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New Pickup Day

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by zippofan, Jan 15, 2021.

  1. zippofan

    zippofan Tele-Afflicted

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    I recently ordered a "super special sale" pickup from Zhangbucker for my Ibanez Talman neck position. My Talman is the Tele style, and I had a Duncan Quarter Pounder in there, thinking at the time that it would be a good match for the overwound DiMarzio Pre B-1 bridge pickup (that I really like). I was wrong, the QP wasn't a good match, and just too dark for my taste. I didn't want a particularly twangy neck position or I would have gotten a Twang King to keep it in the DiMarzio family. Fast forward a bit, I was playing it and frustrated with the neck. I thought of ordering a Rose Freedom or something from Bootstrap though not sure what, and then I got a newsletter from Zhangbucker. He had a bunch of different style Tele necks ready to go, usually he does custom winds from quite a few different models. I love his pickups in my Squier 51 so I thought what the heck. It's a GREAT pickup!

    43awg, Alnico 3 mags wound to 7K, no cover, black twine over the coil. It blends nicely with the DiMarzio bridge, albeit a different phase. I am very pleased with this pickup, and it wasn't expensive either which appeals to my inner cheapskate.
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    Now I have the bug again, and just ordered a set of Bootstrap Buckers - Vintage Cleans for my Epiphone Wilshire LOL.
     
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  2. DeepDangler

    DeepDangler Tele-Meister

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    Glad you like it! I use a full set of Quarter Pounders in my tele. The QP neck is really different from the other QPs. It’s just a dark and powerful pickup that’s designed to balance with the monstrous QP tele bridge.

    Any other mods planned for the Talman?
     
  3. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    I put a Zhangbucker Paul Bunyon in a strat once. It sounded great. Had a coil tap, which I wired to a three-way just for fun. It was cool.
     
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  4. zippofan

    zippofan Tele-Afflicted

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    The only other mod I did to it was change out the original saddles for some GFS steel block saddles. The electronics weren't great, but that's my main thing to upgrade on most any guitar I get. This one got Bourns pots, PIO tone cap, Oak Grigsby switch, and a Switchcraft jack, which are my standard mods. It's a decently built guitar, with an alder body, locking tuners, satin finish neck/fingerboard, and a contoured heel. Nice touches for a guitar that I got new for <$250.
     
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