Tech Tip:Pickup Sounds
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,