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Old February 28th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Humbucker in neck.

I put a seymour duncan humbucker in the neck position on my '98 MIM. I heard a lot of people saying it was hard to get it to sound good. Well the only issue with mine is when I'm using just the humbucker it's a tad muddy (which is no issue in my opinion because I don't usually use just the neck pup anyhow) but when I combined it with my fender vintage noiseless in the bridge it sounds GLORIOUS!!! I just thought I'd share, it sound pretty awesome.

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Old February 29th, 2012, 08:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old February 29th, 2012, 08:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I too found that the neck HB was a tad muddy with an amp setting that suited the bridge PU.

One solution would be to rewire so that the the tone pot just works on the bridge PU, so you'd then set the amp's tone controls up so that the HB sounds nice and clear, and then dial off some high end on the bridge PU using the guitar tone pot.

My solution however was to go one step further and fit an extra tone pot between the control plate and the edge of the body. I now have a tone pot for each PU and the one for the bridge PU is almost always rolled off a bit to balance things up.
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Humbuckers and mini-hums give you another weapon in the arsenal without sacrificing the twang!

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Old February 29th, 2012, 08:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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- Put in a treble bleed or 60's wiring.... that adds a little highs on the neck.
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I do it to un-muddy p90's in a couple guitars.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 12:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't have much to say about your mud problem, but I really like the combo of a minihum and single coil. I'm thinking about putting one together that way. When dialed in nicely, the combo sounds great.
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If you're willing to spend the $$$, some pickup manufacturers will put together a single coil pickup that's optimized for 500k pots so you'll keep the treble from your humbucker. Some manufacturers (BG, for instance) won't charge much more than the big boys, but the wait can be a problem.
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- Put in a treble bleed or 60's wiring.... that adds a little highs on the neck.
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Never tried the Fezz Parka mod on a humbucker. Interesting!
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Old February 29th, 2012, 06:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks I just solved all my problems by running it through a decent amp. I'd been running through a solid state fender amp, when I finally got to run it through my twin reverb, all the muddiness was gone. I couldn't be more pleased.
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ACME Guitar Works makes a Tone Shaper with a 500k pot for the bucker and resistors that dial back to 250k for the bridge.
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Put in a 500k volume pot and the muddiness problem is solved!
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