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#1
Hello Everyone,

Me and some other guys are doing a paper on guitar pickups and we would like to know-

How long you have been playing guitar?

What style of music do you play?

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
#2
2 years.

Blues, Jazz, Rock, Thrash and everything in between.

Depends on what i am playing. Only constant is no mud.

Seymour Duncan.

Install them myself.
#3
Close to 3 years,
Metal, Hard Rock, Classic Rock and Blues,
Depends, For my bridge, I look for power and gain. In the neck? Singing Cleans
I love DiMarzio's, They're the best I've played so far
Install by a Pro, This way, if it gets f*cked up, I'm rich.
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#4
About 5 years.

Mostly blues, metal and everything in between.

Fat sound, chunky distortion and warm/dark sounding cleans.

Dimarzio, Seymour Duncan, Bareknuckle pickups.

Install them myself.
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#5
About 3 Years

Medium Gain Rock (Gain but no metal)/ Jazz

In the neck, A chunky but un-muddy gain. In the bridge, coil-splittable cleans and a good lead channell.

Seymour Duncan ( I feel obliged to reccomend TDM pups even though I've never heard them lol)

Install them myself...
#6
How long you have been playing guitar?

8 years

What style of music do you play?

metal and anything else
What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?

clear and precise, i like a nice middy tone with balls
What manufacturers do you prefer to get?

EMGs pretty much exclusively

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?


pro.

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#7
Under 3 years

Power metal, Thrash metal, Metalcore, Hard Rock

Something versatile that can handle everything from high gain to soft cleans.

Seymour Duncan (Bare knuckle warpigs seem incredible if I just wanted high gain stuff)

Professional. Though if I did research I could prolly do it myself just fine.
#8
How long you have been playing guitar?
About 4 years now

What style of music do you play?
I try and get a bit of everything, but mainly metal and prog

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
My neck sound is clear but still with warmth, I prefer slighty toned down singlecoils and P90s to humbuckers here.
My bridge sound is tight on the bass, lots of mids and punch, with a lower treble setting so as not to get fizzy, but high enough to avoid wooliness. Humbuckers all the way here

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
The best pickups I've used are PRS and Bare Knuckle, so definitely those, although I'm curious about Wolfetone

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
I used to go to a pro but now I prefer to do them myself since it's considerably cheaper
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#9
Just over 5 years

Prog rock/metal, death metal and jazzy fusion stuff

i love really smooth leads and clear cleans, with warmth for rhythm playing. clarity is very important, muddy tone is not good

My personal favorite brand is dimarzio, but seymour duncans are also very good. not much experiance with others

i have installed myself in the past, but i prefere to let a professinal do it
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#10
How long you have been playing guitar?

Around 4 years.

What style of music do you play?

Alternative rock (mostly grunge/post-grunge and shoegaze), post-hardcore, space rock, alternative metal, progressive rock, some hard rock, some punk rock/pop punk, and some clean, folkish music as well.

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?

Warm, mellow cleans. Balanced-to-slightly-thicker distortions/overdrives/fuzzes.

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?

I don't know many pickup manufacturers besides the usual (popular?) ones. However I'd say Seymour Duncan, mostly because I'd like to install a couple of Phat Cats on my guitar in the future. Then again, I don't know that many pickup manufacturers.

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?

Pro.

EDIT:
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#11
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Hello Everyone,

Me and some other guys are doing a paper on guitar pickups and we would like to know-

How long you have been playing guitar?

What style of music do you play?

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?


4 years
prog-metal/death metal
neck pickup: smooth and warm
bridge: tight, boosted mids and articulate
dimarzio
professional
#12
How long you have been playing guitar? 2 years

What style of music do you play? Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Pantera, 70s-80s hard rock, speed metal, thrash metal and a little neoclassical shred

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup? Gainy, over-the-top metal rhythm tone from my bridge, and good cleans from my neck, preferably with a good shred tone

What manufacturers do you prefer to get? DiMarzio

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it? I'd rather install myself, because I want to be a luthier if my musical career fails, so...extra practice. =D
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#13
How long you have been playing guitar?
Five years and a bit, I forget exactly when I started. It's probably much closer to six years now.

What style of music do you play?
Gothic metal, blues, classic rock and pop-punk; a little bit of standard Bon Jovi-meets-Foo Fighters type normal rock too.

