Quote: from anuj on 9:17 pm on Sep. 18, 2001
doesn't seem logical for direct mounting to have much of a difference, because a pickup is magnetic, not mechanical. *i think the tonal differences have to do with other factors, not pickups..
but that's just my opinion
Find a guitar with direct-mounted pickups that are realatively hot (at least one) and find a guitar with plastic mounted pickups with one hot pickup.
Turn the amp up to a decent level and tap the body all over on both guitars.
You'll notice a bid difference tonally from the thumps you make on the guitar between the two.
Direct-mounted have a much 'woody-er' tone imo. I can certainly tell a difference (I own two guitars that are direct mounted, and two that aren't atm).
Pickups function magneticly, yes. But to think they aren't effected by vibration is rediculous. Next time your jamming and you have your guitar strapped on, don't play anything, but crank the volume up with muted strings. Wiggle the guitar around, tap it. Tap the headstock and see if it comes through the pickups.
On one of my direct mounted guitars, I can every so slightly tap the headstock with a pick and it comes through the amp loud and clear. On my UV777BK, it does not.
Pickguards are for convience, it was the original reason behind the design. Not for tone.
Electrics, just like acoustics, have a soundboard as well. The entire face of the guitar acts as one. Granted it's not nearly as exaggerated as an acoustic (for obvious reasons; one being that it's solid, not hollow) it still acts as a sound board.
Hence why you'll see some tone purists play guitars with direct mounted pickups, no pickguard and often, no hard finish (one of mine is oild/stained only) being as it 'deadens' the wood.
Don't knock it until you try it yourself and see how alive it really is. :biggrin: