Need a hot but clear LP neck pickup

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  1. sshan25

    sshan25 Supporting Member

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    I have a Trad Pro with Suhr Doug Aldrich pickups. As much as l like the bridge, l dislike the neck...way too dark and muddy. What do you folks like that has got balls but retains clarity? Would a DiMarzio 36th be too "vintage-y" to pair with the Aldrich bridge?
     
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  2. scottlr

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    What is a hot hut? :dunno
     
  3. Husky

    Husky Gold Supporting Member

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    You could try the Suhr Thornbucker neck if you really want vintage clarity.
     
  4. halcyon

    halcyon Supporting Member

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    I REALLY like the BKP Cold Sweat for this application.
     
  5. f550maranello2

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    I LOVE the EVH neck pickup.
     
  6. guitarnut_1

    guitarnut_1 Member

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    clarity is an issue with a LOT of neck humbuckers.

    The one that sounded best for me so far was an SD Seth lover in the neck. But it is not hot.

    An SD Custom might do it for you as well. I had one and it sounded clear and not muddy at all, but it was too hot for my taste.
     
  7. PlinytheWelder

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    Whatever pickup you get, try to adjust them really low away from the strings. That's what works for me. In addition, a P90 style is always a great neck pickup.
     
  8. mesa/kramer

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    Clearest Neck P/U ever is the SD Jazz.
    Just the output is not super high.

    Maybe step on an extra boost pedal when you switch to the neck p/u :dunno

    According to the Gibson Website, the LP Trad's Pots are only 300k.
    Change the neck volume pot to 500k and your current Pickup will sound much clearer

    Volume Controls
    The Les Paul Traditional uses an independent Volume control for each pickup. These consist of quality 300k linear potentiometers for a smooth, natural roll-off.


    Why Gibson uses these crap pots in thier below custom shop guitars i'll never understand................
     
  9. Roxy

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    Rio Grande Barbeque humbucker.
     
  10. Carl_Tone

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    Duncan Jazz is a long time luthier tech go-to for that purpose...strong, clear, articulate, overcomes 'mahogany mud'. Definitely higher output than 'vintage' though.

    Pairs well with a Pearly gates in the bridge.
     
  11. K-Line

    K-Line Gold Supporting Member

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    Lolalr El Rayo. Big and clear. Better yet, convert to a Firebird! Hot, bold, and clear.
     
  12. Buzzard Luck

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    like my old guru Geo used to say, 'hey kid, ya gotta use a 1k pot for the neck pickup volume in a LP. That'll give the secret 70's sauce and sparkle'.
     
  13. Faded

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    I like the Throbak 101+

    It's a very clear, bell like tone. Great harmonics even clean and overdriven it rips
     
  14. gigs

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    Exactly the config I settled on. Really like it.
     
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    TV Jones LTD Humbucker.
     
  16. VDeuce

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    IMO hot and clear don't go together. Clearest neck pickup I ever tried is the Duncan Antiquity, but it is not at all hot. Make sure you have a 500k volume pot.
     

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