Originally Posted by fezz parka
This^^^^^^. The EJ is it.
I know the write ups and youtube/video stuff on the EJ touts its single coil abilities more than anything out there. The things sound like freakin' strat pickups somehow. If this is true, which it seems to be from everything out there, I don't know how they physically do it with two standard looking coils in a hummer.
I dropped out of graduate school in computer engineering (literally stopped after one day in PhD class at University of California) but those geeks I have seen my whole life laugh at us guitar players. Tube amps vs. transistor amps, or single coil vs. humbucker? They may say, WTF, give me a motherboard (small one) and I will give you any sound you want you freakin' Neanderthal! I figure if these types can do great things like send people to the moon and bad things like weaponize smallpox or anthrax and accidentally lose the sh** in the U.S. mail, then they could come up with a decent wide ranging electric guitar pickup.
I have to say I have met too many guitar players who can play really well but outside of holding their axe are yet to develop a frontal lobe or figure out why fire or wheels are beneficial for man. If some engineer/inventor came up with a pickup that could do everything, we may still ignore it if it doesn't look like a Fender or Gibson inside and out, or if the thing has a 9 volt battery. In a nutshell, man does not fully understand resistance as well as they thought they did and that's a bummer for us guitar players who love pickups but may struggle with achieving tones. If we can first understand, then apply current theories of "resistance", heck anything we imagine can be done in almost any field where you have to plug something in including making the next generation pickups. If we can tweak resistance by understanding its true origin first, then the sound should follow. We won't get too far scientifically, including electric guitar pickups, until we understand the real set of rules that govern superconductivity. I think Bill Lawrence is on this track as are many inventors in many fields, especially those around electricity based products.