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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  2. Looks ugly and unfinished.

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

    35 vote(s)
    43.2%
  4. I like turtles.

    18 vote(s)
    22.2%
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  1. burntfrijoles

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    not to me
     
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  2. hepular

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    ok. so, explain something to me . . . if pickup rings are somehow necessary, how can one reconcile that with a belief in 'tonewood'? what sort of magic occurs to transfer the acoustic qualities of wood through a plastic (usually, of course there ARE exceptions) insulation device?

    i removed the pickup rings in my beat-up prs santana se because they were collapsing. I screwed the pickups into the body MOSTLY because i'm cheap. & a little because i think it looks better. i.e. plastic pickup rings on a nice wood body has always kind of offended me. way back in the way-back days i replaced 'em with metal.
     
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    My last two “shredders” both have rings. Course they’re hardtails. So maybe not shredders? :confused::confused::confused:

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    My tele was setup that way HxS configuration. With a chrome covered bucker, it's clean. I used threaded inserts for the SC at the neck.
     
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    Certainly nothing new and as far as hoping it doesn’t come to Fender, 2 of the guitars in your original post are made by Fender. I personally think it looks better than a chunk of cheap plastic on the guitar.

    jh
     
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    I like stripped down, minimalist guitars. I don't believe pickup rings 'are for sissies'- but they don't seem necessary.
     
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    Which are made by Fender? Inquiring minds want to know (well, mine does).
     
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    The Charvel and the EVH.

    Actually just noticed the other one is a Jackson, also a Fender product. So they are all three Fender instruments.

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    Not a new trend, some guitars look great that way.

    However, a Les Paul I can't imagine would look good at all.
     
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    I had no pickup rings on a couple of my home made parts casters.
    I put a pickup ring on one, and not sure if I like it.
     
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    I had to 'adjust' the pickup routs when I swapped from mudbuckers to p90s in my old ibanez. I had a real mission trying to find p90 rings, but I really needed to cover up the mess I made. I used a chisel, but to be honest it's a basswood body so I could have just as easily used a spoon. :rolleyes:
     
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    Not a new trend at all...many brands/models have not had pickup rings for decades. Ibanez JEM, for one.
     
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    Pickup rings look fine on a Gibson, but clunky on a Fender style guitar. No rings on Strats and Teles!
     
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    The trend I'm seeing is covered humbuckers on pointy guitars, mostly without rings.
     
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    I added mine!
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    Won’t dust collect in there? Or, at least more dust.
     
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    I actually have been gassing for the Charvel sss version of the blue one but the first thing I thought was 'gotta put some pup rings on it as soon as I get it'.
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