03-15-2013 04:57 PM
I'm looking to drop a mini-humbucker into the bridge position of my guitar.
I have no experience with mini's. How does the Gibson mini compare to the line of Duncans? In particular, I'm interested in the "seymourized" mini model, which is supposedly a bit hotter than vintage.
FWIW, I've owned several Gibson guitars and have always loved the stock pickups, from the 496 to the Burstbuckers.
03-15-2013 05:53 PM
The guitar I'm playing most these days has Seymour minis in it. I believe the SM-1 and SM-2. Just fantastic pickups. I've never really played Gibson's minis except a friend's Firebird, which I think are different from the standard mini-bucker? Dunno. I'm a fan of Gibson pickups too, so I'm sure they're great.
03-15-2013 09:16 PM - edited 03-15-2013 09:17 PM
I own guitars with both. Easily the Gibsons for me.
03-16-2013 02:48 AM
Never messed with SD mini's, but I've got a LP Deluxe with the stock mini hb's (niiiiiice), and a LP Jr with a pair of GFS mini humbuckers. The GFS aren't half bad actually, the sound surprisingly gibson-like considering the small change I payed.
03-16-2013 03:59 AM
I've a Seymourized in the neck slot of a Tele. Hot hot hot. Very in your face.
03-16-2013 09:29 PM
I have a seymour duncan lil 59 in my am dlx tele [it was installed when I bought it off CL] and also in my blonde RW tele.
Great little pickup
my am dlx is an incredibly light guitar and is set up for open G with only 5 strings
my RW is in std tuning
03-17-2013 07:11 PM
03-17-2013 09:27 PM
"The GFS aren't half bad actually, the sound surprisingly gibson-like considering the small change I payed. "
Not surprising at all. Pickups are not rocket science and most are easily copied.
03-18-2013 05:54 AM
It depends... You talking about a Firebird mini or a regular mini? They're actually two different beasts.
The SD is a built like a Epiphone/LP Deluxe mini, with the magnet underneath and steel pole pieces, but looks like a Firebird mini (Gibson Firebird mini's use magnets as pole pieces), so it's a little bit of their own thing.
For the OP, Gibson doesn't really offer a mini as hot as the Seymorized (I believe the mini's Gibson used for the Tribute models are similar, but I don't think they sell them aftermarket), so if you want hot, it's the SD.
03-18-2013 01:34 PM - edited 03-18-2013 01:40 PM
Gibson makes some really good pickups across the board. I have thier new designed minis in the 70s tribute which are different than old minis and firebirds (kind of a cross-A5 bar magnets instead of polls) and they sound lovely.
its really hard to find a bad pickup from squier to SD to gibson , GFS etc;
in general firebirds stay cleaner longer, minis break up sooner and are more PAF sounding (bright), both are more focused.
Id go with Lollar burstbucker. he'll make a hot version if you ask. Or a firebird or mini...
my minis are low wind, read only 6.2K and 6.9K but are very loud! as loud as my p90 which is 9.5K (lollar overwound)
and drive my 5E3 into breakup quickly.
very cool and underappreciated pickup. Hell, Pete Townshend and Neil Young likes them-good enough for me. they shine in a tweed deluxe. Neil Young city!
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