#2
Bridge. Neck pickups are rhythm, mainly. It depends on what pickups you have in what positions though! The reason the bridge pickup is considered the lead pickup, or trebel is because the string vibrations that are picked up from the lead pickup vibrate less, which causes them to sound more trebel(ish) than bass(ish). Try picking the strings right next to the bridge, much brighter sounding, yeah?

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#3
Usually the bridge, although some people can think differently about it and use the neck more.
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#4
ya, that bridge is more of the trebley pickup. The neck is used to play chords and to get a nice blues sound (at least for me).
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#5
I think the bridge is best for lead. I even use it for sweeping which I hear isn't too good, but to me it sounds better.
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#6
i dont believe in a "lead" pickup. use whatever you want really. its all about what kind of sound you want.
#7
So, for metal, do you guys think it would be best to have two single coils and a humbucker in the bridge pickup, or have the 'bucker in the neck pickup and then the single coils?

Both seem like they would have their advantages........
#9
I mostly use my bridge pick-up really, since it gives that trebly, twangy sound good for classic rock like GNR. Switch to neck pickup for some of the solos though.
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#10
The ideal for metal would actually be two humbuckers and no single coils.

But if you must have singles, then put them in the neck and middle positions.
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#11
I asked this because I'm thinking of upgrading my Strat to one with a humbucker and two singles. My old Strat had three regular single coils, and with the right amp and overdrive it sounded as "metal" as any ESP or Ibanez I've ever played. I figured that getting one with a humbucker would be even better.
#12
I dont see the point in having a humbucker in the bridge because it just sounds like a single coil in the middle. A humbucker should always be in the neck position and a single coil in the bridge gives a unique sound you can't get with humbuckers
#13
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I dont see the point in having a humbucker in the bridge because it just sounds like a single coil in the middle. A humbucker should always be in the neck position and a single coil in the bridge gives a unique sound you can't get with humbuckers

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#14
For rock music, the bridge is lead and the neck is rhythm.
For metal/shred, it is usually the other way around.
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I dont see the point in having a humbucker in the bridge because it just sounds like a single coil in the middle. A humbucker should always be in the neck position and a single coil in the bridge gives a unique sound you can't get with humbuckers

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#16
Now that I think about it, I've seen quite a few guitars with only one pickup: a humbucker in the bridge position. This seems to logically suggest that the bridge is the correct placement. (I could be wrong)
#18
I don't understand.

I use the bridge for rhythm and the bridge for lead...

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#19
that would be the bridge pickup
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Now that I think about it, I've seen quite a few guitars with only one pickup: a humbucker in the bridge position. This seems to logically suggest that the bridge is the correct placement. (I could be wrong)


you can put humuckers on the bridge or the neck. humbuckers just have a better sound than single coil.
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you can put humuckers on the bridge or the neck. humbuckers just have a better sound than single coil.


not always. SRV used single coils and had one of the best tones around. they just sound different.
#22
true, it all just depends on the style you're playing
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#24
I use the bridge position (humbucker) to play both rhythm and lead if is metal. To play clean sounds i use only the neck pickup (single coil).
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#25
either pickup can be used for Lead or Rythem. It all depends on the artist using them, but no pickup is designated for a certian thing. Some of the best lead players have used both pickups for soloing depending on the sound that want to achieve during the solo. I've watched Zakk wylde switch between Bridge and Neck during a solo, so there is definitely uses in both depending on what you want to achieve.
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#27
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you can put humuckers on the bridge or the neck. humbuckers just have a better sound than single coil.


Why do people post dumb crap like this? No, humbuckers are not better than single coils, they're just different.

And I use my neck pickup quite a bit for lead stuff because it has a smoother tone.
#28
slash is a great example of how to use both pickups in playing lead - neck for warmth and bridge for bite
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#30
Understand this, there's no rule that bridge is for leads, neck for rhythm. Do whatever you want.
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#31
hey if you had dual EMG 81's and used the bridge pickup would one pickup affect the others tone say you had an EMG 85 in the neck and 81 in the bridge and you used the bridge pickup would it sound the exact same as using the bridge pickup with dual 81's or do both pickups affect eachothers tone?
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hey if you had dual EMG 81's and used the bridge pickup would one pickup affect the others tone say you had an EMG 85 in the neck and 81 in the bridge and you used the bridge pickup would it sound the exact same as using the bridge pickup with dual 81's or do both pickups affect eachothers tone?


only if you use them together
#33
I play riffs and such with my bridge and solo's (usually beyond the 12th fret) on my neck.

If I'm playing actual chords, I usually use either the 2nd or 4th positions.
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#34
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Understand this, there's no rule that bridge is for leads, neck for rhythm. Do whatever you want.


We all know this, of course, but to the inexperienced player, matters can be more troubling. They may like to use the neck for solos, as it is more smooth, but it doesn't help when manufacturers put "Treble" and "Rhythm" labels on the switch
#35
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We all know this, of course, but to the inexperienced player, matters can be more troubling. They may like to use the neck for solos, as it is more smooth, but it doesn't help when manufacturers put "Treble" and "Rhythm" labels on the switch

Or in my case, don't put Treble and Rhythm. I couldn't figure out which pickup was which switch position when I first started out.

Anyways, classic rockish usually uses treble for lead, metal/punk/alternative usually uses rhythm for lead.

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#36
I use the neck for lead and the bridge for Rythm, as Runs on the neck are smoother and rythm on the bridge is less muddy and more defined.

Its all personal choice tho.
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#37
I always use the treble pickup on my Les Paul for rhythm guitar (like barre chords, power chords, etc.)... but what I don't get it that the neck pickup is labeled "rhythm" but it sounds horrible for rhythm with a conciderable amount of distortion. The only time I can get the rhythm pickup to sound good is clean, or with very little overdrive. Why is is called rhythm when you can't really play rhythm with it?
#38
I use my neck for most solos and a lot of clean stuff just because I like the flatter sound it has, though I'll use my bridge for distorted rhythm and the occasional solo if it's a sharper sound I'm looking for.