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Old 05-07-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Need a decent inexpensive Neck Humbucker (4-wire)

I am rebuilding a strat copy made by AXL and I want to be able to split the coils on all pickups (H-S-H). Currently I have a JB for the bridge, duckbucker for the mid, and 59' for the neck. The JB and 59' are both full sized with chrome covers that I recently pulled from my LTD EC400. The JB is 4-wire, but the 59' is not and I really do not want to spend another $85 if I can find something else that's comparable.

Any suggestions for a pickup that I can get with; a chrome cover; 4-wire option; $40 or less; and will compliment the JB and Duckbucker?

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:59 AM   #2
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Here's some advice. DONT SKIMP ON PICKUPS JUST TO GET COIL TAPS. Seriously, man anything that is less than $40 is going to be very hard to find with a chrome cover already attached.

That said, DiMarzios are probably the most affordable pup that is still worth a crap, and their webpage is really nice too. You will incur another 15 bucks or so for the cover on any pickup you find. DiMarzio will give you 4-wire setups too. They can be bought off of say, Sweetwater.com, for 60-80 bucks, but if you insist on the cover you will have to get direct from dimarzio and will get that 15 extra charge.

Yeah, I looked around for something like what you described, and to get what you want for 50 bucks it would basically have to be stolen.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:09 AM   #3
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Okay, since I'm nice I found you something. I have no idea what these sound like, but they are '59 imitations. I DO NOT KNOW WETHER THESE ARE TRASH OR NOT, but they are chrome covered neck humbuckers with 4-wire

http://www.guitarfetish.com/Vintage...ker-_c_169.html

I may be an asshole, but I am a helpful asshole.

BTW you should just keep the duncan 59 in it and turn down instead of coil tapping. but if you must coil tap, there you go for 37.95
dont blame me if they suck

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Old 05-08-2013, 02:25 AM   #4
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If you buy a $40 neck humbucker, odds are it's going to sound like a $40 neck humbucker. Just save up, man. Don't settle.






Also, Coil Tapping sucks. Just use the volume knob like professional guitarists do.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:28 AM   #5
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If you buy a $40 neck humbucker, odds are it's going to sound like a $40 neck humbucker. Just save up, man. Don't settle.






Also, Coil Tapping sucks. Just use the volume knob like professional guitarists do.

I totally agree with this guy, I'm just more of an enabler.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:35 AM   #6
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If you buy a $40 neck humbucker, odds are it's going to sound like a $40 neck humbucker. Just save up, man. Don't settle.






Also, Coil Tapping sucks. Just use the volume knob like professional guitarists do.


+1 its not worth buying a new neck pickup just because you want to coil tap the neck. have you ever played a guitar with coil taps? they really aren't that great, at least in my opinion.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:20 AM   #7
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+1 its not worth buying a new neck pickup just because you want to coil tap the neck. have you ever played a guitar with coil taps? they really aren't that great, at least in my opinion.


While I do agree with "most" points everybody has made... I probably should have included some extra information for this post...

- Yes, I have used coil taps, still use them, and I like the effect
- This is for a project guitar that I am building for the sole purpose of having a very dynamic range of tones. Each pickup with have it's own three-way switch set for Off, Split, and Full Humbucker mode.
- I was looking for people who had actually had some experience with less expensive pups... I have found several myself, but reviews are hard to come by.

That said, has anybody ever heard of Vanson? They are out of UK, look pretty cool and are in the price range I am looking for.

link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Vanson-...=item19d5508ee5

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Old 05-08-2013, 08:53 AM   #8
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Sell the '59 and buy a new '59 with 4-wire? Or straight up trade them with someone who's willing to.
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Sell the '59 and buy a new '59 with 4-wire? Or straight up trade them with someone who's willing to.


Yeah, this is actually my fall back plan if there really isn't anything else decent out there...
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:17 AM   #10
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I'd pick that as plan A, to be honest. It'll sound better than whatever you can get for <$40.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #11
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While I do agree with "most" points everybody has made... I probably should have included some extra information for this post...

- Yes, I have used coil taps, still use them, and I like the effect
- This is for a project guitar that I am building for the sole purpose of having a very dynamic range of tones. Each pickup with have it's own three-way switch set for Off, Split, and Full Humbucker mode.
- I was looking for people who had actually had some experience with less expensive pups... I have found several myself, but reviews are hard to come by.

That said, has anybody ever heard of Vanson? They are out of UK, look pretty cool and are in the price range I am looking for.

link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Vanson-...=item19d5508ee5




None of that will make a cheap humbucker not sound like shit.
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None of that will make a cheap humbucker not sound like shit.



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Old 05-08-2013, 04:33 PM   #13
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Most helpful reply EVER!!!

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:44 AM   #15
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Most helpful reply EVER!!!

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No problem, man. And good luck!
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