#1
I was about to buy the SH-5 but then the GuitarHeads guy came and talked about the z-bucker, he said its pretty much a similar version of the SH-5, but better.

So, wich is better, seymour duncan or guitarheads?
Why are the guitarheads so cheap?
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ummm


what kind of music do ya play and what kind of amp do you own?


Pop rock/punk, hardcore.
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#4
I've actually never heard of GuitarHeads. If they are cheap, I'd stay away. I have a TB-11 Custom Custom and am very happy with it. I'm sure you would be too. You have an HSS right? I'm not so certain the SH-5 (TB-5) would be too bright. My suggestion is to call Duncan on their customer service number and let those guys help you figure out what you need. That is what I did.


Otherwise, CorduroyEW is a UG'r who here who hand winds pups, you check into his stuff:
rockmonkeyguitars.com

if you are looking for the cheaper stuff, I hear guitarfetish.com makes decent lower cost alternatives.
#5
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I've actually never heard of GuitarHeads. If they are cheap, I'd stay away. I have a TB-11 Custom Custom and am very happy with it. I'm sure you would be too. You have an HSS right? I'm not so certain the SH-5 (TB-5) would be too bright. My suggestion is to call Duncan on their customer service number and let those guys help you figure out what you need. That is what I did.


Otherwise, CorduroyEW is a UG'r who here who hand winds pups, you check into his stuff:
rockmonkeyguitars.com

if you are looking for the cheaper stuff, I hear guitarfetish.com makes decent lower cost alternatives.


I'm currently with a sg.. so HH.
Yeah, guitarfetish sells GHS pickups, they're cool. I'll take a look at the monkey stuff


Well I'd better choose SD's/dimarzio right? One cant go wrong with them...

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I've actually never heard of GuitarHeads. If they are cheap, I'd stay away. I have a TB-11 Custom Custom and am very happy with it. I'm sure you would be too. You have an HSS right? I'm not so certain the SH-5 (TB-5) would be too bright. My suggestion is to call Duncan on their customer service number and let those guys help you figure out what you need. That is what I did.


Otherwise, CorduroyEW is a UG'r who here who hand winds pups, you check into his stuff:
rockmonkeyguitars.com

if you are looking for the cheaper stuff, I hear guitarfetish.com makes decent lower cost alternatives.


I've only got one phrase for this...

You get what you pay for.

I wasn't too impressed with the guitar fetish pickups... but I suppose for the price, they're a passable replacement for stock pickups.
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#7
Adrian89 just did a NGCD thread and he put some Guitar Heads pickups in his BC Rich. You might wanna talk to him about them.

I've heard that guitar fetish pickups are decent if you need something on teh cheapz but if you have the money to dish out you're better off going with something else.


What exactly is your budget and what kind of tone are you looking for?
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Adrian89 just did a NGCD thread and he put some Guitar Heads pickups in his BC Rich. You might wanna talk to him about them.

I've heard that guitar fetish pickups are decent if you need something on teh cheapz but if you have the money to dish out you're better off going with something else.


What exactly is your budget and what kind of tone are you looking for?


I still have the stock pups on my epiphone sg g400 custom...
I feel its missing something, I tested normal g400 with another pickups and found them better sounding...
Well, pickups are not that kind of expensive thing so I'd better get something I wont need to change later...
Would be a great deal to change all the 3 pups? And like putting a P90 on neck, for more versatility...
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I still have the stock pups on my epiphone sg g400 custom...
I feel its missing something, I tested normal g400 with another pickups and found them better sounding...
Well, pickups are not that kind of expensive thing so I'd better get something I wont need to change later...
Would be a great deal to change all the 3 pups? And like putting a P90 on neck, for more versatility...
Thanks!


You obviously have not heard of boutique hand-wound pickups.
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^yeah, $900 a pop for a PAF copy is quite ridiculous.
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^yeah, $900 a pop for a PAF copy is quite ridiculous.

... well they are pricy... but $900 is unheard of haha... max I've heard of is $300.
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You obviously have not heard of boutique hand-wound pickups.


Yeah, thats why I prefer not to get myself into this kind of stuff
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... well they are pricy... but $900 is unheard of haha... max I've heard of is $300.


Holmes go new for $800 a set. Used they can go up to $1000. That's absolutely ridiculous IMO.

