#1
How come Humbuck pickups are used more in heavy rock and metal music then single coil pickups?

Also will playing heavy metal on a Fender Standard Stratocaster with single coil pickups damage the amplifier?
#2
How come Humbuck pickups are used more in heavy rock and metal music then single coil pickups?

They sound thicker and hum less.

Also will playing heavy metal on a Fender Standard Stratocaster with single coil pickups damage the amplifier?

No. Why would it damage anything?
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#3
when using a ton of gain, single coils are too noisy. also, buckers are capable of greater output and a chunkier sound.

however, there are single coil sized humbuckers that can be made with really high output.
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#4
Quote by Jack2244
How come Humbuck pickups are used more in heavy rock and metal music then single coil pickups?

Because you can get more punch with humbuckers. Single coil pickups have their use, but it's harder to get a thick sound from single coils.

Also will playing heavy metal on a Fender Standard Stratocaster with single coil pickups damage the amplifier?

Why would it?
#5
Use overwound single coils and a noise gate, and learn how to eq, then you'll get big metal tones - works for me. But it's easier with humbuckers, for sure.
Last edited by J-E-M at Sep 9, 2013,
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Quote by Jack2244
How come Humbuck pickups are used more in heavy rock and metal music then single coil pickups?

Also will playing heavy metal on a Fender Standard Stratocaster with single coil pickups damage the amplifier?


Humbuckers have a more full tone and a higher output, this is because the pickup is essentially TWO single coil pickups. They have the highest capable output of passive pickups (probably actives as well) which heavy rock and metal guys like because it means more distortion and saturation. Lastly humbuckers are not prone to making noise when you stack lots of gain, hence the name humbucker. Single coil pickups fall victim to 60 cycle hum, this is a natural hum created by almost anything that runs off alternating current (the power running into your house) the more gain you stack on a single coil (or P90) the more noticeable the hum will get. And no playing metal on a Strat will not hurt anything, as mentioned you will probably want a noise gate and a EQ pedal but it can certainly pull off the metal sound.
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