Guitar Pickups: How to Choose the Best

Guitar Pickups Guide to Buying Guitar Pickups

Pickups for Stratocasters, Telecasters, Les Pauls, SGs, Basses, Acoustic and more! Whether you’re looking at improving your tone or just need a quick spare you can buy these at cheap prices with brands such as Fender, EMG, Lace and Seymour Duncan!

  • For Electric Guitars you can choose from a big range of p’ups from different manufacturers.
  • For Acoustic Guitars, you get pickups that you put over the sound hole of the guitar. These pick ups sound great and are very easy to install!
  • For Bass Guitars, you can choose from a wide range for P-Bass and Jazz Bass styles, and more!

Types of Pickups

The different types are:

  1. Soundboard transducer
  2. Undersaddle transducer
  3. Sound hole pick ups

The type of music you like to play (strum, flatpick or finger style) will largely determine the pick up you need.

Soundboard transducers are best for flatpicking, undersaddle transducers for finger style and sound hole pickups for other music like rock acoustic, solo performances and small venues.

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Buying a Pickup (aka Pup)

All pickups sound different to one another due to a number of reasons. Some factors that make them sound different are the magnets used and the number of coils of wire that are wrapped around.

You may have heard of over wound and under wound pickups; well this relates to the amount of copper wire coils surrounding the magnet in your pickup. Different strength magnets can also yield a different sound.

If you’re looking for more output and more bite with a replacement pick up then take a look at the high output pick ups. You also get more mellow pickups, pick up sets and signature pick ups.

Changing the pickups on your guitar can be a difficult process so be sure to read up on how to do it and check the manufacturer’s instructions.

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