#1
Hey guys,


I'm buying a guitar pickup for a friend as a birthday gift. Since I can't afford a new decent guitar, I've decided to give him a pickup so it can be exchanged between guitars in case he upgrade his.

It's a 3 pickup guitar (don't ask me the models etc because I don't know ) and he plays very different styles, like from blues to something more distorted.
The only brand I know it's good is DiMarzio ( I'm more of a piano guy)

Here are my questions
-First, this is a top brand, right?
- Any recommendations for one that is good for both styles?
- Or can someone recommend a good 2 pickup combination?

Thanks
#2
Quote by enrico7879
Hey guys,


I'm buying a guitar pickup for a friend as a birthday gift. Since I can't afford a new decent guitar, I've decided to give him a pickup so it can be exchanged between guitars in case he upgrade his.

It's a 3 pickup guitar (don't ask me the models etc because I don't know ) and he plays very different styles, like from blues to something more distorted.
The only brand I know it's good is DiMarzio ( I'm more of a piano guy)

Here are my questions
-First, this is a top brand, right?
- Any recommendations for one that is good for both styles?
- Or can someone recommend a good 2 pickup combination?

Thanks


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#4
not to be a rude, but pickups are 't good gifts, they are a very personal thing. you haven't provided us with enough information to even point us in the right direction.
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#5
If your friend is wanting a new pickup your best bet is to let them choose one for themselves of course the element of surprise will be lost but as trashedlostfdup said pickups are very personal only your friend will know what they want.
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#6
Yeah I'm going to also recommend looking into other gift ideas. New pickups are fun but very much up to personal taste, and there are many which could be used for many different applications.

I could make some recommendations, but without any more info it would be a shot in the dark.
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#7
Just to re-iterate what others have said, a pickup is a terrible gift idea - he'll either have to pay to get it installed or spend his own time doing it, and if he doesn't like it he's snookered. It's difficult enough to give pickup recommendations to a guitarists who have an idea of what they're looking for, it's impossible to do it third hand through someone who knows nothing about them.

Buy him a pedal instead.
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#8
Take the money you budgeted on the pickup, and get your friend a gift certificate for his favorite music store.
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#9
If someone was gonna give me a Seymour, a DiMarzio, an EMG...whatever, I wouldn't complain about how it may not be my favorite. Remember, a lot of guitarists formed their sounds by weird circumstances (people giving them shit, accidently plugging stuff into the wrong thing, etc.). Personally, you can't go wrong with a DiMarzio Super Distortion for a humbucker, or a Fast Track if its a single coil, its that simple.
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That IS a valid point.
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