• Fishman Presys Blend 301 Acoustic Guitar Pickup Preamp EQ Tuner Piezo Mic Beat

    Classic Fishman Presys Blender. Pre-wired Fishman Sonicore pickup for solder-free, plug and play installation. 1 4 Band EQ Equalizer. Built-in tuner with LED display. With phase and tuner function.
    AU $22.99
    Free postage
  • 1 Set Humbucker Electric Guitar Soundhole Pickup Closed Active Power Double Coil

    2 x Humbucker. 2 x Connection Line. 1 x Battery Case(Batteries not included). 1 x Battery Buckle Cable. We will try our best to reduce the risk of the custom duties.
    AU $32.99
    Trending at AU $33.68

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    AU $5.00 postage
  • Dimarzio HS2 Humbucking Strat Single Coil Size Guitar Pickups Middle And Bridge

    Light use, no wear. Taken out of a Kotzen strat.
    AU $50.00
    1 bid
    AU $10.00 postage
    Ending Tuesday at 20:28 AEST1d 7h
  • Seymour Duncan TB-PG1b 'Pearly Gates' Trembucker Bridge guitar pickup - White

    The Pearly Gates bridge captures all the mojo of the original bridge pickup from Billy Gibbons’ 1959 Les Paul. Seymour discovered the pickup had slightly more output than most P.A.F.s, which helped to give it the extra drive that makes this pickup so special.
    AU $85.00
    1 bid
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Today at 17:03 AEST3h 35m
  • Tonerider Hot Classics Bridge Pickup for Telecaster - Staggered Pole Pieces

    A grounded full size copper plated baseplate and black string wrap adds to the tone and completes the look and feel. Loud, spanky, complex with a clear bass and strong mids. HOT CLASSICS BRIDGE. DC Resistance: 7.1k (neck), 9.2k (bridge).
    AU $60.00
    Free postage
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  • Passive Acoustic Guitar Pickup for Sound Hole Magnetic Preamp EQ Equalizer Tuner

    Guitar Effect Pedals. Guitar/ Bass Strap. Guitar Bridge,Nut,Saddle. Guitar Knobs, Jacks, Switches. Simply clip it across the soundhole and plug the jack in and it`ll be ready to jam. Guitar Chord Stamp.
    AU $27.54
    Was: Previous priceAU $28.99
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    112 sold
  • Seymour Duncan SH-16 Treble Pickup

    Harmonically rich hybrid humbucker that uses one coil from the 59 Model bridge and one coil from the higher output Duncan Custom model. Plenty of crunch and bite on top as well. When split, you get the Custom’s 7k coil for a more distinct single coil sound.
    AU $55.50
    1 bid
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Saturday at 23:12 AEST5d 9h
  • Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster Texas Special Pickups

    Loaded pick guard with three Texas Specials
    AU $106.50
    4 bids
    AU $15.00 postage
    Ending Saturday at 10:56 AEST4d 21h
  • Cigar Box Piezo Guitar Pickup With Volume Control, Australian made. Uke, Cello

    Extra long 300mm Socket wire and piezo wire. Proudly made by myself in Bundaberg Q Australia.
    AU $15.95
    Free postage
    310 sold
  • Fishman Rare Earth Active Soundhole Pickup

    This from the Fishman website on the Rare Earth Miniature batteries mount conveniently on theunderside of the pickup (batteries included). I had it in my 67 Hummingbird and it made my guitar sing on live gigs.
    AU $100.00
    0 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Tuesday at 17:21 AEST1d 3h
  • Seymour Duncan TB6 Distortion Bridge Pickup TB-6 Trembucker Black

    AU $37.00
    19 bids
    AU $10.00 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 21:30 AEST2d 8h
  • Fender P Bass Parts Geniune Fender

    Fender P Bass Parts.
    AU $135.00
    AU $12.00 postage
  • Semour Duncan STK S9B pickup

    For Sale is a Semour Duncan STK S9B Stacked humbucker for the strat bridge position. Seymour Duncan Hot Stack Plus STK-S9 - YouTube.
    AU $39.00
    23 bids
    AU $10.00 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 8:02 AEST1d 18h
  • GOLD Guitar Humbucker Neck/Bridge Pickups Set for Electric Guitar

