Best humbucker pickups: buck up your guitar with mellow lows and punchy mids

Close up of Fishman Fluence humbuckers
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Whether you’re swapping out like for like or replacing single coils, when it comes to changing your pickups, you’re sure to want to check out the best humbucker pickups that are currently available. Nothing dishes out warm, mellow bass frequencies and punchy mids like a good humbucker, so if you’re currently on a quest to switch up your tone, then read on.

Single coils are great when it comes to spanky, chimey sounds, but you just get more from a humbucker. Humbucker pickups will deliver a hotter output, won’t be as prone to hum and interference (hence the name – they literally buck the hum), and tend to have a darker, warmer, more rounded and fatter tone. They’re often associated with classic rock and blues, but honestly, the best humbucker pickups can cater for any sort of music. 

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.