Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by digthosetubes, Jun 4, 2008.
If you don't like 'em why not?
They're just not my favorite in the low end. I like a lot of articulation that seems to be missing with 'buckers, especially in chords with a lot of close voicing.
I use Fralin P-92s, which give me that note definition along with a sweet high end, the power to push the amp when I want to, and no hum.
Because P90's exist.
For me, they tend to be too thick and take up too much space in a mix.
Well played. :AOK
Humbuckers ain't humbuckers. There's a lot to choose from. Everything from low output PAF replicas (which are often pretty clear) to distortion types and even EMGs (=lots of tops). Having said that I do like the articulation of single coils which you don't get with most passive 'buckers.
I don't dislike buckers, really, I just love single coils for their immediacy and clarity in a huge sonic range.
End of story.
They also sound dark & muddy compared to single coils.
What everyone else said so far ... but I do have a humbucker in the bridge of 2 HSS strats for higher gain tones. I don't think you can touch single coils or P90s for clean and mildly overdriven tones. When the gain gets into classic rock territory and beyond I like the smoothness of humbuckers (or P90s) more than single coils.
I'd HATE them in my strat, I'd probably be okay with them in a tele, I LOVE them in my PRS and my Godin...
depends on the guitar. (but I am also quite NOT the P90 fan... I guess I'm the only guy around who doesn't dig them... yet...)
But single coils sound so bright, thin and wimpy
I'm actually a humbucker guy, I just came to see what reasons there were. I love good P90 or tele tones though.
Humbucker guy here too, but appreciate a good noisy woody single coil too..
For the longest time I didn't much go for humbuckers. The usual reasons, most of all being lack of clarity and definition in comparison to my favorite single coils.
Now, as I'm bonding with a really fine set of humbuckers, in the right guitar ('66 ES-335), I'm realzing it is possible to find clarity and detail in H/B pickups. Not only are most HBs wound too hot for my taste ... it seems I respond more to hollow and semi-hollow HB tones, the airier side of things. It was just a matter of finding the right pickups, guitar and wiring/pots/setup.
I still generally prefer single coils, but the hums are working their way in.
There's a hollowness to the tone of singles that I really like in the right applications, but for the most part, I am a humbucker guy. I have SD 59s right now, but the neck is muddy and I dislike it.
I have a set of bursbusters in a Gary Moore Les Paul that I purchased.
These are my first foray into the world of humbuckers.
Man. These pickups are powerful compared to any of the single coils I have, whether Alnico, Ceramic or "Samarium Cobalt."
Add in the sustain of the LP body and I get the idea why so many folks like LPs, certainly for rock kinda stuff and blues.
The burstbusters, I believe, are much closer to a the single coil sound than the typical humbuckers found in a Gibson Les Paul.
I don't really dislike humbuckers, but I do agree that they can sound muffled or muddy, especially on a solid body guitar played clean. For example a Les Paul totally clean just sounds spongy and sonically limited to me. Now on a hollow body they can sound pretty nice clean.
I just love the clarity of single coils (including P-90s), the air, the fuller frequency range. I also don't care at all about the hum generated by pickups.
I don't dislike them. I've had some really nice sounding humbucker guitars but when I used them I only liked how they sounded with the volume and tone knobs wide open.
With a P-90 or a tele single coil the variety of sounds you get by adjusting the knobs is so much more usable, IMO.
Different tools. Some HBs are muddy - which is why you need to get good ones and match them with the right guitar. My LP R7 is not muddy but is obviously thicker than a strat. However I recently played in a jazz gig with the LP and it was perfect - the strat would have been inappropriate in that particular setting.
I also have 2 Strats and a p-90 guitar - I like em' all.
Humbuckers can be finicky, but if you get good ones they do their own thing quite well.
I DO like Humbuckers as well as P90's
In fact, almost every time I get a P90 guitar, I eventually switch to Lollar minihums
that can be split for even more tonal diversity.