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ibanezzer
06-04-2006, 11:44 PM
Any such thing as the best humbucker or a group or type of humbucker that is of the highest quality? Or is it like a guitar where each one is for different types of music, I'm assuming it's this way. I'm asking because I always here that burstbuckers and p90s are some of the best.

I'm looking into changing the bridge pickup to my les paul so I'm taking suggestions.

AsShadowsRemain
06-04-2006, 11:48 PM
There is no best pickup, each pickup sounds different and is used for a different style of music. As for the Les Paul, BurstBuckers are very good, I've played them in a 2005 Gibson Les Paul. Also Alnico Pro II's are nice, I've played my frinds Les Paul that has 2 of them.

Hypnot1st
06-04-2006, 11:51 PM
I like the BurstBuckers Pros or whatever they are called a lot, the Alnico ones.
They have such a deep sound, not harsh at all, but they are very pricey.

dan2002
06-05-2006, 12:15 AM
BurstBuckers are nice, tried em in a LP at my local shop, sounded pretty nice. The P-90 isn't a humbucker, it is a single coil. There are humbucker iterations of the P-90, like the P-94, which is nice and close, but no cigar. The SH-4 is a pretty widely used humbucker, but its all a preference thing.

ClaptonRules
06-05-2006, 12:52 AM
EMG's all the way. The loud crunch from an EMG thru an overdriven amp just makes me drool.

mikeman
06-05-2006, 01:08 AM
EMG.....(shudders)


SEYMOUR DUNCAN!! JB has great tone plus squealage.

CodySG
06-05-2006, 02:46 AM
BKP's and other nice handmade stuff are probably the best but it's all taste.........go BKPs.....

ibanezzer
06-05-2006, 06:56 AM
Right now I have the stock that come in a custom LP, alnico 490R and 498T. Are they, or is at least one of them, worth changing out?

Edit: The tony lommi humbucker seems to have gotten insane reviews, that and the P94.

Thinking about getting both.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Tony-Iommi-Guitar-Pickup?sku=360939

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-P94T-Humbucker-Sized-P90-Bridge-Pickup?sku=306913

Dave_Mc
06-05-2006, 08:46 AM
what type of music do you want to be able to play with each pickup, and what amp do you have? Oh, and what's your budget?

:cheers:

Danno13
06-05-2006, 08:48 AM
And what kind of les paul are we talking? An honest-to-god Gibson LP Custom, or an Epi?

Old Shoe
06-05-2006, 08:49 AM
EMG active pickups. Ohhhh yeah baby.

Dave_Mc
06-05-2006, 08:50 AM
And what kind of les paul are we talking? An honest-to-god Gibson LP Custom, or an Epi?

i assumed honest to god since it had the gibbo pickups, but obviously I'm willing to stand corrected, danno. :D

:cheers:

Danno13
06-05-2006, 09:03 AM
^As did I, but then I thought, if he can spend $3500 on a guitar, he knows the difference between an Iommi pickup and a P90, surely!

:cheers:

Stiffy Maximus
06-05-2006, 09:04 AM
dimarzio x2n

Dave_Mc
06-05-2006, 09:10 AM
^As did I, but then I thought, if he can spend $3500 on a guitar, he knows the difference between an Iommi pickup and a P90, surely!

:cheers:

yeah, i suppose so...

meh, you can buy a guitar and just enjoy playing it, lol... there's no law that says you have to know how it works, lol...

Danno13
06-05-2006, 09:13 AM
^All I'm saying is if I had $3500, I wouldn't go to a GC and ask for a great, $3500 guitar.

I'd ask for a $500 guitar and go get a car :p:

bonchie1
06-05-2006, 09:41 AM
emg = great metal pickups

burstbuckers and alnico II pros = great rock pickups

ibanezzer
06-05-2006, 01:21 PM
As for "knowing the difference", I know all about pickups, coils, humbuckers etc. In previous posts in another topic, I had a question of what type of pickup a certain humbucker was, and I had a picture, and everyone thought I was asking what it was, not what brand etc. So I keep being misunderstood and looked upon as not very knowledgable on these topics, but anyhow.