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
Depends on the guitar and what I need to get out of that guitar. Pickups don't effect the tone anywhere near as much as the wood and construction of a guitar does so what pickup I would put in a set neck mahogany and maple guitar is quite different to what pickup I would put in a through-neck alder and maple guitar. Generally though, clarity and full response is what I'm after. I can't stand muddy tones. I can't stand any hum either, so full wax potting and some kind of hum-cancelling technology is an absolute must for me. I often pick pickups which will balance out the wood/construction/hardware of the guitar since I like to make full use of my amp's controls, rather than have a guitar that is always dark sounding, always bright sounding, etc.

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
Swineshead were my brand of choice, but they have closed down for now. I 'default' to Seymour Duncan for passive pickups and EMG for active pickups, although I have a soft spot for Gibson pickups as well. I happily go to G&B and Tonerider if I'm on a budget for a particular guitar.

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
Nobody touches my guitars but me and I don't now why anyone would need to pay someone else to install pickups, it takes twenty minutes with a cheap soldering iron (even less hassle if you use EMG pickusp with their solderless install system).
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#14
How long you have been playing guitar?
8 years come next month.

What style of music do you play?
Psychadelic, Surf, Math Rock, Noise Rock, Grunge.

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
Lots of Midrange and a very prominant harmonic ring. I need the pickup to be voiced very specifically for those key harmonics, as I rely on it with my style. I go from cleans with lots of reverb to distortion with lots of Phaser, so having a very clearly voiced pickup is essential.

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
The pickup manufacturer I've relied on for my guitars is Lace. I tend to be very keen on the Lace Sensor Golds and Hot Golds because they give me the criteria I look for as you can read above.

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
The only reason I'd rather install myself is to save cost. I do what I'm able to do, but if I get over my head I always take my guitars to a professional.
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#15
3 years

Mainly new prog(Muse, Radiohead) but a bit of everything really.

Nice clear cleans and thick distortion with lots of trebley sounds

Well I quite like DiMarzio and Bareknuckle pickups they deliver such good sounds

I'm not great with guitar repair etc. but if I knew how to I would but because I don't no :P
#17
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GTFO, now.

anyways

about 2 and a half years now?

I play metalcore, punk, pup punk, metal, blues, hard rock, and a little bit of progressive.

a good high amount of midrange, and my bass is normally set to about 3:30 and my treble to about 11 or 12.

Honestly, depends what i'm playing. Seymour Duncan's are very well rounded, but i find PRS pickups to be working wonders for what tones i want, i just adjust the eq and gain a tiny bit to reconfigure and make everything fit to my ears. EMG's actually do pretty good blues tone when you roll back the volume knob and the same with the punk tones. Dimarzios are pretty good too, but I basically am looking at SD's and PRS' for my favorite pickups.

i only let a tech do it for me once, and he let me watch and gave me a discount since we're good family friends. i learned how to do everything from him, so now i dont need a professional's help.
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#18
How long you have been playing guitar? 4 years

What style of music do you play? Metal

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup? chunky thick and warm

What manufacturers do you prefer to get? Seymour Duncan and Bare Knuckle Pickups

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it? professional due to not owning a soldering iron
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#19
18 months or so

A combination - indie to metal to other

Something really beefy, thick mids and plenty of clarity

EMG, Iron Gear, Bareknuckle (the latter being the tastiest)

Have someone do it - I'm terrible at doing it
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#20
How long you have been playing guitar?
a little over ten years

What style of music do you play?
blues, rock and a touch of everything else

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
depends on the guitar. Each guitar has its own characteristics and that will dictate what kind of fine tuning with the pickups I need.

It has to be clear and articulate, no mud. A huge thing in pickups for me is being able to turn the volume knob down and the pickup still retain its character.

What manufacturers do you prefer to get? Guitarforce. I always had read about boutique pickups and how much better they are, so I decided to try it out for myself. I must say after I installed some Guitarforce pups, it sounded like I pulled a blanket out from over my speakers. Everything became clearer and more responsive. Overall I am completely sold on boutique pickups. Although I have used a bunch of Dimarzio pickups and have had great results as well.

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it? I'll do it myself
My Gear
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Tribute (Bare Knuckle Nailbombs)
-Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul (Seymour Duncan Pegasus and Sentinent)
-Ibanez S470 (Dimarzio D-sonic and Humbucker from Hell)
-PRS SE Custom (Guitarforce Black Diamond and Lord of the Blues)

Amp:
Marshall TSL100
EVH 5150III EL-34 50w
Marshall 1960a cab

Effects:
Dunlop 535q wah
Boss Super Chorus
Bogner Uberschall
Ibanez DE7 Delay
Electro-Harmonix Power Booster
Fender PT100 Pedal Tuner

