Playing Bridge Vs Playing Neck Pickup?

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  1. Poodlesrule

    Poodlesrule Well-Known Member

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    It just occurred to me that a number of folks *seem* to play the bridge pickup almost exclusively.

    A small sample of my local Tele players seem to use the neck.

    You?
     
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    I play 95% on the bridge
    Unless it's a tele, then it's 95% on the neck
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Wow! Bridge pickups? What an idea?! Who knew?

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    I've recently more or less "discovered" the neck pickup and lower output pickups in general. I still love the bridge position and use it almost all the time but I'm using the neck position with some cleaner settings for the neck and finding it quite satisfying. This is who got me to recognize lower output pickups, an early episode.


     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    It depends on what I am playing. Currently I have a soundhole pickup in my acoustic and I can pick nearer the saddle and it sounds more like a bridge pickup and if I pick near the neck ..guess what it sounds like ?
     
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    When I'm playing my two-humbucker guitar, it's mostly lead on neck on rock songs. For mellow staff, it's neck for everything. For rock, it's rhythm on bridge and sometimes on lead. With a Telecaster, every lead goes through the bridge.
     
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    I do 99% of my lead playing with both pickups, neck for rhythm and more mellow stuff. Rarely use the bridge alone. In fact, the only guitars I even like the sound of the bridge pickup alone are my Teles, but still very rarely with them.

    On Strats, of which I am not a fan, I don't like the sound of any of the pickups alone and only use the 2 & 4 positions on those rare occasions when I even pick up one of my Strats.
     
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    With strats 60% neck, 30% bridge, 10% other; humbuckers about 50/50, with my Tele about 50/50 between the bridge and 4th position (both serial).
     
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    The older I get, the more love the neck pickup gets.
     
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    I'm not partial to any specific pickup, they all sound good in the right situation.
     
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    Hmm...

    Now, each guitar's individual pickup will have its own character, as designed.

    Designer needs to decide the likely character player will expect?
     
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    almost exclusively a bridge pickup player, especially live. i do like having a neck pickup for the option, but it's extremely rare for me to use it
     
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    I use all positions equally. I'm always using the switch and knobs.
     
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    I was a bridge pickup only, all knobs on 10 player for years. Then I discovered the toggle switches and tone and volume knobs actually make a difference and have been using any combination I can think of ever since. Joe Bonamassa has a video showing how to get a lot of different tones with just a Les Paul and a small tube amp.

     
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    Most of the time I play a Stratocaster. I usually save the bridge for lead work. My preference for the bridge or middle is often a reflection of the song we're playing, or the space we're playing in. Mid positions 2 and 4 are again, song dependent. For a Disco-beat I love the quack attack. I could work the tone knobs more on a single pickup, but I usually set my tone for each pickup differently so switching is essentially a quick tone shift during a song.
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    Depends on the music or what I'm driving. With P90's I like both together.
     
  17. Ralph124C41

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    I'm not a lead player so the bridge positions on all of my guitars are collecting dust. But this is what I normally play:

    Strats: Mainly neck and middle, followed by neck, middle and bridge/middle

    Two-pickup models: Neck and middle, then neck

    Teles with 4-way pickup selector installed: The 4th position (neck and middle in series), neck and middle .... then bridge and then neck alone. I really don't care for the neck position alone on Teles.

    Why not extend the question to bass guitars? On my five, all with two pickups, I play almost exclusively the neck pickup and a few times the neck and middle combined. I basically never play the bridge pickup by itself.

    (Again, as I said before, I don't understand why more Teles are not sold stock with that four-position switch installed. I know you want to preserve the authenticity of the Tele but in the countless Tele clones I think it would be a good marketing ploy and I don't think it would add very much to the cost. I do know there is at least one Fender model that has the 4-way switch.)
     
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    depends on guitar and pic up- some sound best in bridge, some neck, and some both.
     
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    I use all positions on all of my multi-pickup guitars. Also fiddle with volume knobs but usually leave the tones on 10.

    A good neck pickup can give you a great lead tone and I often go from neck to bridge if I'm taking 2 passes.
     
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    Lots of neck for rhythm and many leads also on gibsons / hb. Teles its mostly leads and much rhythm on bridge.
    Strats its lots of 4 then 2 with some 3 and 5. IF I end up on the treble pickup on a strat then something is probably very wrong and its too late to fix it.
    1 is the bridge pickup on a strat , right?
     
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