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NSCD - New Singlecut Day...................

BarryJ

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Just picked up a 2001 Singlecut in basic black - it's a good one, but I have an interesting decision to make regarding the pickups. When looking at pictures I noticed the uncovered pickups, so I asked the owner if they were stock - he said yes, so I just assumed that the covers were removed at some point. The guitar showed up today - played great and sounded good, but....different. I had test driven a few other Singlecuts before, but it had been a long time ago so I wondered if my memory was playing tricks on me.

Curiosity got the better of me- so I dug under the hood, so to speak. Sure enough, there weren't the stock #7's in there - but Dragon 1's instead! Spent some more quality time with it, and now I'm torn - they really do sound good, though in a different way than I was expecting.

The Dragon Bass might stay no matter what - it's a clear, articulate pickup that's warm without being muddy. I'm going back and forth on the Dragon Treble - it's pretty mid-honky clean, but add some gain and BWAAAAAAAAAAAA. Big, meaty, present distorted tone without being harsh - it really is kind of a 1-trick pony, but man, it's one hell of a trick.....................

I've already got the 'vintage PAF' thing covered with another guitar, so that's not the kind of thing I'm looking for - the appeal of the #7's were that they were more modern sounding, but still versatile.

So - what am I missing without having the #7's in there?

Oh yeah - quick pic:


 

Bob Maximus

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Beautiful guitar Barry! I have an early one with the #7's and it is an awesome tone machine. I'll have to take some pics and post them. I don't have experience iwth the dragon pups but coming from a high end guitar I bet they are great.
 
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I adore the Dragon pups, so my .02 here is to keep 'em. I say, if it's a one trick pony and the trick's a knockout...well, that's not so bad at all.
 

BarryJ

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Think I'm going to live with the Dragon I's for a while - found they're very sensitive to height, and sound more open when lowered quite a bit. Volume and tone knob tweaks make a big difference, too
 




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