Duncan '59 boomy bass?

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  1. mbratch

    mbratch Member

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    Anyone use Duncan '59 in neck position? I have it in the Hamer Artist and the low E string is sometimes a bit boomy/muddy in the low range. What's your experience with it?
     
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    Try lowering the pickup slightly on the bass side...

    also depends on your string gauge... if you are using a heavier gauge... the lowering should do the trick.....

    If not... try messing with your amp's EQ... drop the bass a notch and bup the mids..... or ya might try another pickup if none of this helps.....

    FWIW... I think the 59 is one of my favorite pickups....

    Good luck!
     
  3. AaeCee

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    Haven't had a SD 59, but HAVE had this experience with other similar humbuckers. This seems to be common to the breed, but a recent GP contributor mentioned a potential fix by way of Lindy Fralin. If I read it right, raising the bass pole pieces quite a bit, with a commensurate lowering of the bass (side) pup level screw, will result in greater definition and less woofy-ness. Anyone else try this? AC
     
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    I have an open-coil SD '59 in the bridge of a Tele:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/mccreadyisgod/GT2.jpg

    The neck has a Gibson Classic '57 in a nickel cover.

    My bridge model is great, enough bass but much more midrange and trebly bite. Of course, the bridge position coaxes this out of the pickup anyways...

    Like some said, lowering the pickup on that side or lowering your string guage might help. Hell, you might go with just a lighter-guage lo-E, keep the rest of the strings the same, and give that a shot.
     
  5. mbratch

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    Thanks guys, lots of food for thought.
    I am using a light string guage (10 to 46 I think).
    I'll play with the pickup and pole heights a bit.

    Outside of the woofiness (is that a word?), the 59 is a sweet sounding pickup, clean or distorted.
     
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    I loved that pickup in that guitar. I matched it with a '59 bridge pickup and I actually preferred that combination over the Seth Lover set I tried in there for awhile. The Seth in the neck did de-emphasize the bass string, though, so maybe you could try a seth neck pickup.
     
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    I've always done this with humbuckers. I think it helps a lot.
     
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    You read it right ;)
     

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