#1
I've noticed that (at least if you're a guitarist sponsored by ESP) it's starting to become a growing trend to use a guitar with only a bridge pickup...and I have no idea why some guitarists are doing this. Even amazing virtuosos, like Alexi Laiho and George Lynch, are doing this.

My question is...what is the point of this?
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#2
because they don't use the neck pickup. What's the point of having two pickups when you only will only use one of them?
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#4
They feel like it? I dunno. I would doubt an artist that good would sign a contract that would limit them like that, so it must be personal choice.
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#5
They don't use the neck pick-up, and it does look better without one in some cases, and suits the design of the guitar.

I would always prefer to have a neck pick-up on my guitars though, unless you downtune a step or two then I don't think soloing sounds great on the bridge - especially sweeping.
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because they don't use the neck pickup. What's the point of having two pickups when you only will only use one of them?

Why limit yourself anyway?
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Hmm...I see. I don't see why they would leave it out anyway, though. I just use the neck pickup for solos and the bridge for power-chords and main riffs.
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#11
If you don't use the neck pickup, the extra wood that will be present in the body if it's not routed out will somewhat (okay maybe just a little) increase sustain.
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#13
Great--if it's an experienced player that *through experience* only needs a bridge pickup. I still think it's a sad progression to see non-signature guitars become bridge pickup only. Now young and unexperienced guitarists are gonna jump on the band wagon and limit themselves. It's tonal bankruptcy people!! Sorry, I just got through a long exam on Eliot's The Waste Land

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Great--if it's an experienced player that *through experience* only needs a bridge pickup. I still think it's a sad progression to see non-signature guitars become bridge pickup only. Now young and unexperienced guitarists are gonna jump on the band wagon and limit themselves. It's tonal bankruptcy people!! Sorry, I just got through a long exam on Eliot's The Waste Land

BTW, my neck pup is my mistress and my bridge pup's my wife.


I'd hate to see your marriage counselor then...

But yes I do agree with you there. I don't see why they'd purposefully limit their tonal capabilities.
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#15
It's stupid to think like that. I hate the people who just gravitate towards the bridge and never switch it off. They sound great for crunchy riffs and rhythm, but why would you want it for lead? It gets to sound so harsh and annoying. I always use the neck for leads. Also in band situations with multiple guitarists I like to use the middle to sound more full.

One thing that you won't regret doing though is mastering switching pickups mid-phrase. One example, I like to say play a quick repetitive shred pattern, then flick the selector to the bridge with my pinky and end it with a pinch. Being able to do this really adds another level of depth to your playing. One that these guys completely ignore.
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#16
I use both of my pickups, so this would not be good for me. With the two pickups on, it makes your sound more full as Sonicxlover pointed out.


Besides, Neck pickups sound amazing on clean and on mild distortion and for soloing...but bridge is crushing for heavy shizz
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It's stupid to think like that. I hate the people who just gravitate towards the bridge and never switch it off. They sound great for crunchy riffs and rhythm, but why would you want it for lead? It gets to sound so harsh and annoying. I always use the neck for leads. Also in band situations with multiple guitarists I like to use the middle to sound more full.

One thing that you won't regret doing though is mastering switching pickups mid-phrase. One example, I like to say play a quick repetitive shred pattern, then flick the selector to the bridge with my pinky and end it with a pinch. Being able to do this really adds another level of depth to your playing. One that these guys completely ignore.

judging by your sounds clips, there isnt a shred pattern easy enough for you to play.
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I couldn't live with only one pickup. I switch all the time.

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#19
i think most guys signature models are just based on what they like to use live and what works for them in that environment, most guitarists will use a variety of guitars in the studio

for example there's a video of Mark Morton from lamb of god using a les paul to record a solo on sacrament instead of using his Jackson sig.
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judging by your sounds clips, there isnt a shred pattern easy enough for you to play.
Sorry, but it had to be said.

Harsh, he's probably still a beginner.
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Harsh, he's probably still a beginner.

I guess that was kinda harsh.
I only listened to his guitar skills, looks like hes improved quite a bit, after listening to some of his mp3's.
But still, dude
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#23
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judging by your sounds clips, there isnt a shred pattern easy enough for you to play.
Sorry, but it had to be said.


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Between a budget amp, a crappy mic, not warming up for most of them, not bothering to be in tune, and doing stuff in one take they really don't do me justice. I swear to god I'll record something for you if you want me to, because that kind of thing really insults me.

And to the other guy, although I haven't really gotten serious until about a year or two ago, I've been playing for 4 years.
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And to the other guy, although I haven't really gotten serious until about a year or two ago, I've been playing for 4 years.

I didn't listen to your stuff, I was just saying it was unneccessary to say.
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Between a budget amp, a crappy mic, not warming up for most of them, not bothering to be in tune, and doing stuff in one take they really don't do me justice. I swear to god I'll record something for you if you want me to, because that kind of thing really insults me.

And to the other guy, although I haven't really gotten serious until about a year or two ago, I've been playing for 4 years.

well, its just your 'skills' ones that sound horrible.
And im with you in the ****ty mic/amp thing.
Otherwise i'd post something, but for now im stuck on the clean channel
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#26
uh, i play leads with my bridge pick-up....but i always use my neck pup for clean sounds and whatnot
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#27
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because they don't use the neck pickup. What's the point of having two pickups when you only will only use one of them?

he's right thats exactly why
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#30
ive never seen this

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#31
It's not a new phenomenon. Fender Esquire Telecasters and Gibson Les Paul Juniors and Melody Makers were very popular.