players, we benefit from starting out simply (one PUP, dime the V/T) and adding in new elements to our tone tricks over time.

    I absolutely favor 2-HB guitars with independent controls for V/T for each. The way I typically play, I like to use the bridge PUP for playing rhythm/chords (b/c it's less boomy) and then I flip to the neck when I want my lead playing to stand out in the mix. Of course there are endless exceptions to that rule (not to mention some of the goodness that comes from a blend of both PUPs).

    Slash is AARP-eligible now, but he's been wailing on his neck PUP since he was 20-something. That's good enough for me to think it's cool. :)
     
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    I was the same way, bridge only. I then discovered 2 things, SD Jazz in the neck and a Strat single coil in the neck.

    'Nuff said.
     
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    I like either

    Alnico 2 Duncan's

    Or Tele neck pickups
     
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    I solo in all positions but really dig the neck for a thick, bluesy type of sound with some hair on it. I'm also not a pickup snob so all variations are welcome.
     
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    +1
     
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    I use the bridge and neck pickup equally. though I still love bridge pup only guitars.

    It's the middle pickup that I could never get along with. Always had to use that with a neck or bridge pup in parallel for those quack positions.
     
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    Most neck humbuckers are a manufacturer afterthought; all the attention is on the bridge. I have a single-coil size 18K humbucker in the neck of a couple of my guitars. It's actually louder (significantly) than the bridge pickup in each of those guitars, and because it's a single coil size, it's clearer at the bottom end than standard size humbuckers in that position. That sort of changes the game.
     
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    Glad that you discovered the value of a neck pup! IMO, every tone has its use. I like playing with all of the controls on my guitars, and figuring out what each setting is good for.

    That said, I also prefer 2V2T controls on my HH guitars, oh and on my strat style guitars, I rewire it so that the top tone control affects the neck and middle pup and the bottom one controls the bridge pup.
     
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    A Gibson Burstbucker 1 in the neck position is a heavenly thing, unpotted and unbalanced magic. It's warm, clear, articulate, singing, and harmonically complex.
     
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