Looking for a really clear neck humbucker.

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  1. therhodeo

    therhodeo Member

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    I'm looking for a neck pickup about the output of a PAF that is really clear. I'm wanting somewhere in between Allman Bros. style PAF sounds and a strat neck pickup. Fat, sweet, and clear. So far I've come up with these as far as clearer sounding humbuckers. Any recs you have are appreciated.

    Humbucker from Hell - Worried its just a bright PAF. I think the midrange is where most humbuckers lose their clarity.

    EJ Custom - Worried it won't have the umph I'm looking for.

    Tom Short Tombucker - Too much for me right now.

    Tonerider Classic Alnico II - Very attractive price wise just not sure how clear they are.

    Bluesbucker - Might not have the sweetness part down.

    This will be going into a Peavey HP EXP guitar by the way.
     
  2. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Gold Supporting Member

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    A wolfetone caretaker in a PRS Korina Santana I had was the clearest neck bucker I've ever played through. RIDICULOUSLY clean.
     
  3. slider313

    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    Save up your $$ and get the Tom Short Tombucker.
     
  4. hammersig

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    SD Jazz is pretty frickin clear, I have them in my LP's and sometimes I wish I could get them to muddy up a bit.
     
  5. ugameus

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    My Lollar Firebird mini bucker is pretty much what you described you are looking for, IMO. It is a wonderful pickup.
     
  6. therhodeo

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    If I can get something close I'd rather not spend the money on this guitar. Its not my main player so its not super important to me.
     
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    The Suhr SSV is a very clear PAF-ish humbucker. Fantastic pickup.

    -Austin
     
  8. zombiwoof

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    I would also recommend that you make sure you have 500k pots on that guitar, to get the best from any humbucker. Many guys with modern Gibsons (I don't know what your guitar is) don't realize that they have 300k volume pots in there and try all kinds of neck pickups looking for more clarity, when it's really the pots that are to blame.

    If you are already aware of this, ignore my post!

    Al
     
  9. V-Type

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    I have a Air Norton in the neck of my Peavey and it is the clearest neck pickup I have used too date.
    Its surpringly warm as well as liquidy when gains are applied.
     
  10. EADGBE

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    I'm thinking the Duncan Jazz neck. Or something with an alnico 2 bar magnet.
     
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    SD Jazz or TV Jones Filtertron (Classic, Classic Plus or Powertron)
     
  12. bubs_42

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    Gregwinds from BCR Music and Sound. Greg is a great guy, and has an absolutely brilliant set of pickups that are currently being wound by Lindy Fralin. I bought these pups and put them in my Vintage Hamer Standard and the neck bucker is exactly what you are looking for. Very Clear, Very Articulate, and will cut through the mix. Very Hi Fi pickups.

    FWIW I am not affiliated with Greg other than being a HFC Member nor am I affiliated with Lindy. My set was actually wound my Will Boggs and I also have a set that was wound by Peter Florence. Good luck on your search.

    www.bcrmusic.com
     
  13. Tone_Terrific

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    The DiM HfH does not have the boingy quality that a Strat single has.

    TV Jones classics are pretty good that way, and some mini's, depending on where you draw the line.

    I haven't heard that bright, clear tone (duller clear tone is a different matter) from a conventional PAF based pup. BUT I have sure not heard them all and YMMV, etc.
     
  14. XKnight

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    I think it's going to depend more on the wood used in the guitar than the humbucker. A solid Korina guitar with a humbucker should be very fat, sweet and clear. I have a PRS Korina Mira with stock Mira humbuckers that definitely fits that definition of tone.
     
  15. mullytron

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    I put an EJ Custom in a Robin Ranger, and it did exactly what you are describing. I love it, very flat and clear, no hump or muddiness that I can hear.

    It is maybe a more unique situation, since it's up against a Tele bridge PU, and a Strat in the middle, but it does blend nicely and switching around sound very natural.
     
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    Fralin P-92 is the closest I've found so far...I've got a TV Jones Magnatron in the mail,can't wait to get it wired up.
     
  17. therhodeo

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    I'm really impressed with their website at least. The habenero set sounds like something I would like in another guitar.
     
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    I'd love to hear more about it if you've owned one.
     
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    This is what I was thinking...P-92
     
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    I'd love to hear more about it.
     

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