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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dismalhead, May 29, 2020.
not to me
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.
My last two “shredders” both have rings. Course they’re hardtails. So maybe not shredders?
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.
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.
I like stripped down, minimalist guitars. I don't believe pickup rings 'are for sissies'- but they don't seem necessary.
Which are made by Fender? Inquiring minds want to know (well, mine does).
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.
Not a new trend, some guitars look great that way.
However, a Les Paul I can't imagine would look good at all.
I liked the idea of mounting pickups directly to the wood, but disliked how it looked with humbuckers. Ron Thorn, always above and beyond, solved that problem for me:
Been that way literally for decades.
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.
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.
Not a new trend at all...many brands/models have not had pickup rings for decades. Ibanez JEM, for one.
Pickup rings look fine on a Gibson, but clunky on a Fender style guitar. No rings on Strats and Teles!
The trend I'm seeing is covered humbuckers on pointy guitars, mostly without rings.
I added mine!
Won’t dust collect in there? Or, at least more dust.
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'.