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    So, in February or March, I will be able to finalize my specs with Victor Baker and his Model 15 with KAs

    Originally I had no need for a bridge pickup, but recently, I thought there may be times when I play at the local church. I wonder if there may be a need for a bridge pickup. I've had strats, teles and Les Pauls, but I have never had an archtop with a bridge pickup. On all of my guitars, I never liked the bridge pickup sound unless I played with distortion, which I never see myself doing today. Although, the bridge and middle pickup combo sound amazing on a strat.

    I understand it comes down to what I like, but what are your opinions.

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    I prefer having just a neck pickup on an archtop. I like the little bit of extra acoustic tone it provides (I play unplugged a lot at home). I have a semi-hollow for situations where I might need a bridge pickup.

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    I have a VB model 14 with a bridge pickup. And honestly, there are times I'm glad its there.

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    I think that this additional pickup may be useful to you. You will have more sonic possibilities.
    Model 15 is not so fat.

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    I only used the neck pickup for yrs, but the last 15 or so I found that blending it w/ the back pickup makes a nice less boomy sound, especially for comping on funk tunes etc...

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    i'm pretty much 'all neck pickup all the time' for my own stuff, but here's my take on it:
    If i don't have a bridge pickup, i don't miss it... but if i do have one, i will find a use for it occasionally.
    And if i'm playing a guitar that only has a bridge pickup, i'll find a way to get the sound i want and need out of it, between the guitar's settings and those on the amp (or amp/cab sim nowadays). Then again, i play mostly solidbody electric guitars.

    In the case of primarily acoustic archtops, i guess the question would be whether or not the pickups are floating (which would allow for more resonance/vibration of the top), and if not, i could see why you might want only one embedded in the top.

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    I just sold my eastman AR 905 CE – never missed a bridge pickup. Now I have a GB10 and I don't think I ever used the bridge or middle position. But theses are guitars with floating mini humbuckers which are a little brighter and focused anyway.

    If you just think you need a little brighter tone sometimes – how about having a split or parallel option for the neck pickup?

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    My take is that more options are better than fewer. The only guitars that I would prefer only neck pickups are acoustic archtops with floating pickups.

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    Everybody seems to confirm my current feelings. It looks like VB doesn't charge much extra for a second pickup, so I am probably going to add it.

    Thanks you all.

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    I often find myself setting the bridge pickup volume to 0 and using the three way switch as an 'on/off' switch on my 2 pickup non-solidbody guitars. On a solidbody I use the bridge pickup a lot, but on a hollow body almost never.

    I know that doesn't help (sorry!) but it can still be useful in an on/off type way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eh6794-2.0
    Everybody seems to confirm my current feelings. It looks like VB doesn't charge much extra for a second pickup, so I am probably going to add it.

    Thanks you all.
    Good move. More options is generally the best option. I sometimes blend two pickups for the right tone in certain rooms on a gig.

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    If you want any of the typical jazz gits like an ES-175. L5 CES, L4, or a host of others I'd say it may not be about the visual like /dislike of the bridge pup, it's about whether a large number of seriously great players have already voted and ignored the bridge pickup on dozens and dozens of models with them.