#1
Sometimes you see guitars with 3 humbucker like some early Gibsons and sometimes shred guitars. I've seen them on RGs aswell. My question is what is the advantage of having 3 humbuckers? Won't it sound muddy as hell if you had the neck and middle ones selected?
#2
You have more tonal options with three humbux than with two. I personally never feel the need for a third pup on my guitar, though - I'm perfectly content with two of them. I also don't like the feel of them - the middle pup gets in the way of my picking.
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#3
A middle humbucker is kind of useless.

There aren't any specific styles of music suited to it, and they look kind of dumb.
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#6
it gives you more options with your tone, especially if there 3 different types of humbuckers.
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I personally think it only looks good wit ha white guitar, with gold hardware.
But yeah it would open up your sound possibilitys quite a bit

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Sometimes you see guitars with 3 humbucker like some early Gibsons and sometimes shred guitars. I've seen them on RGs aswell. My question is what is the advantage of having 3 humbuckers? Won't it sound muddy as hell if you had the neck and middle ones selected?
on the 3HB Gibsons you can't select the neck and middle.
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not unless you got a 5 way switch Gibsons don't though.

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on the 3HB Gibsons you can't select the neck and middle.



Sorry I kinda assumed that it worked the same as the pickup selection on a 3 single coil strat.
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Sorry I kinda assumed that it worked the same as the pickup selection on a 3 single coil strat.
if only it did. that would be really sweet.

as it is, on the 3 pickup Gibsons, you get:
Bridge
Bridge & Middle
Neck


If it had a 5-way, like on a Strat, you could do a bit of re-wiring and get:
Middle
Middle & Bridge
Bridge
Bridge & Neck
Neck

and imho, that would be an awesome palette to work from.
Middle & Bridge is a really nice tone, but Neck & Bridge has a far different character. i think it's a loss to give that away. and the middle alone is just too friggin sweet to not have.
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I'd say two humbucker's and a single coil pickup, like a strat one, would be the best combo.
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I play an Ibanez RG350DX. H-S-H. I don't even use the single-coil. I bought it because of how awesome it looks.
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if only it did. that would be really sweet.

as it is, on the 3 pickup Gibsons, you get:
Bridge
Bridge & Middle
Neck


If it had a 5-way, like on a Strat, you could do a bit of re-wiring and get:
Middle
Middle & Bridge
Bridge
Bridge & Neck
Neck

and imho, that would be an awesome palette to work from.
Middle & Bridge is a really nice tone, but Neck & Bridge has a far different character. i think it's a loss to give that away. and the middle alone is just too friggin sweet to not have.



All you'd have to do then is take out the Gibson 3 point switch and pop in a 5 way? Surprised more haven't done it.
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All you'd have to do then is take out the Gibson 3 point switch and pop in a 5 way? Surprised more haven't done it.
much tougher than it sounds.

the Gibson 3-way fits in a 1/2" diameter Round hole. The 5-way mounts with 2 small screws and the lever goes through the body or pickguard via a long narrow slot. you'd need to make a slot, add two small holes, fashion some sort of trimplate to cover the hole, and increase the size of the cavity for the switch. (the 5-way takes up more space in the long axis, than a Gibson 3-way)

Switch for Les Paul w/3 pickups:



Fender 5-way switch:

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Doesn't Gibson make a Six-way knob now? I could have sworn that they used one on the new SG-3...
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Doesn't Gibson make a Six-way knob now? I could have sworn that they used one on the new SG-3...


Yeah I think so.

This is from what I found from Gibson's website about it:

"The SG3 pushes the power, sustain, and tonal range of Gibson's legendary SG into new sonic dimensions. Equipped with a radical 6-way pickup switch and three gold-plated Gibson humbuckers-a pair of '57 Classics in the neck and middle positions, and a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge position-the SG3 goes where no SG has gone before. Sporting a chicken-head knob, Gibson's exclusive rotary selector offers six pickup settings: bridge, bridge/middle, middle, middle/neck, neck, and bridge/neck. Combining unrivaled playability with an extraordinary spectrum of sweet yet scorching humbucker tones, the SG3 is the perfect guitar for rock, metal, and blues guitarists. "

But most of their 3 pickup geetas don't have the 6-way selector, I think.
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If you had a 3 pickup gibson, it seems like the easiest solution would be to just add a switch to turn one of the pickups on/off, then use the other two with the 3-way.
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much tougher than it sounds.

the Gibson 3-way fits in a 1/2" diameter Round hole. The 5-way mounts with 2 small screws and the lever goes through the body or pickguard via a long narrow slot. you'd need to make a slot, add two small holes, fashion some sort of trimplate to cover the hole, and increase the size of the cavity for the switch. (the 5-way takes up more space in the long axis, than a Gibson 3-way)


Couldn't you just use a 5 way rotary switch?
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If you had a 3 pickup gibson, it seems like the easiest solution would be to just add a switch to turn one of the pickups on/off, then use the other two with the 3-way.
the 3rd pickup would have to be connected to the circuit via a 3-way switch, else it would ONLY be able to be used in combination with one or both of the others. it would not be available alone.

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Couldn't you just use a 5 way rotary switch?
yes, but you run into 3 problems:

1 - the rotary switch will almost certainly have a 3/8" bushing. proper washers and a spacer to take up the "slop" in the hole, will be needed. this is an easy fix.

2 - the rotary switch will take more space in the control cavity. you might be able to find one that will fit, but there is a strong possibility, you would need to route the cavity larger. routing and making a new cover for the control cavity is not an easy fix.

3 - rotary switches are less convenient to use than a lever switch. selecting a knob with the best size to make it easy to operate will make it more convenient than it is, but it will always be less convenient than a lever (imho). this is a problem without a solution.


but yeah, it would work.
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