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Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by blowtorch, Dec 2, 2017.
Sorry about your friend, Tonetele.
I love them all, but I have a set of Rumpel Vintage Firebird pups that are slowly convincing me that bird pups are the perfect bucker, along with Filtertrons.
These have a cult following amongst G&L fans. All for the same reasons mentioned above:
I agree. A tad brighter and can get that Grit easier.
I've heard/played many. The differences between firebird minis and others is easy to pick up. Outside of that, hard to generalize without considering the guitar (body style, scale) in which you find them. I've played many solid bodies with vintage and newer, lower wind minis. Some nice sounds, but not for me. Whereas, get a vintage Epiphone Riviera or an Elitist Riviera (or equivalent), that's a different story. Big on twang in the middle position. You get these huge variations of tone by working the positions, tone knob. Check out Bobby Radcliffe's "Live at the Rynborn" album. IMO, a set of perfect electric tones here. His was a memphis made Gibson from the early 90s I think.
I'd love to hear the lower wind minis in a larger archtop guitar.
I had a 70s (I think) LP Deluxe, with the lower output minis. I would agree that there are brighter and have more clarity than a regular bucker. I loved that guitar into an early 800 50 watt halfstack, more so than my higher output full size humbuckers. The amp had enough to rock the low output pup, but it had more clarity, if that makes sense.
I had a G&L vintage guitar just like that one. Those pickups were too bright and powerful for my taste, but YMMV of course.
Kookaburra I had almost the same rig and I agree. I think a 70s LP Deluxe with maple neck is a great blues-rock guitar: especially into a Marshall, Orange, or Hiwatt.
I had a very similar guitar in sunburst with mother-of-toilet-seat pickguard, plates and headstock face. It was branded “Bruno Conqueror.” I loved the ratty single coils in that guitar. Never should have moved it on.
Bruno must be Lyle’s brother!
My experience is with the mini humbuckers on a Les Paul Deluxe. I'd describe the sound as
having a bit more treble. Whether it's worth it to swap out?I don't know.
In the early 70's I bought a Les Paul Custom black Beauty and in the later 70's got a LP Deluxe with midi's. To me the midi's were more aggressive than the Custom. Now I have an Epi LP Studio with classic Alnico V's and to me it sounds better than either of the 70's Gibson LP's. Platefire
Not sure how the mini buckers sound in a Telecaster, but in a Les Paul they are absolutely glorious. Plus growing up with Thin Lizzy mini buckers seemed like a must
Mini humbuckers can rock. Listen to some early Thin Lizzy. Scott Gorham used a les Paul with them and he got a massive tone.
Don't have a picture handy but I have a '70 cherry sunburst LP with a mini 'bucker at the neck and a P90 at the bridge. Best of both worlds and absolutely sublime.