Buying into the hype...WCR Darkburst impressions

RichSZ

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This is only the second time that I've bought into the hype of a musical product.

This time it was the WCR Darkburst pickups for my R9. Gotta give much love to these babies! My Les Paul actually sounds like what I think a Les Paul should sound like.

First off, the RS Kit was the first thing installed when I got the guitar. I kept the Burstbuckers for a while. Neat PU, but a little bright for my tastes and a little harsh on the high end.

Next I went with some boo-teek PU's that I used to have in my LP Classic. In the Classic, these PU's sounded great. I was very happy with the sound. But, sold my Classic, kept the PU's and put 'em in my R9. They just didn't work with this guitar. Again, bright & harsh.

Then comes the Darkbursts. These sound awesome. I actually hear the acoustic qualities of the guitar. What I mean is the same sort of tone I hear when I strum the guitar acoustically, I hear through these pickups. IMO, my R9 has just the right amount of midrange tone and the Darkburst bring it out in spades!

These PU's are the sheee-at!! :dude

-Rich

BTW, the first "hype" I bought in to was /13 amps. Still my faves!
 

RickC

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I'm curious about you experiences with the RS kit. I've got an Historic, and as I typically find with these the sound seems a bit muffled; like there's a blanket over it or something. Does the RS kit help this at all?

/rick
 

RichSZ

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Hey Rick,

To answer your question: YES!

Absolutely. The RS Premium Historic Trutone Kit is what you would want.

Try rolling down the volume on your neck pickup with the stock pots. Muffled, not clear, in a word: yucky.

The RS kit have Audio Taper CTS pots so the volume roll of is much more pleasing to the ear. The Hovland caps sound better when the tone controls are used, although I use Angela Copper Foil & Oil caps (those fake bumblebees in historics are a joke).

And I personally like the treble bleed resistor/cap thingy on the neck volume pot.

As much as it's a cliche, the "blanket" was removed, and the guitar sounds wonderful. And for about $50, the RS kit is a great upgrade for the $$$$

BTW, I have no association with RS...I just love the kit!

-Rich
 

Scumback Speakers

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Originally posted by fzfwyv
This is only the second time that I've bought into the hype of a musical product.

This time it was the WCR Darkburst pickups for my R9. Gotta give much love to these babies! My Les Paul actually sounds like what I think a Les Paul should sound like. These sound awesome. I actually hear the acoustic qualities of the guitar. What I mean is the same sort of tone I hear when I strum the guitar acoustically, I hear through these pickups. IMO, my R9 has just the right amount of midrange tone and the Darkburst bring it out in spades!

These PU's are the sheee-at!! :dude

-Rich

BTW, the first "hype" I bought in to was /13 amps. Still my faves!
Welcome to the "Darkburst" side... LOL I've been using these for the last year myself, and they're a big notch up from the Voodoo 59's I had before. Sometimes the hype is justified. This is one of those times.

Please don't feel bad about hype. I bought into the Les Paul hype at age 16, 31 years ago, and I've still got that same 68 Custom I bought from Betnun Music in mid-1974. If I hadn't seen Clapton tuning up a Custom on the "Beano" album back cover, I wouldn't have that guitar. Hell, I might have bought one of those "burst" things instead. Still happy with that guitar, and it's tone (especially with the new Goodwood 9.5k bridge pickup I just installed).
 

Sonic Reducer

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Does the RS Premium Historic kit come with the bleed resistor/cap thingy on the neck volume pot?

My kit came with two pots and the two caps.

Did you wire your guitar up according to the RS schematic?
 

xroads

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...maybe a bit off-topic:
I changed the pots and capacitors in my G&L tribute
telecaster (=ASAT), and it made this guitar extremely
versatile. If you can actually get usable sounds from
all positions of the volume and tone pots, you end up
with a whole asrenal of different sounds from one
axe....
 

mainsale

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I've got a set of Goodwoods and trying to decide what guitar to put them in, an R9 of my TCM Royal. I've not heard a discouraging word about them, so I'm pretty excited, but then again I'm an excitable boy!
 

Mark C

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I've got a set in my lawsuit LP that were loaned to me by forum member Pedro 58 (talk about a great friend). Needless to say, they aren't coming out and I owe Pedro a new set of pickups! I usually am dissapointed by hype, but along with the THD Flexi, these things are living up to it.
 

RichSZ

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Originally posted by mjpisat
Does the RS Premium Historic kit come with the bleed resistor/cap thingy on the neck volume pot?

My kit came with two pots and the two caps.

Did you wire your guitar up according to the RS schematic?
Yes, my kit included the (1) resistor/cap thingy, (4) pots, (2) caps, (1) length of ground wire.

Yes, my guitar is wired up exactly like the RS schematic.
 

RickC

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Hey, I just looked over on the RS website, and they're now offering the Historic upgrade kit fully pre-wired!

Perfect for a lazy guy like me; this may push me over the edge :cool:

/rick
 

RickC

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well, that was quick.

Just a heads up to anyone who orders one of these online; there's an optional "kit type" that defaults to "high gain", which is typically not what you want. The recommended type for historics, etc is "true tone".

/rick
 

Sonic Reducer

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Originally posted by fzfwyv
Yes, my kit included the (1) resistor/cap thingy, (4) pots, (2) caps, (1) length of ground wire.

Yes, my guitar is wired up exactly like the RS schematic.
Mine didn't come with the resistor/cap thing. Do you have to specify that? :confused:
 

Wallace

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+1:AOK
Got 2 sets: Baker Crucible and LP '92 Custom Shop.
...and a Fillmore set in a Ransom.....Jim is the MAN!!!!!
:dude :dude :dude
 




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