Yes, it is a Gibson custom LP. I don't have a terribly huge knowledge on parts and the intricit specifications of a guitar, but I know enough to more than survive on my own.

The reason I was asking about the pickups is, the descriptions seemed to have no mention on whether or not you could install either pickup in either place, I've never come across anything that has told me the difference between putting a humbucker/pickup in the neck or bridge position (granted I mostly use bridge, I'd constantly be utilizing the P90 type humbucker if I got it)

After playing a lot of P90 soapbar pickups at GC, I've really wanted a similar sound, and then to have it mixed with something that sounded a bit like metal. I wouldn't actually be playing metal, but mixed with the P90, I'd create my own sound. I focus a lot of my playing on experimental and screamo stuff.

Since I'm just going on reviews, and I haven't played the tony lommi. I'm wondering if the two humbuckers would clash or not.

Dave_Mc
06-05-2006, 03:34 PM
well, p90's aren't the same size as humbuckers- but you can get humbucker-sized p90's. bareknuckle, duncan, and some others do them.

i'd maybe get a humbucker in the bridge for the metal, with a humbucker-sized p90 in the neck?

:cheers:

lespaul_rentals
06-05-2006, 05:27 PM
Dual EMGs is the way to go if you want EXTREMELY good quality at high distortion.

dan2002
06-05-2006, 08:05 PM
I have the P-94R in the neck position, with a 500T in the bridge, but i'm swapping that out for SH-4 here soon. I've played alot of P-90 equipped guitars, and the P-94 comes closer to the P-90 sound than other humbucker sized P-90s that I have played IMO.

Danno13
06-06-2006, 09:40 AM
i'd maybe get a humbucker in the bridge for the metal, with a humbucker-sized p90 in the neck?

Yeah, I guess if it's good enough for George Lynch...

:cheers:

I'd recommend a P94 or Phat Cat for the neck (Or a BK Mississippi Queen if you've got the moneys)

And I guess something like a Super Distortion or Duncan Custom for the bridge.

ibanezzer
06-06-2006, 04:50 PM
So, back to my original question. Would a P94 in the bridge and a Tony Iommi in the neck be a good combo or would they clash and/or should I swap their places?

Dave_Mc
06-06-2006, 05:58 PM
^ i'd probably go other way round, since the bucker is probably hotter, and normally you want a hotter bridge pickup, but i'm not too well up on p90's.

CustomCustom
06-06-2006, 06:43 PM
A duncan Distortion is slightly brighter than A DImarzio SUper Disotrion so for set neck mahogany Id go Duncan Distortion/Jazz.

ibanezzer
06-06-2006, 11:33 PM
I want that snappy sound with that warmly fuzzy tone the P90 offers. I really hope putting the tony iommi in the neck won't give me to much of a "metal" sound, as I'm not using it for that, but the description on websites makes it sound like what I want.

I wonder if there are audio samples anywhere..

Rancid_Misfits
06-07-2006, 05:15 AM
ive heard good things about the Gibson Dirty Fingers

Gopher636
06-07-2006, 07:33 AM
considering who Iommi is, im pretty sure itll be quite metal sounding.
but ignore everyone who says get EMGs, they arent what you need.

ibanezzer
06-07-2006, 10:39 PM
At this point I'm wondering if it's even a good swap.

I love the Alnico's I have now (490 and 498), but it's not like they're the topic of all humbucker/pickup conversations. Would I be down grading if I went to a P94 and tony iommi?

