"Charlie Christian Pickup" users?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by fuzzface71, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. fuzzface71

    fuzzface71 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,312
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Location:
    fUzZyLaNd
    Anyone in here uses one of these?
    They are damn expensive. What gives? Are they worth it?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    16,857
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2002
    Location:
    Trenton, NJ
    SOme are more expensive than others. Pete Biltoft over at www.vintagevibeguitars.com makes one that is very affordable. I have one in a parts Tele, with his wound-to-match T-style bridge pickup, and it sounds awesome. Kind of like a HUGE Strat neck pickup. Highly recommended!
     
  3. saggybottom

    saggybottom Member

    Messages:
    375
    Joined:
    May 24, 2007
    I have a lollar CC. Great full round tone with great note definition.

    Two of my friends have them in teles. I personally prefer the Lollar archtop vs the Lollar tele version(wound a little different). Bigger sound...more full in themids. The guitars probably make a differance too.
     
  4. fuzzface71

    fuzzface71 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,312
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Location:
    fUzZyLaNd
    I'm planning to get one for my LP Special. Just like Lennon's at the Madison Concert.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  5. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

    Messages:
    16,211
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2005
    Location:
    MD.
    I have one of the Gibson CS Lennon relics with a CC in the neck, and as Dave Orban stated, the sound is HUGE. Big and punchy with no mush. Gotta mate it to a fairly hot bridge for best results though, as it'll overpower many. One potential caveat....it is a single coil and has the requisite amount of hum that a hot SC would, but IMO that unreal tone is well worth it, and who will hear the hum anyway when you're belting out riffs!
     
  6. Macaroni

    Macaroni Member

    Messages:
    4,351
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Kent Armstrong is making me a set of humbucker sized CCs - a standard alnico neck and a special ceramic one suited for the bridge. Both will be noiseless with a single blade.

    BTW, Kent's son winds that expensive CC pickup from England shown in the OP's pic.

    Kent recently made me a set of 3 amazing P90s that are the sweetest sounding vintage P90s I've heard, & noiseless to boot.

    I waited for almost a year for Ramos CCs, but you can only get them through Destroy All Guitars, and he hasn't been able to get any. Plus they want $300 each = $600 per set of 2!!! I'm getting 2 custom made ones from Kent, for close to half of the price of one of Ramos' CCs.
     
  7. Macaroni

    Macaroni Member

    Messages:
    4,351
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I forgot to mention that besides being noiseless, I will also have a unique humbucker tone by combining the 2 coils in series (push/pull pots), so it will actually be a CC + HB in one pickup, for both the neck and bridge.
     
  8. schmerf

    schmerf Member

    Messages:
    208
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2008
    Location:
    Western Massachusetts/North Florida
    Vintage Vibe also makes a humbucker sized CC pickup. I played a friends guitar with one in the neck. It sounded amazing. the route for them is wider than a humbucker route though. It is even wider than most swimming pool routes. Lennon's guitar is actually a LP jr.
     
  9. fuzzface71

    fuzzface71 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,312
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Location:
    fUzZyLaNd
    Really?! :eek:

    Damn, you're right!!! I didn't notice the 2 knobs!
     
  10. fuzzface71

    fuzzface71 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,312
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Location:
    fUzZyLaNd
  11. Zelmo

    Zelmo Member

    Messages:
    6,361
    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Location:
    Central MA
  12. mainsale

    mainsale Member

    Messages:
    1,699
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2002
    Location:
    Cape Cod Blues
    I modified one of my Tele's with a Lollar CC and like it alot. So much so that I bought another and plan to stick it in the neck of a LP Special that I have. This one has a Lollar Special-T in the bridge, a PigTail Vintage bridge and 4-way switching as well.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. flyingvees

    flyingvees Member

    Messages:
    1,977
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2005
    Location:
    West Memphis Arkansas
    Im putting one in my new Chapin Tbird...Cant Wait!
     
  14. abergdahl

    abergdahl Member

    Messages:
    3,415
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2002
    Location:
    Stockholm; Sweden
    This one is a VV-CC Style that will be in my next Soloway, one of the second batch T-styles.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. fuzzface71

    fuzzface71 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,312
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Location:
    fUzZyLaNd
    Does putting CC's need carving on the guitar's body or pickguard?
     
  16. mainsale

    mainsale Member

    Messages:
    1,699
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2002
    Location:
    Cape Cod Blues
  17. valcotone

    valcotone Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,718
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2002
    Location:
    Canada
    The route is about the same amount of wood as for a humbucker, but a very different shape. Here's my parts tele which just received a Lollar CC this weekend, bridge pickup is a Lollar Special T.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    27,575
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2007
    Location:
    NYC
    do they make any CCs that buck hum?

    from this article, i gather not, but it would be a nice holy grail:
    http://www.kokomomusic.com/pages/corner.html

    seeing as how the P90 sound has been fought for in bucking form, i think it's high time for the CC to get similar treatment.
     
  19. Macaroni

    Macaroni Member

    Messages:
    4,351
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Dominic Ramos' CCs are humbucking and so are the ones Kent Armstrong is making for me (they'll be here in a few days!). I think Seymour Duncan makes a double blade humbucker CC. Vintage Vibe, Lollars and the others are not. Personally, I HATE PICKUP HUM!!!! :D
     
  20. fuzzface71

    fuzzface71 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,312
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Location:
    fUzZyLaNd
    Is it really worth it? Upgrading to this pup? Honestly?
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice