Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Lenox, IL-USA
BEFORE you post about selecting pick-ups!!!
Hi Everyone. I'm posting this to help simplify the MANY pickup selection requests here on Jemsite.
As we all know, choosing the right pickup can be a confusing and difficult thing to do. And with manufacturers expanding their lines all the time, the process gets even harder...lol. With that said, I'm going to ask you to think about the next few questions so that you can be better prepared to post your question about buying new pups.
1. What type of music do you like? Be specific about bands or particular guitarists.
2. What type of equipment are you going to be playing through? A 10 watt "Rouge" amplifier is never going to sound better, no matter what pickups you put in your guitar......sorry
3. What are the specifics of your guitar? I find myself having to browse the web all the time to find out the specs of peoples guitars...
A. Is it a trem or hardtail?
B. maple or rosewood board?
C. how many frets?
D. what controls are on it?
E. What type of wood is you body made from?
F. Are your pickups direct mounted, ring mounted or in a pickguard?
THESE THINGS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!
Other important factors
1. Why are you changing your pickups? So many times I see people wanting to change their pickups because they think they HAVE to based on other peoples advice. What is it that YOU don't like about your current pups? What would you like to be different in a set of new ones?
2. Are you looking for any particular brand, and if so...Why? Do you have previous experience with that brand, or maybe a bad experience with another brand? Are you going on someone's advice or on your own research??
3. Often times people think they need new pups because their guitar is making funny noises, or sounding weak....... sometimes there's nothing wrong with their pups. Sometimes it's other electrical problems like a loose jack, a dirty pot or switch, a loose or broken solder joint...... etc. If you DO have a problem like this.....DESCRIBE IT IN DETAIL. Guitar electronics are actually very easy to fix yourself.
I know that this sounds crass, but it's not meant to. Jemsite provides an excellent search function for you to start your own research. We don't suggest it because we "don't want to be bothered by you silly question" rather, we suggest it because it an EXCELLENT tool for you to start researching. Second- Jemsite also has the "Comparison Shopping" link (the top right tab on every page) Comparison shopping is a huge collection of hundreds (if not a thousand) of product reviews done by MANY Jemsite members over the years...... It's very easy to navigate and is jam packed with most, if not all, of the information your looking for.
After doing your research, come and make your post........ Were happy to help in every way possible. Don't be shy to ask any questions you may have....... we all do!! Myself.... I knew very little about my guitars in general before becoming a Jemsite member (some will argue that I still don't....lol), and I still ask a LOT of questions!!!
Last edited by RGTFanatic; 03-24-2011 at 08:29 PM.