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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by jbylake, Sep 14, 2020.
Blues is in the heart.
This brings me all the way back to square one...
I've asked this question more than a dozen times...
A dozen years...
Received a straight
Is the blues....
Usually neck, neck and middle, or neck and bridge. It seems to me that the bridge sounds better with the neck pickup balancing the tone. Could be just me.
I guess you just know it when you hear it.
Here ya go, a pretty straight and informative answer.
That's the sort of answer I always get....
The singing we do at Pow Wow
Your answer is
"I don't know"
I think the answer lies in the name. It’s music that speaks to the sadness in your heart.
Blues is not one of those genres that's tightly defined by the timbre of instruments. I mean, I've never heard blues played on pipe organs or french horns or accordion--but I'm not sure there's really a reason you couldn't.
You don't need a particular kind of pickup to play blues; it doesn't even have to be a guitar. I've heard blues played on sax, piano, on harmonica, diddley bow, or just people singing.
It's not like bluegrass where you have to have a banjo, or mariachi where you have to have a trumpet or heavy metal where you have to have distorted guitar and drums.
I play Fender Tex-Mex single coils in my neck and middle positions (almost never touch the middle pup) and a Alnico 5 Telecaster bridge pup in the bridge position and then alternate between positions 1 & 5.
A state of mind
UUMMMM pretty sure the groove is, but whatever
I'm more fishing for Is the musical construct...
Some people that play the blues are musicians....
One studies for years
Gets a master's in music...
Now can be called a "musician"
Can this person construct a John Phillips Souza march
Technically call it the blues?
Maybe @fezz parka or @simoncroft know....
I think they are musicians...
Pretty darned happy with the Fender CS Fat 50's in my strat. So many good choices out there these days - it can be daunting.
Blues should be played on whatever instrument you can reach without getting up.
Secular folk music created by African-Americans in the South in the early 20th century?
I use the stock pickups in my G&L Legacy, which were designed by Paul Gagon to have a similar tone to 50s era Strat pickups.
While I'm honoured to be mentioned in the same breath as @fezz parka, I'm not sure I can be too much help to you. You can read about the blues forever, and still not get it IMO. The only way to 'get it' is to listen to a lot of it, and make it part of your life. Let it seep into your own playing. After a time, you'll hear a lot of music that 'sounds like the blues', plus some special music that's the real deal, to you. Because that difference is based on how you feel about it, you can never be wrong.
I agree completely with other who have pointed out that the blues can be played on anything. That said, my Deluxe Strat Plus came with Lace Sensors (red, blue, silver). I replaced them with Duncan SSLs some time ago, because I wanted my Strat to sound like a Strat.
for most of my playing years ive always just used stock pickups.
then i built a few teles and put hot ones in them.
and then @Bodean made me some hot strat pickups.
man i love them. bigtime.
but no pickup will ever help you play blues.
thats just something you do.