    100% Brand new,never used Item's color might be different from the picture because of the aberration A pair pickup is ideally suited for the BRIDGE and NECK positions. Compatible with LP guitars These are excellent quality pickups. These are deigned to duplicate that classic warm sound yet they have slightly more output to give you a bit more crunch for the punch. These are triple wax dipped and vacuum sealed to eliminate any unwanted feedback and noise. Each pickup includes height adjusting screws and springs The Neck pickup is rated at 9.1K and the Bridge pickup is at a blazing HOT 15.4K Pole spacing is 52mm on the bridge pickups and 50mm on the neck pickups..
    AU $23.97
    Free postage
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  • Stratocaster/Strat Fully Loaded Pickguard - Vintage 60's Pickups - SUIT FENDER

    IT WOULD ALSO BE AN EXCELLENT SETUP FOR YOUR PROJECT STRAT, WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK! The middle pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity (RW/RP) for noise cancelling in switch positions 2 and 4. These sound really very nice, clear and articulate and with plenty of drive.
    AU $115.00
    AU $15.00 postage
  • SEYMOUR DUNCAN VINTAGE TELE BROADCASTER STL-1b BRIDGE PICKUP

    Try it in front of a fuzz pedal for that unmistakable British rock sound. We hand grind our magnets, then hand assemble the bobbins from the traditional Forbon and dip them in lacquer before winding.
    AU $89.00
    Free postage
  • Black Guitar Neck and Bridge Humbucker Pickups & Surrounds

    100% Brand new,never used Item's color might be different from the picture because of the aberration These are brand new and have never been installed and are in excellent condition Complete With Neck & Bridge Surrounds These are excellent value LP alternative humbuckers Will fit most guitar as a direct replacement They feature solid nickel pole pieces. Fully wax potted and sealed. Sound board sensitive, double coil magnetic pickup Face Plate included DC Resistance: NECK:11K BRIDGE:12K Face Plate Dimension: 9cm(L)*4.5cm (W)*0.9cm (H) Pickup Dimension: 7.2cm(L)*3.5cm (W)*1.9cm (H) Pickup Pole Spacing: 50 mm / 52mm .
    AU $16.68
    Free postage
    36 sold
  • Dimarzio Heavy Blues 2 Pickup

    For Sale is a used but fully working Dimarzio Heavy Blues 2 Bridge Strat Pickup. Fat midrange but with clarity and Hum cancelling.
    AU $28.55
    3 bids
    AU $10.00 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 9:11 AEST1d 19h
  • LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone

    Lyric, the next step in TRU•MIC technology, is the long overdue realization of this dream. Unlike other attempts to use an internal microphone, Lyric employs noise canceling technology that rejects “boxy” reflections inside of the acoustic chamber.
    AU $200.00
    AU $8.50 postage
    or Best Offer
    Only 1 left!
  • New listingGretsch Filtertron Pickups (Gold) + Wiring Harness, Pots & Switches etc.

    Removed from a Gretsch Model G6120SSU made in Japan in 1997.
    AU $275.00
    AU $15.00 postage
  • Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Model Black Humbucker Bridge Guitar Pickup 11102-13-B

    The archetype hot-rodded humbucker for over 35years. With the Seymour Duncan Humbucker you get the best of both worlds: from sweet warm tones to raw rock-and-roll. The world's most popular humbucker.
    AU $145.00
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    Free postage
  • 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
  • Dimarzio Cruizer Neck Pickup

    For Sale is New Dimarzio Cruiser Neck Pickup. As used by Andy Timmons and other greats. Video will open in a new window[isdntekvideo].
    AU $34.00
    11 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 8:15 AEST1d 18h
  • 3 Guitar Pickup Piezo Transducer for Acoustic Guitar Ukulele Violin Mandolin NEW

    Violin & Accessories. 1 Take the plastic film down from the back of transducer to expose the adhesive. 2 Place the transducer through the sound hole to the lower part of the front body where the guitar produces the best tonal response.
    AU $13.75
    Was: Previous priceAU $14.79
    Free postage
    318 sold
  • Seymour Duncan 59 Neck Humbucker SH-1N Black

    Seymour Duncan 59 Neck Humbucker SH-1N Black, as new condition, full length cable and in original box.
    AU $100.00
    AU $10.00 postage
    or Best Offer
    13 watching
  • Stratocaster/Strat Fully Loaded Pickguard - Vintage 60's Pickups - SUIT FENDER

