• TV Jones pickup – Brain Setzer Bridge Gold – Free Delivery

    New & unused USA made TV Jones Brian Setzer bridge pickup in gold. This pickup was installed in a 6120 but was then removed at the owner’s request. He never played the guitar with it in. Just didn’t like the look of a standard Gretsch pickup at the neck and a TV Jones at the bridge.
    AU $199.00
    Free postage
    or Best Offer
  • Yamaha RGZ-211M w/Seymour Duncan SH4

    The guitar is in good condition. Few scratches as seen in the photo. Pick up avialable from Brisbane Everton Hills.
    AU $199.00
    0 bids
    AU $50.00 postage
    Ending Today at 20:13 AEDST5h 22m
  • Passive Acoustic Guitar Pickup for Sound Hole Magnetic Preamp EQ Equalizer Tuner

    High quality guitar pickup, with an extra mini collar type microphone and free floating volume controller,can play while singing. Tuner & Metronome. Guitar Effect Pedals. Guitar/ Bass Strap. String Tuning Pegs.
    AU $25.37
    Was: Previous priceAU $26.99
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    or Best Offer
    93 sold
  • EMG JAMES HETFIELD METALLICA JH HET SET ACTIVE PICKUPS

    EMG JH set all the wires vol and tone pots Input jack, circuit board and battery connection. No boxing came with a guitar i bought.  excellent condition.
    AU $199.99
    0 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 17:36 AEDST3d 2h
  • 3 Guitar Pickup Piezo Transducer for Acoustic Guitar Ukulele Violin Mandolin NEW

    Suitable for acoustic musical instrument, guitar, ukulele, violin, Mandolin Banjo etc. Guitar Effect Pedals. Guitar/ Bass Strap. Violin & Accessories. String Tuning Pegs. Guitar Bridge,Nut,Saddle. Other Instruments.
    AU $10.22
    Was: Previous priceAU $10.99
    Free postage
    282 sold
  • Neewer Acoustic 5-Band EQ Equalizer Guitar Preamp Piezo Pickup Tuner

    Neewer Acoustic 5-Band EQ Equalizer Guitar Preamp Piezo Pickup Tuner with LCD Display. Neewer Acoustic 5-Band EQ Equalizer Guitar Preamp Piezo Pickup Tuner allows you to adjust the tone easily and provides accurate tuning.
    AU $20.99
    Free postage
    67 sold
  • Seymour Duncan Antiquity Telecaster Bridge Pickup

    Very good condition. Aged vintage look but this is almost new. Bridge tele position. Long wires. With screws. No box but will place in Dimarzio jewel case.
    AU $100.00
    Free postage
    or Best Offer
  • Seymour Duncan 'Invader' F Spaced Bridge Humbucker

    Synyster Gates / Avenged Sevenfold, Troy VanLeeuwen / Queens of the Stone Age (bridge), Mike Chlasciak / Halford (bridge), Whitey Kirst / Iggy Pop (bridge), Joey Roxx / Burn Halo, Rick Jackett / finger eleven (bridge), Will Adler & Mark Morton / Lamb of God (bridge).
    AU $49.00
    1 bid
    AU $12.00 postage
    Ending Today at 18:38 AEDST3h 47m
  • 2008 David Gilmour Fender Stratocaster Authentic Pickup Set For Electric Guitar

    Authentic very rare David Gilmour pickup set from a 2008 Fender David Gilmour USA signature Stratocaster. The pickguard is aftermarket but the pickups and wiring harness are all original. Has 8 pickup combos using the toggle switch. Pickup specs are: -Custom Hand-Wound Fat ‘50s Single-Coil Strat® Neck Pickup -Custom-Wound Single-Coil Strat® Middle Pickup (wound and signed by Abigail Ybarra!!) -Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Single-Coil Strat® Bridge Pickup -5-Position Blade -Mini-Toggle (Adds Neck Pickup in Positions 1, 2 and 3 Postage is $10 Australia wide and all sales are final. Check out my other items. No international postage
    AU $325.00
    AU $10.00 postage
    or Best Offer
  • Vintage Gibson Les Paul SG humbucker 8.44k pickup

    Cleaning out the shed to help pay for the daughters uni fees. (just got the bill for her books.....) This auction is for: one Vintage Gibson Les Paul SG humbucker 8.44k pickup I used to mess with guitars and played around with electronics but dont have time anymore so cleaning out all the gear. Still in very good condition - please view photos to judge. Payment has to be received within 7 days of winning, or I will relist. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. Postage will be about$8.50 including tracking, signed delivery will be extra. Message me for an invoice at end of auction. Thanks for looking and God bless.
    AU $39.99
    1 bid
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Today at 19:44 AEDST4h 53m
  • Belcat SW400 + R1 Wireless Magnetic Sound Hole Pickup System for Acoustic Guitar

