Anybody ever got bored of humbuckers?

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  1. Pat

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    Been playing my Jackson DK2 exclusively for a few months now (has a JB and 59), got a bit burnt out with it to be honest.

    Got my Ltd St213 out of storage and plugged it in, immediately preferred the sound of the single coils - more articulation, dynamics and character to them. They are just stock ESP designed pickups.

    Anybody else find this after playing humbuckers for a while? Preferred the single coils so much that I immediately took some photos of the Jackson to put it up for sale - looking at getting an HSS instead (something like this instead https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LM403HTFMNS--esp-ltd-m-403-natural-satin)
     
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    Single coils are better, period.
     
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    Think I'm beginning to agree to be honest - what kind of music do you play?
     
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    Zado's right. Humbuckers are for losers. Especially neck humbuckers.
     
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    Sounds like you just want something new and different, and right now single coils fill that void.

    Buy guitars with tons of different pickups and never get (as) bored.
     
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    Had single coils on my starter strat, and couldn’t get a decent palm mute sound to save my life. Haven’t touched a guitar with them since.
     
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    It's one the reasons I have a good Strat and a Jazzmaster. Those tones can't be replicated on a split humbucker, and it's nice to have the options afforded by guitars with a variety of pickup configurations.
     
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    Love me a neck and middle single coil, but I absolutely cannot vibe with bridge singlecoils. I need that oomph
     
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    From classic rock to hardcore punk to classic heavy metal. If you have the proper single coils (without going single sized humbs, which are of course not singles) you can deliver screamin heavy metal tones.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Goes both ways for me. The only guitar that has been on my guitar rack for a month now beside my bass is my SSS strat but yesterday I took my RG1527 out of the case and was surprised how good even those god-awful stock Ibanez humbuckers sound compared to the single-coils (especially on high-gain tones) but I'll know I'll eventually get bored with them once again and switch back to playing the strat.
     
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    Recently purchased a Fender Strat HSS because I have been listening to a bunch of stuff using a lot of single-coil tones and was really digging and GASing for a Strat or Tele for the last year or two. Am I loving the HSS setup? OH YEAH! Maybe in the future i'll find some extra cash to grab a SS Tele for the increased variety of tones I can get out of that particular combination.

    As a guitarist the majority of us like to have different 'tools' in our 'toolboxes' so we can get a large variety of tones to suit the style we are feeling at the moment. Sometimes I want those sparkly cleans or that wirey/jangle/quack of a slightly broken-up/pushed clean or light crunch and sometimes I want a thick/mean/full high gain tone in the bridge or the neck position. Luckily I have a handful of tools to assist me in achieving a large variety of tones for all the different genres/styles of music I like to play and listen to.



    I don't know if the ESP single coils in your LTD ST guitar are 'true singles' or 'noiseless/stacked' singles, but the Duncans in the LTD M403 are stacked singles, so it will a 'blend' of true single coil tone with a humbucker-like tone. The benefit of 'stacked' singles is that they aren't as noisy as true single coils.

    If you really dug the Jackson DK24 but want some single-coils you could also check out the Charvel DK24 HSS models. If I remember correctly the Charvel DK24 HSS has true single coils, but they are very hot singles. The LTDM403 are stacked singles but aren't as high output.

    I recommend trying out those guitars or those pickups in another instrument to see if you like them. Remember, just like humbuckers, single-coils differ in sound--even though each their definitive 'characteristics'.
     
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    did someone say baroness??
     
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    I never get bored of humbuckers, but I have moods where I want to play my tele.
     
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    I love the clean sound of a p90
     
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    P90>EMG singles>singles — the neck position. I don't necessarily prefer them to neck hums, but they certainly have their place and are a fun option to have.
     
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    I've actually not tried a guitar with P90s in, but all the demos I've heard sound great. Rabea Massad did a great demo of different pickup types, to my ears the P90s sounded best for metal strangely
     
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    Other guitarist in my band recently got some "P-rails", which are simultaneously humbuckers and p90's at the same time and can switched all kinds of crazy ways with a pickup selector
    [​IMG]
     
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    I like a nice bright bridge bucker. I have a guitar with selector options for splitting. Neck STAYS single unless I’m playing something jazzy. I mostly hate neck humbuckers. Tele is my favorite vintage design. I’ll use every sound that guitar makes and they’re plenty aggressive.
     
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