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How Pickups Work

Posted by Ted Blue on 5/20/2013 to Articles
I would like to provide an overview of the most commonly available types of pickups available today, without getting too bogged down in technical details. In subsequent articles I will discuss pickups for individual musical instruments in more detail.

In a nutshell, a “pickup” is a device that detects the vibrations (or resonance) produced by a musical instrument and converts those vibrations into electrical signals that can be sent to an amplifier, mixer board, PA system or recording device...

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