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#1
I bought a fat stratocaster because I liked the humbucker on the bridge to play some distortion stuff, but I realized after playing a bit, guns and roses sounds better on neck, and Nirvana's heavy distortion stuff sounds nice and dark on neck pickup as well.

Distortion and the light sound on the bridge just doesn't sound very good together IMO, does anyone have any bands or songs that uses the bridge humbucker? or any other use for it?
#2
Practically any rhythm sound using distorted humbuckers is the bridge pickup. Listen to any AC/DC and any distorted GNR rhythms.
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#3
I only use the neck for leads..

both neck and bridge for clean sometimes.
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#4
Generally bridge = rhythm and neck = leads, which is why you're finding GNR sounds better on the neck - most of Slash's cool licks are lead fills using the neck.
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#5
Well, pretty much every rock/metal band ever uses humbuckers.

There's literally too many to name.
#6
^ Massive fail right there. Utterly massive.


P90s

The Beatles
John Fogerty (CCR)
Pete Townshend (The Who)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Robby Krieger (The Doors)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Tom Scholz (Boston)
Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra)
Leslie West (Mountain)
Neil Young
Brian May (Queen)

Fender-style Single Coils

Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
Eric Johnson
Jimi Hendrix
Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek and the Dominos, solo career)
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Jimmy Page (most of Led Zeppelin’s studio work was a telecaster)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Pete Townshend (again)
Randy Bachman (BTO and the Guess Who)
Jeff Beck
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
The Edge (U2)
John Frusciante (RHCP)
Buddy Holly
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Robbie Robertson (The Band)
James Young (Styx)

To name a few.
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#7
Tweak your EQ. Boost up your bass and mids. You'll get there.
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#8
Alot of punk bands use the bridge humbucker exclusively. I find that I like the thinner more defined bridge humbucker sound on my prs singlecut se for punk and metal where as I like to use the neck for classic rock and blues. The bridge also picks up harmonics better imo.
#9
I only use my bridge pickup..well...95% of the time I do.

(your problem is that you probably don't own a tube amp)
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P90s

The Beatles
John Fogerty (CCR)
Pete Townshend (The Who)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Robby Krieger (The Doors) Played an SG with PAF's iirc
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Tom Scholz (Boston) (only for part of the first album. other than that it's a DM SD)
Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) normally played an LP deluxe with mini HB's
Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra) also known for LP's with PAFs iirc
Leslie West (Mountain)
Neil Young
Brian May (Queen)

Fender-style Single Coils

Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
Eric Johnson
Jimi Hendrix
Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek and the Dominos, solo career) True, but you have to remember that the tone frmo EC everyone seems to love is an LP
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) LP guy most of the time
Jimmy Page (most of Led Zeppelin’s studio work was a telecaster) the tone everyone loves is his LP and marshall though...
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Pete Townshend (again)
Randy Bachman (BTO and the Guess Who)
Jeff Beck
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
The Edge (U2) no one cares
John Frusciante (RHCP)
Buddy Holly
Alex Lifeson (Rush) He's a Les Paul guy now days
Robbie Robertson (The Band)
James Young (Styx) I'm 90% sure he has a cool rails in his strat. could be wrong though. it's definitley a humbucker of some sort though

To name a few.



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#12
I use the neck pickup for alot of rhythm stuff, to get a particular sound, it isn't what you'd call a normal rhythm sound though, not at all.

It's probably a lot to do with your amp.
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#13
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still a good list. just felt like picking it apar

Hairsplitter. Shouldn't you be out prostituting yourself that that R7?
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#14
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edited that post with some more "hairsplitting"

also. i tried. I'm to ugly . I think selling coke or weed will be easier.
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#15
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still a good list. just felt like picking it apar

Here's something you missed:

Brian may's guitar has Burns Tri-Sonic pickups, not P-90s

still single coil though.
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#16
I almost exclusively use the neck pickup. I hardly touch the bridge.
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#17
The bridge pickup has a lot more clarity, and you can hear more pick attack. The neck up does have a lot more bass, but you're losing clarity and pick attack, which is why its usually not used for rhythm. You can add bass on your amp, but you can't add clarity.
#18
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still a good list. just felt like picking it apar

Plus
David Gilmour is more famous for single coils.
Eric Clapton is more known for single coils but his ultimate tone was the Beano album (that's not an opinion, it's fact, deal with it ) which was humbuckers.

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#19
Forgot Tom Morello too, his Tele tone is awesome. Plus Arm The Homeless has single coils under EMG covers too.
#20
Okay well some of you are saying solos are better on bridge and some say it sounds better on neck.

What I really want to know is what do you guys think gilmour uses for Comfortably numb solo? I think the numb solo sounds nice on the darker neck tone, but some of you guys are saying bridge is more clear which is better for solo? any suggestions?

(again my bridge is a humbucker and I heard gilmour uses single coils)
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#24
I use bridge humbucker for rhythm or certain lead parts that need a rough tone, neck exclusively for smooth solos and clean playing.
#25
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I use bridge humbucker for rhythm or certain lead parts that need a rough tone, neck exclusively for smooth solos and clean playing.

Me too...
#26
Quote by flames649
Okay well some of you are saying solos are better on bridge and some say it sounds better on neck.

What I really want to know is what do you guys think gilmour uses for Comfortably numb solo? I think the numb solo sounds nice on the darker neck tone, but some of you guys are saying bridge is more clear which is better for solo? any suggestions?

