Top 20+ Most Popular Electric Guitar Pickups 2022

We analyzed 1774 guitar made by the following brands: ESP E-II, ESP, Music Man, Charvel, Solar, Schecter, Chapman, Jackson, ESP LTD, Reverend, Gibson Custom, Ibanez, Gibson, PRS, Dean, Washburn, Gretsch, Fender, Yamaha, Sterling, Kramer, Harley Benton, Cort, Epiphone, Sire and Fender Squier. Here's the complete list of the most common pickups they choose to use for their electric guitars. Bear in mind that we didn't include custom guitars, so these results are only for mass-produced models —including those made in USA and Japan.

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Most Popular Guitar Pickup Brands

Out of all the 1774 guitars made by the best 26 brands in 2022, here is how many guitars used each pickup brand.

  1. 1. Seymour Duncan 270
  2. 2. EMG 168
  3. 3. Fishman 129
  4. 4. Fender 110
  5. 5. DiMarzio 102
  6. 6. Duncan Solar 92
  7. 7. Gretsch 87
  8. 8. Gibson Custom 80
  9. 9. PRS 55
  10. 10. Roswell 54
  11. 11. Schecter USA 48
  12. 12. Reverend 46
  13. 13. Gibson 45
  14. 14. Sustainiac 33
  15. 15. Music Man 23
  16. 16. DMT 20
  17. 17. Bare Knuckle 17
  18. 18. Lundgren 16
  19. 19. Bill Lawrence 11
  20. 20. Artec 6

Most Used Bridge Pickups

The most used electric guitar pickups on 2022's mass-produced guitars is the Duncan Solar/Bridge. Solar is the only brand that uses the same pickups on almost every guitar they produce. We could say that it's the brand that offers the least versatility when it comes to pickups.

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  1. 1. Duncan Solar/Bridge 92
  2. 2. EMG 81 74
  3. 3. Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic 63
  4. 4. Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) 42
  5. 5. Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 28
  6. 6. Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 21
  7. 7. Seymour Duncan Pegasus 20
  8. 8. Fishman Fluence Modern 20
  9. 9. Seymour Duncan Full Shred SH-10B 19
  10. 10. Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 19
  11. 11. Music Man Custom Humbucker 17
  12. 12. DiMarzio The Tone Zone 14
  13. 13. Seymour Duncan Hyperion 13
  14. 14. Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI 13
  15. 15. EMG Retro Active Hot 70 13
  16. 16. USA DMT Time Capsule 12
  17. 17. Seymour Duncan TB-5 12
  18. 18. Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 12
  19. 19. Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic 11
  20. 20. DiMarzio Super Distortion DP100 11

Most Used Middle Pickups

  1. 1. Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 17
  2. 2. DiMarzio True Velvet 8
  3. 3. Seymour Duncan Hyperion 7
  4. 4. Fender Vintage Noiseless Single-Coil Strat 6
  5. 5. Fender Player Series Alnico 5 Strat Single-Coil 6
  6. 6. Roswell S74-C BK Alnico-5 5
  7. 7. Music Man Custom Single Coil 5
  8. 8. DiMarzio HS-2 DP116 5
  9. 9. Seymour Duncan SSL-1 RwRp 4
  10. 10. Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP 4
  11. 11. Fishman Fluence SRC Signature 4
  12. 12. Roswell STA Alnico-5 Vintage ST-Style 3
  13. 13. Fishman Fluence Single-Width 3
  14. 14. Fender Yosemite Single-Coil Stratocaster 3
  15. 15. Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat 3
  16. 16. Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Single-Coil Strat 3
  17. 17. DiMarzio The Cruiser 3
  18. 18. DiMarzio SDS-1 DP111 3
  19. 19. Custombucker Alnico III 3
  20. 20. 9A5 Middle 3

