#1
Do guitars with 1 humbucker or singlecoil have a specific name ?
And how do they sound?


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#2
Just one pickup?

Not really, most people call them a single pickup'd guitar or something of the sort.
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#4
As in the Alexi SIgnature ESP?
I'd say its a single pickupped guitar, although I like the idea of 'uni-pickup'
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As in the Alexi SIgnature ESP?
I'd say its a single pickupped guitar, although I like the idea of 'uni-pickup'

Uni-pickup though just sounds really off, I still prefer single pickup'd.

And in terms of sound, it isn't very versatile, cosidering you only have one pickup.
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tons of rrs are like that if youre looking for one specific sound its good but cant do tons of sounds
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Uni-pickup though just sounds really off, I still prefer single pickup'd.

And in terms of sound, it isn't very versatile, cosidering you only have one pickup.

Not necessarily, you just have to work a little harder to get the full range. It's all in where and how you pick, not to mention how you set the controls.
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Not necessarily, you just have to work a little harder to get the full range. It's all in where and how you pick, not to mention how you set the controls.

You'd have to work harder, which would be a for the bedroom guitarist, but if you're on stage with no tone controls or things (which is quite common among all these metal fans) you would have a tough time, which is why it would be a better idea to get a 2 pickup one, just to make it easier.

EDIT: Not to mention you'd be finding yourself going to pick around the area you're comfortable with; you'd have to have a focused mind to get it to stay where the picking hand is. It's just one of those things.
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#9
ok thx for explaining..
does any one knows good single pickup'd guitars wich are not signature ?
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#10
Les Paul Juniors and Jackson rr24 are the only ones that come to mind, but im not sure if you would count the Jackson as a signature because Randy Rhoads designed it, but on musicians friend it isnt in the signature guitar section...
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Ok thx alot .. all of you guys
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#12
Well, single single coil guitars would be like the Fender Esquire and some fender "student" models, I think the musicmaster, maybe the bronco.
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I don't really know why you'd want to get a single pickup guitar imho. You'll miss the neck pickup.


In any case, many guitar companies do single-pickup shred guitars. Check out Charvel, Kramer and any other '80's hair band guitars.
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ok thx for explaining..
does any one knows good single pickup'd guitars wich are not signature ?

PRS has one in their SE line that is quite nice.
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You'd have to work harder, which would be a for the bedroom guitarist, but if you're on stage with no tone controls or things (which is quite common among all these metal fans) you would have a tough time, which is why it would be a better idea to get a 2 pickup one, just to make it easier.

EDIT: Not to mention you'd be finding yourself going to pick around the area you're comfortable with; you'd have to have a focused mind to get it to stay where the picking hand is. It's just one of those things.

Metal players tend to play with a limited number of tones; clean and one to three different distorted tones. Most of that is variance in the amp settings (channels) or in volume controls on the guitar (to clean it up, etc). The one exception is switching to the neck pickup for certain solos, sweeps, etc. If you change where you pick you can achieve essentially the same effect, which is why I often play using the middle position on my guitar. Pick closer to the bridge for a brighter, bridge-pickup-like tone, or toward the neck for a neck-pickup sound. Do I switch positions occasionally? Yes, but only for certain passages where I want to really emphasize a certain sound. And lets face it, how many metalheads actually use the tone control? Many metal guitars, especially the single-pickup ones, don't even HAVE a tone control.
There are exceptions, but the above generalizations are fairly true.
And if you don't have enough control that you can hit strings reliably wherever you want, you either a) are anchoring, which is bad technique, and thus you can't reach all the different areas or b) need to improve your picking accuracy because your control is lacking. I can pick anywhere I want and not lose control, whether it's chords or single notes. My right hand goes to wherever it needs to to get the sound I want, and thus the only way it's going to "gravitate" to a certain spot is if I'm palm-muting.