    IT WOULD ALSO BE AN EXCELLENT SETUP FOR YOUR PROJECT STRAT, WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK! The middle pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity (RW/RP) for noise cancelling in switch positions 2 and 4. These sound really very nice, clear and articulate and with plenty of drive.
    AU $120.00
    AU $15.00 postage
  • 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
    84 sold
  • CUSTOM HANDWOUND and HANDMADE 'AGED RELIC' RAW METAL P-90 SET

    CUSTOM HANDWOUND and HANDMADE 'AGED RELIC' RAW NICKEL SILVER P-90 SET. I am a big fan of P-90's and have been wanting to make a set like this for a while. This set of P-90's has unpolished nickel silver covers for a raw and aged effect.
    AU $150.00
    0 bids
    AU $8.50 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 21:00 AEST2d 7h
  • New listingEMG Het Set, Brushed Black Chrome, 6 string bridge & neck pickups

    These pick ups are in excellent as new condition in both functionality and appearance. I used them for one week, then packed them up in their original box as they were not the sound for me. EMG Het Set Neck and Bridge pickps 6 string version Colour: brushed black chrome These pickups are a drop in replacement for all active EMG & Seymour Duncan Blackouts pickups using the quick connect cable except for the EMG X series.
    AU $340.00
    AU $8.50 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listing*BRAND NEW* CHERUB G-TONE ACOUSTIC GUITAR PREAMP GT-6

    Cherub GT-6 Acoustic Guitar Preamp Pick-up With Tuner Reverb Delay Chorus Wide Effects. GT-6 is a 3 Band EQ with built-in highly accurate chromatic tuner. It has phase, reverb, delay, chrous and wide effects.
    AU $50.00
    Free postage
  • Belcat SW400 + R1 Wireless Magnetic Sound Hole Pickup System for Acoustic Guitar

    Belcat SW-400 / R-1 Wireless Dual Magnetic Sound Hole Pickup System. Fits most steel string acoustic sound holes (94 ⁓ 105mm). The guitar is NOT included and is shown for illustrative purposes only. R-1 UHF wireless receiver w/1/4” plug (plugs into amp input).
    AU $148.00
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    Was: Previous priceAU $185.00
    Free postage
    33 watching
  • Fender Guitar Pickups-more photos on request

    These were included in a box of gear I acquired via a friend of a friend and I have no use for these. Only know they are Fender.
    AU $50.00
    0 bids
    AU $5.00 postage
    Ending Tuesday at 17:06 AEST1d 3h
  • RESONATOR McINTYRE SRF-40 ACOUSTIC FEATHER PICK-UP BISCUIT BRIDGE + SPIDER CONE

    MCINTYRE ACOUSTIC RESONATOR GUITAR PICKUP - SPIDER CONE or BISCUIT BRIDGE (attached to top flat top of biscuit). This gave good amplification while maintaining the resonator tones - which you do not get by using a under string mounted magnetic pick-up.
    AU $45.00
    Free postage
  • Black Humbucker Pickup (Neck / Bridge Pickup) Set For Guitar

    100% Brand new,never used Item's color might be different from the picture because of the aberration A pair pickup is ideally suited for the BRIDGE and NECK positions. Compatible with electric guitars These are excellent quality pickups. These are deigned to duplicate that classic warm sound yet they have slightly more output to give you a bit more crunch for the punch. These are triple wax dipped and vacuum sealed to eliminate any unwanted feedback and noise. Each pickup includes height adjusting screws and springs The Neck and Bridge pickup is rated at 8.5k Pole spacing is 52mm on the bridge pickups and 50mm on the neck pickups. Colour: black .
    AU $20.12
    Trending at AU $20.61

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    Free postage
    26 watching
  • Fender Tex-Mex Stratocaster Strat Guitar Pickup Set Bridge Middle Neck Pickups

    Acoustic Guitar Strings. Bass Guitar Strings. Electric Guitar Strings. Guitar Cables. Alnico5 magnets add more focus and enhanced dynamics. Over-woundbridge pickup produces tight, clear bass and maximum output.
    AU $175.00
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    Free postage
    24 watching
  • 2 x Black Electric Guitar Flat Humbucker Pickup Frame Cover Plate Mounting Rings

