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wilhackerm

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Pickup switches
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:48:17 pm »
I just started using an electric guitar and i have no idea about how pickup switches work. does anyone know where i could find some info on them and just pickups in general?

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Re: Pickup switches
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2012, 10:58:13 pm »
It depends on your guitar what the switch does, and how many positions it has.

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Re: Pickup switches
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2012, 11:07:02 pm »
So what kind of guitar?

A trick if you push the strings against the magnet and it clicks, that pick up is on; if it doesn't its off.  Make sure all your knobs are all the way up.  If the volume is turned all the way down it won't work.  Move the selector switch, push the strings shakers the magnets, note which pickups are on, move the switch and repeat.

The switches select a pick up or combination of pickups.  A guitar with two pick ups usually has a 3 way switch to select the neck, bridge or both pick ups.  A guitar with three pick ups usually has a five way switch that as I recall selects the bridge, bridge middle, middle, neck middle, and neck - don't got one so not positive.  I say usually because there are other set ups, I think a telecaster only allows you to select each pick up individually if it has 3, or only both at once.  Again don't got one so I don't know fer sure.

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Re: Pickup switches
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 11:09:47 pm »
I have two pick-ups and a 5-way switch.

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wilhackerm

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Re: Pickup switches
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2012, 11:42:33 pm »
Well,i have 3 pickups so i think you covered mine. Thanks!

 

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