    Belcat SW-400 / R-1 Wireless Dual Magnetic Sound Hole Pickup System. SW-400 UHF wireless acoustic sound hole dual pickup / transmitter w/EQ & controls. The SW-400 is designed for STEEL STRINGED acoustic instruments only.
    AU $125.80
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    Was: Previous priceAU $185.00
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  • Genuine Fender Custom Shop Fat '50's Stratocaster Pickup Set

    Bonus paper in oil cap. These would be a great upgrade for any Stratocaster, Mexican made Fender or Squier Stratocaster. Middle pickup is reverse wound for noise cancelling.
    AU $170.00
  • Seymour Duncan "Cool Rails" SCR1N pickup

    In excellent working condition, plenty of lead left. Came out of a guitar i returned to stock and sold. Haven’t found a use for it since. No mounting screws/springs. Pickup from Kew or postage at buyers expense. Thanks for looking!
    AU $60.00
    0 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Tuesday at 16:35 AEDST2d 1h
  • Belcat SH-80 Humbucker Soundhole Pickup w/Active Power Jack for Acoustic Guitar

    Strap end-pin jack. Belcat is an OEM manufacturer that has developed a new product line with their own name on it. Their pedals are well built and produce an extremely clean sound. High quality and testing is fine.
    AU $26.31
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    31 sold
  • Wilkinson Humbuckers Set (Gold) plus surrounds and screws - ON SALE 50%

    “I would easily buy another set and would highly recommend them. - Joe Newberry (USA Tech). These are passive humbuckers in a matched set. Pole spacing is 50mm. Pickup surrounds/rings and screws are included.
    AU $45.00
    AU $6.99 postage
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  • New Stratocaster/Strat Loaded Pickguard - QUALITY ALNICO V Pickups - SUIT FENDER

    The middle pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity (RW/RP) for noise cancelling in switch positions 2 and 4. The bridge pickup is a little over-wound with plenty of drive. The QUALITY 3 Ply Mint Green pickguard has the standard Fender 11 hole pattern and is to Fender USA/MIM specs.
    AU $80.00
    AU $15.00 postage
  • DiMarzio Cruiser Guitar Pickup DP187

    Dimarzio Hum cancelling Cruiser Bridge DP187 White Came out of a preloaded pickguard I bought. Works perfectly. Selling as I prefer lower powered pickups. Great upgrade for a Strat
    AU $50.00
    0 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Thursday at 17:37 AEDST4d 2h
  • Fishman Guitar Pickup

    Fishman guitar sound hole pick up Not used for a few years but worked fine before I switched to one of the higher end fishman models Takes A76 batteries , not included Check pics for condition
    AU $40.00
    1 bid
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Tuesday at 16:16 AEDST2d 1h
  • tv jones powertron plus

    Never gigged, bedroom use only. Excellent condition, sounds amazing. Easy to get Malcolm Young tones, filtertron tones, thick humbucker tones. A bridge position only pickup designed with more magnet wire to resemble a hotter Gibson PAF Humbucker (in the 8.5K DCR range) while still retaining the core Filter'Tron™ characteristics.
    AU $100.00
    1 bid
    Free postage
    Ending Today at 21:00 AEDST6h 9m
  • Seymour Duncan Pickup - SPB-3 Quarter Pound P Bass - New

    Though often used for heavy rock tones, this pickup gives amazing tonal versatility to a single pickup instrument making this the most popular Basslines pickup. Includes logo covers. Our most popular Basslines pickup.
    AU $145.00
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  • Seymour Duncan Distortion pickup

    Seymour Duncan distortion Trembucker pickup. Trembucker refers to slightly wider pole spacing for guitars with tremolo systems (Floyd Rose, Kahler, Fender etc) Will work fine with tune O matic bridges.
    AU $80.00
    AU $8.50 postage
  • Adeline AD-33 W-JAZZ Acoustic Magnetic Soundhole Pickup For Acoustic Guitars

    W-JAZZ series pickup is firstly launched by Adeline in China as one kind of acoustic magnetic soundhole pickup. No Drilling! No Battery! Easy Installation!
    AU $26.31
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    Free postage
    19 watching
  • Guitar Pickup - Wilkinson Alnico Vintage Single Coil Pick-up set - ON SALE 50%

    Wilkinson WVS Stratocaster Pickup Set A very accurate replica of a 60’s style pickup. Chamfering the polepieces focuses the magnetic field giving good highs but still allowing some mids to come through to stop the pickup sounding thin.
    AU $69.99
    AU $11.99 postage
    21 watching
  • Dimarzio PAF PRO Humbucker Neck Pickup

