Style Gurus: How tacky would chrome pickups look in a gold-adorned Korina V?

MrMunky

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I will soon replace the pickups in a very attractive Korina V I have with gold hardware. I have a couple sets of pickups of the kind that I'd like to use, and they're chrome. If I bought another set of pickups, I'd be reluctant to snag gold ones because, chances are, they'll end up getting swapped again down the road.

How tacky does a Korina V with gold hardware look with some chrome pickups in it? I am terrible at visualizing this kind of thing, and I haven't been able to locate a pic.
 

jazzandmetal?

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It sounds like it'd look a bit funny, but shouldn't sound quality take precedent over aesthetics?

as long as it sounds good, who cares

Of course sound is the most important thing. But he asked how it would look.

It would look bad and if you so concerned that you posted a thread about it, I think you would be best to get uncovered pups since you may be swapping in and out.
 

lawl Dave

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It would look bad and if you so concerned that you posted a thread about it, I think you would be best to get uncovered pups since you may be swapping in and out.

Uncovered pickups is actually a great idea, I'm surprised it didn't come up earlier. I'd second that notion.
 

MrMunky

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I'm not so sure. These photographs of Vs that have lost much of their luster suggest the appearance might not be too shabby. I still haven't seen a picture that shows the contrast between untarnished gold and chrome on a Korina guitar.

As for the assertion that tone is important and aesthetics unimportant--- A lot of philosophers seem to have agonized over how to prove that one value is superior to another, and I am certainly not worthy of the task. But it seems to me that all of the painters, sculptors, dancers, and other visual artists who have made the world a more beautiful place haven't thrown their lives away by failing to pursue the more worthy craft of making guitars sound good. I also look at people who devote their lives to making guitars sound good - luthiers. I'd be curious how many of them would consider prudent luthierie to require them to ignore aesthetics.

But my values are probably just misplaced. So be it; it's my guitar.


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bigolcasino

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I will soon replace the pickups in a very attractive Korina V I have with gold hardware. I have a couple sets of pickups of the kind that I'd like to use, and they're chrome. If I bought another set of pickups, I'd be reluctant to snag gold ones because, chances are, they'll end up getting swapped again down the road.

How tacky does a Korina V with gold hardware look with some chrome pickups in it? I am terrible at visualizing this kind of thing, and I haven't been able to locate a pic.

Why don't you just swap pickups, but use the same (gold) covers? When I was doing alot of pickup swapping, I always pulled an uncovered set out, then put covers on that matched the guitar before installing them. Seems to make sense, as opposed to buying pickups and/or choosing them for the covers that they came with.
Also, aged nickel (not shiny chrome) covers don't look bad on a korina V, as the old ones have lost their gold anyway.
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MrMunky

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Covers materially affect the tone, and the kind of tone I anticipate I will achieve with a pickup change will make good use of the covers.

I've considered adding gold covers to my pickups of choice. I figured I might explore what the guitar would look like with chrome covers before I went that route.
 

atquinn

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V's with gold hardware look tacky anyway, if I were you I wouldn't worry about it. :D

-Austin
 




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