5 thoughts on “Which type of guitar pickup is best suited for jazz?

  1. Bolide ?Self Appointed Pastor?

    I would go with either a P-90 type single coil or a mini-humbucker, the full size humbucker having too tight a resonance curve for jazz.

  2. Wire & String

    well….i personally think you should always be listening and experimenting and finding the tone you want rather than copying what other people are using, but when was the last time you saw a hollow body jazz guitar with single coil pickups? barely ever right?

  3. Grant

    Single on a hollowbody? Like the legendary Charlie Christian setup?
    Thing is, I don’t think there’s one “most” suited to jazz, but maybe to the various forms, and the archetypal players of those forms with their more traditional dark, or punchier modern tones.
    You just don’t want something too peaky, or thin, IMHO. I guess nowadays, the PAF type is most popular with the P-90 is a strong contender for second… I’m not really talking archtops as I’ve little experience of them, but the Gibson L5 has sported both types.

    The Charlie Christian type is pretty darn cool, I expect that’ll get more popular now that they’re in production again, but they don’t fit pickup routes in the common guitars.

  4. Left-T

    Humbuckers are used often but if you look at the older models, they were single coiled but with a lot of winding around the magnets. The old P-90 are popular for jazz but so are Humbuckers. Depends on the guitar player and how he or she can make it sound.


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