#1
i noticed these guitars have 3 humbuckers. havent seen one in person so i havent had the chance to try one out. but for those who have, what did you think of the HHH configuration? i dont know if ive seen that on any other guitar so maybe its not a real winner of a setup? if all 3 pups were 4 conductor, then it seems there's a lot of potential there for lots of different tones.

thoughts?


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#2
theres a black beauty at my local guitar shop that only has 2 humbuckers maybe they arent all the same
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#3
most of them that i've seen are HHH...and they sounded pretty good too. The only complaints that I see from people with them is that the gold wears off the hardware really fast.
#5
tbh, im not a fan of 3 humbuckers because i fing the middle one gets in the way with picking as i use quite a lot of the pick. i tried out an epiphone nd i thought that it sounded pretty good but i was struggling to play because my pick kept on hitting the middle humbucker
#7
its great if u want to pop in 3 completely different pickups for 3 sounds. but to be honest, i never use my middle pickup. i got the black beauty over a regular custom just because i like how the 3rd pickup looked.

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#8
The original Black Beauty was introduced in 1954 when Les Paul asked for a guitar to match his stage suit. The Bridge pickup was a P90 and the Neck one was a P90 sized Alnico V single coil commonly knows as the Staple. After the Humbucker was introduced in 1957, Les Paul Customs were given 3 pickups with the middle and neck permanently wired together, possibly out of phase. That made the sound more like the earlier Alnico V magnet one without the hum. When the Custom was re-introduced in the early sixties, after the SG shape era, it had only two pickups as standard but 3 pickup versions were often available.
Current 3 pup models have a rotary switch to allow separation of the middle pickup but the contortions needed to switch around in the middle of a song probably do little for their popularity. Maybe we'll see the middle on a push-pull one day.
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#9
I have a Dean Cadillac with 3 humbuckers & love it...but can't compare it to the H/S/H or S/S/H setups because I don't own a guitar like that.

I use it mainly for playing in Fripp's NST- C/G/D/A/E/G- and I get a nice variety of tones out of it. I don't notice any less sustain vs other guitars I own.
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#10
I agree with the guy that mentioned the middle humbucker getting in the way a lot. I do it with any three pickup guitar but at least with SSS/HSH configurations I can work around it.
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#11
I have had several Gibson 3 pup LPs including 2 Ace Frehley Custom Shop ones over the years and I have to say I don't think I ever used the middle (mid) pup. I loved all of them it broke my heart to sell of the Ace custom shops. It still brings a tear to my eye when I think about seeing them go to new homes.

I am pretty sure two pup all Black with Gold hardware LPs were called Black Beauties as well. The three Gold pups do look sexy as hell though.

Edit: Oh, I almost forgot I had a Silver Blue Epi version of it too.

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#12
the way i pick, the mid pup on SSS strats gets in my way. i dont know what id do if there was a humbucker there instead! it would still be interesting to try to see what different tones i can get from it. thats interesting about the rotary switch. i never knew how these things were wired up.


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#13
I used to get hung up on the middle pickups shortly after getting my Dean (and a later S/S/S Jon Kammerer guitar)- but the more I practiced, the less it happened. I almost never have that occur anymore.

So, just out of curiosity, I ask those who have this picking issue- how much practice have you had with a 3 pickup guitar?
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#14
if the middle pickup gets in ur way u can lower it in all the way level with the mounting ring, or even get a thinner ring. i did the first and i have no problems. i had more problems with the middle pickup on a strat. its just the way the body is, it just doesnt get in my way.
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