#1
I've seen a few guitars, mostly guitars suited for metal, that just have one humbucker. They're certainly not low-end guitars, so what's the advantage to just one pickup? Is it just ease of use or are there actual advantages?
#2
Simplicity usually.
Metal guitars tend to have a single humbucker in the bridge, because it has a very bright sound and you can take off a great deal of the "muddy" high end by adjusting the tone pot.
#3
They're just meant for people who don't need a neck pick-up - there's no point in it being there if you won't use it. Plus it does give the guitar a pretty sweet clean look, I guess.

For the same reason, some guitars have 2 pickups and others have 3 (HH/HSS/SSS/HSH or whatever).
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#6
some people think that single pickup guitars sound slightly better too- no string pull from the neck pickup.
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#7
- Some people have no use for a neck pickup.

- Easier to build 24+ fret guitars without a neck pickup (I would guess).

- Other people, myself included, prefer a very simple design (one pickup, one volume knob, fixed bridge, no hassle).

- It makes the artwork on the Hello Kitty strat stand out more.
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#9
They're on metal guitars primarily because on almost every one pickup guitar, there is also only one volume knob, and the removal of the tone knob brings a more raw, biting, brutal sound out of the single bridge pickup. So there is a tonal difference there.

And why not? Choice is a wonderful thing.
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#10
I have a 1 pickup Agile Intrepid. Its a good guitar, sounds good for what its intended, but the lack of neck pickup really limits its versatility. I have a hard time getting a good clean sound out of it. One way to improve that is to pluck the strings closer to the fretboard, mellows out the sound some, but not as good as a neck pickup would. I will admit though the clean look of body around the edge of the fretboard looks pretty cool.
#12
Simplicity and give a great look to a guitar, especially if it has a large trem on it for example.

Keeps it clean and sleek.

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- Other people, myself included, prefer a very simple design (one pickup, one volume knob, fixed bridge, no hassle).


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- It makes the artwork on the Hello Kitty strat stand out more.



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They're on metal guitars primarily because on almost every one pickup guitar, there is also only one volume knob, and the removal of the tone knob brings a more raw, biting, brutal sound out of the single bridge pickup. So there is a tonal difference there.

And why not? Choice is a wonderful thing.


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#16
Alexi Laiho uses only one pickup, and if you've listened to his playing, that's all he needs.
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