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The first part is played with my pick up. There is a
short stop and I continue with the single coil close
to the neck.
The adequate use of your pick up can bring a personal
touch to your solos. With the help of your swith, this
will allow you to 3 or 5 different positions. You can
change pick-up frequently while you play. If you choose
the positon of the pick-up close to the handle you will
get a deeper sound. Or if you decide on the position
close to the bridge. You will get a sound a lot more
clear. They are two position of the pick-up making it
possible to give various textures to your solos and
For myself, to obtain a sound that will stand out
more, i use two different pick-up, from these two positions.
I have a humbucking (reels double) close to the bridge.
This one enables me to obtain a rock sound with many
attack , sustain and distortion. Actually i recommend
the use of this technic to you when you make connections
, harmonic picks, heavy keys, hammer, and when you are
using the tone vibrato. It highlights more your master
keys because your notes are played a way very distinct.
As for the single coil which i use , it is located
close to the handle. It generates a deeper soud , the
notes have less substain then with the double pick up.
Thus , your notes are much more dependent. This is a
perfect when you want to make aspeggios, picked notes
and faster master keys. To give ans idea of the sound
that give these pick up : i suggest that you listen
to : Yngwie Malsteen. This musican uses a lot of single
coil near the neck (handle). Even more if you know the
first album of Edward VanHalen , you will notice that
in his first album, he used only a double coil close
to the bridge what gave him this aggressive sound and
heavy which makes its trade mark.
I very often pass from one pick up to the orther,
according to the type of master keys which i use. You
can test various types of master keys with your two
pick-up. You will see which you prefer for much type.
Then with force to alternate using your switch, which
must be place closer to your right hand, this will become
instinctif. You will feel it even at the time of improvisation.