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Weird/strange pickups.

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by starvingartist, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. starvingartist

    starvingartist Supporting Member

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    I'm tired of your typical Strat and Tele singles, p-90s, and humbuckers. Post some interesting/unusual pickups in this thread!

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  2. RomanS

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    I have a homemade Thinline Tele with a HCC-pickup from www.vintagevibeguitars.com in the neck position (the bridge pup is a HB-sized P90): it looks a bit like a HB-sized CharlieChristian-style pickup, but the construction is actually closer to a P90 with a blade pole. It has a very transparent, slightly darker, really HUGE sound; kind like a 3D-C_I_N_E_M_A_S_C_O_P_E sound. Great for clean playing, finger-picking, jazzy stuff, but also very nice for raunchy lower-gain crunch stuff.
    Here's a pic of that guitar:

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  3. FloridaSam

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    You sir have ruined my evening. I have been lusting for a tele with a CC pickup in the neck and this thing of beauty has made my heart paplitate. What kind of wood is that? I luv it!
     
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    cvansickle Supporting Member

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    How about these boomerang jobs on the Norlin-era Flying V 2?

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  5. RJM/rydog2223

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    I was just looking at my latest edition of VG and saw a Lace ad and they had some PU's that looked pretty bizzaro. Not your standard PU by any means.
     
  6. RomanS

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    That's an ash top on an alder body, finished with boiled linseed oil, and some wax on top (feels almost like raw wood). Got the body from Ebay, from a seller named "cstcustomguitars". The neck is maple, w/ a pau ferro board, from Warmoth.
    BTW, the pic doesn't due that top justice - it's a slightly warmer tone in real life, and the flame is also more noticeable (never saw flamed ash before I got this one).

    BTW, VVG also offers non-HB-sized CC-style pickups (which deviate from "real" CC pickups in some construction details, like wire gauge - supposedly, the Jason Lollar CCs are closer to the "real thing", but also cost twice as much; and those VVG CCs do sound absolutely, stunningly great, no matter how "original" they are...)

    Some more pics for your enjoyment:

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  7. re-animator

    re-animator Senior Member

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    filltertrons... and dynasonics... both equally cool.




    man i need some chet atkins immediately.
     
  8. fatback

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    a few from NAMM

    Seymour Duncun had this cool P-90, blade 'bucker. :eek:
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    new lace alumitone humbuckers in red!
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    The Harmony reissues had some beautiful repro pickups.
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    T.V. Jones (guitar and pickups)
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  9. RomanS

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    Danelectro lipsticks also haven't been mentioned yet - great for clean playing, or lightly OD'd blues tones. You can even get them in the size of Strat single-coils, for easier exchange.
     
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    Check out Dave Stephens new P13 pickups in the Manufacturer's Emporium....
    Sort of a cross between a CC Blade, and a P-90.
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  11. starvingartist

    starvingartist Supporting Member

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    DaveG Gold Supporting Member

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    RomanS,

    That is one beatiful, and very cool, guitar!

    Did you get the pickup rings from Pete, too, or did you make them yourself? I've been wanting to run a pair of the CC's in a project I just started, but didn't want to have to run a pickguard (which is how the standard CC's mount). Those pickup rings look like the perfect solution! :AOK
     
  13. RomanS

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    Those are just regular black plastic humbucker rings, nothing special. It was a bit tricky getting the angled top of the pickups through the rings, though.

    The neck pickup is a HCC model (there's a HS90 at the bridge), which is sized like a regular humbucker - for his CCs you'd have to make a custom ring, though (or have Pete do that, I guess for a little extra charge that shoudln't be a problem for him.
     
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    That is awesome looking.

     
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    Thanks, RomanS!
     
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    Some guitar faves:

    -- Dearmond 2k pickups, stock on DA M-75T, Starfire Specials and others. Looks like a Dynasonic but isn't. Somewhat P90ish. In the right guitar (for me, the M-75T is it), has a unique sound, warm, smooth and hot as hell at higher volumes. I use my M75T for open tuning and slide work ... sounds more like a lapsteel than a guitar, due to these pickups.

    -- Kleenex box top pickups, on old Kays. Another sorta P-90 pickup. Sweet tones. A singing, melodic pickup for slide work.

    And from the lapsteel world:

    -- Charlie Christian p/u, on an EH-185. The B3 of the pickup world, at least on this amazing instrument. Gets wide and fat, fills up the room.

    -- Rickenbacker horseshoe p/u, on an old Academy (lightweight student model with a bakelite body). Wild stuff. This one will move furniture around at higher volumes. Has a deep, bell-like smoothness with treble rolled off. A truly beautiful sound.
     
  17. fcortex

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    Check these out ... I purchased a set a few years ago, and they are the clearest pickups that I have ever heard:

    http://www.q-tuner.com/
     
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    I was going to say what you said. Mine sit in a fender showmaster that has a bubinga top kind of dark and they look bitchin' way cool..main point they sound awesome. My only caveat the output on the b and high e seems weak, if you have any thoughts on that can you pm me. Having said that I wouldn't change these pups ever.
     
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    bump. favorite thread.
     

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