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Armstrong OnlyMusic
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Submitted: August 20th, 2011
by bjkay75_1
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Sound Quality
Initially, I was afraid of putting lower ouput pickups in my guitar. I have favored hotter pickups in the past, but wasn't finding the tone I was looking for. I took a gamble on purchasing both the bridge and neck pickups, and I also ordered a custom hand-built wiring harness from OnlyMusic, which was comprised of vintage-style cloth wire, CTS 500K pots, and 0.5 capacitor that he hand-built, an SG-style pickup selector switch, and a Switchcraft jack.The sound of the guitar now has a greater depth and complexity to it. There is a lot more nuance to the tone, and the upgraded wiring gives a smooth taper in the volume and tone. For the sound I'm now getting, I would have expected to pay far more than I did.As far as output, they have plenty enough, as I use various boosters, overdrives, and distortion pedals to get the aggressive sounds that I often seek anyway.
Reliability/Durability
Pickups look and feel solid. Plenty of wire for mounting. You even get to specify if you want the vintage cloth wire or modern style wire.
Price/Value
General Comments
I look forward to getting many different tones out of my guitar now with more complexity and nuance. The other pickups were 1-trick ponies. The lessons I learned: 1) you don't need high output pickups to get heavy sounds, and 2) you can find high-quality pickups that won't break the bank.
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