Best mini humbuckers?

vortexxxx

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Who makes the best mini humbuckers? I recently bought one the anniversay Epiphone Crestwoods for fairly cheap. I've never owned a guitar with minis previously.
 

gtrgene

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Who makes the best mini humbuckers? I recently bought one the anniversay Epiphone Crestwoods for fairly cheap. I've never owned a guitar with minis previously.
I have a set of lollar minis in my Sadowsky semi hollow and they sound great. Kind of like a PAF without the muddy bass frequency of a full size humbucker. I can get really nice cleans and they growl with some drive. I like them better than the full size emperial they make.
 

Dirtystranger

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My Epi Elitist Shearton has great sounding US made Gibson mini-buckers. I've considered changing the pots to bring down the brightness.
 

sleepingtiger

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Who makes the best mini humbuckers? I recently bought one the anniversay Epiphone Crestwoods for fairly cheap. I've never owned a guitar with minis previously.
I'm not saying they are the best, but I have an identical Crestwood & I think those pickups are perfect for THAT guitar. They sound excellent with some overdrive & sound wonderful clean. Before you change them, if you haven't already, try adjusting the pickup height. I'm all for modding, but sometimes I have to remind myself that sometimes leaving a guitar as-is is the way to go.
Just a thought...

Tony
 

vortexxxx

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I'll definitely try the stock pickups, but usually hand scatterwound boutiques have more complex tone. Does any pickup maker specialize in these?
 

Beakertwang

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I have a Sweetwood with a set from Roadhouse, a pickup builder out of Portland. I can't tell from their website if they even make them anymore. I don't have a lot of experience with mini hums, but I can't imagine any sound significantly better than this.
 

gtrgene

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I'll definitely try the stock pickups, but usually hand scatterwound boutiques have more complex tone. Does any pickup maker specialize in these?
Vintage vibe pickups are great. I had a scatter wound unbalanced set from them but I still prefer the lollar.
 

rambleon

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My Sorrento came with the standard Gibson mini-hums that we're ok, I just couldn't get the neck and bridge pickups to balance well no matter how much I adjusted their heights. Do I swapped them out for Gibson pole-less minus. Mind you, these aren't the high output ceramics that come with their firebirds. These were out of a 2016 SG. They have A5 blades and are slightly hotter than the standard minis. These were a good improvement, but I'm currently waiting on the staple mini humbuckers from the Creamery. There aren't any clips because the design is relatively new, but based on their description, I think they should sound good.
 




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