    Note: The color of the item may vary slightly due to photography and your own computer Features: 1.Mounting ring or pickup frame 2.It is a very elegant item,sure to enhance the appearance of any electric guitar,but be aware of its limitations. 3.No mounting screws,Compatible with electric guitar Specification: Material: ABS Color: Black Weight: 9g Size: Approx 90 x 45 x 5mm / 3.54"" x 1.77"" x 0.197""(L x W x H) Middle Two Holes Distance: Approx 75.5 mm / 2.97"" (center to center) Mounting Hole Distance: Approx 81 x 34.6mm / 3.19"" x 1.36"" (LxW) Package Includes: .
    AU $9.60
    Trending at AU $9.79

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    Free postage
    110 sold
  • Pre-wired Pickups Guitar Ukulele Mandolin Instrument Pickup Piezo Transducer

    Feature: 1.Every product has a unique Manufacturing Part Number label on the inner package that proves it has been qualified,which include Part Number,Model Number and inspection date information; 2.If you have any questions about the item,please provide us the Manufacturing Part Number for checking,your profits will be guaranteed. 3.It is made of metal and plastic. 4.Pre-wired, No Soldering Required Installation. 5.Pickup senses the microvibrations of a soundboard. 6.Fit for guitar,violin,mandolin. Remove the plastic film from the back of the transducer to expose the adhesive. Color:Red and Black Brand name: Unbranded Material: Metal and plastic.
    AU $15.47
    FAST 'N FREE
    95 sold
  • Dual Red Rail Humbucker Double Coil Pickup for Guitar Replacement Parts

    Feature: 1.Every product has a unique Manufacturing Part Number label on the inner package that proves it has been qualified,which include Part Number,Model Number and inspection date information; 2.If you have any questions about the item,please provide us the Manufacturing Part Number for checking,your profits will be guaranteed. 3.Designed for less noise 4.Double coil humbucker, total resistance: about 10k ohm. 5.4 Conductors,black body,Red dual rails. 6.This is a twin style double coil humbucker pickup 7.Best choice for electric guitar. Suspension: Color:Black Red Silver Brand name: Unbranded Material: Metal Magnet.
    AU $13.02
    Free postage
    16 sold
  • Wilkinson Tele Pickups - Alnico - Full set inc Screws - RRP$99

    Magnet: Alnico. Alnico V polepieces. Copper plated steel base plate.
    AU $59.99
    AU $6.99 postage
    16 watching
  • 6X Piezoelectric Piezos Amplifiers Discs Leads For Cigar Box Guitar Pickups

    6 x Piezos Amplifiers Discs Leads. Plate Material: Brass. We do not operate on.
    AU $9.00
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    Free postage
    47 sold
  • Tonerider Hot P90 Bridge Pickup - Black

    DC Resistance: 8.4k (Bridge). Foam and nickel-plated screws are included with every pickup. Available in black or cream. Located in Australia's Capital, Canberra, ACT. I am a guitarist of over 30 years gigging experience, so I know and understand what you want.
    AU $70.00
    Free postage
  • 5pcs Piezoelectric Amplifiers Discs Electronic Components 27mm Ceramic Piezo

    Note: ve and -ve wires will need to be soldered to ceramic and copper part of discs. 5 x Piezos Discs. Suitable for installing in cigar box guitars, foot stompers and other diy electronic projects. We do not operate on.
    AU $6.90
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    Trending at AU $7.05

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    Free postage
    96 sold
  • Lollar P90 Pickups - Standard Bridge and Staple Neck USA Made

    Developed from an original ‘50s staple pickup, our new Staple P-90 features hand beveled rectangular alnico bar magnets as non-adjustable pole pieces. The Staple has all the P-90 grind you would expect, but with more clarity and punch - outstanding tone!
    AU $295.00
    Free postage
    or Best Offer
    12 watching
  • Fishman Presys 101 Classic Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ Pickups Tuner Piezo

    Acoustic Guitar Pickup and Preamp Built-in Tuner & EQ Fishman 101 EQ. Acoustic Guitar. Electric Guitar. Combined Battery box with preamp. Electric Guitar Pedals. Guitar Preamp/EQs. Guitar Neck/Fretboad/Body.
    AU $14.99
    From China
    Free postage
    8 watching
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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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