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#1
The title says it all. I know the fender esquire has some special switching options, but guitars like the Les Paul junior or PRS SE One don't have any unique options. In fact, the PRS SE One just has the one volume knob. So, besides aesthetics. why get that as opposed to a guitar with another pickup?
#2
maybe you just play music where that's literally all you need? there's the Jackson RR24 that only has one pick up and a FR.
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#3
Because it sounds great? Why get a guitar with only two pickups? A strat has 3, it must be even better. Why get a guitar with a stopbar instead of a bridge and tailpiece, or 21 frets instead of 22, or 22 instead of 24?

If you don't need it, it's not necessary. Plus, it's cheaper.
#4
Alexi Laiho does a damn good job with only one pickup
As does Roope Latvala
#5
Cost and simplicity. All there is to say has been said by Roc and random.

Never really been a fan of 1 pup guitars.. that big open space between the pup and the neck bothers me for the strangest reason.. Plus who doesn't like different tonal options?

The COB boys do kill with them though
#6
Thanks for the responses, everybody. I can understand that some people only need the bridge pickup, or neck for some. The PRS SE One is only $300 or $400, a MUCH lower price than many guitars they make. I've heard that single pickup guitars have a "purer" tone because they have less electronics, but that seems like a load of bull to me.
#7
I would assume there is a tonal difference in not having current drawn away from your pickup by additional wiring to a selector switch?

If all you need is one solid sound then one pickup makes a lot of sense. Switches, wires, and resistors all rob your tone.
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#8
Pickups create current, not draw it.

Still, it is very often true that simplicity in the circuit results in a clearer and often "purer" or "more open" sounding tone, if you can put up with such adjectives. It's certainly easier to make a good sounding instrument if there are fewer variables to mess up. In guitar circuits, adding options tends to detract from the 'tone' as we call it, so a single pickup, single volume control guitar is the ultimate exercise in 'less is more,' though whether it is or not depends on the quality of the instrument.
#10
It's a really good guitar.

There's something about the SE one and the LP Junior that I can't put my finger on, but they sound particularly woody and open. I really don't want to believe it's the single pickup, but besides the stopbar tailpiece there's not much difference between them and tons of other models. Play one, you'll see what I mean. The Korina SE models are excellent, too. If you're not sold on the one-pickup one, try the 2-pickup Korina single cut. It's a unique sounding wood.
#11
If your buying certain guitars then sometimes you can assume that you'll be playing one style of music with it. A lot of metal players for example rarely use the neck pick up, so why bother having it. Simple as that really.
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#12
i find that neck pickups clean your playing a bit....mabye it feels like cheating to some peopel
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#13
Because I have a guitar with three pick up's and some with two pick up's so I needed some with one pick up . I like the sound too .
#14
well I know someone who has a lot of guitars with only 1 pu:
Billy Gibbons
And while his style may arguable be a matter of taste ( i think it's awesome, but everyone is entitled to an opinion) his tone is legendary.
So if you like it go for it.
#16
Some people like the simplicity of it (both is appearance and function). No extra knobs, pickups, wires, or any of that to worry about. Some people also don't use their neck pickups often, so there's no point in putting a neck pickup.

I personally admire Alexi Laiho's rig because of how simple it is; I don't think he even uses any effects besides what's already on his amp. It's almost plug and play if you know what I mean.
#17
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Some people like the simplicity of it (both is appearance and function). No extra knobs, pickups, wires, or any of that to worry about. Some people also don't use their neck pickups often, so there's no point in putting a neck pickup.

I personally admire Alexi Laiho's rig because of how simple it is; I don't think he even uses any effects besides what's already on his amp. It's almost plug and play if you know what I mean.

http://www.uberproaudio.com/who-plays-what/210-children-of-bodom-alexi-laihos-guitar-gear-rig-and-equipment

according to that, he uses an over drive, wah, and chorus pedal as well.
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#18
I've heard the argument that less pickups means less magnetic pull on the strings and therefore better sustain. Not sure how much of a difference that'd make though really.
#19
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It's a really good guitar.

There's something about the SE one and the LP Junior that I can't put my finger on, but they sound particularly woody and open. I really don't want to believe it's the single pickup, but besides the stopbar tailpiece there's not much difference between them and tons of other models.

my theory is that not having a large chunk of wood scooped out underneath the neck joint plus not having the magnet there to create a magnetic pull (no matter how small) on the strings at the position where they should be vibrating most freely could contribute towards it a little bit. obviously everything that i've said is debateable though...
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#20
Also, less routing for pickups if you only have one.

Less routing=more wood.
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#21
I have a BC Rich SOB Avenge. Came with a single bucker and shitty BC Rich Hardware. All the hardware been replaced with Gotoh and the pickup replaced with a MotherBucker. Sounds amazing on all four coils (Motherbucker is actually two humbuckers in one pickup) and very clean on two coils.

