#1
what's the diffrence between a humbucker or a single pickup?
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#2
Humbuck usually gives you a more heavier tone for like metal, sing pickups are more the lighter stuff say rock or blues.
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#4
humbuckers do exactly what they say...buck the hum...meaning they assist in reducing feedback noise n all that jazz from ur guitar,

'Buckers also do give a deeper more broad tone
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#5
Single coils only use 1 coil, humbuckers use 2. Humbuckers tend to be more powerful and are better distorted typically, theyre called humbuckers coz they reduce the hum that single coils have. Single coils TYPICALLY sound better clean and they TYPICALLY cant get as distorted. Humbuckers arent just for metal, you can use them for just about anything but typically its distorted music, not always, by no means most semi acoustics are used for jazz and they have humbuckers. Single coils tend to be used for blues and rock that isnt TOO heavily distorted. Thats what i reckon.
#6
Humbuckers reduce the feedback, so does that mean guitars incorporating humbuckers needn't be played wid palm muting???
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if the song needs palm muting then you palm mute it :S
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#8


This is a single coil, and it's components.



This is a humbucker. One coil is wound normally, and the other is reverse wound. The 2 signals cancel out the hum that you can get with singles. Also, humbuckers are warmer because they have much more coil, and they are normally higher output. The more coil on it, the less treble it puts out, and the higher the output because theres more to "amplify (for lack of a better word)" the vibrations it picks up.


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Edit: some strats have a reverse wound reverse polarity middle pickup so the two single coils would act as a humbucker
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#10
Well I'm getting to the level of ability (at least I believe I am) that it's bothering me how little using the toggle switch affects the actual tone. Is it worth it to get humbuckers or should I wait until I advance more? I have a strat.
#11
single coils don't increase feedback. they don't cancel 60 cycle hum, which is different.

generally, humbuckers sound thicker and have more output, single coils sound thinner, more sparkly and brighter, with less output.
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#12
The Schecter that I have has a neat coil tap that changes the humbuckers into single coils. If you don't have a tap, I understand you can add one on later, provided the humbuckers are wired for that capability.

My own questions, on this subject, do covers on humbuckers or single coils affect tone dramatically? Are those "lipstick" pickups basically covered single coils or are they a different thing entirely?
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#13
Listen to Dave, he knows what he's talking about. If you like cleans a lot, get a Single coil guitar like a Strat or Tele. For a warmer sound, get something with humbuckers, like a Les Paul .
#14
Humbucker - thicker fatter sound

Single Coils - Thinner cutting sound.
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Listen to Dave, he knows what he's talking about. If you like cleans a lot, get a Single coil guitar like a Strat or Tele. For a warmer sound, get something with humbuckers, like a Les Paul .


I really don't like the clean tone of single coils; too thin sounding for me.

It's all preference
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Can you put a humbucker on a strat?


Depends on the strat, but yes, most strats are pool routed under the pickguard.

You'll just need to buy a new pickguard.

EDIT: Or you can get a single coil sized humbucker
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Humbuckers!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#20
for humbuckers, u can put on coil tap or w/e they call it to get it to cut kill one of the coils.
like the jimmy page LP wiring.

for single coils, u can add a mid boost like mine so it sounds really fat like a humbucker.

but i guess humbuckers can actually do both. except i don't like the clean tone of humbuckers.
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Well I'm getting to the level of ability (at least I believe I am) that it's bothering me how little using the toggle switch affects the actual tone. Is it worth it to get humbuckers or should I wait until I advance more? I have a strat.


Use your ears!!! The bridge coil sounds very bright and has a quack to it on strats, the neck one sounds alot more full and bassy. The middle is kind of in between.
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