By Joyce Mcalister. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 10:03:55 AM.
Here's how you can get this effect: Set the neck pickup volume knob all the way down to zero. Set the bridge pickup volume knob all the way to maximum. Keep all tone controls on maximum. Then you do the following: Set your pickup selector switch to Treble (the bridge position). Play a note or a chord and let it ring out. While it's ringing out, flick the pickup selector switch back and forth between Rhythm and Treble. You will hear the sound cut in and out crisply. This is because when you switch to the Rhythm pickup, there is "no sound there" because its volume knob is all the way down to zero. When you switch the pickup switch back to Treble, the sound instantly goes back to full volume.
Keep in mind though the nickel is only on the wound strings. The thinner, higher pitch strings are all steel. Also, with the wound strings, it's not just the nickel content that determines the tone, it's also the shape of the windings. Roundwound strings are brighter, but flatwound strings have much more bass response, and so- called "rollerwound" strings, like GHS popular "Nickel Rockers," have a tone that is somewhere in between the two (i.e. they sound darker than roundwounds).
Um, How Are You Gonna Make This All Work? Once I got the pickups picked out, I went to work on the wiring. This is based on the fact that I don’t want any switch positions that I won’t use, and only ones I do. I don’t like having tons of options either, as it makes it harder to get to the sound I want.
Guitars with one humbucker and two single coils always seem to be a compromise. The idea is to get that chimey, jangly, quack from the neck and the middle single coils and the rock and roll from the humbucker in the bridge position. The HSS (which stands for humbucker-single-single) pickup configuration gained popularity in the 80s, much like everyone’s favorite haircut, the mullet. And much liked the maligned mullet, we get, in theory, business in the front and party in the rear. This article is my take on this pickup configuration, and how I came up with a way it could work for me.
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