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Coined bySeymour Duncan, TheTrembucker is essentially a larger sized humbucking pickup
We explain whether you need either a Trembucker or a Humbucker
And delve into the differences between the two!
Trembucker and Humbucker are often confused with each other, and many guitarists are confused with the term “Trembucker”.
Trembucker is just a type of humbucking pickup, and it’s a term coined by the pickup company Seymour Duncan.
But Seymour Duncan advertises the two types of pickups as separate pickups, so it is often very confusing to differentiate the two types of pickup models.
We know that all these different names and terms can be confusing, but it’s confusing for us as well – so you’re not alone! Whether it’s a Trembucker, humbucker, or an F-spaced humbucker, we’ve got you covered in this article.
When we look at a standard Gibson guitar, the standard Humbucker’s pole pieces have a string spacing of 1.930”.
But the modern solid-body electric guitars with Floyd Rose-style bridges, Fender-spaced tremolo bridges, or two-point fulcrum bridges have a wider string spacing of 2.070”.
So, to accurately pick up the vibrations from the strings, these types of guitars needed pickups with pole pieces that are slightly further apart.
To properly accommodate Tremolo bridges, the name “Trembucker” came from a combination of Tremolo and Humbucker.
Seymour Duncan’s original solution to this difference in spacing of pole pieces was to just angle a regular humbucker and try to find a sweet spot that will best pick up the string vibrations of the outermost strings.
But later on, modern electric guitars came with even wider spacing, and this solution didn’t work anymore.
The trembucker was the perfect solution for this new, wider string spacing. If your guitar’s bridge section is wider than two inches, your guitar will need a Trembucker for the bridge pickup.
Does Humbucker String Spacing Matter?
The humbucker string spacing only matters for the bridge pickup, since the neck pickup section of the guitar is narrowed down compared to the bridge section of the guitar.
A regular humbucker pickup will work perfectly for any type of electric guitar on the neck pickup section.
But if you’re looking for a bridge pickup on your guitar, the humbucker string spacing matters quite a bit and you should check the string spacing and find out if your guitar’s bridge pickup needs to be a humbucker or a Trembucker.
The quickest way is to find the exact measurements of the bridge string spacing, and check if the string spacing is wider than 2 inches. If that’s the case, then the chances are you will probably need to get a Trembucker.