Written by Guitar Chalk Editorial
This is a curation of single pickup guitars that have one humbucker (or a single coil in some cases) at the bridge position.
For whatever reason you're searching for a single pickup guitar, this is absolutely the best place to find one. Not only do we come up with an original curated list, but often times the community of Guitar Chalk readers is active and intentional about helping us keep them updated.
Because certainly there are some guitars with a single pickup that we've missed or overlooked.
If you know of any single pickup guitars that we've overlooked, feel free to drop a line in the comments section below.
We'll see you there.
Otherwise, continue on for our list of guitars with one pickup.
Jackson Pro Series Signature Brandon Ellis Kelly
Epiphone Jared James Nichols Gold Glory Les Paul Custom
EVH Striped Series (yellow and black)
Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta Outfit
Fender Brad Paisley Road Worn Esquire
Fender Noventa Telecaster Fiesta Red
ESP LTD EC-Black Metal
Line 6 Shuriken Variax SR250
Fender 70th Anniversary Esquire
Squier Classic Vibe '60s Custom Esquire
Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Junior Single Cut Reissue
Gretsch Professional G6131-MY
Kramer Baretta Vintage
ESP LTD F Black Metal Electric Guitar
ESP LTD EX Black Metal
ESP LTD Phoenix Black Metal
ESP LTD Mike Schleibaum MSV-1
ESP LTD EC-FR Black Metal
Gibson SG Junior
ESP LTD M-1 Custom '87 FR
Caparison Guitars TAT Special FX Metal Machine Adam Dutkiewicz Signature
ESP LTD M-7BHT Arctic Metal
ESP LTD M-HT Black Metal
Ibanez Meshuggah Signature M80M
Why go with a single pickup guitar?
What are the benefits of going with a single pickup guitar?
People like them because they're simpler, and because they only produce one sound - often from a customized humbucker - that doesn't have to be tinkered with.
In other words, if you find "your sound" that you use all the time, and you can get it with one pickup, why not use a guitar with one pickup?
Or if you find yourself always using the pickup in the bridge position, why not just have that one pickup all the time?
Which single pickup guitars are the best?
The metrics we would use to measure guitar quality overall are the same we would use when looking at guitars with a single pickup.
Typically, we like to recommend brands:
- ESP LTD
These are four of our favorites in this space, given their popularity without regard to the number of pickups.
Of the guitar's we've listed, the Fender Brad Paisley Telecaster and the Gibson SG Junior are two of our personal favorites.
What Fender guitar has one pickup?
Within the Fender brand, the Brad Paisley signature and the Noventa both have one bridge pickup. They are also both Telecasters.
The Squire Classic Vibe Esquire Telecaster ships with one pickup as well.
It's possible we could have missed a few, perhaps old Fender guitars with one pickup.
If so, let us know in the comments section.
Are more pickups on a guitar better?
Is it better to have more pickups on an electric guitar?
Personally, I never liked the one pickup setup. But that doesn't meant it can't work and be preferable for other people.
Additional pickups give you flexibility, but if that flexibility isn't useful to you, it doesn't really matter.
I'd say more pickups on a guitar is "better" from the stand point that it gives you more tools and tones to work with, but it's not a right/wrong question and requires context of the guitar player in question.
Is there a guitar with one single coil pickup?
What about guitars with one single coil pickup? Aside from the Telecasters we already mentioned, we did not notice any kind of Strat style guitar with a single coil pickup at the bridge position.
The closest would probably be the Gibsons and the Epiphone signature model that have a P-90-style pickup at the bridge.
Otherwise it's all humbuckers and Tele pickups.
Like we pointed out earlier, if you know of any single pickup guitars that haven't been included in this list, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.
You can also put questions about the guitars in the list already.
We'll be happy to answer and help out as much as possible.
See you there.