A type of guitar pickup commonly found on Gibson guitars.

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Written by Sam Blakelock
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A humbucker pickup converts the vibrating guitar string into an electric signal using electromagnetics. The signal travels through the instrument cable into the amplifier for sound.
Unlike a single coil pickup, humbuckers have two coils that cancel out the hum often associated with the single coil sound.
Humbuckers are known for having a thicker and darker sound, making them ideal for clean jazz tones or added distortion for heavy, searing rock tones.

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