I’m a happy bunny!
Endless moving around of pickups on spare electric guitar has never really satisfied.
The maths (arithmetic) suggests the harmonics that give a single note its tone are multiples of the root frequency: f, 2f, 3f, etc.
for a note C, the full sound would incorporate all these notes:
C, C2, G2,
C3, E3, G3, Bb3
C4, D4 …
C2 is an octave above C etc.
The wonderful open source software MuseScore just happens to have a midi approximation to a sine wave, so I had a play:
(MuseScore regulars please note. I’m a complete beginner and guaranteed to have done something wrong!).
Note: the higher harmonics on a guitar string are increasingly wild approximations to the given notes.
Changing the relative volume of the harmonics generates some truly bizarre sounds – guitar stomp box (FX) overdue 🙂
Addendum September 2020:
I’ve since built my own electric guitar (first such project), and done a major upgrade on a Squier Affinity (excellent build and playability with poor pickups). All three pickups replaced with hotrail pickups, each independently switchable between single coil and humbucker mode. Like project #1, neck and bridge pickups in humbucker mode with the middle as single coil gives 5 distinct, very pleasing tones …
Very pleased with the results 🙂
Conclusion: The exact placement is not so important as the contrast in output between the middle pickup and the neck / bridge. This gives unique sounds (with a strat type setup) at selector positions 2 and 4 (neck/middle, bridge/middle).
🦉 © Peter Fairbrother @pjforguk www.pjf.org.uk 🌄