New Pick-up for Archtop?

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  1. iim7v7im7

    iim7v7im7 Member

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    Hi,

    I own a 2001 custom Heritage Sweet 16 with an HRW 3 pickup (pickguard mount) with a volume and tone pots on the pickguard. I am considering swapping out the pick-up. I am interested in other floating pickups that others have tried? I use the instrument for straight ahead jazz chord melody with either a Polytone Mega-Brute or an Allen Accomplice (Fender Blackface Circuit) with a 1 x 12" cabinet.

    My guitar tech is kind of a purist and only recommends old DeArmonds (http://www.dearmondguitars.com/pickups.html) which cost a fortune if you can find one.

    The options that I have identified for pick-up mounted PUs are:

    Kent Armstrongs(http://www.wdmusic.com/pickups_for_jazz_13624_ctg.htm),

    Seymour Duncan-Bennedettos (http://benedettopickups.com/home.htm),

    Lindy Fralins (http://www.fralinpickups.com/jazzguitar.asp)

    Newer HRW model (http://www.heritageguitar.com/Custom%20Features/HRW-pickup.htm)

    Buscarino http://www.buscarino.com/accessories.html

    I am looking for a warm tone with excellent string to string clarity. If I had to describe what I would like improvement in, its clarity. Have any of you tried out any of these? Any benefit over what I have now?

    Thanks,

    Bob
     
  2. Rob Taft

    Rob Taft Supporting Member

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    I have a dual pole humbucking Kent Armstrong made in Kent's shop not the WD product. Several years ago, I purchased it directly from Kent. See this link for the dual adjustable pickup I have installed on one of my archtops. http://www.guitarsnjazz.com/kentarmstrong.html
    I have been very pleased with this pickup both in its clarity and tone. That said, I have a Benedetto on my Benedetto Artist Award and its a great pickup. Great clarity but the downside is it not adjustable so placement is critical. rob
     
  3. K-man

    K-man Member

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    I had a Heritage H-575 which had the HRW pickups and I thought they were fantastic sounding pickups. They were the full size humbuckers though.

    If you want a Kent Armstrong get the real one wound by the man himself:

    http://www.archtop.com/ac_access.html

    The ones WD sells are made in China.
     
  4. iim7v7im7

    iim7v7im7 Member

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    To All,

    Thanks, I heard about the handmades after I posted. He makes single coils and PAFs. Has anybody tried either or both?

    Bob
     
  5. Rob Taft

    Rob Taft Supporting Member

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    Bob, I can't speak to the single coil but my KA is the PAF model and I've been very pleased. I posted in a review Harmony Central several years ago under the electric pickup section.
     
  6. pattste

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    I have a Kent Armstrong Johnny Smith pickup attached to my Epiphone Emperor Regent. They make both neck and pickguard mount. It was made by Kent himself and purchased from Archtop.com . I can only compare it to the stock pickup but it is a dramatic improvement.

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  7. Bluedawg

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    So which ones is Pickupcentral.com selling? :confused:

    I bought a Kent Armstrong Johnny Smith style from there in february. Someday it's going on my Le Grand ....... when I get around to it. :messedup


    :banana
     

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