Neck Pickups vs Bridge Pickups. Anyone else prefers the neck over bridge?

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  1. arielyitus

    arielyitus Tele-Meister

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    I have a Tele, Les Paul and a Strat,

    I really like the tone of the Neck Pickups better than the Bridge ones in all three of my guitars.

    I mostly use the Neck and for Rythms will use some combination of pickups but very rarely the Bridge pickup on it's own.

    Anyone else has the same type of problem?

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  2. Zepfan

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    Welcome to the Dark Side.:p This is the reason most of my guitars have HB's in them. never could bond with the ultra high thin treble sound of bridge single coils. P90 or fat toned Tele pup would be the exception for me.
     
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    I wouldn't call it a problem but more of a preference.
    Back in my early days, late 60s, the only pup I could get a decent sound from was the neck. The bridge would squeal and no one I knew used both. But that was then.
    Nowadays I like them all.
     
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    Try adjusting your amp for a fatter tone on the bridge pickup
     
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    It depends on the situation...

    I mostly have my Tele set in the middle (neck + bridge), but will switch to either the neck or bridge alone if needed for a particular tone.

    Bridge = more aggressive spank, brighter, cuts through.
    Neck = bluesier, with a rounder, hollow feel.

    If I want a harder edged crunch or juicy distortion I will almost always go with my Gibson Les Paul in bridge position.

    Smoother tubescreamer-like overdrive crunch works well in the neck positions on my Tele and Strat. Of course in-your-face quack or twange is all Strat/Tele bridge position baby.

    I can find a use for all of these positions.


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    I've got a G&L Blues Boy with a hum in the neck and a broadcaster like pup in the bridge, I love them both but favor the neck on this guitar, however on my G&L S500 I love the MFD single coil bridge. I guess it depends what pup is where for me.
     
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    I preferred neck to bridge before I experienced drunk pretty girls in boots yeehaw to twang

    that sorta did it for me, what can I say, I'm a simple creature when you get right down to it
     
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    Being more of a rock player I tend to stay on the bridge for my rhythms and for leads below the 12th fret. I'll switch to the neck humbucker on my tele for leads above the 12th fret.
     
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    I play primarily on the neck on every guitar I own.
     
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    I almost always play with the neck pickup, but I have N3's so the pups are not a traditional single coil Tele pickups.
     
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    I used to have this problem but I moved to the middle on my tele and my strat. The neck is for when the bottleneck comes out.
     
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    I always gravitate to the bridge pickup, regardless of whether or not I'm on my Strat, standard Tele, or Cab. It's just the sound I'm looking for apparently.
     
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  13. Old Has Been

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    Yep. Guilty as charged. I love the neck pickup. The AVRI '52 Hot Rod really sold me with the SD mini-humbucker in the neck position....so much so that I had a mini-humbucker installed in my 1981 Telecaster. I also have two Les Pauls and I find that I mainly use the neck pickup when I'm playing them, too.
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    Since I play a lot of hard rock, nothing beats bridge for distorted power chords. But if I didn't play the heavy stuff, I could see myself never playing the bridge by itself. When I play in my pop rock outfit, there are only a handful of times I use solely the bridge, mostly spending my time on the neck or n/b.
     
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    Both have uses to me but on one tele after some pu readjustment and in my ampeg amp I get a very woody humbuckerish tone that does serious justice to John Lennon tone ala the rooftop yet it's a single coil
     
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    Bridge for LP, neck for strat, but it depends on the amp, song, part, etc.
     
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    I tend towards the neck pickup, but there'a nice bite and focus to a tele bridge pickup that's hard to beat
     
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    I use a the neck pickup almost exclusively, which is why I don't own a tele. :( A Cabronita would do the trick nicely though.
     
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    A neck P90 does the trick for me :)
     
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    I like the neck pickup with some tone rolled off when I'm pretending to be a Jazz guitarist, and for Bluesy stuff it can't be beaten. Otherwise I mostly use a combination of bridge for big, overdriven chords and lead work and neck/bridge for rhythm parts.
    Too much top end? That's where the tone control comes in handy. I'm surprised how few people use them. David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) gets huge, juicy bridge pickup tones out of his Tele.
     
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