#1
Hi everybody,

I'm not really experienced in electric guitars yet...
Can somebody tell me :
1- the main (sound) differences beetween the different pickup configurations like : S-S, H-H, S-S-S, H-S-S, H-H-H ?
2- what changes from a passive to an active pickup

Thanks for your answers !
Last edited by slappyx at Jul 3, 2008,
#3
Quote by DiMeTiMe
S = single coil, H = humbucker.


Yes that I knew lol... what is "sound" difference beetween the configurations ?
#4
Humbuckers are thick and chunky and dont hum.
Single coils are a little thinner and hum.
If you play them you'll notice the difference.
Humbuckers are two single coils wired in series.

active pickups get more gain and use a battery while passive are just magnet and copper.
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#5
^ he's rite. humbuckers give warm, fat, heavy tones, and "buck the hum" that single coils give. and active's use battery's and passives dont. actives give tons of output too
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#6
Single coils are a lot sharper sounding too. More bite and twang. Don't quote me on this, but I think they have an onboard preamp that is used to get more gain
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Quote by mcrfobtai
Single coils are a lot sharper sounding too. More bite and twang. Don't quote me on this, but I think they have an onboard preamp that is used to get more gain



Some have an onboard preamp. Andy Summers used one and Eric Clapton uses one.
I kind of wish i had one, they're pretty cool.
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