By Phoenix Girard. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 03:00:08 AM.
If you want that same switching speed he is getting, you can still pull this off with your three-way pickup switch. Rather than set it at Treble, set it in the middle position (which is supposed to give you a blend of half Neck pickup, half Bridge pickup). Then switch quickly between the Rhythm position ("all the way up") and the middle position. That way you are not having to "jump over" the middle position in the switch to get the sound to cut in and out quickly. Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen are two of the best guitarists in rock history. What they have in common is this: the pursuit of new and unique sounds by trying all sorts of crazy stuff that other people simply wouldn't think to do. Hopefully this pickup selector switch trick I just showed you can spark some ideas for your creativity. Have fun!
There are also many different materials used for capacitors. A large portion of mass manufactured guitars come stock with a small ceramic disc caps. Many don’t use the tone control, so they never switch them out. However, for the serious tone-seeker, there are plenty of aftermarket caps available. Metal film, paper-in-oil, and polyesterfoil will each have a different effect on the overall tone of the guitar as well as the response of the tone control. Testing is useful to help find the capacitor that provides the right tone.
The middle position was something I really had to consider. It was going to be used only with the neck or bridge pickup, and never by itself. I chose a true single coil, the Seymour Duncan Five-Two. This uses Alnico II magnets for the treble strings, for a warmer tone, and the brighter Alnico V magnets for the bass strings. The bridge humbucker I chose was the ‘59Custom Hybrid. It is a little more powerful than most PAF-type pickups, and comes with 4-conductor wire which means the pickup can be split. This would be important because of the switching scheme used. Please check out Orpheo’s great article about splitting humbuckers.
The part of an electric guitar which detects this movement is called the pickup, which are basically magnets wrapped tightly round with very fine wire. As any electrician will tell you, a magnet wrapped round with coils of wire is an electric generator waiting to happen, and the vibrating movement of the string next to this mini generator is enough to create an electric current. This electric current is sent as a signal to the amplifier, and it is at this point that the tone, voice, sound, colour, and any distortion effects, are generated, and of course, the volume boosted.
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