Seymour Duncan Antiquity in Neck position

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  1. whetherkings

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    I currently have a Fender Wide Range pickup in the neck of one of my Teles.


    I’m considering swapping it out for a Seymour Duncan Antiquity neck pickup.


    Question is - do I go with the humbucker or mini humbucker?


    And is there a significant difference between Antiquity I and Antiquity II?
     
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    Email the folks at Duncan, they're good about responding.
     
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    Thanks - I understand the technical differences, I was asking more in terms of what other people have decided after using them in their own guitars and with different setups.
     
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    Full size Humbuckers tend to be very wooly sounding if paired with a single coil in the bridge. Mini hums tend to go along better.
     
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    Yes - even with 500k pots the wide range just sounds too dark. So I’ve been considering switching to a regular sized humbucker but I’m also wondering if a mini humbucker might be better or even a firebird. Maybe I should just build three identical guitars with all options…
     
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    Appreciate the advice here but how does Keith Richards get on with his humbucker in the neck, it is a humbucker isn't it?
     
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    Seymour Duncan , the moto at the custom shop is they will wind them anyway you want them. Choose your magnets too.
     
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    Keef uses no Low E string, because this is the one which is droning badly on hummers.
     
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    Just realised that the wide range I have must be REALLY dark because the pots are 1meg and they’re not doing anything to brighten it up! I have resolved to try both the Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbucker and mini Humbucker to see which I like best.
     
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    I have one in my Tele and it's too dark.
     
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    Definitely going to offload the wide range. But will need to try the Seymour Duncan with 500k and 1meg pots in case the 1meg is too bright.
     
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    Obviously depends on your own style and ear but I once switched out a Wide Range for an Antiquity I and I really liked the results. It was darker than the Wide Range but I welcomed it.

    Regarding the differences between the two Antiquities....they definitely do have a significant difference to them, at least to my ears. The Antiquity I is a bit warmer and has a smoother top-end to it, the Alnico 2 magnet likely being a major factor in that. It still chimes but the treble end just has a bit more of a smooth rolled-off quality to it. The Antiquity II has a little more chime and top-end sparkle to it and works better I think for if you want that surf guitar kind of tone from it. So I do think the tone of the pickups are definitely different from one another, but not a night-and-day kind of difference. If you wanted something a bit more warm and subtle I'd say go with the Antiquity I.
     
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    I’ve decided to just try all of the options - so I’ve ordered a mini to test and I’ve just finished installing the regularly sized humbucker into a body. I’ll end up with three or four options in identical guitars to play side by side to see which I like best. Then I’ll be left with a couple of guitars to sell.
     
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    Are the controls 250k?
     
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    Every picture I see of Keef has him playing the tele bridge pickup...of course I am no expert. I like the idea of a firebird neck pickup
     
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    I have a Gibson mini-humbucker in the neck position of my avatar guitar, and love it! It’s great at getting bluesy and jazzy sounds, but then there’s still the bridge pickup for Tele sounds. I like it so much I’ll probably get one for my 50s American Original Tele.
     
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    500k, bridge is a Bill Lawrence 48-TL.

    It sounds fabulous in the middle position.
     
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    I’m having the same problem as well-original WRHB in the neck is just too dark for my tastes-I have a late 70’s Gibson humbucker in another Telly that’s almost identical, and that one has a nice brightness to it that I like-actually thinking about a plain old 490r as a replacement (I have one in my 2017 LP tribute). Bridge pup in my case is a Dimarzio area hot t, which is quite nice actually...

    Franc Robert
     
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    Are you in using a 1 meg vol pot? This is what Fender used.
     
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