What’s better on a guitar? Single coil or humbucker pickups?

Depends. I think the main difference between single coil and humbuckers (besides the fact that humbuckers are hum cancelling) is output. How much output you want your pickups to have – the more you have the easier it is to drive your amp but be careful because as you increase the midrange/output of a pickup, you will also lose the highs/lows so you have to find a good middle ground.

In general here are the outputs of different pickups from lowest to highest:

—single coils—

Charlie Christian pickup (lowest) – only used as a custom order these days for some pickups companies like Seymour Duncan

Rickenbacker “toaster” pickups – only used on Rickenbacker guitars

HiLoTron – only used on some Gretsch models

Fender single coil – used on Telecasters and Stratocasters and their copies

“Lipstick” pickups – used mostly on Danelectros

Tri-sonic pickups – a unique design only used by Burns and famously by Brian May of Queen

Vistatone – only used by Supro guitars

Gold Foil pickups – used by mostly Supro/Teisco

Dynasonic/DeArmond – used mostly by Gretsch

P90 (staple) – used by early Gibson models

Jazzmaster – only used by Fender Jazzmasters

Magnetic Field Design – used only by G&L

P90 (dogear/soapbar) – used by Gibson

—humbucker—

mini humbucker – used mostly by Guild/Gibson

Filtertron – used by Gretsch

Stacked “noiseless” single coil – some pickup makers like Joe Barden, Lace Sensor, Fender and Kinman make these pickups to create a single coil sized pickup with hum cancelling

Wide Range Humbucker – used by ’72 Telecaster Deluxes and 70s Fender guitars

PAF – most Gibson models and Les Paul/SG type guitars use these

Active humbuckers (highest output) – ESP and some other brands like Charvel/Jackson may use these humbuckers and they are usually incredibly high output.

What is the absolute best electric guitar solo?

Hmm, here are a few of my personal favorites

Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd (Allen Collins & Gary Rossington) – incredible dual guitar solo that is still one of the best to play in a Rock Band or Guitar Hero game in front of your friends

Hotel California – The Eagles (Don Felder & Joe Walsh) – again, great dual guitar solo here. 1a and 1b for this and Free Bird.

Ten Years Gone – Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page) –actually I had Stairway to Heaven which has a great solo but Ten Years Gone is an underrated song and the solo in this song fits it perfectly. beautiful, melodic and a great display of Jimmy’s songwriting capabilities.

Bold as Love – Jimi Hendrix – the guitar solos in this song showcases how great Hendrix was as a master of crafting guitar solos and melody. Not only does he use the Axis Fuzz effect and a Leslie speaker in this solo but it has a fake fadeout in it as well which leads to another solo, awesome.

Highway star – Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore) – oh yeah. before Van Halen’s eruption you had Ritchie Blackmore and the speed picking on this song. Impossible not to bang your head to.

Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler) – another good tasteful one, similar to Hotel California in rhythm in many ways

Maggot Brain – Funkadelic (Eddie Hazel) – ok well the entire song is basically a solo, but man! what emotion and great use of the wah pedal! Eddie Hazel was underrated

Green grass and High tides – The Outlaws (Hughie Thomasson) – another classic Rock Band / Guitar Hero jamming song with an incredibly long solo

Blue Sky – Allman Brothers (Duane Allman & Dicky Betts) – the dual guitar solo in this song isnt quite Free Bird level but almost there. If you love Southern Rock this solo is a classic.

Mr Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhoads) – this solo is what I think of when I think of Randy Rhoads. Neoclassical melody with some shredding. Van Halen got some good stuff too but imo this solo beats any of Eddie’s including Eruption

Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd (David Gilmour) – David Gilmour has got a feel for the emotional side of solos – he doesn’t shred that much but you can feel every note is important. And this is his best solo.

November Rain – Guns N Roses (Slash) – I think this is Slash’s best performance in GnR. Two great solos, neither of which are overdone, and both are tasteful. Love this song.

Amazing – Aerosmith (Joe Perry) – this is an underrated Aerosmith song and the ending guitar solo is great, one of my favorites.

Who is your favorite musical artist as of right now?

As a musician, I listen to a wide variety of genres, by listening time here’s my top 10 artists I listen to by decade (for fun, I’m not gonna repeat any artists):

1950s:

  1. Frank Sinatra
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Miles Davis
  4. Chet Atkins
  5. Ella Fitzgerald
  6. Louis Armstrong
  7. Sarah Vaughan
  8. Billie Holiday
  9. Charlie Parker
  10. Art Tatum

1960s:

  1. The Beatles (by far)
  2. Jimi Hendrix
  3. Cream
  4. The Beach Boys
  5. The Rolling Stones
  6. The Temptations
  7. The Supremes
  8. The Doors
  9. Otis Redding

10. Wes Montgomery

1970s (imo this is my fav decade for music):

  1. Led Zeppelin
  2. Pink Floyd
  3. Queen
  4. The Who
  5. The Carpenters
  6. Earth, Wind and Fire
  7. The Eagles
  8. Marvin Gaye
  9. The Bee Gees
  10. Fleetwood Mac

1980s:

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Guns N Roses
  3. AC/DC
  4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  5. Van Halen
  6. Prince
  7. U2
  8. Hall & Oates
  9. Madonna
  10. Bryan Adams

1990s:

  1. Backstreet Boys
  2. Spice Girls
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  4. Nirvana
  5. Celine Dion
  6. Pearl Jam
  7. Green Day
  8. Oasis
  9. Weezer
  10. Shania Twain

2000s:

  1. Linkin Park
  2. John Mayer
  3. Blink-182
  4. Jay Chou (Taiwanese)
  5. Wondergirls (Korean)
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Michelle Branch
  8. Jason Mraz
  9. The Strokes
  10. Westlife

I know, I am eclectic right?