Strings:
Ernie Ball Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom 10-52
#21
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And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it? professional due to not owning a soldering iron
Dude, a soldering iron will cost a fraction of what it costs to have someone else install pickups for you and it lasts for years and years. Buy one and learn how to use it, you'll kick yourself for having ever paid someone else to do it.
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#22
How long you have been playing guitar? 6 years

What style of music do you play? death Metal / prog metal / deathcore/ jazz/ blues / indie

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup? Awesome lows but still audible highs

What manufacturers do you prefer to get? Blues/ jazz i really like PRS Deathmetal etc, EMGs/ seymours and for everything else Dimarzios

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it? Depends on what guitar it is, for example, the wiring diagram for a push/pull 3 pickup guitar was too much for me so I just gave it to the pros :P
#23
I'm not giving you my pickup lines OP.
They're too good to be spread around!

Although in a few days i could give my thoughts on a rg550 with dimarzio tone zone/true velvet/air norton fitted. But meh
#24
"How long you have been playing guitar?" - It'll be three years in November 2010.

"What style of music do you play?" - Most often pretty much every kind of metal, though sometimes some classic and prog rock, as well as a bit of instrumental rock/shred and clean fingerpicking/chord-y stuff.

"What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?" - I like my bridge pickups to have a lot of sustain, and be able to bring out a good mid-high gain sound with tight, clear response, not too noisy, and be able to really crunch rhythms or scream leads if I want it to. In a neck pickup I usually look for good bass/mid level response, and can do clean sections and smooth low gain solos without too much bite, but not muddy either.

"What manufacturers do you prefer to get?" - Seymour Duncan if they're passive, and EMG if they're active. Though I'm considering buying Bareknuckle pickups son just to see what all the hype is about.

"And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?" - If I knew how I'd rather have myself do it, but since I don't it's safer for me to get a professional to install them.
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#25
15 years

Motor City Pickup (humbucker) Custom over wound AFWAYU. I love this thing. It is based off of the Afwayu but really really really hot with a lot of lows cut mids and med highs.

Metal/Death/Metalcore

Looking for a pickup that has a lot of low punch but isnt mud

I do all of my own work.
#26
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15 years

Motor City Pickup (humbucker) Custom over wound AFWAYU. I love this thing. It is based off of the Afwayu but really really really hot with a lot of lows cut mids and med highs.

Metal/Death/Metalcore

Looking for a pickup that has a lot of low punch but isnt mud

I do all of my own work.



check out the Guitarforce Black Diamond
My Gear
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Tribute (Bare Knuckle Nailbombs)
-Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul (Seymour Duncan Pegasus and Sentinent)
-Ibanez S470 (Dimarzio D-sonic and Humbucker from Hell)
-PRS SE Custom (Guitarforce Black Diamond and Lord of the Blues)

Amp:
Marshall TSL100
EVH 5150III EL-34 50w
Marshall 1960a cab

Effects:
Dunlop 535q wah
Boss Super Chorus
Bogner Uberschall
Ibanez DE7 Delay
Electro-Harmonix Power Booster
Fender PT100 Pedal Tuner

Strings:
Ernie Ball Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom 10-52
#27
How long you have been playing guitar?
2 years

What style of music do you play?
Hard rock, blues, funk

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
nice warm clean tone, and a clear beefy distortion.

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
I originally had texas specials, i keep it for my stratty solos, and hotrailed my guitar (Seymour duncan SHR-1)

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
in a budget crunch, i kind of took a leap of faith and did it myself, it came out fine. but if i had to do it again i would do everything but the soldering, they charge less but put me down for pro.
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#28
7years

Metal, jazz, prog, and classical

Tight, punchy hot pups with a neck that brings out a smooth clean tone

EMG's primarily, SD's, and DiMarzio's

Pro, not enough time to do it myself anymore.
ESP Eclipse Standard Series W/ PRS Santana II Pickups
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Avatar 412 Traditional Cab(v30's+G12H30's)
Malekko, Rocktron, T-Rex and MXR/Dunlop pedals
#29
Quote by pickupsguy1987


How long you have been playing guitar?
About 2.5 years.

What style of music do you play?
Anything from Alternative to Metal to Progressive.

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
Bridge pickup-Humbucker, Nice crunchy high gain sounds.
Neck-Humbucker, Soaring high gain leads, thick creamy cleans. Also, coil split for "strat" like cleans.)


What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
Dimarzio Crunchlab in the bridge, Liquifire in the neck.

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
Myself.


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#30
How long you have been playing guitar?


Since 1988.
What style of music do you play?

Various rock styles (surf, hard, metal, prog, etc.), rock/jazz fusion, and some classical.
What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?


It depends upon what I want the guitar to do.

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?


