Gibson Guitars so good but pickups so bad?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Tuberattler, May 9, 2008.

  1. Tuberattler

    Tuberattler Member

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    I've got a LP and even like the pups but the bridge sqeals like a pig when I turn up the gain. Funny thing is my PRS doesn't do this. I even have an SG Epi that I put the GFS pups in and it sounds better than my real LP.

    What gives?? Is there a way to keep the squeeling pickup from doing this. Is it safe to pot it with wax? How is that done?

    Any help would be apprecaited.
     
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    It's just a microphonic pickup. There is a great wax-potting how-to by Lindy Fralin on the StewMac website. It's pretty easy, and it works like a charm. I use a re-potted Gibson 498t in my SG, and it kills. Good luck!!!
     
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    I like to gripe about Gibson's spotty build quality, but I find their pickups to be well made. If you have unpotted Burst Buckers found on some of the historics, they can squeel a bit. The over the counter replacement versions are potted & very quiet.
     
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    Oh it's just funny, how they can make a killer guitar and not pot the pups so they don't squeal. They know we like to turn it up!
     
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    I agree, but some vintage purists prefer unpotted because that's how they were made originally and supposedly have slightly different tone.
     
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    Wow! Some like it original even if it's poor design. I can see that but that's not me.. I don't think this is a vintage RI or anything, just a nice LP.

    I may send 'em out to Lindy Fralin for potting as he's only $10 a piece plus shipping.
     
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    I've always found that pickups on the edge of squealing have the sweetest tone. If you're a high gain guy then you have to make compromises but as the gain goes up, the less it matters what the pickups sound like anyway.
     

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