Pickups and their associated wires and controls make up the very heart of any electric guitar thus forming the guitars sound characteristics .
This is a question we get asked a lot in the shop , lots of people think they have sound because of “ the battery “ because it is plugged in to the wall or ESB, or because it has a speaker in it …..none are actually true !!!
The reason the guitar has “ sound “ is because Pickup or Pickups fitted, these act like mini microphones and their magnets pickup the vibrations of the strings and transfer the sound of the vibrating strings through a lead to an amplifier.
It is possible to make small adjustments by fitting different pickups to change the sound of the guitar .
The single coil pick up and the twin coil pick up or “ humbucker “ are the main types , the single coil is something of a vintage style or on a very cheap or beginners guitar .
A combination of the basic single coil wiring and with the addition of switches can determine the style if it is to be in series or parallel , in or out of phase with one or more pick ups .
Questions about these and other electric guitar problems are handled on a daily basis in Essaness Music , Kilkenny , so if you have any questions about any points raised in this blog please call in to the store , until the next time .