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  • What kind of pickup did Eddie Van Halen use to get the sounds 1978-1984?

    These were his best sound period in my opinion. Not really a huge fan,but he had the biggest tone that a non-Gibson made during in that rock era.If I can find that pickup,and put in my Pacifica,I'd be a happy man.If I could play like Eddie,I'd be a lot happier,but that's another story. Anybody know which and what kind of pickups he was using back then?
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    some humbucker that was halfway broken
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    • #3
      I think I've read that he used an old Gibson pup

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      • #4
        Your typical PAF type of pickup.
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        • #5
          I think it was a PAF type, but it was broken - eddie said so himself in an interview in GP back in '91 or 2. Half the winding wasn't working right.
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          • #6
            62 ES-335 bridge pickup
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            • #7
              Originally posted by hondro
              62 ES-335 bridge pickup


              I heard 54 but I guess no one but him will know 100%, otherwise yeah I heard from a 335 too.

              Nowadays people say the Seymour Duncan SH11 Custom Custom gets you closest. Though there's also the SD custom shop 78' EVH (Enhenced Voiced Harmonics or something like this...)
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pott


                I heard 54 but I guess no one but him will know 100%, otherwise yeah I heard from a 335 too.

                Nowadays people say the Seymour Duncan SH11 Custom Custom gets you closest. Though there's also the SD custom shop 78' EVH (Enhenced Voiced Harmonics or something like this...)

                both the Humbucker(PAF) and the ES-335 wasn't available yet in '54

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                • #9
                  Eddie used a gibson PAF he took off a GIbson es-335. he dipped it in parrafin wax so that it won't squeal.

                  The Seymour duncan seth lover pickup sounds the closes to his original pickup in my opinion. the problem is, it doesn't come from the factory wax potted I believe. so you'll have to wax pot it somehow if you want to use it with high gain.

                  then he used a duncan 59' model on his kramer. it sounds like the seth lover but with more scooped mids.

                  eddie says he rewired the pickups by hand, but I think it's bull****************. if you rewire a pickup, it would be a totally different pickup. no use in even saying it was a gibson PAF.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by marloni
                    eddie says he rewired the pickups by hand, but I think it's bull****************. if you rewire a pickup, it would be a totally different pickup. no use in even saying it was a gibson PAF.


                    You mean rewind right?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bryvincent

                      both the Humbucker(PAF) and the ES-335 wasn't available yet in '54


                      duh! if you're Eddie Van Halen, you just call up Michael J Fox and ask for a ride back to 1954

                      it was actually a 345, though - the donor guitar was featured at The Enchantment Under The Sea dance, with Marvin Berry

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LoFiBrian


                        You mean rewind right?


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Pott

                          Nowadays people say the Seymour Duncan SH11 Custom Custom gets you closest. Though there's also the SD custom shop 78' EVH (Enhenced Voiced Harmonics or something like this...)

                          That was going to be my next question,I quess it depends on your ears and amp to get HIS sound.Other questions,what are other good pickups that produce a fat,punched sound? I heard the SD George Lynch Screamin Demon is supposed to be good,any others that you all may have tried?
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                          • #14
                            i don't think the custom custom sounds like VH. the seth lover and the 59' model is the closest. the secret to eddie's early sound.

                            lite ash body +maple neck + SD seth lover = early VH tone. or for his late 80's sound, use a 59' model. if it doesn't sound like it you can sue me
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hondro
                              62 ES-335 bridge pickup


                              NECK pickup.
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