(again my bridge is a humbucker and I heard gilmour uses single coils)


I'm pretty sure it's middle + bridge for Comfortably Numb's second solo. If you watch him play it live, he switches to the bridge when he plays it sometimes.
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#27
^ Bit of a different situation for Strat stuff, since it has blending and a whole extra pickup.
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#28
I use my bridge for Rhythm, because I find a higher output bridge pickup suits rhythm better then lead work, to be able to chunk out the power chords, but still try and remain clarity, I don't like people who shred to give bridge pickups demo's, because it just feels like it defeating the purpose of how things sound, well, how I like it. I never found the neck to be tight enough for rhythm, and a tight low end on a neck pup would just be strange, IMO, and single coil cleans ftw.

EDIT: What Arterial said
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#29
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P90s

The Beatles
John Fogerty (CCR)
Pete Townshend (The Who)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Not for that long. He had high output custom made pickups fairly quickly
Robby Krieger (The Doors)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Tom Scholz (Boston) Mainly DiMarzio Super Distortions than P90's although he has a P90 in the neck postion of one of his guitars
Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra)
Leslie West (Mountain)
Neil Young
Brian May (Queen)

Fender-style Single Coils

Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
Eric Johnson
Jimi Hendrix
Eric Clapton ((Cream <What??? He used a Tele with Blind Faith and then used Strats for Derek and the Dominos onwards), Derek and the Dominos, solo career)
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) Never heard of a Les Paul called Pearly Gates, it was his main studio guiitar and has been used on every ZZ Top album
Jimmy Page (most of Led Zeppelin’s studio work was a telecaster) Most of it was a Les Paul and bits were Tele. The first album was all Tele but after that it was mainly Les Paul. Most of his studio work in the 60's was a Les Paul Custom with 3 Pick-ups
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Pete Townshend (again)
Randy Bachman (BTO and the Guess Who)
Jeff Beck
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
The Edge (U2)
John Frusciante (RHCP)
Buddy Holly
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Robbie Robertson (The Band)
James Young (Styx)

To name a few.


Sorry about ripping bits of your list up but it was annoying me.
#30
What comes to mind when I hear bridge pickup...

I think aggressive midrange bite, sharpened tone with a tighter low end...
Hmm.. what genre of music uses this... Oh, thats right, metal!!
lol

I never solo with my bridge pickup, it sounds too harsh through my 5150II.
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#31
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Sorry about ripping bits of your list up but it was annoying me.

So you've just taken one famous guitar from their entire lineup and use it to characterize their entire career.

Excellent.

The point was that they've used them for noteworthy pieces.

And I think you'll find that a lot of them used humbuckers live simply because they needed enough volume to play stadium rock and single coils/p90s had horrible noise issues at those levels. It had very little to do with ideal tone.
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#32
Pete Townshend played pretty much every guitar under the sun....he favours Strats now but he's recorded and gigged with Telecasters, Rickenbackers, SGs and Les Pauls.
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#33
^ Exactly my point.

Lots of classic rock artists have used single coils for famous songs. Just because you think it's one particular sound doesn't mean it pigeonholes you into having to use that guitar or those pickups.
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#34
What I do is:

Bridge: Basically almost all my rythm tones, more piercing sounding leads, leads involving a wah-pedal, twangier cleans

Bridge + Neck: Cleans, sometimes very low gain stuff

Neck: Mellow leads, "jazzy" cleans, sometimes for very low gain stuff
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#35
Use of the bridge pickup? try getting good, clean harmonics from your neck pickup, pinch or natural.
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#36
it depends where i`m playing on the neck as to which pickup i select, generally if i`m playing between frets 1-10 i`ll select the bridge if i`m going 10-12 i`ll switch to the neck but prefer the to do alot of the rhythm playing on the bridge if using any high gain, or cleaner stuff i use position 2 on a hsh guitar
#37
Quote by flames649
I bought a fat stratocaster because I liked the humbucker on the bridge to play some distortion stuff, but I realized after playing a bit, guns and roses sounds better on neck, and Nirvana's heavy distortion stuff sounds nice and dark on neck pickup as well.

Distortion and the light sound on the bridge just doesn't sound very good together IMO, does anyone have any bands or songs that uses the bridge humbucker? or any other use for it?


Have you tried playing Guns and Roses rhythms on the neck pickup? It would sound like this humming and indecipherable mush of gain. Most of Welcome to the Jungle is on the bridge pickup, if not all of it. Also, you can't tell me that Smells Like Teen Spirit wasn't played on the bridge pickup. Most bridge pickup stuff I can think of is just rock with the higher amounts of crunch (no room to name all of them). Although, some of the higher gain solos are done on the neck pickup for the deep and singing tone.
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#38
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Have you tried playing Guns and Roses rhythms on the neck pickup? It would sound like this humming and indecipherable mush of gain. Most of Welcome to the Jungle is on the bridge pickup, if not all of it. Also, you can't tell me that Smells Like Teen Spirit wasn't played on the bridge pickup. Most bridge pickup stuff I can think of is just rock with the higher amounts of crunch (no room to name all of them). Although, some of the higher gain solos are done on the neck pickup for the deep and singing tone.


+1

For example OP, "out ta get me" by GNR, intro is definitely bridge pickup, with treble boosted on the amp, giving a raw, edgey distorted tone that cuts through the mix, and the intro solo for "since I don't have you" is done on the neck pickup with a soft, bluesy tone that sounds more rounded off than edgey and raw....

..Best way I could think to describe it using GNR as an example.

Edit

Also, if it sounds better with you on your own at low volumes then cool, but take that into a band mix at high volumes and your neck pickup simply wont cut through the mix for high gain stuff like GNR. It'll sound like undefined mush.
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