Is EQ the only reason pickups sound different?

Asked by: Andrea Saliba

The reason why it affects each string differently is because you can think of it kind of like an EQ, except instead of applying an EQ to different frequencies, the EQ applies to different wavelengths.

What makes pickups sound different?

The difference in tone is due not only to the different electrical structure, but also to the fact that the humbucker picks up a larger portion of string, detecting more harmonics.

What affects pickup sound?

The three main factors that give pickups their tone are design, position, and technology. Various other external conditions also contribute to the performance of the pickups and the guitar’s output, including the tone and volume controls, strings, cables, and signal chain.

Why do humbuckers sound different?

Main Differences Between Humbucker vs Single Coil

Humbuckers have two coils which result in a thicker, deeper, and smoother sound, whereas Single Coils are brighter and crisper. Humbuckers are preferred by Jazz, Hard Rock, and Heavy Metal guitarists, whereas Single Coils are preferred by surf and country guitarists.

How do pickups change the sound?

The magnets create a magnetic “flux field” around the pickups. When you strike a string, the field moves in response to the vibration, and the pickup translates these changes into small but meaningful electric signals. Before you can hear these signals as music, you must amplify them and pump them through speakers.

What makes a guitar pickup hot?

Overwound pickups are wrapped with more coil than that of a standard pickup which in turn strengthens the impendence of the magnet, increasing the voltage which then increases the output signal, making them hotter than a normal pickup.

How can I make my guitar pickups sound better?

I'd rather just take the magnet off put the magnetic pull pieces in and do it that way it just sounds ten times better.

Do pickups sound better as they age?

Older pickups can degenerate and produce lower output. This means older pickups provide lesser sound signals for the amplifier – resulting in a lower pitched and softer sound. If you are a lead guitarist who likes to play loud, shred a lot and require a clean distortion sound, then older pickups are not for you.

Do pickups sound better with age?

They usually last around half a decade before starting to deteriorate as well. Active pickups age the fastest. Usually, the output will have dramatically decreased, as well as the treble frequencies, after around 2 years of solid use.

What happens if pickup is too high?

Setting Pickup Height Too High: Setting your pickup height too high will cause your magnets to push and pull your strings out of tune. Here’s a quick way to tell if this is happening to you: play the Low E string at a high fret (15th fret is a good one to start at). You might hear a “warbling” sound.

What is the best pickup height?

We’ve found 3/32 of an inch (2.381mm) is a good place to start. But every pickup and guitar manufacturer has their own specifications. And getting your pickups to this ballpark setting is actually quite easy. For the most part, all you need is a screwdriver, pocket ruler, and a good playing environment.

Can pickups be too close to strings?

But there’s a drawback. As well as the strings acting on the pickup’s magnetic field, that magnetic field can also act on the string. Adjusted too close, the magnetic field can interfere with the strings’ vibration. If that happens, you’ve got problems.