"Charlie Christian Pickup" users?

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  1. fuzzface71

    fuzzface71 Member

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    Anyone in here uses one of these?
    They are damn expensive. What gives? Are they worth it?

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  2. Dave Orban

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    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!
     
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    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

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    I'm planning to get one for my LP Special. Just like Lennon's at the Madison Concert.

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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

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    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.
     
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    Really?! :eek:

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

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    Im putting one in my new Chapin Tbird...Cant Wait!
     
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    This one is a VV-CC Style that will be in my next Soloway, one of the second batch T-styles.
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    Does putting CC's need carving on the guitar's body or pickguard?
     
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    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.

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  18. Jahn

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    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

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    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

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    Is it really worth it? Upgrading to this pup? Honestly?
     

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