#1
i was thinking of getting a hh jaguar or an sg am now thinking more towards lp junior one of the reasons would be because it only has one pickup and i have heard that the magnets in the neck stop the strings vibrating as well as with just one which makes less sustan and ont as good harmonics and less tone how true is this? and also would this mean strats would not sound as good a les paul juniors
#2
If the neck pickup is at the right height, that wouldn't be an issue. I have a guitar with a neck and bridge pickups and have ZERO issues with the neck pickup causing strings to stop vibrating.

Pickups give you options. That's all. If you have a bridge pickup, it's going to be EQ'ed differently than most neck pickups.
#3
if you have the string height so tiny that the magnet is affecting the string's movement significantly, you need to raise the strings.
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if you have the string height so tiny that the magnet is affecting the string's movement significantly, you need to raise the strings.


Or lower the pickup a bit.

I'd never mess with my action if it's just right. I like where the strings are relative to the neck.
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Or lower the pickup a bit.

I'd never mess with my action if it's just right. I like where the strings are relative to the neck.


absolutely right, don't change the string height because of that. my bad.
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#6
I think for most people, having the extra pickup is more valuable than whatever tiny advantage you might gain from not having it there.

If it's your 19th guitar, sure, why not. If you have played for 10 years and haven't used the neck pickup in the last 8, go for it. For most people, though, the tradeoff is heavily in favor of greater versatility over a small tonal benefit.
#7
like everyone has said so far- string pull should be very minimal. dont worry about it i say.

i recently blocked up the neck cavity of my SG and put in a (very tasty) Mosrite pickup.
i enjoy the look and simplicity of single pickup guitars very much, but i find myself missing the neck pickup more and more recently, especially for the avant garde/noise punk/ post punk stuff i've been playing lately
#8
I love how guitars look with a single pickup but I find that I really need a neck pickup to do what I need to do on a guitar. It's a bit too restrictive with a 1 pup/1 vol setup. You could probably get away with it if you had a tone pot as well but even still, I would rather a 2 pup guitar.
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#9
My first guitar was a Peavey Patriot, with a single humbucker in the bridge, and a single volume knob.

Best. Guitar. Ever.

Also, I thought that when you adjust your pickup height just perfect, the strings go in and out of the magnetic field (relatively) and they just keep floppin' around like that?
#10
Single pickup guitar is pretty much only for guitarists (usually metal) who absolutely never use the neck pickup for anything, even solos. Simplifies things by removing one unnecessary part you dont want in your guitar. Same thing with tone knobs. If its always at 10 why even have it in the first place. (Personally I bypass tone knobs on my guitars)

Otherwise you want them (neck pup and tone knob) for the sake of versatility. The string pull is not a valid reason to not have a neck pickup. Neck pickup should be pretty far from the strings because the strings vibrate a lot more above it than in the bridge. Also neck pickups tend to be weaker, less hot, than their bridge counterpart. Its impossible for it to affect sustain in any meaningful way unless you go nuts with the pickup heights. But if you do that you should really question yourself why you want it that high in the first place.

The pull can be a realistic problem only with super hot passive pickups with insane magnets (like X2N in my sig) which you have to screw down to pretty much same level as most neck pickups are, maybe even below.

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I think for most people, having the extra pickup is more valuable than whatever tiny advantage you might gain from not having it there.

If it's your 19th guitar, sure, why not. If you have played for 10 years and haven't used the neck pickup in the last 8, go for it. For most people, though, the tradeoff is heavily in favor of greater versatility over a small tonal benefit.


that's what i'd have thought too
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i was thinking of getting a hh jaguar or an sg am now thinking more towards lp junior one of the reasons would be because it only has one pickup and i have heard that the magnets in the neck stop the strings vibrating as well as with just one which makes less sustan and ont as good harmonics and less tone how true is this? and also would this mean strats would not sound as good a les paul juniors


And yet, for sixty years two and three pickup guitars have existed and even dominated music. So how *important* do you think that whole business of "magnets in the neck stopping the strings vibrating..." might be to the sound of the guitar?
#13
Do you use neck pickup? If yes, buy a two pickup guitar. If not, it doesn't matter (though I like the looks of single pickup guitars).
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#14
I have a couple of single bucker guitars, i used to like it but now i need at least two humbuckers, as leads i play on the neck pick, bridge for heavier riffing.
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#15
Woah, I've never heard the magnet thing before. My thought was always because if you don't put the signal through another switch, your tone wont get dampened in any way through the different mediums that it travels through (the metal in the switch/solder.) Kind of like the same reason people bypass their pots.