02-13-2013 07:51 AM
Not looking for the best humbucker for a particular type of music, or in a particular guitar, looking for what YOUR favorite humbucker is in the neck position, in the bridge position, and when coil-tapping. It would be cool if you can say a little about what you like about the pick up(s), the general characteristics, and maybe something you don't like about it.
02-13-2013 08:01 AM
02-13-2013 08:04 AM - edited 02-13-2013 08:08 AM
Suhr SSV for neck, definitely. Super clear and articulate. It's also the best sounding split HB I've ever heard - very convincing single coil tone.
I like both the 57 Classic in the bridge of my LP and the SSH+ in the bridge of my suhr. I think they're probably pretty similar, but it's hard to tell how much is the wood and how much is the pickup since the two guitars are very different. I've had other bridge HBs and sticked HBs in variousg guitars, but I like those two the best from what I've owned.
02-13-2013 10:24 AM
02-13-2013 10:56 AM
02-13-2013 11:25 AM - edited 02-13-2013 11:28 AM
Neck: Duncan Jazz
Reason: I find it very versatile without being muddy or boomy. Very articulate but can drive if I need it too. Not coloured, I don't like coloured pickups. I noticed honey and dmc like it too, usually it gets bagged here, good to see others like it.
Bridge: BG Bucker Dark
Reason: What can't it do? Splits, clean fantastic, covers classic rock to a tee, love it. It's like a powerful PAF, lodes of definition with power. I highly recommend trying this pickup.
02-13-2013 04:44 PM
Not really a fan of coil tapping, doing phase reversals so no opinion here.
In the neck position I tend to be more picky about tones that I find pleasing. I tend to gravitate toward the PAF tones. I also like the P90 for the neck position. So for the neck I'm liking the :
Duncan JB Jazz and the Duncan Phat Cat
Gibson Soap Bar P90, Classic '57
DiMarzio PAF Pro
For the bridge I pretty much like the DiMarzio super distortion. It just works and works well.
All of the above are subject to change as I try more pickups in different styles of guitars. I still want to try the Duncan Pearly Gates and a couiple more of the newer DiMarzio models.. I'm still exploring tonal differences with and without metallic covers.
I have no particular interest in active pups like the EMGs mostly because I don't want to deal with batteries.
02-13-2013 07:32 PM
02-14-2013 12:28 AM
bare knuckle stormy monday. based on vintage PAF with alnico II magnets. A 57 Classic can pretty much do anything I would need though.
02-16-2013 06:25 AM
To date the WCR Darkburst is my favorite bridge PAF 'bucker. I have it in a cheapo Vintage SG clone and it sings. I have a WCR Crossroads set in my Les Paul. The bridge Crossroads is totally low output "You get out what you put in" Paf goodness. The Darkburst is SLIGHTLY hotter, a little more juice. To be fair, the two guitars are on opposite sides of the quality spectrum. I have a Crossroads neck in both and it is hands down my favorite neck pickup. Smooth, not muddy. Now that I've been playing with low output PAF types for awhile I may replace the stock Pickups in my '91 PRS Artist with a WCR combo Godwood-bridge, Darkburst- neck. Maybe a tad more presence. Dick at WCR is a class act and his waiting time is almost nil. His stuff ain't cheap but his reputation is justified.
02-17-2013 09:35 AM
Thanks for all the replies, I've got a lot to consider.
I have a Les Paul copy made by a Japanese company, Ventura. I like the neck better than real LPs, but the pick ups are noisy and in use with any high gain amp they are microphonic. I got this guitar from my friend's uncle, who found it on his garbage route. I've had this thing for years but only used it as a back up to my 1981 Ibanez Destroyer II, but I'm playing in a project where the look of my Destroyer isn't appropriate so I want to outfit the Ventura with better pick ups and do a full rewire. I want to use the Jimmy Page wiring scheme with coil taps, phase and series switching on push-pull pots, I'm not trying to sound like Page I just want those options. I'm going to check out as many of PUPS you guys have mentioned as I can until I find something that I like.
For amps I use a 3 channel Mesa Dual Rec with JJ 6L6's through a Marshall 1960a cab and I just got an Egnater Renegade 212 combo. The amps are different but I play through each with a generous amount of gain. I play mostly heavy rock, punk, hardcore, metal, but with the new project I'm playing more blues and classic rock.
The opinions you guys provided have given me some good options to consider. I'll post once I settle on a pair of PUPS and I'll try to remember to take pictures as I work on the rewire.
02-17-2013 12:15 PM
I like a lot of neck HBs but I could easily say the Carvin C22 is my best neck HB. It seems to have the perfect blend of warmth and smoothness with an almost single coil-like bite, and top-end clarity. Its sings with smooth and creamy gain tones and sparkles when played clean. The high notes chime and the low notes pop. I would describe it as "bouncy". I guess those are qualities found in the best examples of Paf-style HBs.
Oddly enough the C22s on my Carvin also have the best split coil tones Ive ever heard, no bullshit. Im not really a Carvin fanboy or anything, I only own the one guitar. Maybe I just got a good one.
As for bridge HBs, theres too many I like to pick just one, but I tend to like lower out put "Paffy" bridge pickups and use my amp and dirt boxes to control the output.
02-17-2013 06:10 PM
02-18-2013 09:40 AM - edited 02-18-2013 10:05 AM
I've never tried a bunch of different pickups. I usually just play whats in the guitar. I guess my favorite ones were in a 61 SG/LP I used to own, assume they were PAFs. I dont do fancy wiring either, so I guess I'm not much help.
I really like these, but they arn't what most people think of when you say humbucker.
Wylde L45S neck and L48TL bridge. Something to consider would be something by Bill & Becky. Id like to try the L90s or L500s, but I need a good Epi LP to put em in. If they're good enough for Buck Dharma I'd probably like em. Would not hurt to talk to Wylde and see how they would perform with you planned wiring scheme.
Of the guitars I currently own, Id have to say the M22s in my old Carvin. Very versatile.
And these are suprisingly good. Best stock Epi pickups Ive come across. Nice clean crunch.
02-18-2013 05:21 PM
Tone Zone in the bridge and Air Norton in the neck are great for coil splitting.
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