Easily switchable pickups

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15 posts since 15 Jan, 2021

Post Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:12 am

Hi peeples.

So, I'm wondering if such technologies exist: letting you switch guitar pickups easily, without soldering. The only thing I have seen myself is this:

The guy carved out spots in guitars for wooden blocks to go in, on which the pickups are placed. He made many blocks like this, so he may achieve a different sound in the matter of seconds just by taking out and inserting different blocks with pickups.

The idea for this came when I wanted to record a desired sound for different songs: here cleaner, there hotter and more vintage.

So is something simpler than this exists, letting you change pickups faster and without soldering? This is for my Stratocaster.

1688 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:49 am



Demonstrated in this video comparing pickups https://youtu.be/WwT6Co7Qrf8


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15 posts since 15 Jan, 2021

Post Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:52 am

Without buying a different guitar? :)

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1448 posts since 27 Aug, 2004

Post Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:38 pm

I have seen a few kits for strat where the pick guard has different pickup and switch combinations and all you need to do is screw in the new pickguard.

If you wanted to do this with other types of guitars your best bet might be to put sockets on the end of the pickup wires which would connect to another socket which would be wired up to the appropriate controls.
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1344 posts since 21 Dec, 2004

Post Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:50 pm

I’ve seen quick change pickups but went the pedal route instead and picked up a Keyztone EXchanger pedal. It’s a pickup modeler. Puts your signal to as flat as possible and then re-EQ’s it to one of 9 different types. Works well for what it says it can do and zero effort really. Just dial the pedal in to your pickup and choose a new model. It was just what I needed since my guitars are all favorites and only looked at new guitars for different pickup configurations. Now I still play my favorite guitars but with new sound of different pickups.

Watch some video reviews and decide for yourself on it though.
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3812 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from Land of The Charity Shop

Post Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:15 pm

Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral: Is boutique the new old?


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Post Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:29 am


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