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post Nov 4 2009, 08:26 PM
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Hi there!

Recently i bought a used guitar (can be seen here: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...howtopic=30992). It sounds good, and is well crafted. But when playing above certain volume levels the pickups have an extreme feedback. I talked about it with the local guitar dealer and he said the pickups could be "microphonic". I did a bit of research and found two possible fixes:

1. Buy new pickups. Since its a realy cheap guitar, i dont want to spend much on pickups...
2. "Repotting" the pickups like described here: http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/dip.htm

I am pretty sure the pickups are microphonic as i can here my voice through the amp when turning up the volume and speaking/humming into the pickup.

Please help!

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post Nov 4 2009, 08:35 PM
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I would bin the pups mate, you could prbably get a decent enough set of buckers for not too much dough off ebay.
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post Nov 4 2009, 10:19 PM
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I agree with sted, work out some cash and buy second hand hums from eBay or local ads. I guess any branded ones will be better then these.


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post Nov 4 2009, 10:33 PM
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i searched around ebay a bit but i am totaly unsure of what is good and what is bad...

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post Nov 4 2009, 10:47 PM
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Anything by DiMarzio, Seymour Duncan will be fine mate, or even some Gibson ones will probably go straight in, a lot of people upgrade Les Pauls and such and then sell off the Gibson buckers which are very good pups.

These would be a great buy

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GIBSON-HUMBUCKERS_W0...=item20aded687d

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gibson-Humbuckers-pi...=item35a4a2ef25

Or these would look and sound awesome in my opinion, kind of midway between a P90 and a Humbucker

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GIBSON-P100-GUITAR-P...=item3356774809

avoid the very cheap Epiphone ones if you can, they wont be as bad as the ones you've got but a little extra money will go a long way!

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post Nov 4 2009, 10:56 PM
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Gibson Burstbucker 1+2 would go well in this guitar (NO Burstbucker PRO!!)


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post Nov 4 2009, 11:46 PM
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Seymor Duncan 59/Jazz for neck, and Seymor Duncan JB for the bridge, it's a very common combination and you cannot go wrong with it.


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post Nov 5 2009, 04:16 PM
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If you're looking on ebay do a search for Ibanez Pickups, you'll probably find a set of V7/V8 or INF3/INF4 pairings for very little money and I'd bet they'll be better than what you have already!
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post Nov 5 2009, 04:26 PM
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If you like the pickups and care to keep them you can vax them.

20 minutes in a mix of bee vax and parafine (word?) (candle light) at 70 degrees Celcius. The dry them and wipe the surface off.


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post Nov 7 2009, 07:27 AM
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If you can hear your voice in the amp while talking in the mics, I would be worried about that!. Hahaha. I think you should follow Ivan's advice. You can go wrong with those SD


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post Nov 10 2009, 07:16 PM
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Thanks for all the advice, i decided to buy some used Pickups and test the wax stuff with the old ones. Currently they are in the "hottub" and i will keep you informed how it worked....

Oh and my local guitar shop offered me a pair of blue "steve vai" pickups for this guitar for 100 euro. I was in a hurry so i had no time to ask for a specific model type or something...


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QUOTE (twist @ Nov 10 2009, 06:16 PM) *
Oh and my local guitar shop offered me a pair of blue "steve vai" pickups for this guitar for 100 euro.

I'd guess that they are Dimarzio Evolutions. That's a good price if they are and it's for the pair!!!!
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post Nov 10 2009, 09:29 PM
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Done with the waxing thing... Guitar sounds great now... just awesome the improvement in sound... I always thought it was lack of skill but part of it was the pus....


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post Nov 11 2009, 12:31 AM
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Read about the waxing stuff here: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=31918 smile.gif


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post Nov 11 2009, 09:33 AM
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QUOTE (twist @ Nov 11 2009, 12:31 AM) *

You made a guide, cool!! biggrin.gif


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