Also, a P90 would not fit in the humbucker route. You're better off just getting a really nice moderate output bridge pickup. Punk doesn't really using anything else. I suggest looking around at all the winders you can find and asking them what would suit you best.
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Holmes go new for $800 a set. Used they can go up to $1000. That's absolutely ridiculous IMO.


Now that is plain outright ridiculous....

I knew Bare Knuckles and Stephen Designs were expensive... but... $800... that's just selling a name.
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Now that is plain outright ridiculous....

I knew Bare Knuckles and Stephen Designs were expensive... but... $800... that's just selling a name.


There's a bunch of hype that says his pickups are the only ones that nail the PAF tone. That's a bunch of bull shit. There's no one PAF sound and plenty of winders make great PAF styled pickups. People who buy into that are typically just snobs, incredibly rich or both who want something no one else has.
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#16
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People who buy into that are typically just snobs, incredibly rich or both who want something no one else has.


Supply and demand...

If there's someone out there selling something... there'll be people who'll want it.
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Sorry I didnt mean to say punk like NOFX, rancid and stuff...
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#18
Go for a good bridge and neck then. The middle pickup doesn't really matter for just about anything on an HB guitar. I rarely hear anyone use them. I disconnected it on my friends CS Black Beauty because he never used it.
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#19
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Go for a good bridge and neck then. The middle pickup doesn't really matter for just about anything on an HB guitar. I rarely hear anyone use them. I disconnected it on my friends CS Black Beauty because he never used it.


Yeah, disconnecting may be a good option. Its volume is always turned down.
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#20
I actually disagree with you get what you pay for.

Unless its boutique and handwound that way you know its something special just for you and one of a kind.

But say a 20 dollar pickup to a 100 dollar duncan? You get what you pay for is not alway the case.

I had a jb/jazz set in my epi g-400. I just got my new al-3000 and didn't quite like the pickups at all. So I went on ebay and bought a cheap mrg rocker and a velco neck pickup for I think like 30 bucks shipped. Put them in my agile, and they sounded great. So I thought I'm sure the duncans would sound much better in there, so I swapped them out with the duncans in my epi and it sounded terrible in my agile. On the other hand I liked the cheapo pickups better in my epi than the duncans. So I got rid of the duncans, and now I always try cheap pickups from random ebay sellers all the time and see what I get.

Do you think pickups cost that much to make?
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#21
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I actually disagree with you get what you pay for.

Unless its boutique and handwound that way you know its something special just for you and one of a kind.

But say a 20 dollar pickup to a 100 dollar duncan? You get what you pay for is not alway the case.

I had a jb/jazz set in my epi g-400. I just got my new al-3000 and didn't quite like the pickups at all. So I went on ebay and bought a cheap mrg rocker and a velco neck pickup for I think like 30 bucks shipped. Put them in my agile, and they sounded great. So I thought I'm sure the duncans would sound much better in there, so I swapped them out with the duncans in my epi and it sounded terrible in my agile. On the other hand I liked the cheapo pickups better in my epi than the duncans. So I got rid of the duncans, and now I always try cheap pickups from random ebay sellers all the time and see what I get.

Do you think pickups cost that much to make?


Have you considered the material of the guitar... and if the pickup is a good match to the guitar's material?

Matching a bright pickup to a bright guitar will make it sound horrible.

Granted... higher price is not always an indication of a better tone... but with a lower cost... there's really only so far you can go.
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I actually disagree with you get what you pay for.

Unless its boutique and handwound that way you know its something special just for you and one of a kind.

But say a 20 dollar pickup to a 100 dollar duncan? You get what you pay for is not alway the case.

I had a jb/jazz set in my epi g-400. I just got my new al-3000 and didn't quite like the pickups at all. So I went on ebay and bought a cheap mrg rocker and a velco neck pickup for I think like 30 bucks shipped. Put them in my agile, and they sounded great. So I thought I'm sure the duncans would sound much better in there, so I swapped them out with the duncans in my epi and it sounded terrible in my agile. On the other hand I liked the cheapo pickups better in my epi than the duncans. So I got rid of the duncans, and now I always try cheap pickups from random ebay sellers all the time and see what I get.

Do you think pickups cost that much to make?


I must fully disagree with your statement.

First off, you can't just throw any pickups into any guitar and expect them to sound good. Woods impact how a pickup is going to sound.

Second, cheaper pickups are going to be made from cheaper materials with less attention to detail.


I've compared cheaper pickups to bigger name companies and most of the time I've found that the more expensive pickups sound better.