Favorite Large Scale Shop Humbucker Pickup??

jokerjkny

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hey all,

nothing boutique, but what humbucker from Dimarzio, Seymour Duncan, etc., do you guys dig? sorta looking for a big rockin' sound for my PRS Standard.

the pups in the Standard have begun to squeal, so figured this is a good time as any to try something a bit different in my straight up, "rockin' windmills" guitar.
 

ccoker

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I love the Tom Anderson H2 in my PRS
I tried a bunch, it's just a tad hotter than a PAF but has a LOT more lowend than anything else, balanced tone, smooth topend


the H2+ has a tad more midrange output and I liked it in an older Robin Swamp Ash custom I had but didn't in my mahagonay solid body PRS
 

johnspeck

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I love a Duncan JB in the bridge of my R7. My korina V has a Duncan Custom Custom in the bridge. Both are great for the big rock tone. The CC has less bass and less of a mid peak, or rather, a different mid peak than the JB.'
disclosure: I endorse Duncan pickups, but I've paid for every one that I've ever owned.
 

Scott Peterson

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I always liked the Custom Custom in the bridge position on PRS guitars.
 

Bonedance

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Originally posted by jokerjkny
hey all,

nothing boutique, but what humbucker from Dimarzio, Seymour Duncan, etc., do you guys dig? sorta looking for a big rockin' sound for my PRS Standard.

the pups in the Standard have begun to squeal, so figured this is a good time as any to try something a bit different in my straight up, "rockin' windmills" guitar.
In Duncans, I'm partial to the Seths, Antiquities, Alnico ll's, 59's and Jazz.

Dimarzio's I like are the VV PAF, Air Zone & Classic PAF.

I also dig Stew Mac Golden Age buckers and Kent Armstrong 12 pole humbuckers.

Heck, for less than the price of a Duncan/Dimarzio, et al, check out Manlius, Trutone & Highorder. Great pickups wound the way you want for low $$.
 

Shakermaker

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I have a Duncan Custom 5 in the bridge, and a Jazz in the neck of my Les Paul. Love both, good combo in my opinion. Have them both with push/pull split so I can cover a lot of ground with one guitar.
 

jokerjkny

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thx guys,

to be more clear, lookin' for something that's akin to the high octane Vintage Bass / HFS combo that was originally in there.

the Air Zone and the Custom Custom sound interesting.

anyone down w/ the Norton or the Air Norton?

thinkin' about gettin' the air norton for the neck, and the air zone for the bridge.
 

Ryan

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I love my '59 in the neck of my PRS. It sounds great even with coil-tap. Not so hot on my custom5, though. I think I'll be replacing that with another '59.
 

908SSP

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I have an Airclassic neck and bridge set I took out of my PRS Cu24 when I sold it I can sell you. I thought the original pickups were too muddy and low mid focused the Airclassics were much clearer, responding really well across the full spectrum. Double black in like new condition uncut wires.
 

Garygtr

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I've been using a set of Duncan Alnico II's in my semi-hollow Epi for a couple of years now with great results. Sweet pickup, not too much output and a nice dip in the mids
 

ccoker

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I tried most of the Duncans listed in this guitar
The H2 is very even, smooth and clear with more lowend than any of the others
just a tiny bit more output than a PAF with no mid peaks or garbled topend
 

tacorivers

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I just installed a custom/pearly gates combo in my Explorer and they are both keepers. The custom is a hotter ceramic, but its not harsh at all. I love it for metal/hard rock!
 

Phil M

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Originally posted by ccoker
I tried most of the Duncans listed in this guitar
The H2 is very even, smooth and clear with more lowend than any of the others
just a tiny bit more output than a PAF with no mid peaks or garbled topend
Interesting, since that's exactly what I'm looking for to replace a JB. I like the JB into my high gain Rivera, but it seems harsh on the cleaner settings, and it sounds terrible with a very middy EL84 amp I just got. Just too many mids all the way around (and I love midrange). I wonder if an H2 would solve the issues. It's gotta sound great clean AND dirty, i.e., let the amp do the work for drive, not the pickup...

Whatcha think, ccoker?
 

r9player

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Big fan of the SD '59 for that big time growl and bite.
Air Norton / Tone Zone for more melodic with nice growl and bite turned all the way up
I also like burst buckers they are more towards the '59s
(of course you could consider WCRs they are awesome and he builds them FAST!)
 




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