As a musician, you want every riff, every solo and every strum to sound as clean, crisp and powerful as it possibly can. A solid guitar pickup can help you attain that goal. Whether you play acoustic, electric, 12-string or bass, adding a replacement pickup to your guitar is a great way to upgrade your guitar sound.
There are a variety of guitar pickups out there and the one you choose depends on the sound you’re trying to achieve. Magnetic and microphone pickups come in single or double coil designs, which are also known as humbuckers. The single coil guitar pickup is bright and punchy and helps you cut through the sound of your band. Humbucker pickups offer a fat and beefy mid-range sound and provide a better bass response. Then there’s the piezoelectric guitar pickup. These are mostly used to amplify the natural sound of an acoustic guitar and cancel out feedback noise.
You can quite often find a combination of 2 guitar pickup designs too. A prime example of combining 2 great sounds to make one extraordinary pickup is the LR Braggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System. This system blends a piezo pickup and noise-canceling mic to capture the warmth and personality of your acoustic guitar.
If you’re looking for a magnetic guitar pickup, you might want to consider the Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup set. Slash from Guns N’ Roses has relied on this pickup for the last 3 decades to produce a warm, fuller sound with incredible sustain. Another option is the EMG –DG20 David Gilmore Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set. Alnico magnets provide a full, round tone with a heightened mid-range.
Whether you place your guitar pickup on the neck or bridge, or if you choose to pair multiple pickups together, one thing is certain – your music will immediately start sounding even better thanks to this small accessory.