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Single Coil in 2010 Gibson Melody Maker

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Crawldaddy, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    Dec 12, 2006
    Hello all!

    I've recently acquired a 2010 Gibson Melody Maker, non-P90 model.

    It looks like this:


    I've opened up the guitar to suss it out, and after stringing it up, I felt the pickup was way too bright, and I had to dial back the tone knob quite far down before I was ready to use it. I must admit, I'm not a fan of ANY bridge pickup wide open, so that's my tastes penned down.

    So what I did was replace the stock 500K tone pot with a 250K CTS replacement, used a 0.047uF WIMA cap, and even added a 200K shunt resistor between the hot wire and ground to bleed off some highs as well.

    As of right now, the tone is very usable wide open, while retaining that spank, twang and almost telecaster-like gutsiness; but I wonder if I should shop around for a replacement pickup, maybe something with a bit more low-mid oomph. From comparing a strat pickup that happened to be lying around, the pickup pole-piece spacing matches that of a strat single coil; furthermore, the screw holes line up as well.

    Does anyone out there happen to have the same guitar, and maybe could shed some light on any pickup mods you did to your instrument?
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  2. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    These sound great with a P90;- and there's Strat s/col shape/size P90's.

    You don't need super high DCr, around 7.5kohm is good.
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  3. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    I thought they were all non p90 like the original with those small alnicos.
    They are what they are until you mess with them.
    I love the playability of the old melody makers, what pu you put
    in them will take them to another arena, which may be a good thing.
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  4. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Holic

    Jun 17, 2008
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  5. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    Dec 12, 2006
    Thanks for the feedback, I’m still spending some time with the guitar just to get more used to the sounds from the stock pickup, which IMO does have loads of tele-esque bite and growl.

    Personally, I am unsure if I want a P90 sound, but I’ll look into the Lollars. I’ve had good experience with a set of full-sized Lollar P90s, so if that sound could be had in a smaller package that would be super cool.
  6. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

    May 24, 2010
    I have a dual-pickup 2008. Fantastic slide tones- it's been my gig favourite for years.

    I like the hot, biting trebles of the stock pickup. Interested to hear about your experiments, though........ :)
  7. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

    May 24, 2010
    The tuners are a weakness- but the basic light platform, with a comfy '50s fat neck, is wonderful for me. I'm tempted to pick up one like yours, for straight playing (with a low action).
  8. Antigua Tele

    Antigua Tele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2014
    west coast
    Are those Strat sized single coils? If so, you might just want hotter single coils. The Seymour Duncan SSL-5 is actually very similar to a P-90, but you want to set it further away from the strings to approximate the weaker magnetic pull of P-90 screws. The weaker the magnetic pull, the more naturally the strings vibrate, and the AlNiCo 5 poles of an SSL-5 pull rather hard if you set them close.

    Even better would be a hot ceramic / steel pole single coil, the type that come stock in a MIM Fender, but only if you can guarantee that it has a higher DC resistance above 6k ohms. Those stock ceramic Strat pickups are actually very similar to a P-90, single coil with a steel/air core and undermounted magnets.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2017
  9. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    NJ via TX
    i had a couple of those gibson mm "knockoffs" and the pickups just had to go, too harsh and no ballz. i experimented with some different winds and came up with a strat design that pushed a lot of midrange and output, what today is the strat srv bengal tiger - .781 a5 rod mags and a lotta winds of 42awg coil wire - just for the bridge position of any guitar.
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