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Humbucker Happiness

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Don Rusk, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Don Rusk

    Don Rusk Vendor

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    Ive been playing alot more humbucker guitars recently and it amazes me how much less difference there is between overdrives when using humbuckers ~ after hearing every slight little nuance in singlecoil od/dist use, its a little weird how similar many OD s sound with Hummers and Celestions especially......



    what OD/Distortions are you Humbucker users happiest with???
     
  2. JoeYello

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    I pretty much stick with a Klon. It gives a nice edge to the humbuckers. I have used it with Gibsons and PRSi through various amps. It's my hands down favorite pedal.
     
  3. jlagrassa

    jlagrassa Supporting Member

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    Hi Donner, Single coils are great sounding but I like the fullness of humbuckers, I'm using a pair of Seymour Duncan 59's in my Les Paul Classic and the OD pedals that sounds real good with this guitar is the Fulltone FD-2 Mosfet and OCD(Newest Version)
     
  4. dosmun

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    I think you might know my answer to that one:D
     
  5. jeffinaustin

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    I've got a Suhr DSV in my strat. It sounds excellent with everything I've got:
    - BB Preamp (sustain and crunch for days with this guy)
    - Keeley TS9+ (just classic rock tone)
    - FD2 (REALLY close to Grissom type tones with this one through a clean amp)
    - Sunface NKT275 (great smooth fuzz tones that still clean up great)
    - RC Booster (pushes it a little harder than the singles and it breaks up nicely)

    Just sounds fat, plus it coiltaps really well so I get good single coil bite when I engage that. Humbuckers rule!
     
  6. Phil M

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    TC Jauernig DGTM (or Gristle King, which is the DGTM and a clean boost in one pedal).

    The Time Machine Boost, Lovepedal COT50 and Dragon, Fulltone FDII(FM), and Analogman Sunface fuzz were all favorites too.
     
  7. A440

    A440 Silver Supporting Member

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    couldn't agree with you more

    RC Boost, COT50, and an old RaT all play nicely together

    the MI Audio Blues Pro and Crunch Box also good
     
  8. ericb

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    Donner, et al, since I love pedals and "Shades' so much I 99 % of the time use guitars that have BOTH single Coils and HB's at my gigs and with every band I'm in , unless it's purely blues, r&b/funk,etc. There's rare occasion I'll sit in with that type of band and can play my strat or Tokai with 3 s/c's but typically I use Floyd Fenders with 2 s/c's and 1 HB or Ibanez's with similar configs...

    I always have at least 3 od/dist pedals on my board at every gig , and always use my pickup selector as much as my stompboxes. Best of both world's for me! ERIC
     
  9. Troy T. Blues

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    Right now, I'm back on the humbucker kick. Like John said, I too like the fullness and extra oomph I get out of them. It's been working great with my Blues material as well. Don't get wrong, still love single coils, but humbuckers for the most part, buckers give me what I want to hear.

    Anyways, for me the NEW PedalworX Cactus Crunch is the ticket. I also still enjoy the Menatone Blue Collar & Red Snapper.

    It seems as though I like more smoother, middy type compression OD's with single coils. However, I sometimes need to crank the gain a bit more. With humbuckers, I prefer less mid hump/compression and more clarity.
     
  10. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    The Durham Sex Drive with humbuckers is a phenomenal pedal. Completely wakes the neck pickup up on my McCarty and pushes my 6120 into a sweet Heartbreakers type of grind. It sprinkles an airy presence that's not too colored but adds just the right amount of fatness and punch. Highly recommended!
     
  11. bigolcasino

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    I play nothing but humbuckers (Wolfetone, Timbucker, Florance Voodoo, vintage) and I have used the Klon Centaur for years after doing the constant trying of different pedals for so long. A Les Paul, a Klon, and an old non-master volume Marshall is a beautiful thing.

    That said, I have been toying around with the MI Audio Crunchbox for a few songs in my band's shows. And it is very fun; if not a little compressed. Anybody know of a pedal that has a voicing similar to the crunchbox, but with less compression?
     
  12. DocRock

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    Really digging my BJF Dyna Red. Also using a Zvex Super Duper for open-sounding raunch. Using Rio Grande Texas BBQ humbuckers in a McNaught Singlecut. All into JTM-45 Plexi and THD 2x12 w/ "THD" speakers.
     
  13. Don Rusk

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    Yeah I guess a big part of it is that hummers are providing alot of the level and midboost - treble rolloff that is useful in cutting thru so, we are asking much less of a distortion - simply to distort the signal, rather than distorting it AND changing the EQ AND adjusting the compression and balancing those changes in a particular way.....

    and I also like the neck single , bridgebucker setup the most even if I do have to try extra hard not to slip into 80s metal stuff:YinYang
     
  14. Moe45673

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    +1! I much prefer the sound of my DGTM with my Les Paul than my Monte Allums modded SD-1 (though that's still a great pedal).
     
  15. Ned

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    i use strictly humbuckers, right now my fav. axe is my 59' Les Paul. my favorite OD for 'buckers has to be the Pro Analog Dual Drive.

    fantastic pedal and since it has a flat EQ like all Pro Analog pedals i believe, it helps bring out that bucker power without changing my original tone! all shines right through.
     
  16. Gibsonchild

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    Hey Donner!!

    Right now I'm digging the Timmy set for low/med gain. I'm stacking that into an Okko Diablo for my higher gain stuff. It's all stays pretty clear and defined. I use the same settings for single coils and hums, but it's obviously a much different sound. Add in the Hellbilly or a Huckleberry at the end of the chain for a lead boost and it's the lead sound from Hell.

    I also like the DDSS/mod board w/ hums. Has a very nice Black Crowes vibe to it if I don't use too much gain.

    The TTS (that you painted :D ) works well too. Very much a classic rock/ZZ Top kinda sound. And the low cut keeps it from getting too woofy. Don't like it as much at home, but sits very, very well in a band setting.
     

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