    The PAF Pro was created when chops-intensive playing was first starting to happen, and high-gain amps and rack systems were becoming popular. A pickup was needed that combined a lot of presence and “cut” with an open-sounding PAF vibe.
    AU $76.00
    6 bids
    AU $12.00 postage
    Ending Today at 18:44 AEDST3h 54m
  • CHERUB - Clip-on guitar pickup. For acoustic nylon or steel string guitar

    Unique design piezo sensor clips onto the soundhole edge of any acoustic nylon or steel string guitar. Clip-on guitar pickup. Also ideal for use with tuners. Complete with fitted cable and 6.3mm jack plug.
    AU $19.99
    Free postage
    55 sold
  • Stratocaster/Strat Fully Loaded Pickguard - Vintage 60's Pickups - SUIT FENDER

    The middle pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity (RW/RP) for noise cancelling in switch positions 2 and 4. IT'S DESIGNED TO BE A DIRECT REPLACEMENT/UPGRADE FOR FENDER STRATOCASTER GUITARS. IT WOULD ALSO BE AN EXCELLENT SETUP FOR YOUR PROJECT STRAT, WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK!
    AU $120.00
    AU $15.00 postage
  • Fishman 4-Band EQ Equalizer Acoustic Guitar Pickup Guitar Tuner Black Color OK

    Features:4-band equalizer, rotate bass/middle/treble to adjust volume frequency.With phase and tuner function.Tone and volume control.LED for battery check, replace battery when Batt lights.Built-in microphone with mic blend level control.Description:Unique pivot design for instant 9-Volt battery access.Powered by a 9V battery (not included).Best choice for music fans who love guitar.Specifications:Brand name: FISHMANModel: Fishman 301Color: blackSize: 80*53*53mmPackage Included:1 x 4 Band EQ Equalizer1 x End Pin Jack4 x Mounting Screws2 x Mounting Brackets1 x User Manual (English)Notes:1. Due to the difference between different monitors, the picture may not reflect the actual color of the item. We guarantee the style is the same as shown in the pictures.2. .
    AU $29.97
    Free postage
    21 sold
  • TV Jones Paul Yandel DuoTron PAIR

    TV JONES Paul Yandel DuoTrons, in English mount. These unique pickups can give you the great Gretsch sound in virtually any guitar. The Yandel design is very well balanced! The Pickups themselves are regular filtertron size but with English mount will fit into any guitar with regular humbuckers. I've used them in my Epiphone Broadway and they were fantastic. Go to the TV JONES website for clips and descriptions. These are in industrial velvet, with full length leads. 1 x Neck, 1 x bridge. No mounting screws or springs included sorry. Only selling to raise coin for an amp.
    AU $350.00
    0 bids
    AU $15.00 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 0:01 AEDST2d 9h
  • Fender Classic Series Stock Pickups - Neck and Bridge Pair

    Neck and bridge pickup from a brand new Jazzmaster. Will ship in Seymour Duncan packaging as that is what I replaced them with.
    AU $115.00
    0 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Today at 18:46 AEDST3h 56m
  • New Guitar Parts Wilkinson Single Coil Pickups

    AU $17.95 to AU $34.95
    Free postage
  • Replica EVH Kramer Frankenstein Guitar

    Bought this guitar years ago, was made by the person who sold it as a project. Great to have in your guitar room as decoration.
    AU $900.00
    or Best Offer
  • Vintage spaced (49.2mm) hot Wide Range style humbucker, nickel cover

    This is an overwound/hot Wide Range type Alnico 5 slugbucker, using 12 alnico rod magnets for a punchier sound. It's overwound for bridge position and has longer mounting legs suited to a deep bodied guitar (Les Paul, SG, etc.).
    AU $55.00
    0 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Today at 17:42 AEDST2h 51m
  • Piezo DIY Stomp Box, electronic kit Simple kick drum bass base drum.

    You will receive 1 by electronic set up as pictured ready for your own "Stomp box".
    AU $11.00
    Free postage
    30 sold
  • EMG 81 Guitar / Bass Pickup Ivory

    New / still sealed in box
    AU $75.00
    Free postage
  • Artist BullBucker Guitar Humbucker Pickup Set - Chrome Covered - New

    About this Artist BullBucker Humbucker Pickup Set - Chrome Covered. About this Artist BullBucker Humbucker Pickup Neck - Chrome Covered. Classic moderate output humbucker based on the popular Jazz model.
    AU $75.00
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  • Neewer EQ-7545R Acoustic Guitar 4 Bands Preamp Amplifier with Pickup

    EQ 7545R pick-up equalizer system with 4 bands can be easily fitted into your acoustic guitar and it is essential to electrify and amplify their sound. 4 Band Acoustic Guitar Preamp Amplifier with Pickup.
    AU $16.99
    Free postage
    18 sold
  • EMG HetSet James Hetfield Metallica Humbucker Pickup Set Neck Bridge 81 85 60

