#1
Well, the story goes like this : I have a custom made Tom Anderson guitar which has a fender style body (alder wood). The guitar comes with VAx pickups which sound great but the pickup near the bridge is way too bright for my taste. I would have replaced the bridge pickup only but I rather not touch a perfectly wired circuit. So... I replaced the entire circuit (Removed it as is so I could install it easily back) with Andy Timmons pickup set (Neck = Middle = Dimarzio-Crusier, Bridge = Dimarzio AT1 custom) installed on a different pickguard.

Now the bridge sounds much more like I want it to sound BUT I do not feel that "fat" tone and warmth this pickup is told to have.

I used the following diagram for the wiring.

My signal-chain : Guitar --> TS808HW --> Carl Martin Compressor --> Engl Screamer AMP

Again, the sound has less bright hisses and the harmonics are great but still I am wondering what makes that punchy/crunchy tone when he plays.
#2
the amps probably help. i think he uses mesa lone stars. from what i can remember, they were quite dark on the od channel.
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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#3
Quote by Dave_Mc
the amps probably help. i think he uses mesa lone stars. from what i can remember, they were quite dark on the od channel.

Seconding that. Mesas are generally rather dark.
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#4
Quote by Dave_Mc
the amps probably help. i think he uses mesa lone stars. from what i can remember, they were quite dark on the od channel.

He also uses a stilletto ace iirc
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#5
^ ah ok. i seem to remember the stiletto was on the darker side, too.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#6
Putting the compressor in front of the ts probably helps abit with making thinks fatter.
You´ll probably want to replace the tube screamer with something like a bb preamp to fatten things up, as the tube screamer does more or less the opposite of that (which is good for alot of things though).