Think REM vs. Byrds. I think all the new 360s come with the high-gain PUPs; that's what mine has. I think Ric used to offer swaps, but doesn't do it as a factory option anymore. My dad's 660/12 has a vintage toaster top, and it's a very different vibe. I prefer the modern PUPs; they just sound a lot more lively to my ear.what's the difference between the low and high output pickups. Which models have each?
I have to agree with that.Congrats on your new 360,I bet you love it!Rumor has it that the toasters are best with the 12-strings while the high-gain pups are good with 6-strings.
I also heard that the 21 fret 360s have better placement of the neck Pup - I know they sure look better than the 24 fret ones - I have a 360-6 in the mail - I can hardly wait!!
360/12 wasn't the only Ric the Beatles played, but when they did play a 360/12, it would have been one with a low output toaster PUP. I think McGuinn is a better reference point for what a toaster PUP sounds like though.thanks guys! I think I would prefer the low output on a 360/12. Beatles had low-output right?
from Rickenbacker. http://www.rickenbacker.com/cart.asp?viewitem=00030&category=viewitem&buffer_category=Pickups $150where can I get toaster pickups?
are those reissue toaster pickups, because I hear they're not the same.from Rickenbacker. http://www.rickenbacker.com/cart.asp?viewitem=00030&category=viewitem&buffer_category=Pickups $150
same price from Pick of the Ricks too
That's been my experience also. I have a 2000 360/12 with the newer reissue 7.4k scatter-wound toasters and a 1991 360V64/6 with the early reissue 11k toasters. Originally I had 11k toasters on the 12-string also but it sounded too muddy and lifeless. I bought the 7.4k toasters for the 12-string but I first tried them in the V64 to see what they sounded like. On the 6-string they sounded a little too thin and wimpy but on the 12-string they sounded bright and jangly with nice definition. The 11k toasters on my 6-string still have that nice jangly chime but they are also beefy and aggressive.Rumor has it that the toasters are best with the 12-strings while the high-gain pups are good with 6-strings.
Is it possible to get something of this ideal?the reissue toasters are scatterwound to a certain spec. just like PAF clones, they may or may not match up exactly to whatever ideal people have of the 60s guitars. they sound good. play them.
That article was written before they started producing the "vintage-correct" 7.4k scatter-wound toasters. I think that for the most part any year 360/12 with the original or current vintage-correct pickups will sound great. A 360/12 with post 1968 "hi-gain" pickups or early "hi-gain" toaster reissues will tend to sound more muddy, less defined, and less jangly.