drizzt26
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#1
I have spent so much time just trying to learn songs I am behind on learning a key element…which pickup to use. If anyone would be kind enough to help me out with advice on application I would be grateful. Groups I play. Rage, GNR, Metillica, Tool, ACDC. I run a Boogie. Play Les Pauls with original Tim Shaws in the neck and Duncan SH4 in the Bridge. Thanks in advance guys
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#2
They both sound different. So use the bridge pickup when you want the sound the bridge pickup gives you, and use the neck pickup when you want the sound the neck pickup gives you.

And if you can't tell the difference? Well, it doesn't really matter then does it? In that case just wait until your ear improves and start worrying about it when you CAN tell the difference.
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#3
Or if you want a general rule of thumb: neck for solos and sometimes lead guitar parts, bridge for everything else.
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Or if you want a general rule of thumb: neck for solos and sometimes lead guitar parts, bridge for everything else.


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#5
probably just stick with the neck* pickup for now, even for leads. i find that the neck pickup is really only useful when you want that specific, smoother sound where the notes seem like they're bleeding into each other.

i always use the neck pickup for cleans though, it just makes it sound so much fuller.

*edit: i meant to say bridge here
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steven seagull
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#6
you meant to say "bridge" first, didn't you?
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#7
Quote by steven seagull
you meant to say "bridge" first, didn't you?


yuuup i did. sorry for the confusion!
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#8
whatever sounds more appropriate

as a general rule of thumb, for heavier/more distorted rhythm parts you generally use the bridge pickup. for solos you can use either neck or bridge. for cleaner passages I tend to like the "in-between" settings.
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#9
As Mr Seagull said, go with whichever gets you the sound you want.
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