Those Who Prefer Single Coil, What Humbucker Do You Like?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Always-Ben, Sep 8, 2019.

Which humbucker?

  1. Low Wind PAF

    82 vote(s)
    56.9%
  2. Filtertron

    20 vote(s)
    13.9%
  3. Wide Range HB

    9 vote(s)
    6.3%
  4. “Noiseless” versions of single coil type

    6 vote(s)
    4.2%
  5. Firebird

    10 vote(s)
    6.9%
  6. Gibson Mini Humbucker

    6 vote(s)
    4.2%
  7. Other (Stagger Swagger, Dual Goldfoil, etc)

    11 vote(s)
    7.6%
  1. Always-Ben

    Always-Ben Member

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    I really do like single coils for playing at home but when it comes to band, jamming, recording and gigging time, I tend to go for humbuckers just because it’s less of a pain noise wise. For that purpose, I like TV Jones Filtertron types and McNelly Stagger Swaggers, as they give me enough single coil characteristics to sate my tastes.

    For you guys that are single coil at heart, what hum-buckers do you gravitate to?
     

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  2. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Supporting Member

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    Pretty much low wind PAF that sound full and woody. I bought a set of the Bonamassa Skinner Burst humbuckers and they blew my mind. My favorite by a mile.
     
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  3. Bluesful

    Bluesful Supporting Member

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    Definitely low wind PAF styles with A4 magnets.

    Loving the OX4s that I recently put in my Les Paul.
     
  4. ED_P

    ED_P Silver Supporting Member

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    I've enjoyed a Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini-humbucker in this guitar for years. A nice compromise between single coil and humbucker.

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  5. Tony Done

    Tony Done Member

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    I've never really got on with humbuckers in most guitars, but Gretsch types seem to be the best of what I have tried.
     
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  6. TP Parter

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    P90's.

    Lol, no seriously though SK Dualtone II's split to the P90 coils. :D
     
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  7. TP Parter

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    I could get on with a Supertron bridge and Magnatron neck combo. Should sound spectacular in fact.
     
  8. jvin248

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    Any humbucker from PAF to the super hot. However, if it has high internal capacitance and a propensity for muddiness it's out. One of the major, popular, aftermarket pickup factories produces a lot of muddy pickups. If I buy a used guitar that someone 'upgraded' to that brand I'll pull them and put in ebay import $15/set humbuckers because they have about half the capacitance of the 'upgraded' pickups.

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  9. Tritone

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    I wish this poll allowed us to pick multiple options.
     
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  10. GenoVox

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    Kind of a trick question for me, since I have noiseless “single coils” in my Strat & Tele anyway....

    But definitely prefer PAF-flavored humbuckers
     
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  11. musekatcher

    musekatcher Supporting Member

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    Burstbuckers 1/2. I liked the mini's too, but the BBs cover the HB sound better, still clean enough to sub for a hot single coil.
     
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  12. ED_P

    ED_P Silver Supporting Member

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    I do think the P-90 is a valid answer tone wise, but not hum wise, for those of us not that into humbuckers.
     
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  13. cap10kirk

    cap10kirk Member

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    Filtertrons and a select few medium to high output humbuckers. I don't like a lot of humbuckers though, never got along with minis or Firebirds, quit using PAF types altogether when I got my first P90 guitar, etc.
     
  14. Dr.Twang!

    Dr.Twang! Supporting Member

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    DiMarzio Eric Johnson Custom. Gretsch-y, and a beautiful jangle when split, too
     
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  16. c_mac

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    I’m definitely a single coil guy but when I want a humbucker, I want something to push the amp a little. Nothing super hot but definitely hotter than a PAF style pickup. If I’m doing any short of all out rocking, I’ll use a single coils but if I’m gonna rock out, I want some rocking humbuckers, not wimpy ones.
     
  17. Fitzer

    Fitzer Supporting Member

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    Vintage 70s Wide Range pickups are extremely good. The modern ones frankly don’t get that sound. They’re not bad, but they just do not sound anything like the originals. Entirely their own thing. So vintage yes, modern no.
     
  18. thesjkexperienc

    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^ Supporting Member

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    I use low to medium output humbucker by Wizz. I also like zexcoils for a bigger than single coil sound.
     
  19. 70 Mach 1

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    Im a single coil guy.
    To me the best HB is a split one
     
  20. chunkwedge

    chunkwedge Gold Supporting Member

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    Ron Ellis LRP, low wind 7K in neck, 8K in bridge. Changed an avowed single coil player to preferring humbuckers.
     

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