GibsonRocker14
06-08-2006, 07:45 PM
Most SG's come stock with Alcino Humbuckers and they sound real nice... thats about all i can tell u about humbs....

metamp
06-25-2010, 11:26 PM
EMG active pickups. Ohhhh yeah baby.
I have the EMHhz passive ones in my Jackson and those suck big time a single coil squiers sound fatter and brighter then these EMG junks so I'm not sure about EMGs

AcousticMirror
06-25-2010, 11:52 PM
the burstbuckers are probably some of the worst if they are the pros.
the 1 and 2 are alright but definitely not near the quality of anything handwound.
the 498t and r are barely passable.

bareknuckle and zhangbucker are probably putting out some of the best pickups right now hands down.

bgpickups, motorcity, wolfetone aren't far behind

lollar and fralin are old favorites.

heretic-clown
06-26-2010, 12:59 AM
im gonna get flamed for this but i like the dimebuckers, i just so happen to like their shriekiness.

but i also like the Lundgren M6
http://www.lundgren.se/upload/%7B8B630858-0552-476D-9EEF-D12453A9C655%7D_M6%20HiGain.mp3

demondown666
06-26-2010, 01:00 AM
yeah there is no best. just best suited for you, and i can't judge what your ideal sound is.

al112987
06-26-2010, 01:11 AM
the burstbuckers are probably some of the worst if they are the pros.
the 1 and 2 are alright but definitely not near the quality of anything handwound.
the 498t and r are barely passable.

bareknuckle and zhangbucker are probably putting out some of the best pickups right now hands down.

bgpickups, motorcity, wolfetone aren't far behind

lollar and fralin are old favorites.
This thread is 4 years old.

And wcr> bareknuckle

Just sayin... :poke:

AcousticMirror
06-26-2010, 01:19 AM
dude someone else bumped it first. I don't read the dates. I just rant. rant rant rant rant rant rant rant.

wcrs are sooo expensive...

do I want a wcr ironman or a motorcity nuke for my baritone. hmmmmm decisionz.

Nimbus456
06-26-2010, 04:02 AM
Seymour Duncan, Bill Lawrance, DiMarzio, Bareknuckle. Any of those are amazing.

Tip: Stay away from emg's or stock ibanez, especially emg's passive range.

Dave_Mc
06-26-2010, 07:33 AM
dude someone else bumped it first. I don't read the dates. I just rant. rant rant rant rant rant rant rant.


:haha

zhangbuckers? what are they? :)

MrFlibble
06-26-2010, 08:36 AM
Seymour Duncan, Bill Lawrance, DiMarzio, Bareknuckle. Any of those are amazing.

Tip: Stay away from emg's or stock ibanez, especially emg's passive range.Because of course, nobody would ever want EMG pickups. No matter what amp you use, no matter what guitar you use, no matter what your playing style is, every pickup that EMG and Ibanez make is utterly useless for everyone and every pickup that Seymour Duncan, DiMarZio, Bare Knuckle and Bill Lawrence make are flawless. Additionally, everyone should drive a Nissan and every car Honda have ever made is totally rubbish.


And yay for bumping old threads. I don't actually see why anyone on U-G has a problem with this, it's better that people search and bring up old threads than create ten new ones, which seems to be the only alternative.


Lastly; Juicy pickups. Nothing beats having a pickup hand-wound for you to whatever specification you want.

GNR4EVER
06-26-2010, 12:12 PM
Necrobump. I thought it seemed strange when I noticed half the posts were from users I haven't seen in years.



Lastly; Juicy pickups.

Also, did this sound like an escort service to anyone else?

AcousticMirror
06-26-2010, 02:26 PM
:haha

zhangbuckers? what are they? :)


http://www.zhangbucker.com/

zhangbuckers. you get your choice of regular wound or super sexy hand wound.

Enix165
06-26-2010, 02:48 PM
EMG.....(shudders)



I'll second this. Anyways, other than maybe Epiphone Alnico Vs(or whatever those mudbricks they use in G400s are), there is no pickup that's really better or worse, it all depends on your style. I'm a DiMarzio Super Distortion kinda guy, but each to their own. =P