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Old April 28th, 2013, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Suggestions? Pickup Upgrades - Blacktop Tele

So I got a Blacktop Tele with 2 humbuckers. Hot Vintage Alnico's ... they are decent I guess, but I am wanting more clarity ... they sound a little muddy to me (particularly the neck pup) ... (of course, I am a single coil kind of guy and perhaps I'm expecting that same clarity from the humbuckers and it ain't gonna happen) ...

Anyway, looking for recommendations on pickup upgrades ... I found some threads that suggested these:

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neck - SH PG1 Pearly Gates
bridge - SH-4 JB

Can anyone comment if these are the best choices for clarity or offer other suggestions? Also, would a tone pot upgrade be recommended? Thanks.

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Disappointed you didn't get more response than this... would like some input myself as I'm considering swapping out the stockers for the same reason... more articulation and clarity...
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So I got a Blacktop Tele with 2 humbuckers. Hot Vintage Alnico's ... they are decent I guess, but I am wanting more clarity ... they sound a little muddy to me (particularly the neck pup) ... (of course, I am a single coil kind of guy and perhaps I'm expecting that same clarity from the humbuckers and it ain't gonna happen) ...

Anyway, looking for recommendations on pickup upgrades ... I found some threads that suggested these:

Seymour Duncan
neck - SH PG1 Pearly Gates
bridge - SH-4 JB

Can anyone comment if these are the best choices for clarity or offer other suggestions? Also, would a tone pot upgrade be recommended? Thanks.

For clarity (and a hum-free single coil mode as well), try JBE Two-Tone humbuckers. They're awesome. The existing pots should work just fine.
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