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2 or 3 pickups ....... what's your preference?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by kbold, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. kbold

    kbold Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Just sold a Godin, with H-S-S pickup configuration. It's being replaced with a H-S Telecaster copy.
    Then I realised all my electrics (electrics & bass) have 2 pickup configuration.

    I think I prefer the simplicity of 2 pickups, and can get enough variation to satisfy.

    Not to forget 1 pickup guitars. I've never owned one but the simplicity appeals to me. I have the idea that a 1 pickup guitar is for someone who has found the sound they are looking for.

    Being a telecaster discussion page, and considering there are 2 & 3 (&1) Telecaster pickup varieties, I thought I'd throw out this question.
     
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  2. Teleterr

    Teleterr Friend of Leo's

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    2 p-ups does keep me from going crazy w combo choices. I have a Strat waiting to be soldered because too many Combs sound great and soldering it up will be work, hours and hours. W 2 p-ups it's a 4 way w both series combos; I know I never like parallel.
     
  3. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I once had a strat in which I installed a Lindy Fralin blender pot. I'm not sure if you could even count the number of "tone settings" available. I spent more time tweaking knobs than playing.

    My number one is a tele with a 4 way switch.

    My most recent purchase is a 2019 Gibson Les Paul junior.

    Less is more. No pun intended.
     
  4. Little Red Tele

    Little Red Tele Tele-Meister

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    dos pickups. one needs space to strum.
     
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  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Two pickups!
    I don’t like three, I hit the middle one with my pick, and I’m not crazy about blended or “Stratty” tones.
    The middle/both position is my “strumming” rhythm tone.
    Thanks for asking.
     
  6. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    Normally two is all I need. But man, that middle strat pickup with a clean amp is the thing dreams are made of.
     
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  7. Steve 78

    Steve 78 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    All mine have 2. LP/SG/Tele styles. My one Strat type has been modded with a 3 way switch, Fat 50 neck and SSL-5 bridge. I'm liking it so far but I see more experimenting in the future.
     
  8. Marquee Moon

    Marquee Moon Tele-Holic

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    I like those phasey inbetween tones on strat type guitars
     
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    dougstrum Tele-Afflicted

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    Never liked playing 3 pickup guitars.
    2 pickups are plenty for me! Less to get in the way and less to keep track of.

    Love the middle position sound. I stay there most of the time, flip to front or back pickup as needed.
     
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  10. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I love my 1960 Les Paul Jr......one P-90. When I got a PRS SE One (modern version of a Jr) I added a neck pickup for a little variety. My #1 Tele (avatar) has a middle "Strat" pickup, 'cause I want to take only one guitar on a gig, and there are times I want that Strat, Knopfler "cluck" sound. It's wired so I can get the normal Telecaster "neck, neck+bridge, and bridge" combinations, plus a mini toggle to activate the middle. Like Brookdale Bill says, it's hard to avoid hitting the middle with pick, but it just takes a little extra focus to avoid. At least I didn't go like Steve Morse's old Strat/Tele, with about thirteen or fourteen p/ups! ;)
     
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    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    I'm content with 2 pickups, and 3 position switches. I use all three a good bit, and use two positions during the same tune often. That said, the 2/4 positions on a strat are really nice. I have the stuff to convert a tele to 3 pickups (Nashville config) somewhere, they may eventually get used. I feel like I'm spanning Perkins to Page now.
     
  12. regularslinky

    regularslinky Tele-Afflicted

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    I have 1, 2 and 3 pickup guitars, but I spend 90% of my time on the bridge pickup anyway. There is something especially cool about single pickup guitars.


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  13. kbold

    kbold Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    That's a lot of ground. (Musically that is, not alphabetically.)
     
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    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    One is plenty.
     
  15. kbold

    kbold Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Succinct.
    Less is less confusion and more focus on what is relevant.
     
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    I play Nashville Teles and strats in addition to my two pickup Teles. With the right two pickups, two is more than enough.
     
  17. El Tele Lobo

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    One or two for me. Usually two with a 4-way switch. I've yet to find an Esquire with a bridge sound I liked enough to really enjoy it on it's own...though I possibly could have made one from one of the bridge pickups in my teles.
     
  18. FenderGuy53

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    2, in ss, hs, sh, or hh configuration, but ...

    ONLY 2!
     
  19. Marquee Moon

    Marquee Moon Tele-Holic

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    I played a 1955 les paul jr and it was just great. Wonderful tone and so easy to play for someone like myself, who has smaller hands and fingers. I wish I could afford one.
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just be on the lookout for the right deal.....I got mine (about 1969) for only $60.00......;)
     
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