The definitive Anderson Atom thread!

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  1. troykennedy

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    For all you Atom owners!

    Tips, tones and tricks! Pickup and setup tips! Pics! Likes and dislikes!
    All things Atom!

    Ready....go!

    I'll start. I just got a beautiful tiger eye 3 pickup Atom that I am trying to figure out- tones, applications etc...love it!

    Let's talk about your experience with Atom and any changes you may have done for your context!
     
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    I'll work on getting some pics up when I get a chance.
     
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    Anyone with an opinion on their favorite pickups in this guitar?
     
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    Played my new Atom in the services at my church this weekend. Really fun. Very different form what I have been playing. Clean sounds are really nice. I like the way the bridge pickup pushes the clean channel of my PT50. Full and clear with some nice grind. Well defines on the dirty channel. I will let yoiu know how it sits in the mix tomorrow when I review the video.

    Man, these pickups are dead silent, even with a ton of gain.
     
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    how did post #4 come up at 5:37pm, and #5 at 5:28pm?
     
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    2 different days
     
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    I have been a strat guy for a long time. But the Atom has me re-thinking some things. If I want real vintage strat, I have my Suhr. But most of the time I actually want a little fatter version of those sounds. And that is what the Atom delivers. I really like the M1 pickups. Very cool. Interestingly you can play that neck pickup with quite a bit of gain and it still stays defined without being brittle when clean. That is quite a trick.
     
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    OK, I used my Atom for a bunch of services for the last couple of days. I also did some soundchecks and one of the services with other guitars of mine. One is a really nice 2 bucker guitar with coil splits and a floyd. Another is a really nice super strat with the right splits, vintage single coil sounds and a paf type in the bridge.

    These are really nice guitars that I have been very happy with and intend to keep for different purposes.

    My Atom is the 2 M1 and H2 combination plus the kickback. We did songs where I had full blown humbucker into marshall. Bridge/middle quack into pushed Fender. Clean strummy neck pickup. And a variety of other sounds.

    Interestingly, it made the split coil combo's on my other guitars sound a bit thin and small. The bridge/middle quack was really nice and big sounding. Neck pickup sounds full without being dull on clean stuff. Bridge has a great grind without being too metal. Sit's in the mix very nicely. Also, the bridge was really nice when doing a pushed fender/strummy Tom Petty type thing.

    I didn't end up using the kickback too much. Although last week I used it quite a bit.

    This is a very flexible guitar that sounds big and 3 dimensional on all settings. Plays great. Looks very cool as well. My only struggle is with the tuning. I though it would be a little more stable in it's tuning. It probably needs some adjusting as I bought it used. That aside, I am really happy with what this guitar does. It makes you rethink things. It's a modern guitar with it's own thing that will cover the more classic sounds without cloning them. In many ways, it does them better.

    Very, very, cool!
     
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    Been itching for an Atom since I first played one a few years ago. Had a lot of stuff going for it. Comfortable as all get-out.

    Question for you guys that are owners... I know the pickups are unique to Anderson, but can standard humbucker pickups fit into the routings if you wanted to switch out the pickups?
     
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    I have heard of guys who have dropped other pickups in theirs. Not sure of that requires any mods to do it though.
     
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    yes...you need one.
     
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    'Thinking you need a gibby .. :)
     

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