Recomend a quality humbucker

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  1. cheng&eng

    cheng&eng Member

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    Hi there,

    we're looking to replace the HB's in a les paul
    anyone have advice/recomendations on pickup's?
    We've put fralin vintage hot single coils in our strat
    & have been very pleased
    anyone tried their(fralin) HB's?
    thanks
     
  2. Rich M

    Rich M Member

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    Higher Order. Jeff winds a mean pickup and his prices are a steal. Long wait, but worth it, IMHO
     
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    cheng&eng Member

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    so are the fralin HB's less than stellar?
    how about Tom Andereson's HB's?
    thanks
     
  5. jeffhef

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    Quality Humbucker? Here's my.02...

    In the production market...the SD Seth Lovers are about the best I've tried. That price range they're hard to beat.

    Now...moving on up...

    I've had these:

    Timbuckers
    Holmes
    WCR's

    I have 2 guitars now with humbuckers. My Les Paul has Timbuckers and my Tokai has WCR's. I like 'em both. The Tokai has a Darkburst and Crossroads. They are a little darker than the Tim's.

    My Les Paul used to have Holmes but i replaced them with the Timbuckers. Don't take this the wrong way...I love the Tim's...but I wish I still had the Tom Holmes.

    Anyway...I'd say you can't go wrong with any of these.

    jeffhef
     
  6. r9player

    r9player Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm pretty sure Fralin makes fine humbuckers. I've heard some good stuff about the Unbuckers he winds.
    I will says Wagner's are awesome.
    Personally I also like: Rolph, Seymour Ducan '59s
     
  7. TheArchitect

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    I have 2 sets of Fralins. 1 in my LP and the other in a Washburn idol. They are a unique voice in the PAF domain. They utilize an A4 mag which is just a touch less nassy than an A5. I would certainly not call them less than stellar.
     
  8. cheng&eng

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    thanks for the feedback
    how do you guys rate tom anderson HB's (average, good, great, etc..)?
     
  9. Gotham City Blues

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    I might be the only one who thinks Gibson Classic '57's are highly under-rated....
     
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    I recently installed some pickups from www.guitartom.net

    I'm VERY happy with them. Boutique quality at half the price IMO.
     
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    You are not, I love mine.
     
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    WCR's WCR's WCR's
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    Jim's the coolest!!
     
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    Seymour Antitquities sound a lot like the real thing to me. The WCRs all seem to be the real hot, overwound variety, if that's what you are after.
     
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    Peter Florance Voodoos...among the first of the 'ultra boutique' pickups that really fuelled the craze. Very high quality units, and still a standard.
     
  15. Gotham City Blues

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    In todays "boutique" environment, it seems almost heretic to like any stock pickups in a guitar......or speakers in an amp. :D
     
  16. mbratch

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    There are probably at least a dozen great choices for humbuckers, many mentioned here. I use Classic Humbuckers made by Harmonic-Design. But really, there are so many good choices, that you'll get as many different answers as you do replies. ;)

    The best thing to do is figure out how much you're willing to spend first. If you're on the budget, Seymour-Duncan makes some excellent choices, like the Seth Lovers mentioned above. DiMarzio makes some nice ones, too. Then you need to figure out what kind of sound you're after (bright, dark, edgey, etc...)

    All depends upon the sound you want and how much you want to pay.
     
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    The Fralin true PAFs are reeeeealy nice in my Les Paul.
     
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    I've tried many including $600 Tom Holmes, and the ones that got the prime spot on my R9 are Wolftone's Marshallheads. Low output Alnico II (he gave me Alnico 5 magnets as well, to choose as they are easy to swap): Zep/Kossoff tones all day.

    If you can wake the Wolf up -- he is not the most reliable provider -- you can't go wrong.
     
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    WCR "American Steele." They're wound with an abundance of whoop-ass.
     

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