At the moment i have it 2 or four coils with a push pull.... but im getting individual toggles soon.

Single Pickup is amazing, but obviously more gives you more options.
#22
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As does Roope Latvala

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#23
So lets take away the Squire or whatever for the reason of cheapness.
And take away the LP Junior and PRS for the reason it's classy.
Let's throw in guitars such as Kramer and Charvel with one bridge humbucker and a single volume knob.
There's more wood and treble, preferably for metal. (usually only metal)
What's so wrong with that?
As long as it's got up to 24 frets to fill in the open gap look where a neck pickup is, and it's got an awesome crackle paintjob, then it's a win win situation for a shredder guitar.
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#24
although my favourite guitar (godin redline) has only 1 pickup, i kinda wish it had 2. its just more versatility. even if you dont use it, its still there if you ever need it
#25
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So lets take away the Squire or whatever for the reason of cheapness.
And take away the LP Junior and PRS for the reason it's classy.
Let's throw in guitars such as Kramer and Charvel with one bridge humbucker and a single volume knob.
There's more wood and treble, preferably for metal. (usually only metal)
What's so wrong with that?
As long as it's got up to 24 frets to fill in the open gap look where a neck pickup is, and it's got an awesome crackle paintjob, then it's a win win situation for a shredder guitar.


OK metal head, let me school you. It's the fender esquire and it is not a cheap guitar, and is every bit as class as a PRS or more so in the eye of the beholder. if you mean the brand, it's squier, a squire is a boy training to be a knight. Esquires still have a neck route so the wood argument doesn't work for them.

I own a tele which I put texas specials and a 4 way switch in for the tonal variety, what happened? I kept it on the bridge, full tone. So I got a gfs esquire guard, slapped it on and wired it for a modern/cocked wah style, and 9/10 times I use it with the tone knob out of the circuit. almost everything sounds like a muddy mess to me, except this guitar.
#26
I RARELY play on anything other than the bridge pick up. If you are like me, then a guitar with only a bridge pick up makes perfect sense. Still, without that other pick up I feel like I am only getting half a guitar so I never look into them
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#27
It seems like I might have to add a one pickup guitar to my collection then. I like using the neck pickup as, and I know there's a sweet Godin hollowbody with p90 in the neck that I played in guitar center that sounded incredible =). Easily the best tone I've heard in a long time.
#28
why a single pickup? I'll tell you.

B0NERS. This guitar is made of them
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#30
I personally love some single pickup guitars. There's just this thing about them, a sort of "plug in and rock out" feel to them that I really, really love.

This has got to be my favorite single pickup guitar, I love the simplistic look and feel of it: http://taylorguitars.webs.com/Tom_Delonge_large.jpg
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#31
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Cost and simplicity. All there is to say has been said by Roc and random.

Never really been a fan of 1 pup guitars.. that big open space between the pup and the neck bothers me for the strangest reason.. Plus who doesn't like different tonal options?

The COB boys do kill with them though

I could never play without a neck pickup, but man Alexi and Roope shred like no others and they just stick with bridge pickups. My lead tone is harsh with my bridge pickup

OFF NOTE: Aw mah gawd less than a week until I see them again AND Devin ****ing Townsend.
#32
Some have a hell of a tone, I bought a peavey occ special with only 1 pickup and it sounded great, it could go from heavy rock to really soft blues, it was my first guitar, still got it to!
#33
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OK metal head, let me school you. It's the fender esquire and it is not a cheap guitar, and is every bit as class as a PRS or more so in the eye of the beholder. if you mean the brand, it's squier, a squire is a boy training to be a knight. Esquires still have a neck route so the wood argument doesn't work for them.

I own a tele which I put texas specials and a 4 way switch in for the tonal variety, what happened? I kept it on the bridge, full tone. So I got a gfs esquire guard, slapped it on and wired it for a modern/cocked wah style, and 9/10 times I use it with the tone knob out of the circuit. almost everything sounds like a muddy mess to me, except this guitar.

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#34
I love the dual pickup look, and even the sss or ssh config looks fine on strats.

But single picks look strange to me.

But I really want the Anhilaltor that Doyle from the misfits/gorgeous frankenstein created. it only have a single.

looks great besides a single picl
#35
Well I rarely use a neck pick up....and it's simple.
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#36
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#37
Really depends on your needs... I mainly only use my bridge pick up but i love the versatility of having a neck pick up and more than one volume knob. Especially for when im feeling creative.
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#38
One of the greatest guitar prodigies alive, Tom Delonge, only used one pickup during the golden ages (1998-2003).
But don't take it from me. Take it from Tom.

#39
I'm going to be that guy and say you could coil-tap/split the pickup, adding another tone option...
#40
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