#1
Hey, I'm kinda new to this forums, so I hope I posted this in the right category.

So, I was wondering why some guitarists like Alexi Laiho prefer to use single pickup'ed guitar instead of the regular 2 or 3 pickups. Is there a benefit or something?
#2
maybe they just don't need the extra pickups.
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If it doesn't have at least 3 knobs and a neck pickup, it's not worth playing.
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Personal preference mainly due to the style of music eg like Alexi Laiho and Pat O'brien style is metal

I also find that guitars with middle pickups and even neck pickups get in the way of my picking style and type of picking. I find with my style of playing (metal) i don't need a neck pickup so thats why i've got 4 guitars with only a bridge pickup
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Metal uses a lot of neck pup too...
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I have a 3 pick up guitar but took the middle one out as I never liked the sound and it got in my way.. I mainly use the bridge pickup and ever so often Ill use the neck.. This will probably change, once I change the neck one out to something a bit hotter and tonally pleasing
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Metal uses a lot of neck pup too...


Yes and i was giving examples of players in the metal genre who don't use neck pickups. Did you not read it properly?
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It's just for what you use, all of my guitars have bridge and neck pups, but I very rarely use the neck pick up at all, mostly because I prefer to play rhythms over leads. There's no advantage to having just one pick up except price (which in the case of an Alexi signature model that isn't even a bonus).
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It's just for what you use, all of my guitars have bridge and neck pups, but I very rarely use the neck pick up at all, mostly because I prefer to play rhythms over leads. There's no advantage to having just one pick up except price (which in the case of an Alexi signature model that isn't even a bonus).


1) you can play rhythm or leads on any pickup you want.
2) The neck pickup is usually used for rythm and the bridge for leads cos it cuts into the mix better.
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It's just for what you use, all of my guitars have bridge and neck pups, but I very rarely use the neck pick up at all, mostly because I prefer to play rhythms over leads. There's no advantage to having just one pick up except price (which in the case of an Alexi signature model that isn't even a bonus).


Obviously didn't read my post. The advantage for ME and probaly other people whom i'm not aware of is that the lack of a neck pickup doesn't disrupt MY picking ability
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1) you can play rhythm or leads on any pickup you want.
2) The neck pickup is usually used for rythm and the bridge for leads cos it cuts into the mix better.


That's why I do it the other way around haha. I find the bridge pick up to be too harsh and aggressive for leads whereas the neck just smooths it out and makes it sound nice, with my set up anyway. (and by leads I mean solos, I used the wrong terminology lol)

Obviously didn't read my post. The advantage for ME and probaly other people whom i'm not aware of is that the lack of a neck pickup doesn't disrupt MY picking ability


I did, but I was responding to the original post, not yours. I would've quoted it if I was :P
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That's why I do it the other way around haha. I find the bridge pick up to be too harsh and aggressive for leads whereas the neck just smooths it out and makes it sound nice, with my set up anyway. (and by leads I mean solos, I used the wrong terminology lol)



I did, but I was responding to the original post, not yours. I would've quoted it if I was :P


So you read my post and still said there is No Advantage?
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So you read my post and still said there is No Advantage?


Yep, as that's a personal advantage, not a general one Also I did say price was an advantage, except on Alexi sig models, cause those are crazy expensive... Though I still want one haha.
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Yep, as that's a personal advantage, not a general one Also I did say price was an advantage, except on Alexi sig models, cause those are crazy expensive... Though I still want one haha.


I think the clue is in the name...Advantage...my personal and maybe others i don't know of advantage but it is still an advantage none the less.
Also if you're tossing up the idea of buying an Alexi guitar I think it's worth it as I own 3 of them
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#18
Some people don't need bunches of pickups. I play one kind of music for the most part. I need ONE kind of sound, so my main guitar has ONE pickup, because I'm happy with it. Others are not happy with such a limited setup. They may want 5 pickups. I happen to not care.
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1) you can play rhythm or leads on any pickup you want.
2) The neck pickup is usually used for rythm and the bridge for leads cos it cuts into the mix better.

I think you have this backwards.

The bridge has more treble, true, but the neck pup is louder and smoother.
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I think you have this backwards.

The bridge has more treble, true, but the neck pup is louder and smoother.

I dunno it really depends on what you're doing. Generally speaking it is true that the bridge is better for crunchy rhythms while the neck is smoother for leads, but sometimes you want the opposite effect. You can't really say it like its a rule.
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I dunno it really depends on what you're doing. Generally speaking it is true that the bridge is better for crunchy rhythms while the neck is smoother for leads, but sometimes you want the opposite effect. You can't really say it like its a rule.

You can do whatever you like. I'm just saying if you're going to generalize with a broad statement, at least pick the one that's more correct or common.
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#25
Different people like different numbers of pickups. I recommend that if you don't know which you prefer yet, buy a 2 pickup guitar. They are the most common and the best middle ground for seeing where you want to go.

As a general statement, the Bridge Pickup is brighter and has more output than the Neck Pickup, which usually has less output, more bass, and some more mids.

The neck pickup is usually used for cleans, creamy leads, or liquid-sounding metal leads.

The bridge pickups is usually used for rhythms, or brighter, more clear leads.

Some examples: the intro to Sweet Child O Mine is played on Slash's Neck Pickup, wheras Welcome To the Jungle is all played on his Bridge pickup.

The bridge pickup is brighter with more bite to it, where the neck pickup is more smooth and has more mids.

It's not really a genre-based thing, like some of the previous posters made it sound. I play metal and would be crippled without my neck pickup. Zakk Wylde (from Ozzy and Black Label Society) uses both pickups quite often, as well as John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Mark Morton (Lamb of God), Kirk Hammet (Metallica), Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold), and mant others. You can easily put a different pickup in the neck if you would want a different sound, too.