Which Duncan Humbucker for my Newport?

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  1. Brion

    Brion Supporting Member

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    I have a Hamer Newport with the Phat Cat Pickups and I'd like to try some Buckers in it. I'm thinking Duncan pickups because I don't feel like paying a ton of money for boutiques and I can find the Duncans used relatively cheap. I'm thinking about the '59 model. Anyone try this model in their Newport ?

    I'm looking for something warmer than the Phat Cats to get me closer to a 335 vibe. I do enjoy the Phat cats, but my 3 electrics all have single coils and I want a humbucking semihollow guitar, but just don't have the cash to buy a 335 right now.
     
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    Any Seymour Duncan pup will get you a decent sound. I think Hamer USA used to have SDs in the Newports... I wonder which model pup they used... I'd go with that one.
     
  3. arniez

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    The Newport Pro comes stock with Duncan Seth Lovers. They sound great in this guitar.
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  4. Brion

    Brion Supporting Member

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    I considered the Seths, but the unpotted construction on a hollowbody with a spruce top seems scary to me. It must work pretty well if Hamer is installing them at the factory, but I'm still just a little reluctant to use this combo.
     
  5. JES1680

    JES1680 Silver Supporting Member

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    Spruce top Newports can be bright, so I'd look for a pickup that won't accent the highs. I've not tried the 59s in mine (I'm running Darkbursts which are amazing in the pro).
    I've never been much of a Dimarzio fan, but you might try the PAF Pro.
     
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    I like Seths and '59s.

    The '59s sound fabulous in the Hamer Artist Mahogany, might be little brighter in the Newport, though.
     
  7. joejazzguitar

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    If you want to try something different, install a set of TV Jones TVTron Classics....I just put a set into my Newport, and love the combination of midrange warmth and top-end sparkle that I get out of them.

    The Seth Lovers are also great if you want more of a traditional Gibson humbucker tone.

    Just be aware that installing the TVTrons will requiring routing two 1/8" slots in the neck pickup cavity to accomodate the longer screws.

    joe
     
  8. wilder

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    I've run a pair for Gibson Burstbuckers out of one of my historics in a Newport for a while. It was a very convincing 335 type tone. I think they sounded better in the Newport than in the LP.

    Chris
     
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    Guinness Lad Silver Supporting Member

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    +100 or more. I just bought a Newport off the Gear Page from Frisco Kid and it has Seth Lovers in it instead of the Phat Cats. This guitar is flat out phenomenal. I also have a Monoco Spruce top with Seth Lovers, I may have finally found the ultimate guitar tone for me. Before anything you owe it to yourself to try the Seth Lovers they are that good in this guitar.
     
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    Guinness Lad Silver Supporting Member

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    The Seths I have in my guitar appear to be potted, and I didn't have any feedback problems other then the kind you want. It is an amazing combo and a lot of people told me during the breaks that the guitar sounded awesome.
     

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