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Suhr V54 and ML pickup matching question

Matt L

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I have a few Suhr pickups that I want to try in my ash/maple American Standard Strat, and I'm wondering what combo I should use. I have-

ML Neck
ML Middle (rwrp)
V54 Middle (rwrp)
V54 bridge

That means I have a choice of middle RWRP polarity pickups-the V54 (6.0k) or the ML (6.4k). I'd like as much "quack" as possible from the middle/bridge position. Do you think I should use the V54 middle to match the bridge, in that case?
 

LReese

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I don't have an opinion of the ML's Neck/Middle PU - I only have a bridge ML Classic, which was different to what I was looking for combined with the V54 middle. Might be the ticket in another guitar, so I'd be game to try it again.

I'd say try what you have at least. I settled on a whole set of V54's in my ash/maple Strat after trying about a dozen other sets. Just experiment and let your ears be your guide.
 

mslugano

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Personally, after a lot of experimentation I ended up with the V60LPs. More to your point, though, I recently read a post by John Suhr saying that if you really want maximum quack in the bridge/middle position, put a neck pickup in the bridge.
 

Husky

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Personally, after a lot of experimentation I ended up with the V60LPs. More to your point, though, I recently read a post by John Suhr saying that if you really want maximum quack in the bridge/middle position, put a neck pickup in the bridge.
Yes you can also auto disconnect the tone in the combo's for more zip and chang
 

mslugano

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Yes you can also auto disconnect the tone in the combo's for more zip and chang
Hey John. Do you maybe have a schematic for that one? I have cut the tone out of my middle position but don't know how to cut it in the 2, 3 and 4 position.
 

Husky

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Hey John. Do you maybe have a schematic for that one? I have cut the tone out of my middle position but don't know how to cut it in the 2, 3 and 4 position.
If it is our switch you just need to jump around the 2 and 4 position. If it is an older Fender style switch (not 4 wafer) then you would need to change the switch or have it not work for 2,3,4.
Send me an email if you need something draw up.
Thanks
 

Matt L

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John, thanks for answering my question in the email. I wasn't sure if it was better to match outputs or have a larger gap between the pickups.

How do you think the ML neck will mate with the V54 middle and bridge? I love the tone of that pickup in everything I've heard, so it would be nice to use what I have right now. I'm not against just getting a V54 neck and having a matched set in this Strat, though.
 

Seegs

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Personally, after a lot of experimentation I ended up with the V60LPs. More to your point, though, I recently read a post by John Suhr saying that if you really want maximum quack in the bridge/middle position, put a neck pickup in the bridge.
So far I agree...my Classic came with a V60LP in the neck...a 54 in the middle and an FL hot in the bridge...didn't care for the mix...to get maximum quack the 54 had to be really low thus making the middle pickup alone sound dull and lifeless...

First thing I did was to put the guitar back to stock with the V60Lps and those pickups are really pretty happening...I may end up keeping these in the guitar but I am going to try a few other sets just out of curiousity to see if one can top the V60LPs

I think the mismatched pickups are hard to balance and so far I prefer to keep the set with all of the same pickups...

Chow,
Seegs
 




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