Starting a new build. Will be a 3 string 25,5'' scale. Now the question is which wil be the best for playing slow blues?
I have to choose between:
1. doubble rail cheapo asian pickup
3. single coil asian pick-up
4. imitation p90
Any advise given wil be appreciated.
YES! Though I tend to avoid single coils due to noise and a lack of a shieldable pickup cavity...
I really like the cheapo dual rail humbuckers, and the Gibson style humbuckers, too... it all depends on the tone you're looking for...
Build your own?
Warm and 12 bar ? humbucker in the neck position .
PS ... no matter what you choose , a pickup closer to the neck will give you a warmer sound .
a pickup closer to the bridge will be more bright and .. tangy .
I think I've tried just about every pickup (within reasonable cost) out there. They do all sound different and when you add in pickup location and a tone control you have a very wide range of "tones" available. Oh, yea, when you add in string clearance variations you have another thing to consider. Then, there are the amps impact on sound. And so it goes on and on...
You may go through a number of pickup types and configurations until you find "your sound", but that's part of the learning curve.
I agree with John, single coils are warmer, but something of a pain with respect to noise. I've found some dual rail humbuckers in a single coil package that see to work well for a blues sound. With a good tone circuit and the pickup placement around 20% of scale (from bridge) you have a lot of tone control.
Pickup selection is an art form, but a great learning experience.
WOW, eight failed posts in the same short thread. What a quality site this is.