Single Coils Suck. Humbuckers Rule.

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Bluego1, Jun 6, 2019.

Single coil or humbucker? Yes, those are your options, though discussion is encouraged

  1. Single coil

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  2. Humbucker

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  1. brookdalebill

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    I really like the TV Jones Classic+ best.
    It is slightly hotter than a Classic.
    Great sounding pickups!
     
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  3. awasson

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    If I were going to outfit a guitar with a P90/Humbucker combo, I’d more than likely put the P90 in the bridge. Bridge pickups, other than Telecaster bridge pickups tend to be too wimpy for my liking. I put a set of those Seymour Duncan Phat Cat humbucker sized P90’s in my semi hollowbody Ibanez Artist and now I switch to the bridge on purpose.

    Although I’m on a single coil kick, I’ve got a couple of Humbuckers I like and I like them in the neck so that’s I would approach a humbucker/P90 combo. I’d go with one of those Phat Cat’s in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan Screamin Demon in the neck. The Screamin Demon is a bit of a misnomer. It’s not a crazy hot pickup. It’s maybe 7k - 8k but it has a lot of high midrange sparkle and sounds good clean or with dirt. I may do a Tele with that setup.
     
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  4. DougM

    DougM Friend of Leo's

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    As I've said before, since I've been playing single coils for 50 years, my whole style, and the way I attack the strings, is based on single coils, or more accurately Fender single coils, 'cause I can't even make P90 sound good. I love the way P90s and HBs sound when others use them, but I can't get them to work for me.
    Rick and Gretsch single coils work better for me, but still not as well as Fender single coils. And I'm still undecided on Filtertrons.
     
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  5. stanger

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    While I'm still a diehard Tele guy, I do miss a Lindy Fralin floating humbucker much more than the guitar it came on.

    I was sad to see it go, but it sure helped me sell a doggy tune unit real fast.

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  6. tombob

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    I think one of the things that really made me bond with mini humbuckers was that they feel a lot like singles. I’ve played SCs for years and minis “feel” very similar, they have a similar way of responding to pick attack, etc. Most minis I like are not very hot, 6.5k neck and 7k bridge which is about in line with Tele output.
    The Fidelitrons Fender is using didn’t impress me. I’ve been a Filter’tron fan for years and they seem to be missing something. I have used the TV-J supertrons and love them in the neck and I really like the TV Classic Plus in the bridge. The Magnatron is a good neck if you want more single coil sound in the neck, I haven’t tried the bridge but it might be good there too in a Tele if you want a twangy Tele. I’ve wanted to try the powertrons too, they are supposed to be a cross between a Filter’tron and a PAF style humbucker.
     
  7. sothoth

    sothoth Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    I think people who say one is good and the other is bad clearly don’t get it, because they both suck compared to piezos
     
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  8. Zepfan

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    Firebirds, enough said.
     
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  9. tombob

    tombob Tele-Holic

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    Piezo pickups have come a long way from where they were. I’ve had a couple of older under bridge and ceramic embedded piezo that were just brittle and harsh and picked up every touch and movement but the newer ones sound good. I still find them a bit prone to picking up unwanted noise though.
    I still think those small humbuckers like minis, Firebirds, old Guild LB-1s and Filter’trons can strike good middle ground between a single coil and a PAF humbucker.
     
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    I can't imagine being more indifferent on this topic. I don't care at all what anyone else thinks about this. I don't even care what I think about this.

    I read 129 posts, however, before I realized this.
     
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  11. sothoth

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    Yeah my serious answer was going to be similar to yours re: Firebird or Filtertrons.

    Honestly they all have their place depending on style of music and your personal preference.
     
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    I like the Rod piezo more than those round piezos. I have an acoustic CBG style guitar with acoustic strings, but I put one of those Flatpup's on it and it works great. Even with the acoustic strings.
     
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    The more I think about this the more I realize how easy it is to go back and forth on this depending on the day. In the last week or so of sitting around in the evening playing guitar a bit I’ve played a Strat, a p90 solid body, a 335 clone with humbuckers, a SG with minis and a Tele with a mini neck, Strat mid and Tele bridge pickup. They all sound good too! I like swapping around, different tones can be fun and keeps you from burning out on one particular sound.
    On gigs I will say I have been playing minis more than anything lately, they really cut through the mix and are quiet.
     
  14. ToneGrail

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    For me singles for clean and slightly hairy. For crunch and beyond, humbuckers.
     
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    mefgames Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    Did you really post a slam on single coils on THE Tele forum ???
     
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    Having a humbucker in the neck position makes no sense because it's effectively asking for mud. If there's going to be mix of humbucker and single coil pickups, then the single should be placed in the neck position with the humbucker at the bridge.
     
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  17. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Tele-Afflicted

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    Keep the HBs and leave me to my SC - Fender, DeArmond, P90s...
     
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    They both suck and they both rule depending on whose fingers are running the show.
     
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    Sometimes humbuckers do suck. And sometimes they rock!

    Single coils... almost never suck.
     
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    Actually, the pickup that blows all others out of the water are the old DeArmond-Rowe "silver foils" that they used to put in cheap guitars from Silvertone and Harmony. Seriously, if you have never tried these, you are missing out. Although they are single coil, they even blow humbuckers out of the water for volume. You can't touch them. Whatever guitar you're using with whatever volume level you're at, if you switch over to a guitar that has one of these silver foils in it, you would swear you just doubled the volume of your amp. They are hot, punchy, and just plain LOUD...but also sound amazing.
     
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