Firebird pickup recommendations

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by skeeterbuck, Oct 20, 2005.


  1. skeeterbuck

    skeeterbuck Member

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    I have a Gibson Historic reverse Firebird III. I am not too happy with the tone of the stock pickups. They have a kinda chuncky tone to them and the highs are brittle sounding. I'm looking for ideas for replacement pickups. Tone wise, I looking for something that has more of a single coil sound. The only condition is that they have nickel covers.

    Awhile ago, Tone Quest did a report on Dimarzio's and recommended them. Anyone have and hands of experience with them?

    I have also heard that these pickups are potted with epoxy and as such cannot be rewound.:confused:
     
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    +1....on the antiquities. That's what I was gonna say!
     
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    I have a set of the DiMarzio minibuckers on a Tele (the regular gain ones, not the hot ones), and I love them, but it's a very different guitar than a Firebird, so it's hard to say for sure, but I'd say it's worth a try. The DiMarzios also have the plain covers without logos or pole pieces showing, so they preserve the look of the original, if that's important to you.
     
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    Personally, I'd avoid the Antiquities, but that's just me. I don't like them.

    I put a set of Seymour Duncan "plain" #1 Mini-humbuckers in my Firebird V, after trying out several other pickups (incl. other SD's). To me, they sound a LOT like the stock pickups, but just with "more" - more clarity, more balance, more ... mini-humbucking goodness.

    So that's my recommendation - SD Mini-Humbuckers #1. #2s are a bit hotter, #3s are the hottest.

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    Thanks for the sugesstions! These will give me some good places to start.

    Does anyone know if in fact the stock pickups can be rewound?
     
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    I think *any* pickup *can* be rewound, but IMHO the cost of a rewind is close enough to the cost of a new pickup that - unless the original pickup is sentimental or something - you may as well buy new ones and start fresh. Plus, if you ever sell the guitar you have the unmolested original pickups, which is important to some collectors.

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  8. skeeterbuck

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    I thought that I have read somewhere that the Gibson minihumbuckers were potted with epxoy and that that makes them impossible to disassemble without destroying the pu. The reason I was asking was to find out if this was in fact true with the Historic Series guitars.

    I agree Chiba, that if you have the original pu's, a future buyer may prefer the original ones. I was considering the rewind if I was unable to find a replacement pu that I liked the tone of and wanted to have them custom wound for the tone I was seeking. Also, as a plus they wound be sure to look "stock" which is important to me.
     
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    You can usually find Bill Lawrence L-560's on eBay. Plus, his new pickups fit into the "mini-bucker" route, IIRC. You might call and talk to Becky about it.

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