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One thing always lead to another pickup

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by rooboo, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. rooboo

    rooboo Tele-Meister

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    I have a Classic Vibe I really like. I play it a lot. It worked fine at home but playing with my band, especially in a live situation, I felt the Tonerider Alnico II I had in the bridge lacked attack. I use the volume knob when I play and do bridge rhytm at 70% and turn full blast for solos. The Tonerider bridge worked fine at solos but got too weak when playing at 70% for rhythm. So I swapped it for a Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue Lead. So far so good. At 70% the rhythm sounds nice and full, and when I roll up for a solo on 100% it really barks.

    The thing is that I was really happy with the neck Tonerider Alnico II. Sounded really well in this guitar – until I swapped for the Duncan bridge. I kind of think they got to far apart now. The Tonerider neck is really soft, even at high volumes and the Duncan really bites.

    What you guy's think? I made this little Ditto loop to illustrate the issue. Neck on rhythm, bridge on lead. Does it work I do I have to go on a quest for a better neck pickup now?


     
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    Sounds great to me.

    I wouldn't change a thing.

    :)
     
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    Both sound fine to me, but in the end it's your ears that should be the judge.
    I have a partscaster strat with three different loaded pickguards and I love them all for different reasons, even the one with the too clean bridge humbucker.
    Pickups are reasonably cheap, swap out for a bit. You might find that what you have is actually what you want. Or not :)
     
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  4. Lefty Addams

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    That tortie pickguard looks good on the CV too, nice!
     
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  5. rooboo

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    Yeah that's true. And they're often really easy to sell if you don't like them. So maybe I'll just go for it.
     
  6. rooboo

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    Yeah thanks! I love the black guard look on a old beat up tele but it some how felt fake on a brand new Squier. So I made some soulsearching and ended up with a tortoise pickguard. Looks cool on this guitar.
     
  7. chiefline

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    I see the problem. You're holding the guitar upside down...
     
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  8. radiocaster

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    Probably a stupid question because you likely wouldn't be posting on here, but have you tried raising the rhythm pickup for more volume?
     
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  9. rooboo

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    Good idea, and yes. If I put it higher the bass will boom too much. I have it kind of slanting now. A little higher on the treb side. But this is the best spot I've found for it.
     
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    Yours is not bad at all. I think this issue is why you see humbuckers going in the neck position. But that seems about the right balance to me. Btw I like the way it cut's.

    I set the bridge pickup about 1/8 from the fretted high E and slightly lower on the low E side. The neck I raise as far as I can without sacrificing tone.
     
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  11. rooboo

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    Funny I've never heard that one before. ;)
     
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    What's your amp and amp settings?
     
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    Why not turn it down to 80%? Am I crazy?
     
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    You're not crazy but missed the point:
    70% or so makes me enough difference from 100%. The effect is like a boost when I turn full blast for solos. The less gain also makes the 70% rhythm tone clean up a little. 80% or there about, will make too small difference, and not so prominent boost effect at full.

    But then again, this was not my issue. Since I have already swapped it for a Duncan JD that sounds just super at 70%. The problem now is that the Duncan has a bit more edge to it and I think it differs a little too much from the Tonerider Alnico2 I have in the neck. But many have listened to my little youtube vid above and said it sounds good. Maybe it's just my ears then, I'll have to get used to the bigger differeces between bridge and neck.
     
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    Sounds fine to me.
     
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  16. LeicaBoss

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    Sounds like you enjoy changing pickups, so go for it!

    Your time doesn't need it, but if it makes you happy...
     
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    Step back from the trees and look at the forest. It's all frequency response and signal level.

    You could get a parametric EQ pedal with a variable boost like an Empress and just dial in what you have.
     
  18. rooboo

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    Haha, no it's more like a pet peeve.
     
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    I understand! Some people complain about the weather because they like complaining about the weather.

    This is how gear guys work, lol. Something about your tone irritates you - but you really enjoy fixing it. I am the same way!
     
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    Guess I'm in the it sounds pretty good camp. You seem to be a pretty aggressive player and your videos so far have displayed that side.

    The neck pickup in those situations seems to sound pretty acceptable. Is it in softer passages it lacks?

    Is it the tone or output your not happy with?
     
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