Good Humbucker for a slightly bright guitar?

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  1. Killcrop

    Killcrop Supporting Member

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    Looking to warm a guitar up just a touch. Looking for a good pickup that will attenuate the highs and still have punch. Whacha Got?
     
  2. murkat

    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    an A2 mag swap could sweeten it up.
    Look for pups with an A2 mag,
    Duncan alnico Pro is A2.
     
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    Maybe a cheaper alternative is to first try swapping out the pots with something that measures lower.
     
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    Yep. Swap the volume pot for said pickup with a lower ohm pot. If yours measures 500K try one that measures 400 to 425K.
    $5 or $10 is way cheaper than a new pickup.
     
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    Or even cheaper than that, roll the tone pot back to 9.8 instead of 10.

    :dunno
     
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    I'm trying this right now. Have a Godin Montreal Premiere which I really like, but it is a bit bright plugged in. Just ordered a set of Ian Anderson standard winds, with A2. Having used these in other guitars, have a feeling they will liven up and warm up the Godin, and sound really nice too.
    MD
     
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    Rio Grande BBQ. It's a hot-rodded PAF pickup that's a little darker, and cleans up really nicely.
     
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    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    I have an LP that's a bit bright and I put a Zhangbcker Duane + in the bridge.... It did a great job of warming things up... It's a hotter PAF wind that has warmer highs.. IMHO, changing the volume pot to a lower value won't do much for a bright guitar.. You need a warmer pickup, and that doesn't happen with PAF types till to get into the 9 and 10k range
     
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    What pickup(s) are in the guitar now?
     
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    Voodoo '57 paf. It's 8.1kOhms with aged Alnico 5 magnet
     
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    If you pay $50 more, Dave will hand wind them for you. It gives the pickup lots of extra mojo. He said the pickup will have a ghost tone, almost a second voice...
     
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  14. MKB

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    I've heard great things from a lowly Gibson 490R/498T combination in bright guitars. However Gibson tends to put them in regular or warm sounding guitars with 300k pots, then they become dull and unresponsive. I took a set out of a ES-333 (they sounded terrible in that) and put them in a Ibanez AR (very bright top end) with 500k pots, and they were terrific.

    If your guitar has 57 Classics and 300k pots, it must be bright indeed. What kind of guitar is it?

    One other thing to try, string brand and formulation can make a huge difference in the treble of some guitars. If you are using Elixir Nanowebs for example, they can be very bright. Substituting a warmer sounding string like GHS Nickel Rockers can tame the highs quite a bit.
     

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