POLL, What type electric you prefer…

A discussion of techniques, and equipment for guitar. Fretted, bottleneck or slide, acoustic or electric, this is the place.

What kind of electric is your 1st choice?

Poll ended at Sat May 28, 2011 10:31 pm

Full hollow body with humbuckers.
1
5%
Full hollow body with single coils.
1
5%
Semi-hollow with humbuckers.
3
14%
Semi-hollow with single coils.
0
No votes
Solid with humbuckers.
2
9%
Solid with single coils.
9
41%
Can't vote for just one way, I like most or all of those!
6
27%
 
Total votes : 22

Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Wed May 04, 2011 10:10 pm

rustyslide wrote:low output pickups and a decent amp. Done.
Hey Rusty,
I gotta ask about this, you like “low output pickups” when every guitar review I read has a more than a few squids braggin' how they put more powerful pickups in theirs before it sounded good.
I'm kinda with you, I'm just fine with whatever came with the guitar.
But what'Ya like about low output pups?
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby leftyguitarman » Thu May 05, 2011 2:16 am

Low output pickups tend to have more clarity and tone IMO. Higher output pickups lose any unique characteristics. It has also been my experience that lower output pickups hands OD and distortion better.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Thu May 05, 2011 11:18 am

leftyguitarman wrote:Low output pickups tend to have more clarity and tone IMO. Higher output pickups lose any unique characteristics. It has also been my experience that lower output pickups hands OD and distortion better.
I think you're right, Left.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby leftyguitarman » Thu May 05, 2011 4:50 pm

Buffalo_Bill wrote:
leftyguitarman wrote:Low output pickups tend to have more clarity and tone IMO. Higher output pickups lose any unique characteristics. It has also been my experience that lower output pickups hands OD and distortion better.
I think you're right, Left.
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Hahaha, we should spread the word! :D

Kind of a side note/rant, but I'm taking some music theory courses at my local community college and almost every one of the guys in the class are guitar players and music majors... all they (except for three of us) play is hardcore death metal with the pointy headstock, shredder guitars and 15k+ ohm pickups! I just don't get it! Sounds like trash 99% of the time!

On another side note... My favorite guitar, a MIM Strat, has fairly high output pickups, as far as single coils are concerned. The Texas Specials that are in it all read out to 7.5k+ in all three positions. Clean, that guitar sounds perfect. But with OD and distortion, I just can't seem to get a good sound out of it. Even when the amp is cranked, they just don't retain the clarity that I would like them to. But my MIJ Strat with Fender 57/62's handle distortion, OD, and tube gain perfectly. I can go from clean, vintage-y, chimey to SRV grit and beyond no problem and still retain clarity. I think they are all in the 6.0k range. But my recently acquired MIM Tele, with ceramic pickups that are somewhere in the 8k range, sounds MONSTROUS! And I typically hate ceramic pickups! Clarity for days too, which really surprises me!

So it's 100% subjective 100% of the time. As a general rule, I like low(er) output pickups, especially humbuckers. Anything over 8k is too much for me, when it comes to HB's.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby ricbleu » Fri May 06, 2011 3:26 am

I read somewhere that the higher the impedance of a p/up, the more the treble frequencies are attenuated (cut out). I learned to play in the 60's when the PAF humbuckers varied due to winding techniques, but were pretty much all with the 7k range. That gave the bridge p/up a bit more edge and a superb "woman tone" created by mixing the two p/ups just using the on board volume and tone controls. And I agree with Buffalo Bill - I was happy with whatever... mind you, my whatever back in the late 60s was a used SG shaped 61Les Paul Custom and a Harmony Meteor. Even so I didn't look into the science of it. :D Peace.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby guitarslim101 » Sat May 07, 2011 10:15 pm

