#1
can a humbucker pickup acoustic strings such as elixir polyweb's? when i made this modification to my acoustic electric guitar i was told no and therefore have only been using electric strings on it, but I recently put acoustic strings on it again and still got sound when plugged in. So which pickup is working, the humbucker or the regular acoustic electric pickup that the guitar came with?
#3
Pickups for electric guitars work by metal strings vibrating over a magnet (i think), so i guess that it is the acoustic pickup you're getting a sound from. If in doubt, disconnect a pickup and check...
#5
A humbucker will pick up all steel strings (except for classical nylons), but that doesn't really matter because...

Unless you made some custom soundhole contraption, you don't have a humbucker on your acoustic. Why do you have a soundhole pickup on an acoustic that already has built in electronics? What you're saying sounds very strange to me. Try to explain it a little more clearly.
Last edited by GC Shred Off at Jan 22, 2009,
#8
Quote by ethan_hanus
their both picking up the same sound, a pickup does exactly what the name implies, picks up sound, just cause its a humbucker dosent mean its only going to pickup electric string sound, it just picks up anykind of sound.

Nope. The magnetic field changes as metal objects (namely steel strings) pass over, causing an output current. They do not "pick up sound."

For the thread starter:

Why do you have that on there? The guitar already had its own pickup and electronics. Mounting that hunk of metal on to the soundboard ruins any possibility of using it unplugged.

Edit: Unless, of course, it's attached to the neck block. I can't really tell. Faulty wiring is likely the culprit if you're getting no sound.
Last edited by GC Shred Off at Jan 22, 2009,
#9
it doesnt ruin the sound unplugged and I am getting sound, was just curious if a humbucker could pick up acoustic strings but since acoustic strings are metal too I guess the answer's yes correct?
#10
Yes.

But that brings up my question.

Why in the world would you want a humbucker in an A/E? More importantly, why would you want one in a Takamine? They have some of the best onboard electronics around. I can't find any logic in this....
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#11
A magnetic guitar pickup produces an electrical signal through induction when a ferromagnetic material moves through its magnetic field. Basically, it's a generator.
#12
i dunno what it is maybe humbuckers have clearer or higher output than acoustic electric electronics but whatever the reason may be when you play a genre like bachata (not sure if many of you are familiar with it) when you palm mute it really cuts through and has this distinct sound. Everybody who plays lead guitar in this genre gets something like a gibson '57 classic pup installed on an acoustic electric guitar and it sounds something like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlLFYA-GLZ0

oh and please ignore the silly mask
#13
Umm... Yeah... I can't say that's the best sounding thing I've ever heard, but umm....

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#15
Quote by x1gzus1x
i dunno what it is maybe humbuckers have clearer or higher output than acoustic electric electronics but whatever the reason may be when you play a genre like bachata (not sure if many of you are familiar with it) when you palm mute it really cuts through and has this distinct sound. Everybody who plays lead guitar in this genre gets something like a gibson '57 classic pup installed on an acoustic electric guitar and it sounds something like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlLFYA-GLZ0

oh and please ignore the silly mask

Not always. I saw a guy in China laying down some Bachata and he was playing on a hollowbody (cheap Chinese copy of the Epiphone Dot).

Edit: here's a better example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OwG0FT53Ag
They have the humbuckers TS is talking about, as you can see. Also, this music is much sadder (misery being an important part of Bachata; it's that sexy salsa music).
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#16
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Not always. I saw a guy in China laying down some Bachata and he was playing on a hollowbody (cheap Chinese copy of the Epiphone Dot).

Edit: here's a better example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OwG0FT53Ag
They have the humbuckers TS is talking about, as you can see. Also, this music is much sadder (misery being an important part of Bachata; it's that sexy salsa music).


that guitar has a humbucker but it's not plugged in lol
here's a better example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOMvlI9BLzI&feature=related
#18
Quote by Chad48309
I still prefer the Soriano brothers' classic styles.

To each his own.


i also prefer the soriano's music, but i'm just saying that the video u posted didnt have the guitars plugged in so you don't hear the pickup doing anything
#19
Quote by x1gzus1x
i also prefer the soriano's music, but i'm just saying that the video u posted didnt have the guitars plugged in so you don't hear the pickup doing anything

Eh, I was just trying to make sure Captivate didn't run away in terror. No offense.
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