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Always thought I was more of a humbucker guy, but...

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by cg, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. cg

    cg Silver Supporting Member

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    it seems I can dial in the tones I like much better with single coils. I don't get as frustrated trying to dial in amps with single coils. I love the way they sound clean, overdriven and everywhere in between.

    I love my Grosh RC and have fierce GAS for a Tele. I don't want to drop new money on a guitar right now, so I may have to do the unthinkable and sell my R7. What a quandry!
     
  2. bagpipe

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    I think I'm going through the sane thing at the moment - I feel your pain, Bro!
    I have been playing my Les Paul less and less, and my Strat more and more. I have to cheat a little bit though and have a Seymour Duncan 59 humbucker in the bridge of my Strat. However, my eventual goal is to get rid of that one too. I still find it comforting to be able to switch to my humbucker when I feel that I am struggling a little to find a good, singing lead tone. I love listening to guys like Ritchie Blackmore who seem to be able to find great, heavy lead tones from single coils.
     
  3. EADGBE

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    Well Leo Fender knew what he was doing.
     
  4. dave s

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    Trust me, the Grosh RC is plenty enough reason NOT to go back to an HB-equipped guitar.

    For a long time, people would tell me they didn't understand why I played the LP at all on gigs when the RC cut through the mix better and sounded better than my LP.

    Gone ... a home run!

    Enjoy that Grosh!

    dave
     
  5. cg

    cg Silver Supporting Member

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    Dave - which pickups do you have in your Grosh?

    Chance
     
  6. reachjkh

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    Much of what I listen to lately is done with a strat and single coils. I've never owned or really played an actual 'strat', just strat shaped bodies.
    I've been thinking about this for a few weeks...
     
  7. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    For the first 35 years of my life, I preferred humbuckers. The remainder of my life will be spent primarily with single coils.

    After a while, you get tired of magic markers and just want some good ball point pens! ;)
     
  8. Jim Collins

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    I spent the first hundred or so years of my life playing single coil guitars. I spent the next several years, with several Les Pauls and PRS guitars, trying to learn how to love humbuckers. The best I could do was learn to like them, but not love them. I appreciated them in certain contexts, but even in those same contexts, I could use single coil guitars just as effectively. I no longer have any humbucker guitars. I don't expect that to change, but I also never say never.
     
  9. larryl

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    I had a Hamer Studio Custom w '59 Duncans on it that sounded pretty good - but no sparkle really. I have a Grosh Retro Classic s-s-s- and a Tom Anderson Hollow Classic in an s-s-h configuration on the way. I am wondering which will be the best to cover Strat AND LP sounds. I'll keep whatever does it and sell what doesn't.
     
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    I recently made the switch back to my Warmoth Jazzmaster with AVRI JM pickups from my SD Alnico 2 Pro humbucker equipped Japanese Jazzmaster. Man, I can't really figure out why I benched the Warmoth for any period of time. The tone is everything I want and need. Now if there was just some way to keep the tone but lose the hum.
     
  11. Karmateria

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    GENIUS!

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    hendrix, trower, blackmore, knopfler, richards, johnson, west, frisell, SRV, thompson, beck... (even the best of Billy G.)
     
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    Hendrix for sure, but don't forget Jimmy Page. He sold more Les Pauls playing a tele than anyone else:)
     
  13. dave s

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    Fralin Blues in neck/middle and the Steel Pole 43 in the bridge. Screams as good as any HB guitar I've owned. Plus, it cuts better!

    dave
     
  14. VaughnC

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    Over the years I have tried to "get" guitars with humbuckers but just couldn't find myself in them. I suppose humbuckers have their place....but not in my hands. To my ears, a good Strat has more top & bottom end than a humbucker equipped guitar which gives me more to work with....whereas humbuckers typically have that wet blanket midrangey effect to my ears that I find very limiting. Oh well, to each his own. When it comes to tone, there's no right or wrong....just different opinions.
     
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    I'm used to having a HB in my guitar for the last 25 years. Everytime I get nervous about the Melancon Tele I'm planning to buy I remember the tone on that solo and I relax again. I can't wait...
     
  16. cg

    cg Silver Supporting Member

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    That's the setup I have. Very nice indeed!
     
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    I go through phases. Started out a humbucker fan, then went through a heavy strat phase in the 90s.

    Last few years I've been on a Les Paul kick that finally lead me to an R4 with P-90s. A McCarty with P-90s is waiting for me to pick it up at the UPS office today.

    Is it the beginning of P-90 phase for me?

    Hmmm

    In the end its all good to me.

    There's a song in every guitar (Neil Young axiom).

    There's a guitar for every song (Steve Howe corallary).

    :p
     
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