I usually don't change out the pickups in my guitars, so whatever is standard on the model I choose is what I keep. As a result, on my various guitars, I have Seymour Duncans, DiMarzio and so forth.

However, I did swap out some no-names on a Jon Kammerer prototype for some Lace Alumitones and LOVE them.

I'm also looking to swap out the humbuckers on a Dean EVO Special Select with some Tesla VR Extremes.
And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?


I go pro all the way.
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#31
How long you have been playing guitar?
9 years

What style of music do you play?
a mixture of Punk, Stoner, Desert and Prog Rock with Jazz and Blues

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
A warm clean lead tone and a creamy overdriven rhythm tone in the neck position, and a good crunchy distorted tone in the bridge position

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan if I have the money, otherwise GFS

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
A pro. I don't want to mess up my guitar with my poor soldering skills.
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#32
Well:

Q:How long you have been playing guitar?

A: 2 Years, almost 3.

Q:What style of music do you play?

A: From Johnny Cash to Slipknot, Progressive Metal, Classic Rock, Blues.

Q:What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?

A: A Fat, Tight, Middy sound that's powerful, expressive and articulate, good sustain and harmonics, and not muddy with single note runs, and defined lower notes, even with very heavy distortion when playing very different and absurd power chords, but still very controlled, yet aggressive. Warm jazzy cleans with a good balance of everything, but not too boomy in the bass department.

Q:What manufacturers do you prefer to get?

A: Dimarzio, thought about SD's and EMG's, but they just don't work for me.

Q:And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?

A: Myself, save me some $80.
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#33
1. 5 years

2. Blues, Classic Rock, Jazz, Hardcore, Post-Hardcore, Punk, Alternative, Progressive Punk (lol)

3. Real thick but punchy and crisp sound.

4. Depends, I like a lot of manufacturers. Mostly rely on Seymour Duncans, but I like the way lollars and bareknuckle pups sound. Also starting to look into Lace Sensors.

5. Myself. I hate putting my guitar(s) in someone elses hands.
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#34
How long you have been playing guitar?

8 years.

What style of music do you play?

Hard rock, metal, blues.

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?

Bridge pickups must be able to push a valve amp into decent gain and retain clarity and depth. Neck pickups must be smooth on a gain channel and kinda delicate on a clean channel.

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?

Seymour Duncan.

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?

I prefer to do them myself, more than qualified and im addicted to modifying and building guitars.
#35
How long you have been playing guitar?
Just under 7 years.

What style of music do you play?
A bit of everything except modern metal. Mostly jazz/funk fusion lately.

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
Lots of low end. Slightly scooped midrange. Smooth high end.

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
Lollar.

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
Myself. Anything else is a massive rip off.
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#36
How long you have been playing guitar?
3 years

What style of music do you play?
Metal, mostly. Some blues, but mostly guitar heavy metal

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
Very high output, but with a smooth edge to it

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
Seymour Duncan

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
Well, after being charged $80 just to get 1 passive pickup changed, I'm installing it myself from now on
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#37
4 years

Blues, Classic Rock, Metal

Thick and clear tone

RockMonkey, Bareknuckle (Yet to try), Bulldog Pickups

I usually do it myself.
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#38
How long you have been playing guitar?

9 going on 10 years mate.

What style of music do you play?

I play Industrial mainly, along with metal and gothic. (old school)


What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?

I prefer my pickup to have a flat response as i use an equalizer to shape my tone.
A pickup with a large shape in its tone would not be desired.

EDIT: Also the pickup must be able to handle low notes from G and up. I do not tune that low but the low end harmonics from the B string get quite low. So it has to be clear. Without a clear pickup no amount of equalization can help you


What manufacturers do you prefer to get?

I have no set preference. I choose which ever will get the job done.


And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?

Myself, I do not trust others to do things the way want them done. As normally it never fully happens.
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#39
How long you have been playing guitar?
45 years

What style of music do you play?
Rock, Blues, some lighter pop, country, folk

What kind of sound you are looking for in your pickup?
varies with the guitar/style. I really don't want high output for metal from my 12-string

What manufacturers do you prefer to get?
No preference. What sounds good for the job. I have Skatterbranes, EMGs, Wilkinsons, DiMarzio, Bill Lawrence and unbranded.

And if you would rather install them yourself or have a professional do it?
DIY. I learned how to solder as a kid (with non-electric irons) and diagrams are easy to follow.
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#40
1. 2 years

2. Thrash metal, speed metal, and shred

3. Beefy bridge rhythm tones, smooth neck lead tones

4. DiMarzio

5. I would install them myself if I knew how to solder.
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