Re: New Pickup Clip Site
If only it were that simple.
There is no way to truly judge how a pickup will sound unless you can play a guitar (like the one you want to put it in) yourself through your rig. There are so many factors that contribute to the live sound let alone the recorded sound. Even if you know exactly all the gear and all the settings someone used, you still couldn't be sure about the pickup unless you played it yourself.
Consider all the factors that could contribute to the sound when recording a pickup audio clip:
- guitar body wood
- fingerboard wood
- neck attachment type
- fret size
- bridge type
- string gauge
- string age
- action height
- pickup/polepiece height
- pickup angle (e.g. bass side different than treble side)
- volume pot value
- tone pot or lack thereof
- guitar cable length
- pick thickness and material
- pick attack
- amp/preamp settings
- effects (if any are used, particularly external EQ)
- mic (if not recorded direct)
- mic position and distance (if not recorded direct)
- post-eq (if not done, not an issue)
- bit rate (it standardized, not an issue).
And last but not least, the player's touch.
There are a lot guitarists who I think have a cool sound but if I tried their gear, I would not like how it "felt" and it would no longer sound good.It's not so much how the pickup sound it's how it feels to the player themselves.
Please understand that I'm not saying trying to do this would be worthless but it won't be nearly as useful as one might hope. Good luck.