Old 22nd May 2001, 21:08   #1
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i was think of buying a guitar, and had a question. What is a humbucker pickup?

ps if u wanna see the guitars, goto http://www.mandalaymusic.com . theye the double cutaway johnson electrics

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Old 23rd May 2001, 06:04   #2
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A humbucker pickup is a double coil pickup which gives a more powerful sound and less background noise than a single coil pickup.

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Old 23rd May 2001, 08:23   #3
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yeah a humbucker is 'meatier' (to use a technical term) and a single coil is 'twangier' (again a technical term). Jimi Page, Manics, Terrorvision, Gary Moore, most British rock bands and American use humbuckers. single coil users are Hendrix, Cobain, Yngwie Malstream, Kula Shaker guy.

But what you could get as a bit of a custom add on is a trembucker (or Motherbucker as i've heard them called) like a humbucker but with three coils for extra power. I think the guy from spinal tap had one and that guy who has 9 separate pickups on his guitar.

Generally hum buckers come on Gibson/Epiphone guitars and single coils come on Fenders, although some Fenders do have a bridge humbucker. I don't think you can beat the sound of a nice bridge humbucker squeeling when playing a nice solo through lots of distortion!!!

Give me a Les Paul anyday. There's a really nice 7 string LP in a music shop round here black it is, must try it someday.

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Old 23rd May 2001, 12:57   #4
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thanks guys (err, guy and gal ) the guitar i was thinking about is a strat knockoff with either 3 singles or 2 singles and a humbucker.

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Old 23rd May 2001, 14:59   #5
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i got 4 singles on mine. doesn't have the same effect than 2 humbuckers though. but i like it, i'm gonna get a better guitar someday, when i can afford it

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Old 23rd May 2001, 17:06   #6
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i have an old les paul somewhere, a relic from a once musically talented uncle. i hardly use it since i've gotten my accoustic - you can never go wrong with a yamaha accoustic - great full sound and a decent price.

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thanx watadoo. i wanted to get a 70's, sorta classic rock sounding guitar just to play myself, but i figger i can fuck it up bad enough with a distort pedal if need be

heres what i was lookin at:



The Johnson JS-800 Series electric guitars are designed to reproduce the classic sounds of the 1960's. A thicker body is used to create that beefy tone associated with the glory days of the electric guitar. These guitars have more features and are better made than any other guitar even close to it's price. It features a solid alder double-cutaway body, and a solid-maple neck with a rosewood stripe to give it a classy look. Computer cut nickel/silver frets are well-dressed for ultimate fell and playability. The high-quality electronics include high-gain pickups for a better tone, and sealed controls that won't collect dust. The JS-800 has 3 single-coil pickups, controlled with a 5-way pickup selector switch. This configuration gives this guitar a huge range of tonal possibilities. The bridge is modeled after vintage fulcrum bridges and have 6 adjustable saddles. We're confident you'll love the feel and sound of this guitar. The JS-800STG has a beautiful translucent green finish. Includes whammy bar.

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so do you think that this would be a good start off point for playing guitar? ps. its $100, so its not like i'm pissing away a good sum of money =)

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Old 24th May 2001, 02:57   #9
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I think you've got yourself a helluva deal there, John!
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How's the playing going John? I've recently started playing a bit after not playing for about 2 years. I'm going through the whole sore fingers thing again. Thankfully, I'm not a total beginner, I just need to reconnect some of these broken neron connections and build up some muscle memory again.

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Wow...Old thread...Probably doesn't matter anymore , but to those people reading that still want reference...

A humbucker get's it's thick tone because it's magnet is laid flat and and is wide...

Single-coil on the other hand have a thinner tone because the magnets are thinnly cylindrical and are set upright to each string...

I'm originally a bass player, but I'm slowly leaning towards 6-stringers as well...

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MidnightViper88, you're forgetting the primary purpose for a humbucker (perhaps not anymore, but originally) - that is to get rid, or reduce, hum. Hence the name.

[edit]See http://www.excellentleads.com/Splitt...humbucker.html [/edit]

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silghtly off the normal track...

I saw a custom done guitar that had 2 humbuckers, and 2 single coils, each with it's own volume, on/off switch, and a polarity inverter per pickup. You want to hear some funk? check out a pair of humbuckers with inverted polarity! you need to turn the volume down on one a tonne, but it's crazy.

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xzxzzx, we all know that the real purpose of the humbucker was to have a fat strat like Eddie Van Halen. I think that the humbuckers sometimes are overkill and a loud single coil is better.

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Get a guitar that has a coil tap. A tap switches the circut in a humbucker to run in either parralel(sp) or sequentually thus giving you the option of the humbucker or single coil at the click of a nob.


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those are cool. I actually like using it to get a single coil for the rear pickup without having to remove my humbucker. I never knew it was called a tap though. I'm not going to start a war by saying what I first thought of when I saw the word "tap".

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