D. Allen pickups Johnny Hiland humbucker installed!

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  1. geetarfreek82

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    After watching this video a few dozen times and just lovin the tone Johnny was getting out of humbuckers (!!!), I contacted Mr. David Allen.



    He told me that he was in the works of making a JH signature set, and that these were on a custom order basis only. Well, I put an order for a Zebra Johnny Hiland bridge humbucker, and I got it about two weeks ago. (I've been quite busy and have not had the time to post a review or snap pictures until now) I put it in the bridge slot of my recently acquired Blacktop Jazzmaster. Now I know the tone Johnny is getting in that vid comes mostly from his fingers, but I must say that once I put this pickup in and plugged into my '78 Fender Champ and cranked the volume to 10, I got pretty close to that sound, even with my half-@$$ed playing. This pickup matches nicely with the Jazzmaster pickup in the neck, but by itself it is just awesome! I've tried many a humbucker that has claimed to sound like a single coil in my days, but this it's the closest I've ever gotten to a tele-like sound out of a ' bucker. It is very crisp and clear, yet full on the low strings... When clean there is plenty of snap, and I am surprised at how dynamic this pickup is! Tele licks just sound awesome played on this thing. Add a little dirt and the tone holds up beautifully and doesn't mud out or get harsh. All in all I am both impressed and totally happy with this pickup. Kudos to David for making such an awesome pickup. I guess these will be available officially later this year.
     
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    Here are the pics.....
     

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  4. fenson

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    Congrats I haven't gotten into Dave's HB yet but it sounds like I should Congrats he make fantastic stuff.
     
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    I've been kinda anti-humbucker lately, but once I saw that video of Johnny playing that h-s-h Music Man Silhouette, I just had to try it out. I bought the Blacktop Jazzmaster with the intention of putting either a Seymour Duncan Phat Cat or a P-Rails in it, but I think it's gonna stay this way!
     
  6. D.Allen

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    Hey thanks geetarfreek82 I appreciate your kind words.
    I could not see the video above I think it was this one.
     
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    Oops, yeah that one lol. Good stuff man, thanks for the hookup. Oh, I got that other thing today, it looks great!
     
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    I decided it is better to make my own base plates. The steel is nice and thick should give you a better base response. Let me know what you think.
     
  9. fenson

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    Yes I have always been anti-HB in Fender guitars . But I do have a LP and Sheraton II for the HB thing.
    I think I will have to try these in the LP.:)

    If you do go with something else and want to sell it LMK !
     
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    Kudos David. Great sounding pickup!
     
  11. geetarfreek82

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    Yup, it really is. I'm wondering how this thing will sound in one of my SG's or maybe in my 1983 Gibson "The Paul..." :)


    (I just noticed that this is an "evil" post for me, number-wise lol)
     
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