    EMG James Hetfield Pickup Set. In excellent used condition, very minor scratches as can be seen in photo.
    AU $250.00
    Free postage
  • EMG 81 ACTIVE ELECTRIC GUITAR PICKUP BLACK EMG81B EMG-81 - NEW 81B

    The 81 is our most famous model; the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone is endowed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut and fluid sustain.
    AU $139.00
    Free postage
    105 sold
  • Stratocaster/Strat Fully Loaded Pickguard - Vintage 60's Pickups - SUIT FENDER

    The middle pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity (RW/RP) for noise cancelling in switch positions 2 and 4. IT'S DESIGNED TO BE A DIRECT REPLACEMENT/UPGRADE FOR FENDER STRATOCASTER GUITARS. IT WOULD ALSO BE AN EXCELLENT SETUP FOR YOUR PROJECT STRAT, WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK!
    AU $120.00
    AU $15.00 postage
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  • Bartolini 8S P Bass Precision Bass pickup set

    Great sounding pickup - used for a couple of hours in a bass that was sold.
    AU $100.00
    0 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Monday at 15:15 AEDST1d
  • EMG 81 60 Gold Active Humbucker Pickup Set

    Used for a few months. Discovered active pickups aren’t for me. Minimal light surface scratches from playing. Comes with everything you get when new. I have cut and soldered the two battery cables to make one long cable. Other than that all standard. These have short shaft pots included. You may need long shaft pots if fitting into certain guitars like a les Paul. Cheers
    AU $150.00
    0 bids
    AU $15.00 postage
    Ending Friday at 12:37 AEDST4d 21h
  • Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Pickup Set SH-2 SH-4 Bridge Neck Jazz Black

    TheJB owes its poularity to over-wound coils, which provide high outputwith just the right amount of sustain and distortion-perfect forsearing leads. Seymour matched the JB with a Jazz Model in the neck forcalibrated output and a clear, bright sound-perfect for articulaterhythm playing.
    AU $249.00
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  • Fender Stratocaster pickups MIJ

    AU $125.00
    AU $25.00 postage
  • 12 Hole Sound Pickup Microphone Wire Amplifier Speaker for Acoustic Guitar Black

    1x 12 Holes Sound Pickup. It is perfect for most acoustic guitars. Mini appearance, with black metal material. High quality, good durability. Padded clip guards against damaging to your guitar. Color: Black.
    AU $16.99
    Free postage
    34 sold
  • New listingVintage G&L Schaller PAF Humbucker Bridge Pickup with Ring and Volume Pot

    From a 1985 G&L Invader. Same model as in the Rampage and Superhawk. PAF voiced Schaller pickup, includes original volume pot with factory treble bleed cap. Excellent working order. Rare to find.
    AU $99.00
    AU $8.95 postage
    or Best Offer
  • Tonerider TRT2SET Hot Classics Set (for TL style kits)

    TL Style Guitar Kits. ST Style Guitar Kits. LP Style Guitar Kits. SG Style Guitar Kits. EX Style Guitar Kits. Hollow Body Kits. 7 String Guitar Kits. DIY KITS.
    AU $99.00
    Free postage
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Guitar Pickups

It may sound surprising, but electric guitars are actually very quiet. They are so quiet that if it weren't for guitar pickups, you wouldn't be able to hear them. Luckily, the combination of electronic pickups and easy amplification have made it so that not only can you hear an electric guitar, but it's also capable of putting out an awful lot of sound.

Electric Guitar Basics

The key to understanding electric guitars starts with the fact that the strings are made of steel. That may appear odd at first thought, but it's a key factor in how pickups work. Electric guitar pickups project a magnetic field around the guitar. As the strings vibrate in the magnetic field, they generate electric currents, which the pickups then read and feed to the amplifier. If the strings weren't made of steel, there would be no electric current to read and thus nothing to amplify.

Single Coil

First, there were single coil guitar pickups ; as the name implies these pickups feature a single wire coil to generate a single magnetic field. They are nice and sensitive, and produce a bright clear sound that's easy to pick out from among other instruments. Unfortunately, that sensitivity means they also pick up interference, including the occasional hum from mains electricity. Still, many guitarists swear by the sound.

Humbuckers

The advantage of humbucker guitar pickups is that they "buck," or eliminate the hum. By using two opposed coils, these pickups can cancel out interference so all you get is the signal from the strings. They give you a thicker, louder sound than single coils.

Piezo Pickups

Unlike traditional magnetic pickups, piezoelectric pickups respond mechanically to the vibration of the strings so they don't need a steel core. They do, however, need a preamp, as the voltage they produce is much weaker. While popular for those looking to emulate an acoustic guitar, they are not as popular overall. One reason is the dynamic range: Piezo pickups respond exponentially where magnetic pickups are linear. It's just enough of a change to put many musicians off.

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