Best Cleans from a Humbucker???

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  1. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny Member

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    hey all,

    lookin' for the best full, rounded bottom end, smooth, sweet highs from a humbucker set. so put away those hot rodded jobbies, and gimme the good stuff, PAF'y or not.

    Fralins? Seth Lovers? Antiquities? Crossroads? what?
     
  2. 1973Marshall

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    I always felt the Seymour Duncan APH1 Alnico Pro 2, Seth Lovers and Dimarzio Air Classic and Virtual PAF were amazing and reasonably priced choices.
     
  3. Gary Ladd

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    Absolute best clean I've ever heard from a "humbucker" was from Fralin P-92s, followed closely by, but in a different flavor, a S&K Dualtone...

    ;)
     
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    plus one for the seymour alsnico pro 2....
     
  5. Bo Faulkner

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    My stock R7 w/ burstbuckers sounds great clean
     
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    another vote for the SD AP2...
     
  7. qwer

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    Dimarzio D-Sonic or Steve's Special
     
  8. straightblues

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    I would say Lollar Imperials. I have Antiquties which are great pickups also but the Imperial really shine clean.
     
  9. Sniper-V

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    My pick would be WB 6707 VTPHs.
     
  10. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd say Duncan Antiquities.
     
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    hand Made Kent Armstrong with the 12 adjustable poles[​IMG]
     
  12. Oakley

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    Seth Lovers: Open, airy, with a metalic attack that might be less rounded than you want. But great definition for close-voiced chords on the neck pickup.

    Antiquities: More midrange push and a bit rounder in the high end than the SLs. These feel a little compressed in comparison.

    Alnico II Pro: Round high end, woody attack - Nothing like the metalic attack of the SLs. Not quite as defined for neck pickup jazz chords as the SL, but the lower mids push makes it sound very jazzy. Of the three, these match your description best.
     
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    Skatterbranes and WBs are very good.
     
  14. Veritas

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    Lollar Imperials are fantastic clean.
     
  15. Woozy

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    I've been looking at TV Jones' TV Classic pickups.
    Maybe a Classic Plus-bridge and Classic-neck.
    Or Fralin's P-92s, Unbuckers or Twangmasters.

    I've got a MIJ LP that plays like a dream but is way too hot and midrangey.
    I'd love some more quack in the middle switch position too.

    Something low-output should fill the bill...
    Obviously many options out there.
    Good luck!
     
  16. re-animator

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    don't shoot me, but carvin H22 set sounds excellent. I prefer it to a lot of single coils for its clarity and complexity. Has a nice "sweetness" to it that most humbuckers lack. Very organic sounding.
     
  17. jokerjkny

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    thx for all the suggestions guys!

    FYI, i'm using a set of fralin 8-9k's, and for some reason in my mccarty, they do seem a touch too edgey for my ears. the pick attack feels just a touch too aggressive and just doesnt have the 3D bloom as i hoped.

    had a set of the lovers, but honestly, thought they were a little lifeless sounding. just didnt have the magic air that the fralins have.

    the fralin p-92's are a cool pickup, but those are much more single coil than humbucker to my ears.

    how do the duncan antiquity 2's or the lollar imperials compare to the fralins?
     
  18. gerryguitar

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    I'm a big fan of lower output pickups.... and I'm always looking for a humbucker that works great clean... and I've tried everything.... and by a long long way the best I've heard is the Suhr DSV..... it's almost got a single coil like openness.... and it dosen't compress very much which I love... it really is great with just the right amount of highs mids and lows... I find that you can hear more of the guitars inherent tonal qualities... with so many humbuckers I find all you can hear is the sound of the pickup....
     
  19. slegros

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    Duncan '59s for me, I like the brightness of them, Ap2 and seth lovers to me sound too 'round'
     
  20. phoenix 7

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    The Fralin humbuckers on my Grosh Set Neck -- amazing cleans. "Edgy" is the last thing I'd attribute to them. I wonder if that edginess comes more from the McCarty and not the pickups.
     

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