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  1. The Many Faces of the Guitar Pickup

    EMG 81: A poplular active pickup One of the most important aspects of a guitar’s overall sound is by far the pickups. When these things were invented in the earlier part of the last century, it not only gave birth to the electric guitar but also immeasurably changed the history of popular music. Over the years, pickups have evolved as...
  2. Popular Effects Pedals and Pickups for Metal

    Arguably Zakk Wylde's favorite pedal . . . ever! There are a few things that most every musician needs when it comes to rocking out to the best of their ability. You need a guitar and an amplifier, of course, and while some like AC/DC’s Angus Young need nothing else besides maybe a cable and some picks, most players use...
  3. Introduction to Pickups Part II: The Rest of the Story

    A few days ago, we brought you an introduction into the world of pickups. To recap, these little magnified pieces of coil and poles work by sensing the vibration in the strings and turning that into electrical signals that can be understood by the amp. We covered the two most popular kinds, the single-coil pickup, like the kind you’d find...
  4. Introduction to Pickups Part I: History of the Single-coil and the Humbucker

    Duncan's SSL-1 single-coil A long long time ago, when I was a very young child, the whole family used to gather ‘round the fireplace and in between singing church hymns and season appropriate show tunes, we’d turn on the ol’ picture box, now more commonly known as a television, and while my father would curse every other commercial that came...
  5. Weekday Roundup 4/12

    Photo Credit Things are getting a bit cold over here in sort of sunny Southern California, and while the rest of the country is enjoying the warm nudge of Spring, us west enders are being punched in the face with thunder and rain. What can we say? We’re not used to anything but precisely 70.3453454 degree weather (as we all...

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