Best humbuggies for an all-maple guitar?

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  1. OttoCorrect

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    Or a pair of all-beef humburgers!
     
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    Nice!

    If it were just a maple cap, any humbungle would do. But with a maple body and neck, too, I'm bracing for an ice storm.

    Might contact Jeff at High Order Pickups. He winds to order, too.
     
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    An EQ pedal, or even just tweaking the amp EQ? Or, heaven forbid, the tone pot on the guitar?
     
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    I built one once completely of hard maple. I used 57 classic and 57 classic plus. Was pretty awesome sounding. And I sold it at a huge profit.

    Edit- dang voice type thingie
     
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    I'd say either an Alnico II Pro set or the Alnico II Pro/Custom Custom (for heavier sounds). Both sets knock down the highs a bit.
     
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    Humm... I'm wondering off a cognitive bias could be influencing an interpretation of the sound.. it happens more often than you would imagine..

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    What we hear is what we hear. Most maple instruments I've had have sounded bright.

    Again, I haven't heard the guitar yet. I'm just anticipating that it'll be brighter than most Les Pauls and SGs. Too bright? In the immortal words of Bullwinkle, "Can't say, 'cause I don't know!"
     
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    If the originals don't float your boat, the easy stock answer is a pair of Seymour Duncan '59's. Outside the norm, I'd say get a pair of the Wilde Bill Lawrence L500's.
     
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    Ron Kirn is getting a mite curmudgeonly perhaps, but I agree with his point that the existing humbuckers are probably just fine.... It's also pretty easy to remove
    highs with an EQ pedal or with a capacitor, so you might try that first. Heck, just get a long coily cord and the excess capacitance will shave the highs right off for you.
     
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    Hey!! I'm 73... it's a requirement... If I'm nice 'n PC 'n all.. I'll get busted... I'm a proud graduate of the R Lee Ermey school of sweet compassion.... :p


    That's close, but it's more accurately said, "What we hear is what we think we hear"

    r
     
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    Anyone who can make such sweet guitars from raw wood and wire is allowed to be as curmudgeonly as he so desires....
     
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    I'm skeptical about the impact of wood type on an electric guitar's tone. That said, I have a walnut guitar with an ebony fretboard - generally described as "bright" - and I love it with GFS Classic Alnico IIs.
     
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    Interesting! I have a couple of too-long guitar cables. Might have to draft them into service.
     
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    I have an all maple Westone Spectrum, which is a 1980s Mastumoku 2 x HB Strat type guitar. There's definitely an ice pick thing on top that's hard to dial out with the tone control. I replaced the neck pickup with a rod magnet P90 from Manlius but it's still there.

    Turning the tone control down doesn't help much because it doesn't only turn down the very high annoying frequencies, but also the good frequencies sitting just below them. So by the time the annoying frequencies roll off, the overall tone is too dull. My plan is to experiment with different capacitor values on the tone control so that it controls a narrower band of frequencies and rolls off only the very high ice pick while still leaving some sparkle.

    I have a practice rig set up with amp emulation plugins in my DAW, and I found that by slapping an EQ in front with a low pass filter set around 6kHz I could dial out those ice pick frequencies. So I think if I can do the same kind of filtering at the guitar itself, my idea should work. I have bought a range of caps etc but I just haven't got around to it yet. Perhaps I should pull finger and get it done as it's a very nice guitar.
     
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    Someone gave me an old Harmony Lp style bolt on neck sunburst about 15 years ago. The neck was a banana, so I put an EMG in it an use it for slide.

    The "humbuckers" it came with had only one coil inside. Hmmmmm.
     
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    Something A2 - maybe some Pearly Gates....
     
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    Well THAT makes sense. 10-Q!
     
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    Put what you like. Guitar bodies are made to screw things onto and that's about it. The things you screw onto them don't care what kind of wood they're screwed onto.
     
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