Humbucker Hunt

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by ssvr, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. ssvr

    ssvr Member

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    Hi All,

    Looking for the following attributes for my bridge pickup:

    - Clear but no mid-range hump
    - Low output
    - Decent amount of bass
    - Overall musical

    Reference tones: Andy Timmons, Shawn Lane





    What are my options: PAF pros, AT-1, others?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. mrpinter

    mrpinter Supporting Member

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    Here is one option - low output, voiced like early PAF's. To my ear, these really sing.


     
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  3. pipedwho

    pipedwho Member

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    Tom Anderson HF1+ in the bridge fits that bill. Basically a lowish output pickup that sounds like a PAF with a bit extra top end 'zhing' and chime. I LOVE this pickup. Not honky, and not excessively bright. Compared to the ceramic H series, it has the 'alnico chime' in spades.
     
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  4. ssvr

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    Awesome suggestions above.

    Anyone else tried some others and got that musical/singing tone?
     
  5. jimmyohio75

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    Really dig the Pearly Gates pickups in my Les Paul. Great articulation but will get raunchy if you want them to.
     
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  6. ssvr

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    This is interesting.... Andy Timmons, Shawn Lane, Gary Moore all have/had the same magnet type in their bridge pickup...

    Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm
     
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    Lollars or SD Seth Lovers.
     
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    Duncan 59
     
  10. jlectka

    jlectka Supporting Member

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    Most PAF types will give you those things. Seth Lovers, Dimarzio 36th anniversary, and Fralin Pure Pafs are ones I've used that are always good bets. I settled on Sheptone Tributes in my main guitar but thats me and they were a little pricey.
     
  11. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    i have ended up with wolfetone humbuckers in all of my hb guitars. my hamer newport pro (hollow 335 style) has a marshallhead mk2 in the bridge and a legend in the neck. my hamer standard mahogany has a set of marshallheads in it. wolfe offers something for just about every need.
     
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    Duncan Seth Lover or '59s. Most, if not all the others mentions here (W/ the exception of the Andersons, which sound promising but are not familiar to me) are too hot.
     
  13. Tonebender

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    MojoTone 59 clones or their Classics will get you there. Some nice choices with their overwound offerings too.
     
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    My hands down favorites are Peter Florance VooDoo Humbuckers.My search is over!
     
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    Nothing beats OX4s in my book (Although i have no idea what their cost is like in the States...they’re not too bad in Blighty).

    Low wind A4s would be great.
     
  16. Shawnee

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    I would say it depends on how much you want to spend. I have an AT-1 in my main strat and love it for the price. It has medium output and is warm with plenty of bass but it's not the most articulate pickup I've ever had. What's great about it though is the shielded 4 wires that DiMarzio uses because I put in a switch for series or parallel and the AT-1 rocks. It's still plenty loud in parallel but cuts the woofy bass when playing with higher gain. For lower gain Plexi or clean stuff the extra bass is nice in series mode.
     
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    This. Have a set in a Les Paul, really surprised with them, very convincing, low price mojo..
     
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    If you like Andy Timmons you could try his signature pickup from DiMarzio
     
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    all pickups are musical. fyi. i don't really get when someone says a guitar/amp/pickup/stompbox is "musical."
     
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    Yup, too right!
     

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