NECK pup suggestion for Les Paul

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  1. cragginshred

    cragginshred Member

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    This is going in a Knaggs Kenai and paired with a Suhr Thornbucker in the bridge
    Power blues, Bonamassa, Gary Moore to ZZ and Zep tones.

    What I am looking for that I have not had success in the past with is getting a non dark/muddy neck tone with gain. Creamy clear, articulate with a fair amount of gain for fast lines as bends.

    I don't want to say I'm looking for a 'bright' tone, but most often I will dial in my bridge sound and go to hear a much darker and not so articulate tone.

    Thanks!
     
  2. GreenTea

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    Try a treble bleed cap on the neck pot. Easy mod.
     
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    I have standard Gibson Burstbucker in my one and i get exactly there.

    Edit: they are used also in the CS Bonamassa LP
     
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    Throbak Peter Green neck with magnet flip maybe?
     
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    @GreenTea Doesn't the treb bleed mod just affect the volume roll off? I have them in most of my guitars.
     
  7. TA22GT

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    OX4 low wind.
    The best neck pickup I have personally tried. Fantastic clean in that's it's clear and not flabby but with gain.....WOW! Defined and dynamic.
    I play LP bridge 95% of the time but not anymore. I struggled with neck pickups in LP's but I got there in the end.
     
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    It’s hard to switch bridge to neck on a LP style guitar and be happy with both tones. The only way I can get articulate neck tone with decent bridge tone is to use a single coil in the neck. For a humbucker id get a Fralin pure paf in their lowest output
     
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  9. Oban14

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    bare knuckle PG blues neck pickup. Gary did play Peters guitar. I have a set and the neck pickup is the star of the set. very low output though.
     
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    Duncan Jazz and a bass cut in place of the neck tone pot.
     
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    I get what you are saying and I always felt that way too. I am almost always on the bridge pickup and EQ for that so a neck humbucker does sound flabby. I finally found that a Low Wind OX4 gives me a great neck sound without any EQ altering. That's why I said...WOW... because I now play a lot on the neck which is not normal for me. :) The mix is killer.
     
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    OX4 Low Wind neck is a killer. A4 magnet in the neck is a great combo. I’ve had a few A4 sets and the neck is always clear and mud free. Not a fan of A4 in the bridge.
     
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    Rewire the neck pickup so the coils are in parallel instead of in series.

    Slightly less output, a lot more clarity.
     
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    there is a way to get you airy brighter tones. Play with the height on the pole pieces.

    There might be some YT videos on this.
     
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    The Wolftone Dr. Vintage or the Seymour Duncan Jazz SH-2. Both open and clear sounding pickups. Neither sound like the typical PAF.
     
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    Humbucker From Hell. Don’t let the name scare you - it’s a nice non-muddy neck pickup.
     
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    Why not get the Thornbucker neck? It’s quite clear and articulate.

    Also I set my guitar amp so the neck sound is clear and not muddy, and then use the tone control on the guitar to roll off the highs on the bridge pickup as it is a lot brighter based on its location, but at least I can roll that off with the tone. If I set the amp according to what sounded good on the bridge, then when I switched to the neck it would be too dark and wooly.
     
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    This is a cheap and easy trick to help with a muddy neck humbucker.

     
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