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ok so im wondering y ever one says that metal is played through the bridge pup casue i always use the neck pickup my gibby SG for metal cause it sounds "deeper" for lack of a better word. So y does every one say to use the bridge and also y does every one say that high output 'buckers belong in the bridge?

sorry if this is a noob question but i cant figure this out.
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yea waht he said. also using the neck pickup can make it sound muddy. using the bridge pickup make it tight and crunchy.
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ok so im wondering y ever one says that metal is played through the bridge pup casue i always use the neck pickup my gibby SG for metal cause it sounds "deeper" for lack of a better word. So y does every one say to use the bridge and also y does every one say that high output 'buckers belong in the bridge?

sorry if this is a noob question but i cant figure this out.


Higher output pickups go in the bridge because the strings vibrate more over the neck area, you put a higher output pickup in the bridge so you don't get a huge volume/gain drop when you switch pickups.

Generally you'll find that the bridge pickups sounds sharper and crunchier for palm muting and pinch harmonics are much easier to sound, so metal = bridge.
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Generally, but sometimes for solos they go neck for creamier sound
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Lots of shredders use the neck pickups for sweeps because it sounds smoother. The bridge pickup should be hotter for balance purposes.
Personally, I favor the mid position for riffs and leads, I've never been a fan of super-bright sounds. Middle position gives me crunch and lets it sing without excessive treble. Using the neck pickup can muddy the sound, though, and it certainly won't work for low riffs in a band situation because it crowds the bass.
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ok so im wondering y ever one says that metal is played through the bridge pup casue i always use the neck pickup my gibby SG for metal cause it sounds "deeper" for lack of a better word. So y does every one say to use the bridge and also y does every one say that high output 'buckers belong in the bridge?

sorry if this is a noob question but i cant figure this out.


Without going into deep specifics.

If you were to look at your strings, the location above the bridge position would vibrate less violently compared the location above your neck as it is where closer to where the strings are anchored to the tremolo. Due to the less violent vibration of the strings, you'll need a Pup which is more hotly wound to produce a higher output. In comparison the location above the neck pup has more room to vibrate, therefore less coils are needed to transmit the mechanical energy into an electrical signal. So a bridge pup need to be hotter compared to a neck pup.

In terms of the higher treble and lower bass response in the bridge, and higher bass and comparatively lower treble response in the neck, its also similarly related, but I'm not entirely sure how to explain it.

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If you were to look at your strings, the location above the bridge position would vibrate less violently compared the location above your neck as it is where closer to where the strings are anchored to the tremolo. Due to the less violent vibration of the strings, you'll need a Pup which is more hotly wound to produce a higher output. In comparison the location above the neck pup has more room to vibrate, therefore less coils are needed to transmit the mechanical energy into an electrical signal. So a bridge pup need to be hotter compared to a neck pup.


yeah i guess it does make since when u say it like that
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Side question what pickup would i use a neck or bridge for a master of puppets ish tone?
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It doesn't matter as much as the amp; go for a modern high-gain tube amp.

Seeing as how you're planning to get a tube amp in your sig: EMGs. Either an 81 or 85 in the bridge, I can never remember which.
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yeah i guess it does make since when u say it like that
thanks man

Side question what pickup would i use a neck or bridge for a master of puppets ish tone?


The bridge for most of it, and neck for the solos.
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I like to use the bridge pup because (like said) it's easier for pinch harmonics, and for that "not so muddy" sound

and I also found it works better for pick slides
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The bridge for most of it, and neck to hide the mistake.s

Fixed. Remember the days when the neck was the rhythm and the bridge went on for the solo/lead to cut through and so everyone could hear what you were playing? Yeah man, those were the days...

When looking for a bridge pickup for metal with a high gain amp, just remember these things: you want it to be clear, and you want it to be quiet. Now if you're going for a mid-gain amp ala Marshall, you'll want something higher output to push the amp a little harder.
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You want Master Of Puppets tone?

You'll be needing an EMG-85 in the bridge.
And an EMG-81 in the neck.
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actually hetfield uses the EMG 81/60 combo, and uses his neck pup (the EMG 60) for his rhythm sounds
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I'm talking about Kirk.
Not James.

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