Most Used Neck Pickups

  1. 1. Duncan Solar 79
  2. 2. Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico 55
  3. 3. Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) 42
  4. 4. Sustainiac 33
  5. 5. Seymour Duncan APH-1N 33
  6. 6. Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N 33
  7. 7. Seymour Duncan Sentient 24
  8. 8. EMG 60 22
  9. 9. Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6 21
  10. 10. EMG 85 21
  11. 11. Fishman Fluence Modern 19
  12. 12. DiMarzio Air Norton 15
  13. 13. USA DMT Time Capsule 14
  14. 14. Seymour Duncan Hyperion 14
  15. 15. Music Man Custom Humbucker 14
  16. 16. Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP 12
  17. 17. Custom Soapbar P90 11
  18. 18. 9A5 Neck 11
  19. 19. Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI 10
  20. 20. Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 10

Most Used Pickups Pair (Bridge + Neck)

Ever wondered what the most popular pickups combinations are? Here we have the top 20 duos (bridge and neck) pickups. This can give you an idea of what pickups to choose if you're looking to upgrade your current guitar.

  1. 1. Duncan Solar/Bridge + Duncan Solar 79
  2. 2. Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic + Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico 55
  3. 3. Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) + Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) 42
  4. 4. EMG 81 + EMG 60 22
  5. 5. EMG 81 + EMG 85 21
  6. 6. Fishman Fluence Modern + Fishman Fluence Modern 19
  7. 7. Seymour Duncan Pegasus + Seymour Duncan Sentient 18
  8. 8. Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 + Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6 16
  9. 9. DiMarzio The Tone Zone + DiMarzio Air Norton 13
  10. 10. USA DMT Time Capsule + USA DMT Time Capsule 12
  11. 11. Seymour Duncan TB-5 + Seymour Duncan APH-1N 12
  12. 12. Seymour Duncan Hyperion + Seymour Duncan Hyperion 12
  13. 13. Music Man Custom Humbucker + Music Man Custom Humbucker 12
  14. 14. Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 + Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N 11
  15. 15. Seymour Duncan Full Shred SH-10B + Seymour Duncan APH-1N 11
  16. 16. Custom Soapbar P90 + Custom Soapbar P90 11
  17. 17. Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 + Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N 10
  18. 18. Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI + Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI 10
  19. 19. Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 + Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 10
  20. 20. PRS 58/15 S + PRS 58/15 S 10

Most Used Single-Coil Pickups

The most popular pickups are almost always Humbuckers. That's why we decided to show a list only for single-coils for those who love a crisp, clean sound.

  1. 1. Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 22
  2. 2. Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP 16
  3. 3. 9A5 Neck 11
  4. 4. Custom Soapbar P90 11
  5. 5. 9A5 Bridge 9
  6. 6. DiMarzio True Velvet 8
  7. 7. Music Man Custom Single Coil 8
  8. 8. Fender Player Series Alnico 5 Strat Single-Coil 7
  9. 9. Fender Vintage Noiseless Single-Coil Strat 6
  10. 10. Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Custom 5
  11. 11. Custom Dog-Ear P90 5
  12. 12. Roswell S74-C BK Alnico-5 5
  13. 13. DiMarzio HS-2 DP116 5
  14. 14. Seymour Duncan SSL-1 RwRp 4
  15. 15. Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Strat SSL-4 Flat Pole 4
  16. 16. Gretsch DynaSonic 4
  17. 17. Seymour Duncan SSL-1 4
  18. 18. PRS Type-D Singlecoil 4
  19. 19. Roswell STA Alnico-5 Vintage ST-Style 3
  20. 20. 9A5 Middle 3

Most Used Active Pickups

Some Heavy Metal players can't live without a good pair of active pickups. Here are the most common ones offered on the models of the main brands.

  1. 1. EMG 81 74
  2. 2. Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic 63
  3. 3. Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico 55
  4. 4. EMG 85 22
  5. 5. EMG 60 22
  6. 6. Fishman Fluence Modern 20
  7. 7. EMG Retro Active Hot 70 13
  8. 8. EMG 57 10
  9. 9. EMG JH James Hetfield 10
  10. 10. EMG 66 9
  11. 11. EMG 81TW 9
  12. 12. EMG 66TW 7
  13. 13. EMG 81-7H 6
  14. 14. EMG 57TW 6
  15. 15. EMG 89R 6
  16. 16. Fishman Fluence SRC Signature 5
  17. 17. Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-COC 5
  18. 18. EMG Bone Breaker 5
  19. 19. Fishman Fluence Open Core Classic 5
  20. 20. EMG 60TW-R 5

Most Used Pickups Of Each Brand

If you like a particular pickups brand, here you can find the top 10 choices of the most famous ones.