Well, I couldn't decide. I've got far too many guitars right now, and I've been doing a pretty good job of playing 'em all. Couple fully hollows with single coils (P-90s in one, Lipsticks in the others...plus a spider bridge reso with a firebird mini humbucker), a semi-hollow tele with a P-90 in the bridge and a firebird mini humbucker in the neck, an LP and an SG with humbuckers, a regular old Squier strat (first guitar, love it to death, all other strats don't feel/sound right to me now), an old Airline with some massive, P-90ish pickups. They're all good for their own things. The Tele is my go-to guitar lately, but I've been digging my little old Silvertone 1448 with the single lipstick pickup. Oddly enough, I can get a great SRV tone with it, but I never play SRV anymore, so, well, yeah. That little bugger just screams, though.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby old mojo » Sun May 08, 2011 12:08 pm

P90s rock! Got a Tele with two of 'em. My go-to 'lectric. Tele bark, but through a thick blue smoke haze. But then sometimes I want Strat quack too. Built a Partscaster hardtail with TexMexs for that. Not a big 'bucker fan, but they work for B.B. just fine.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Mon May 09, 2011 11:46 pm

Nobody's voted for semi-hollow with single coils…
Don't anybody like the Epiphone Casino, or Hagstrom Viking 2P?
I'm intrigued now, I'll have to try one. 8)
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Tue May 24, 2011 11:22 am

Well, this poll helped give us an overall look at what's favorite.
The outright leader is solid with singles, probably Fenders.

I was inspired to purchase a Peavey T-15, and an Ibanez AG75.
The hollow bodied AG75 has the most different voice for me, and has already inspired some new Jazz-Blues tunes. It don't take to overdrive, and over resonates into feedback. It's baritone voice is just wasted if overdriven like a semi or solid. But with a little overdrive I can hold a deep sustained note on the A string that's killer.
The T-15 seems to follow along with that because I like it best played clear. When I overdrive it I tend to turn the tone down to 5. Pointless because I know I'm just trying to muddy it up 'til it sounds like humbuckers.
But my favorite sounds come from my Peavey JF1 semi-hollow with buckers. It sounds very good played clear as well. I like the sustain with moderate resonance, overdrives great and yes I like muddy humbuckers. Ain't they supposed to be muddy?
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby Stackabones » Wed May 25, 2011 4:23 am

Fender Stratocaster, single coils all the way!
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby titaniumslide » Thu May 26, 2011 3:17 pm

I have 2 Teles and a Jaguar w\singles all solid bodies and single coil pickups. I like to start with a clean sound and then I can dirty it up if I want, it's what works for me YMMV.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby blueswrench » Fri May 27, 2011 12:55 am

My go-to guitar right now is an old Peavey T-60 with coil-tapped humbuckers although I just picked up a Dean Tele copy that's beginning to grow on me.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby gatorblue » Mon May 30, 2011 7:08 am

solid with humbuckers --- my 68 LP custom
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby ricbleu » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:15 am

Gator, you must have one of the early LPs that Gibson started producing again after stopping the LP for a period and going to SGs. Do you or anyone happen to know how long the gap was when they were out of production and if the "2nd generation" Les Paul was in any way different from those made through the 50s? I had one of the transition SGs, still labelled Les Paul Custom with a plate just between the end of the fretboard and the neck p/up, but I really wanted a true Les Paul shape as used at the time by Clapton, Green, Beck, Page. One aspect that I've always preferred on my electric is a humbucker. I have an Ibanez Artcore 83 to finish with and I like it a lot. The two h/bucker system gives me plenty of options and I usually play towards the warm end of the spectrum - neck or neck+bridge. Maybe it's getting old that makes me like things mellow. But Lefty et al with your single coils, keep at it for all you're worth; it's all good. :D Peace.
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Re: POLL, What type electric you prefer…

Postby gatorblue » Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:55 am

Yes, the 68s were probably the best produced after the ones from the late 50s. I too prefer the mellower sound, but still flip on the bridge p/up during leads where I want a more piercing sound, like Albert King often had. While I enjoy my tele and my 335, my LP is definitely my favorite electric. It goes so well with any type of amp---blackface, tweed, vox/Dr. Z, or marshall.
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