Posted by John | Posted in Pickups | Posted on 13-03-2011
Let’s start by saying that what sounds like a great blues guitar pickup for one guitarist may not be the ideal choice for another. To highlight this you only have to look at a few of the legendary players. The sound that Jimmy Page wanted on his blues influenced tracks was very different to what Stevie Ray Vaughan was after, so much so that the type of guitar and the number of coils used in the pickups was a complete contrast. Yet both of these guitarists created a great blues sound and were legends.
One other excellent example of this is that whilst Peter Green used a 1959 Sunburst Gibson Les Paul as Jimmy Page did, his pickups had a completely different out of phase sound giving him the now much emulated sweet ‘Peter Green’ sound.
So my point is that you may want a Les Paul, a Stratocaster, a Telecaster or a 335 as your axe of choice, with each of these producing a very different tone to start with due to the completely different construction and meterials used in all of those guitars. Then of course you can think about what pickups will help you further achieve your dream blues tone.
So what choices are available to help me find my perfect tone?
My answer is to listen to what’s available to you within your budget. Check out the various pickups on our main site and listen to some examples. You may like a more driven sound in which case you may want to look at some models with extra coil windings, or perhaps you like a more pure sound in which case fewer windings and maybe an Alnico 2 magnet will do the trick. The choice is yours.
Whilst sound samples on a website certainly help your decision, you will not be hearing the pickups on your guitar and through your own amp of choice. Luckily we give you the chance to return your pickups within 30 days if you are not 100% satisfied with them. We also offer a lifetime gaurantee to the original purchaser.
So good luck in your search for that magical blues tone. With a new set of pickups your guitar may be Billy Gibbons’ ‘Pearly Gates’ or Stevie Ray’s ‘Lenny’ waiting to burst free! well I did say may be.