New trend in shredders - no pickup rings. You like or not?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dismalhead, May 29, 2020.

Rings or no rings?

  1. I like it. Pickup rings are for sissies.

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    13.6%
  2. Looks ugly and unfinished.

    26 vote(s)
    32.1%
  3. Don't really care either way.

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  4. I like turtles.

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  1. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hey people,

    Just a stupid observation for a Friday morning. Was just perusing my latest AMS catalog. I noticed that shredder brands are no longer putting pickup rings on a lot of new models. To me they look unfinished and kinda ugly. Hope it doesn't make it to Fender and Gibson.

    You guys like or not?

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  2. Bob Womack

    Bob Womack Tele-Afflicted

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    Modern guitars kind of do it their own way. I've got a Sterling LK100D with raw DiMarzos.

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    I can't find the energy to be bothered. Sorry.

    Bob
     
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  3. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Teles don't have rings around humbuckers in the bridge position, but they are mounted to the pick guard. Now, a Tele with a humbucker and no ring and no pick guard? Who walks around naked?

    Shredder guitars? It's an aesthetic. Meh.
     
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    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Teles don't have rings around humbuckers in the bridge position, but they are mounted to the pick guard. Now, a Tele with a humbucker and no ring and no pick guard? Who walks around naked?

    Shredder guitars? It's an aesthetic. Meh.
     
  5. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    So I can double post, but I cannot double vote? I've been robbed!
     
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  6. geoff_in_nc

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    The no pickup ring has been a thing since the 80's. It doesn't make me cringe, but I do think it looks unfinished.
     
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    1. They've been around for a long time, not that new.
    2. I don't like them. But it's not complicated to put pickup rings on them.
    3. They are like Cabronitas.
     
  8. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    All I'm concentrating on is how much better that Wolfgang would look with black Tele knobs. Now I've noticed they have Jazz Bass-style knobs I can't unsee it.
     
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    Yeah, been around for ages. I think EVH claimed better tone when the pup was screwed directly into the body??

    Looks terrible and I'm sure it is done just to save a few cents. I usually add the rings myself.
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    I'll admit I was scratching my head at the title. I was thinking paper shredders :confused::lol:
     
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    I had a nice little Kramer Focus 3000 that looked a lot like that top one - built in 1980 something!
    I don't mind.
     
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    I must confess that first of all I personally do not like that style of guitar :confused:... So without pickguard or pickup rings, it's even more awful to me ! :eek: I cast "look ugly and unfinished", de facto. :oops:

    But it's me, OK ? :D

    A+!
     
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    It’s all about being a stripped down “hot rod” if its not used to melt faces take it off!
     
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  14. telemnemonics

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    I don't really like shredder guitars but the direct mount pickups are fine to my eye.

    What I think looks really bad (don't be offended) is a Tele with a little pickup shaped ring around the neck pickup.
    Looks like somebody had a router accident and covered up the evidence.
    Ask me how I know....
     
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    not just shredders
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    Say it ain't so!

    I like that pickguard.
     
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    They were there but the pickups are so hot they melted!
     
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    ...and there you go. It looks OK on a shredder, but it just looks unfinished on a Tele. I wonder why that is?
     
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    I like the look myself. Looks cleaner. Reminds me of the fad of having custom cars look
    "shaved" by removing door handles and other protuberances.

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  20. brookdalebill

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    Let me just say, ”Yech!”
    Thank you, for your indulgence.
    Oh, and I like turtles, too.
     
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