#1
constently switch pickups?
I've seen countless videos of a guitarist playing a Les Paul and every 10 notes he slaps his pickup toggle and plays another 10 notes and changes back.
Is it because it's supposed to look cool when you slap your guitar?

I've rarely seen a Strat player do it, maybe it just isn''t as cool to gently adjust a switch instead of pound it downwards...
#3
They want all the sound they can get from it
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#4
the only reason I can imagine why they do it is to switch between rhythm and solo's
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#5
Quote by Farether
the only reason I can imagine why they do it is to switch between rhythm and solo's


No, I'm talking like mid-improvistation, every 10 seconds.
#6
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No, I'm talking like mid-improvistation, every 10 seconds.


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#9
the neck pick up sounds great when youre playing higher up the fret board and the bridge sounds great when youre playing lower on the fret board.
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#12
Quote by lp_std
strat players probly do do it. you just dont notice it because the switch is easier to reach


...No?
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#13
maybe cus the vibrato sounds more epic on the neck p'up, or they want like a warmer feel to the notes in tht section?


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#14
I don't play an LP, but I switch pickups alot. The difference between my treble and center position is massive and vital to what I'm playing.
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#15
watch Trey Anasatasio, the dude is switching pickups and adjusting volume and tone knobs every three seconds, he's like some master of tone
#16
Les Pauls, unlike many other guitars, actually have a drastic difference between the two. They just allow for different sounds.

As a player of both Les Paul and other guitars, I can tell you plenty of other guitars that barely seem any different when the pickups are switched.
#17
Different tone maybe?
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#18
Quote by DirtyMakik
...No?

...Yes?

With your right hand, i think the strat switch is easier to quickly flip than reaching up for the toggle.

And it's for different tones. Petrucci does this. It also eliminates some of the pick noise which would normally be more prominent while playing up higher with the bridge pickup.
#19
Quote by Pac_man0123
...Yes?

With your right hand, i think the strat switch is easier to quickly flip than reaching up for the toggle.

And it's for different tones. Petrucci does this. It also eliminates some of the pick noise which would normally be more prominent while playing up higher with the bridge pickup.


But the switch itself makes it easier to ...switch.

Though the switch on the SG/Strat is at a better emplacement.
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#20
because les pauls get a radically different sound out of their neck pickups. i just discovered it myself, and i have a new found love for the warmth of it. i actually prefer the neck pickup for solos now, other than it's lack of pinch harmonics
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#21
Because in strats and the like, the bridge pickup is really bitey and harsh when overdriven, on les pauls, it's alot warmer. The neck pickup in a strat is still very bright, whereas the neck pickup on the les paul is really mellow. The Les Paul gives a good transition between the two, strats not so much, it's really noticeable and unpleasing. (I know it doesn't sound like it, but I prefer strats).
#22
Quote by DirtyMakik
But the switch itself makes it easier to ...switch.

Though the switch on the SG/Strat is at a better emplacement.

The strat you can just push down or pull up. The LP you have to put some uumph into it. That combined with the location make it quite obvious when you switch pickups.

I have 2 guitars with LP-placed toggle switches and one with a strat switch. I can tell the difference.
#23
Quote by fretsonfire74
Because in strats and the like, the bridge pickup is really bitey and harsh when overdriven, on les pauls, it's alot warmer. The neck pickup in a strat is still very bright, whereas the neck pickup on the les paul is really mellow. The Les Paul gives a good transition between the two, strats not so much, it's really noticeable and unpleasing. (I know it doesn't sound like it, but I prefer strats).



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#24
Quote by hippotato7
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LP's bridge pickup is pretty far on the treble side. The neck pickup is a lot smoother and mellower.

The neck pickup on a strat is still a bit on the bright side, obviously due to the type of guitar is is and the wood it's made out of.
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#27
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What?


oh just me making incredibly lame joke attempts.

pickup- car

switching pickups - getting a new car

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oh just me making incredibly lame joke attempts.

pickup- car

switching pickups - getting a new car



This.
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Icing happen when de puck come down, BANG, you know,
before de oder guys, nobody dere, you know.
My arm go comme ça, den de game stop den start up.

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#29
Why do guitarists always put their fingers on diferent frets?
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#31
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The placement is pretty convenient to switch whilst playing. It happens accidentally when i play sometimes.

Yea, it seems to be in perfect alingment with my strumming motion... always hitting it
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#33
Quote by sg622
the neck pick up sounds great when youre playing higher up the fret board and the bridge sounds great when youre playing lower on the fret board.



This. Although on a good LP, the bridge will still sound beefy high up.
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#35
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To make music?


Y'Sure?

or maybe to fretsync with a backing track... --_--
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Icing happen when de puck come down, BANG, you know,
before de oder guys, nobody dere, you know.
My arm go comme ça, den de game stop den start up.

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#36
Many guitar players switch pick-ups, whether they are playing a Les Paul or not. Stevie ray Vaughan was well known for switching pick-ups to emphasise different parts of solos and create different effects, whereas someone like Peter Green would adjust his tone controls to adjust his out of phase tone mid solo.

It's nothing to do with what guitar you play, it's called "attention to detail".
#38
I don't play a LP, but I switch pickups a lot. My Charvel has 2 single coil pickups and an active humbucker, so I can get quite the sound range from it.
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