#1
Hello fellow guitarists. as u can see in the title, i want to know the difference between humbucking pickups and single coil pickups sooo pls reply as i would be very greatful
#3
One thing I know personally, humbuckers are much more suitable for metal or just heavy playing when compared to single coil pickups.
#5
Straight from wiki:

Because of their natural inductive qualities, all magnetic pickups tend to pick up ambient and usually unwanted electromagnetic noises. The resulting noise, the so-called "hum", is particularly strong with single-coil pickups. The most frequent cause is the strong 50 or 60 Hz component that is inherent in the frequency generation of current within the local power transmission system. As nearly all amplifiers and audio equipment associated with electrical guitars relies on this power, there is in theory little chance of completely eliminating the introduction of unwanted hum. Indeed, all sorts of electric appliances produce this kind of interference, and it is not uncommon to be able to alter the amount of hum the guitar produces by the musician's moving, for example, a few feet to the right or left.

Double-coil or "humbucker" pickups were invented as a way to reduce or counter the unwanted ambient hum sounds. Humbuckers (so called-because they are thought to "buck" or negate the hum of single-coils) have two coils of opposite magnetic polarity. This means that electromagnetic noise hitting both coils should, again in theory, simultaneously cancel itself out. In addition to their being much less susceptible to ambient noise, a humbucker pickup's two coils are wired in phase, so the signal picked up by each coil is added together. This creates the richer, "fatter" tone associated with humbucking pickups. To some extent, of course, this same effect can be achieved on guitars such as Fender's Stratocaster if two of the single-coil pickups are switched to active at the same time to cancel the hum
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#6
To cut the guy above mine's story shot.

Humbukers sound more heavy

and Single Coil pick-up sound are thin if you know what i mean.


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#7
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To cut the guy above mine's story shot.

Humbukers sound more heavy

and Single Coil pick-up sound are thin if you know what i mean.


Ib.


Yeah but that difference originates from the pickup design itself, hence the two massi paragraphs I posted.
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#8
to hear the difference- go try a strat and/or telecaster, and then go try a les paul.
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#9
You'll probably notice the biggest difference on cleans, or atleast I do. I tend to prefer the cleans of single-coils to humbuckers, becuase of their brightness.

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#11
Humbuckers, due to the nature of the coils being wired together, are much stronger, with less mids than single coils, which accentuates the highs and lows. They also have (as one would expect) more output, and are louder than single coils meaning they hit your amp harder, pushing it into overdrive much earlier.