#1
I've had guitars that sound like this.

I wish I knew the reason for this type of sound. Is this a certain type of pickup?

I'm talking about this guitar tone that feels compressed without even running through a compressor. I've had this on strats, teles, and an old Ibanez 540r but I've heard it from other people on different guitars too. What gives a guitar this quality?

For an example, check the guitar that panned to the right at 03:20 and louder at 03:54 to the end.

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#2
yeah strats can be a bit compressed

depends on the amp, too- tube amps before they really start clipping can compress a bit.

and some pedals are pretty compressed (e.g. tubescreamer).

do you know for sure they're not running a compressor?
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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#3
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yeah strats can be a bit compressed

depends on the amp, too- tube amps before they really start clipping can compress a bit.

and some pedals are pretty compressed (e.g. tubescreamer).

do you know for sure they're not running a compressor?


They could very well be running a compressor in the example, but when I heard that sound I just remember there being times where I've played guitars that sounded just like that without any pedals at all. I'm wondering if there is something specific, like a type of pickup or something, that is responsible for that sound.
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Last edited by yellowshirtguy at Oct 8, 2016,
#4
yellowshirtguy strats are a very good guitar for your tone. And the other guitars you have heard that sound compressed will deffinently have a compresser
#5
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They could very well be running a compressor in the example, but when I heard that sound I just remember there being times where I've played guitars that sounded just like that without any pedals at all. I'm wondering if there is something specific, like a type of pickup or something, that is responsible for that sound.


yeah, i know. it's very hard to say for sure since there are so many variables. as i said, strats sound a bit compressed. maybe most things with a floating trem do a little. hotter pickups tend to sound more compressed too, though it depends a lot on amp settings as well.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?