Most Popular Seymour Duncan Pickups

  1. 1. Seymour Duncan APH-1N 33
  2. 2. Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N 33
  3. 3. Seymour Duncan Sentient 30
  4. 4. Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 28
  5. 5. Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6 24
  6. 6. Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 22
  7. 7. Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 22
  8. 8. Seymour Duncan Pegasus 20
  9. 9. Seymour Duncan Full Shred SH-10B 19
  10. 10. Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 19

Most Popular DiMarzio Pickups

  1. 1. DiMarzio Air Norton 15
  2. 2. DiMarzio The Tone Zone 14
  3. 3. DiMarzio Super Distortion DP100 11
  4. 4. DiMarzio Fusion Edge 10
  5. 5. DiMarzio True Velvet 8
  6. 6. DiMarzio Dreamcatcher 5
  7. 7. DiMarzio HS-2 DP116 5
  8. 8. DiMarzio Fusion Edge 7 5
  9. 9. DiMarzio Rainmaker 5
  10. 10. DiMarzio LiquiFire 4

Most Popular EMG Pickups

  1. 1. EMG 81 74
  2. 2. EMG 85 22
  3. 3. EMG 60 22
  4. 4. EMG Retro Active Hot 70 13
  5. 5. EMG 57 10
  6. 6. EMG JH James Hetfield 10
  7. 7. EMG 66 9
  8. 8. EMG 81TW 9
  9. 9. EMG 66TW 7
  10. 10. EMG 57TW 6

Most Popular Fender Pickups

  1. 1. Fender Player Series Alnico 5 Strat Single-Coil 7
  2. 2. Fender Player Series Alnico 2 Humbucking 7
  3. 3. Fender Vintage Noiseless Single-Coil Strat 6
  4. 4. Fender Wide Range Humbucking 4
  5. 5. Fender Custom Double Tap Humbucking 4
  6. 6. Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat 3
  7. 7. Fender Custom Shop Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele 3
  8. 8. Fender Yosemite Single-Coil Stratocaster 3
  9. 9. Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Single-Coil Strat 3
  10. 10. Fender Noventa Single-Coil 3

Most Popular Gibson Pickups

  1. 1. Gibson P-90 5
  2. 2. Gibson Burstbucker 61R 5
  3. 3. Gibson Burstbucker 61T 5
  4. 4. Gibson 490R 5
  5. 5. Gibson 490T 4
  6. 6. Gibson Calibrated T-Type, Lead 4
  7. 7. Gibson Burstbucker 2 4
  8. 8. Gibson Calibrated T-Type, Rhythm 4
  9. 9. Gibson 57 Classic Plus 3
  10. 10. Gibson P-90 Dog Ear 3

Most Popular PRS Pickups

  1. 1. PRS 58/15 S 10
  2. 2. PRS 85/15 S 9
  3. 3. PRS 58/15 LT 6
  4. 4. PRS 85/15 5
  5. 5. PRS Type-D Singlecoil 4
  6. 6. PRS TCI S 4
  7. 7. PRS 245 S 3
  8. 8. PRS Tremonti S 2
  9. 9. PRS Narrowfield 2
  10. 10. PRS 635JM 1

Most Popular Schecter USA Pickups

  1. 1. Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI 13
  2. 2. Schecter USA Pasadena 8
  3. 3. Schecter USA Pasadena Plus 6
  4. 4. Schecter USA Sonic Seducer 5
  5. 5. Schecter USA Synyster Gates Signature Humbucker 3
  6. 6. Schecter USA Sunset Strip 3
  7. 7. Schecter USA Apocalypse-VII 3
  8. 8. Schecter USA San Andreas 2
  9. 9. Schecter USA SuperRock Vintage 2
  10. 10. Schecter USA Solstice 2

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