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tonyparnham
Jun 29 2009, 08:14 PM
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Hi everyone
I've just joined and am 64yrs but I have been playing guitar since I was 13yrs, I experienced the wonderful 60's as a lead player in a band even spending two months in the Top Ten club in Hamburg in early sixties a crazy time, but my point is guitar playing and its techniques seem to have dramatically changed since then, for the best of course and I want to be part of all these teriffic techniques. I've embraced the metronome but I have a Hand made guitar which has some crap humbuckers fitted. I wish to fit some good quality humbuckers ( white colour) with plenty of drive etc, I'm only a bedroom player and of course don't gig anymore but any advice will be very welcome.
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Jun 29 2009, 08:22 PM
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QUOTE (tonyparnham @ Jun 29 2009, 02:14 PM) *
Hi everyone
I've just joined and am 64yrs but I have been playing guitar since I was 13yrs, I experienced the wonderful 60's as a lead player in a band even spending two months in the Top Ten club in Hamburg in early sixties a crazy time, but my point is guitar playing and its techniques seem to have dramatically changed since then, for the best of course and I want to be part of all these teriffic techniques. I've embraced the metronome but I have a Hand made guitar which has some crap humbuckers fitted. I wish to fit some good quality humbuckers ( white colour) with plenty of drive etc, I'm only a bedroom player and of course don't gig anymore but any advice will be very welcome.
Thanks and regards
Tony Parnham


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Jun 29 2009, 08:54 PM
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QUOTE (tonyparnham @ Jun 29 2009, 07:14 PM) *
...I wish to fit some good quality humbuckers ( white colour) with plenty of drive etc, ...
Tony Parnham


Tony,
is it the entire pickup that needs to be white or are you ok with just the cover? If it's the latter then you'll have a much wider choice. Covers like this one here can be got pretty easily and cheaply but I think the coice of all white humbuckers are more limited. If it's the latter I think Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio and Lindy Fralin do off the shelf white ones.

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Jun 29 2009, 09:01 PM
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To recommend you a pickup I need: Body style, woods of body, neck and fretboard of your guitar, pickup type (humbuckers, coils, soapbars...) and the styles you play and sounds you want to achieve (rock, jazz, blues, metal)

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Jun 29 2009, 09:19 PM
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Stan Hinesley custom pickups,
tell him what you have and what you need. wink.gif

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Jun 29 2009, 09:25 PM
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I have a guitar fitted with a set of DiMarzio Breed humbuckers. Dark sounding pickups but the guitar body is adler which is a bright wood and they sound excellent in there. Plenty of drive in those! For the more modern sounds. My band play a modern kind of rock, on the border to metal in some cases but with blues roots in it. I'm very pleased with those.

Then I have DiMarzio Evolution in a basswood guitar, havn't played them too much since the bridge on that guitar broke. A tad more modern and bright sounding compared to the Breed but still the same pickup familiy I'd say.
Thick and rich.


Other "standard" combinations are Seymour Duncan 59/59 or JB/Jazz or JB/59.

I think even on Seymour Duncan's homepage you can enter some criterias and have a set suggested to you.

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Ivan Milenkovic
Jun 29 2009, 11:14 PM
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Welcome aboard man! smile.gif

Humbuckers don't have drive themselves, but some can have very hot output and push the amp a bit into overdrive. Example would be hi gain EMG active pickups with some active electronics.

Humbuckers can be roughly splitted into 3 categories, vintage, standard and hot. You will need a couple of hot ones my friend, and I recommend Dimarzio's Super Distortion perhaps. If you go active, check out EMG they are great for overdrive, very defined.

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tonyparnham
Jun 30 2009, 06:44 PM
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Hi Everyone,
Thank you very much for your replies which I value. I will look at the spec of my guitar in more detail and try to pick the pickups that will be appropriate. there are some good recommendations, thank you all.
Tony

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Ivan Zecic
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I would recommend you Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates. They have moderate output, which is more than enough for almost anyone, but extremely well balanced tone. You can check some clips on Seymour Duncan website...

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