Tech Tip:Pickup Sounds

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The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.


Dale Jason; Gilbert, AZ



Q: My new guitar has two pickups and I don't know which one to use. Can you give me a brief explanation of how they work?


A: Two pickups is the most common setup for electric guitars. Here is how they work:


The Bridge Pickup is closest to the bridge of the guitar where the strings anchor into the body of the guitar. This pickup usually gets a thinner sound because it captures the sound right as it comes off the bridge; it is commonly call the treble pickup.


The Neck Pickup is closest to the guitar neck and has a warmer sound. It is often used for playing rhythm guitar.


You should experiment with different combinations to find your own signature sound.


Hope this helps!


Yours in Music,
John McCarthy
Rock House