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Is This the Best Classic Electric Guitar Pickup Shootout Video on YouTube?

(Image credit: Reverb)

The gang over at Reverb have come up with what might be the best pickup-shootout video on YouTube.

Single coil vs. humbucker, gold foil vs. lipstick—Reverb lets the pickups do all the work (and they even include some off-the-beaten-path axes, including a Gretsch Power Jet, a Rickenbacker 335 and a new Supro Westbury).

All you need to do is click on the interactive buttons for A/B comparisons of 13 of guitardom's most classic pickups.

Everything is played through a Victoria 45410 Bassman-style amp (good stuff, folks), and the settings never change.

At this point, my words are useless. Watch the video!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.