#1
Hey guys, what's the best pickup for pinch harmonics? I'm looking for a humbucker to put in my bridge position. Either passive or active is fine. I was thinking the Dimarzio X2N, but I'd like some input. Thanks.
#3
for the most part its not the pickup its your technique i use stock Gibson pickups and my pinch harmonics come out just as good as zakk wylde with his emgs and you dont really need a new amp hope that helps \m/
#4
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#7
you dont need better pickups, I can pinch on a strat, practice
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#8
Regardless of what people say, hotter pickups generally help because they are far more sensitive than other pickups. So even though you should practice to refine you pinch harmonics, getting a pickup with higher output will help you. (do some research on the web as there are quite a few)
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#9
New amp. No, seriously they make a WAY BIGGER difference than any pickup would. Something with a lot of gain like a 6505+ would do it.
#10
I notice my buds super distortion equipped les paul has pinch harmonics just flowing out of it when i play it
#11
It doesn't really matter what pickup you have , you can pinch on anything - Billy Gibbons uses the relatively low output Duncan Pearly Gates and he's pretty much the king of harmonics.
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#12
If you want to be objective about it, you really can't beat regular old EMG's.

That said, the issue may well lie with your technique, or your amp. What gear are you using currently?

I'd be a lot more worried about getting pickups you like the tone of, rather than pickups "best for pinching".
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#14
We've had this argument before. Gear and technique are equally important in this case. You can pinch with PAF pickups. But if you're playing modern metal, it's not going to sound right.

Having the right gear for the job gives a sense of security, knowing that you just have to work on your technique to get it to sound right, since it *should* sound right with your gear. If your gear is all wrong for what you want to do, it'll be much harder to make real progress.
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