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humbucker Syllabification: hum·buck·er
Pronunciation: /ˈhəmˌbəkər/

Definition of humbucker in English:


( trademark in the UK)
An electric guitar pickup containing two magnetic coils rather than a single one, which gives a high output and minimizes hum from electrical interference: the humbucker allows for classic rock, heavy metal, and other types of rock [as modifier]: the humbucker tones are fantastic
More example sentences
  • The humbucker has sort of a muddy sound, but I play a lot of grunge music so it suits me.
  • If you use a guitar with super high output humbuckers you may have to lower the volume.
  • It's lighter than a Les Paul but, with two humbucker pickups, this guitar is still a monster.


1950s: from hum1 + buck1 + -er1.

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