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Posted: 10/5/2014 12:48:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 12:52:00 AM EST by Butternut]
I've personally never been a rabid fan of single coil sounds, on the playing side, although I can certainly appreciate their beauty in recordings, and God knows many if not most of my guitar heroes prefer them. Can a died in the wool humbucker lover squeeze any pleasure from a quality soapbar pickup through the same sound paths that make humbuckers sing? Basically, I'm on fence about a soapbar equipped guitar, and I sadly have never had much time with soapbars. Any thoughts from the learned axe grinders and amp gurus here?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:01:39 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 1:04:41 AM EST by PugglePod9000]
If your guitar is a bass guitar, then yes.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:08:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 1:31:10 AM EST by retroangles]
Have you tried Active PU's?

I am a diehard turned convert thanks to my Schecter Hellraiser!!

The sweetest of nectar's drips off These Mo Fo's!!


ETA: damn forgot to say the Duel mode (Single/Humbuckers)!!
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:10:29 AM EST
P90's or die!!!!
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:18:16 AM EST
I've thought about P-90s off and on over the years, but I can never seem to bring myself to spend the money on them. I have guitars with humbuckers, mini humbuckers, & single coils, and I guess I've been sastified enough with them that I don't feel the need for soapbars.

What brands/models of pickups do you have at the moment, and what kind of tone are you looking for. Butternut?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:18:38 AM EST
Pick your guitar based on its feel and balance. How the neck feels. How thick / thin it is. Tremolo?

Then chase sound.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:28:24 AM EST
Duncan rails was my metal answer. But you can get good tone and heat from some single coils.
I have one strat with rails, one strat with vintage singles. Together they complete the strat sound for me.
The main thing that is bad with single coils is the hum. There are ways to deal with this that don't involve a pickup change.
Also Duncan sells a 20db boost to heat up singles.

I have become an active pickup fan lately although I need a good outboard EQ in the chain to sculpt the sound.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:30:07 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Gone_Shootin:
I've thought about P-90s off and on over the years, but I can never seem to bring myself to spend the money on them. I have guitars with humbuckers, mini humbuckers, & single coils, and I guess I've been sastified enough with them that I don't feel the need for soapbars.

What brands/models of pickups do you have at the moment, and what kind of tone are you looking for. Butternut?
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I guess I just need to get some playing time with them. I've read some accounts that they can sound like humbuckers with extra sparkle, but others have opined that they become downright unbearable when pushed hard like a good humbucker. First world problems
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Originally Posted By retroangles:
Have you tried Active PU's?

I am a diehard turned convert thanks to my Schecter Hellraiser!!

The sweetest of nectar's drips off Thesemo fo's!!
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I've never played any EMGs, but I think I need to.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:35:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 1:36:48 AM EST by bud7h7]
humbuckers for me, all day long.

You didn't say what type(s) of music you play, which might make a difference I suppose. But for rock I wouldn't use anything but humbuckers. Never had a use for active pickups either.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 1:45:29 AM EST
Humbuckers are my go-to as well. I love my strat for stratty stuff, but a good humbucker guitar can't be beat.
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Originally Posted By AJE:
I have split coil humbuckers... switch them to "single coil" mode if I want to.

That's the way to fly.
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I agree, that seems to be the best of all worlds.



It appears many believe P90s are an entirely different (single coil) animal. I'm wondering about the versatility of a guitar outfitted them.


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Originally Posted By Butternut:
I agree, that seems to be the best of all worlds.



It appears many believe P90s are an entirely different (single coil) animal. I'm wondering about the versatility of a guitar outfitted them.


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Originally Posted By Butternut:
Originally Posted By AJE:
I have split coil humbuckers... switch them to "single coil" mode if I want to.

That's the way to fly.
I agree, that seems to be the best of all worlds.



It appears many believe P90s are an entirely different (single coil) animal. I'm wondering about the versatility of a guitar outfitted them.





IMHO, P90s do one thing, but they do it really, REALLY well.

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Originally Posted By Butternut:
I've never played any EMGs, but I think I need to.
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Originally Posted By Butternut:
Originally Posted By retroangles:
Have you tried Active PU's?

I am a diehard turned convert thanks to my Schecter Hellraiser!!

The sweetest of nectar's drips off Thesemo fo's!!
I've never played any EMGs, but I think I need to.

EMGs are a double edged sword. They give high, active output and can push a amp hard, but, they tend to sound sterile to me. Almost EVERY guitar with EMGs tend to sound the same...like EMGs.

Your results may vary...
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Originally Posted By Butternut:
I've never played any EMGs, but I think I need to.
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Originally Posted By Butternut:
Originally Posted By retroangles:
Have you tried Active PU's?

I am a diehard turned convert thanks to my Schecter Hellraiser!!

The sweetest of nectar's drips off Thesemo fo's!!
I've never played any EMGs, but I think I need to.
Try out a guitar that has active pickups in it before you spend any money on them, because you'll either love 'em or hate 'em.
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Originally Posted By MetalChef:

EMGs are a double edged sword. They give high, active output and can push a amp hard, but, they tend to sound sterile to me. Almost EVERY guitar with EMGs tend to sound the same...like EMGs.

Your results may vary...
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Originally Posted By MetalChef:
Originally Posted By Butternut:
Originally Posted By retroangles:
Have you tried Active PU's?

I am a diehard turned convert thanks to my Schecter Hellraiser!!

The sweetest of nectar's drips off Thesemo fo's!!
I've never played any EMGs, but I think I need to.

EMGs are a double edged sword. They give high, active output and can push a amp hard, but, they tend to sound sterile to me. Almost EVERY guitar with EMGs tend to sound the same...like EMGs.

Your results may vary...
That's exactly why I don't like active pickups.
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