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    EMG -ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set EMG -ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set
    EMG -ZW Zakk Wylde 81/85 Humbucker Set

    Professional upgrade pickups. <br />The 81 has high output for razor-sharp attack and is best for high-volume...

    $199.00
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    Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set
    Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set

    The neck SH-2 Jazz and bridge SH-4 create strong definition with bold, dense tone that's ideal for any heavy...

    $130.95
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    Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups
    Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups

    Alnico 5 magnets and enamel coated magnet wire create the increased output that demands respect. Throw in a...

    $199.99
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    Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup
    Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup

    Pearly Gates(TM): Essentially a variation on the Patent Applied For sound, the Pearly Gates sound is sweet,...

    Starting at $94.95
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    Gibson '57 Classic Plus Pickup Gibson '57 Classic Plus Pickup
    Gibson '57 Classic Plus Pickup

    The perfect bridge-position companion to the '57 Classic. The '57 Classic Plus mimics those late-1950s...

    Starting at $149.99
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    Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup
    Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker Neck Pickup

    The '57 Classic features Gibson's special Alnico II magnet; vintage enamel-coated wire; nickel plated pole...

    Starting at $139.99
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    Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set
    Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set

    Wound, dated, and initialed by Abigail Ybarra.<br />These are the guitar pickups that can deliver the coveted...

    $199.99
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    Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups
    Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups

    Fender Texas Special Tele Pickups: Here's something for you die hard Telecaster players. These overwound Tele...

    $159.99
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    Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set
    Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set

    Single coil tone without the hum!

    $108.76
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    Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup
    Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup

    The world's most popular humbucker guitar pickup.

    Starting at $72.95
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    EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set
    EMG JH James Hetfield Humbucker Set

    James wanted something not only "new" sounding, but also totally new looking.

    $239.00
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    Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set
    Seymour Duncan APH-2s Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker...

    A warm, moderate-output humbucker pickup set designed to produce Slash's unique recorded guitar tone.

    $189.95
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    Fender Tex Mex Pickups set of 3 Fender Tex Mex Pickups set of 3
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    Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard
    Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard

    World-class tone in a prewired pickguard. 3 Sensor Gold pickups produce classic '50s-style single-coil sound...

    $225.00
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    Fishman TriplePlay Wireless Guitar Controller Fishman TriplePlay Wireless Guitar Controller
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    Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup
    Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup

    It looks and sounds just like a '59, warm and smooth with great sustain.

    Starting at $72.95
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    EMG EMG-81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup EMG EMG-81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup
    EMG EMG-81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup

    Exceptional for high-gain rock leads with high output, consistent distortion, and long sustain.

    $99.00
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    Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal Covers
    Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts Humbucker Set with Metal...

    This set of Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-1 deliver their full payload of power, output, and aggression in both...

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    EMG EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set EMG EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set
    EMG EMG-DG20 David Gilmour Pre-Wired Pickguard/Pickup Set

    David has used this same EMG system for many years on his main red Strat.

    $299.00
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    $389.99 (save 23%)
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  4. Seymour Duncan Black Winter Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Seymour Duncan Black Winter Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup
    Starting at $89.95
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Ever since George Beauchamp created the first guitar pickup in the 1920's, guitar players obsessed with finding the perfect tone have been replacing the pickups on their electric guitars. Most of the classic guitars have become so because of their unique sound - a Stratocaster sounds different from a Telecaster, which in turn sounds different from a Jazzmaster, because they are all fitted with variants of the single coil pickup.


Once you’ve found an electric guitar, the fun doesn’t have to end there. There are some pretty unique and easy ways to customize your new instrument that can quite literally give you a whole new sound and tone.  Considering the style of music you’ll mostly be playing is the first step in deciding what pickup is right for you. Single coil pickups like the EMG Sax Active Single Coil Pickup Set or the Lace Hot Gold Single Coil operate using a single row of magnets encased in wire.

 
Humbucking pickups on the other hand cancel or ‘buck’ the hum completely by pairing 2 coils placed in opposite orientations and the interference is eliminated. Humbucker pickups are typically associated with Gibson style guitars and can produce a broad variety of tones, from a warm jazz sound to a beefy hard rock tone. Of course there are fender guitars with humbuckers, just as there are Gibsons with single coil pickups - the p90 is a notable pickup used on early Gibson Les Pauls as well as guitars such as the Epiphone casino. 


Whether you’re looking to upgrade from your factory included pickup or want to truly customize you guitar, there are many options available to you. Once you figure out exactly what you’re going for, you can easily install most pickups with a little help from your local repair man or luthier. Pickups are a great way to change your sound without investing in a whole new instrument.
 

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