DIFFERENT TYPES OF GUITAR PICKUP
Since the 80ies, when the era of replacement parts started, the market is offering lots of different types of guitar pickup for any musical style and tone. Let's put some order on this matter.
The first electromagnetic pickup was probably invented, around 1931, by George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker during the construction phase of the first electric solid body lap steel guitar which they called the Frying Pan.
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We can divide guitar pickup in two main categories:
Magnetic pickup may feature a:
Finally pickup may differ in:
There are finally many different types of magnetic pickup just like:
active and passive
Among standard magnetic pickup we find soapbar pickup like Gibson P90 and their hum-cancelling version P100, a sort of fat single coil
which tone is very close to a humbucker and bass pickup in the style of EMG or Bartolini which most of the times are humbuckers.
of pickup construction.
Last but not least there is the huge family of different types of noiseless single coil looking pickup for guitar. This pickup take advantage of different technologies to
avoid the typical 50cycle hum of single coil pickup.
Among the various brands producing noiseless single coil we find: Don Lace, Kinman, Dimarzio, Fender's "Noiseless" series and many stack humbuckers produced by Seymour Duncan.
Noiseless pickup are not beloved by purist of vintage single coil tone which consider the hum an important part of the tone.