Humbuckers with single-coil like clarity?

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  1. Free

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    Could you all please recommend some low-output humbucker pickups that have single-coil like clarity? Even low-output humbuckers I've tried (around 8k) didn't have enough clarity. Thanks!
     
  2. jads57

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    I haven`t tried them but what about the Dimarzio Eric Johnson model,around 7k.
     
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    Seymour duncan p-rails.
     
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    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    ^ Also Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro.
     
  5. re-animator

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    Eric Johnson model is supposed to do this. The only pickup I've tried that works is a carvin h22n and h22t. Low output, almost a piano tone rather than HB guitar.
     
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    My favorite:

    Fralin P-92s - quiet as a humbucker but clear like a single coil.
     
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    DeArmond USA Goldtones - usually available on the used market as they
    stopped making them,IIRC..
     
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    Seymour Duncan SH-2 Neck model. (AKA "Jazz neck") Great clarity and sparkle in any position. NOTE: The Jazz bridge is a completely different animal!
     
  10. swangdb

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    Have you tried all of these?

    I play in cover bands that play country, classic rock, blues/r&b and a little jazz. I have a PRS SE Singlecut. I like the guitar, I like the neck. I wouldn't mind if the pickups had more clarity and twang. I want the pickups to be hum-canceling.

    I don't expect to turn it into a Strat or a Tele, but the neck pickup that came with the guitar was too thick-sounding for me. I replaced it with an Anderson H1- which was much clearer-sounding than the PRS pickup. I like the Anderson pickup and going by descriptions I've read, I suspect it sounds similar to the Dimarzio EJ neck pickup but I could be wrong. I wouldn't mind even more clarity.

    The bridge pickup in this guitar isn't bad, it sounds like a pretty good PAF. I wouldn't mind if it had more clarity and maybe a little more twang.

    Pickups I'd like to hear I've narrowed down to:

    Dimarzio Humbucker From Hell - Supposed to sound like a single coil pickup, reviews say it comes close. With this in the neck, I wonder what would be a good matching bridge pickup.

    Dimarzio EJ pickups - I've got a feeling I'd like these but they might not be quite as clear as I'd like. Have any of you used these for country music?

    Fralin P92/Twangmaster - So...just how twangier is the Twangmaster compared to the P92? Can you get a decent rock tone from the Twangmaster? How about a decent country tone from the P92?

    GFS Split Humbucker - How much do these sound like the Fralin P92s? The price is right.

    I'd like pickups that didn't need to be split, though I suppose I could split them too.

    Right now I use an Electro-Harmonix Knockout that does a pretty good job of making the guitar sound sort of stratty. Sort of. Yeah, I know, I could just change guitars between songs but on a lot of gigs it's easy to just play one guitar.

    Thanks!!
     
  11. DGDGBD

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    Another for fralin unbuckers
     
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    You're describing Filtertrons to a T.

    I'm a Tele guy normally, but the Gretsch Duo Jet has absolutely floored me since I've been using a friends regularly. I will have to get my own, fairly soon, methinks. Single coil chime, none of the hum. I love it!
     
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    Sorry I meant the split coil P-92's.
     
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    The HfromH sounds single coily ony if you compare it to a muddy Hb. It is bright, for an Hb. Compared to a trad Strat, it sounds like the the Hb that it is.
     
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    my Seymour Duncan alnicoIIpro have a lot of clarity
     
  16. larimar

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    Are you sure not looking for single coil tones rather than a humbucker that has clarity?



    How about some kind of mini humbucker?
     
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    What are you after for sound? Are you wanting something fatter sounding than the single coil? Or are you just after the noise reduction? Or both?
     
  18. Squigglefunk

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    IMO, ceramic humbuckers have more clarity than alnicos
     
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    Fralin Split Single P92s. P90 tone, humbucker quiet.
     

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