#1
i am planning on getting a chisel or anvil for my fender showmaster.

it is a single humbucker, and i want something nice and chunky for rhythm (which they seem to excel at), but i still want smoothness for creamy leads.

i am leaning towards the chisel. plenty of gain and may do a little better at the balance of output for different levels of gain.

BUT! how do they do split? i think that may help get a little bit better cleans with it. i hate single pickup guitars and i want a decent balance.
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then my other thoughts are lace, but i can't decide which

the nitro hemi is intriguing, i am reading that it splits well. and noise free. but i have no idea what to go with.

and yes i have two of these guitars, only one is up for the pickup swap at the moment.



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the two things that i ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT, i don't want it to be over $100, and i don't want to have to wait to get one wound and wait and have to deal with that shit. i would prefer just to go with musicians friend, and i can get either for $80-$90 on a sale (which as we all know they have sales every other day... lol).

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the guitar won't go under C# std, under any circumstance, but i am not sure where it will reside. as far as music, metal in general. everything from dream theater to sleep to shadows fall to lamb of god. if it doesn't do exactly what i want, its not a huge deal (sounds dumb right), but i have another dozen guitars or more to cover what i need. lol.
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#2
I have Chisels and like them. I think they're better for what you're asking than the Anvil. But the axe I have them in is a completely stock Reverend- no splitting, just the bass contour knob.

Here's a couple of reviews:
http://www.lonephantom.com/2012/03/railhammer-chisel-neck-humbucker-review/
http://www.lonephantom.com/2012/03/railhammer-chisel-bridge-humbucker-review/

There's a TGP thread mentioning the volume drop when splitting a HyperVintage, but that was the only gripe.
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#3
What about the Duncan Slug? Or, is that too much humbucker for you?
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What about the Duncan Slug? Or, is that too much humbucker for you?


may a bit too 'buckery for me. if you can handle it lol.

fuck!?!?!?! 48kohm what the hell does anybody need that much for. haha.
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What about the Duncan Slug? Or, is that too much humbucker for you?

The slug is a really specialized pickup. I think it's made from drone, stoner and sludge. You could probably power your house off it's hot lead.
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The slug is a really specialized pickup. I think it's made from drone, stoner and sludge. You could probably power your house off it's hot lead.


haha. that is what i was thinking.
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#8
I quite like the Billy Corgin Railhammers that I have. That's more of a P90 than a humbucker though.
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#9
Lace, I just really like their stuff. been waitng to get some spare cash to put new ones in my otherstrat
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Lace, I just really like their stuff. been waitng to get some spare cash to put new ones in my otherstrat


OT: what models (i realize you are talking SC's)?
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OT: what models (i realize you are talking SC's)?


well I'm looking at a couple of the newer colors for strats. I think burgundy (or maybe it was emerald) was one of them. I want a little more balls than the typical strat pickup but still less than say the blue (and certainly less than red). glassy cleans aren't what I'm shooting for but I still want it to sound like a strat (if that makes sense). I'm going for a great blues rock tone that will clean up but never has to be perfectly clean. my Strat Plus has a blue in the bridge and silvers in the neck and middle. I'm also considering all silvers but I don't know yet.
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well I'm looking at a couple of the newer colors for strats. I think burgundy (or maybe it was emerald) was one of them. I want a little more balls than the typical strat pickup but still less than say the blue (and certainly less than red). glassy cleans aren't what I'm shooting for but I still want it to sound like a strat (if that makes sense). I'm going for a great blues rock tone that will clean up but never has to be perfectly clean. my Strat Plus has a blue in the bridge and silvers in the neck and middle. I'm also considering all silvers but I don't know yet.


I have a tele+, that is what got me to become a fan of lace.
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#13
trashedlostfdup

never played a tele plus. not much on tele's but I'd like to try one of those. the only tele I've played that I really liked was an early 70s model that had the humbucker in the neck and separate volume and tone controls for each pickup, forget the name. I played one years ago though when I sat in with a band that played Grateful Dead type music (I don't so it was ummm..... interesting)
#14
monwobobbo, if you were looking for the perfect clean, the singlecoil Alumitones would have been the ticket.

I won't shoot down the Lace Sensors, 'cause they're excellent.  But there are some other options out there worth noting- check out Lollar, Wilde, Rio Grande, Vintage Vibe, Kent Armstrong, The Creamery, Bareknuckle, and the Tesla OPUS S1.

A word about Wildes: there's a Fender/G&L type thing going on. I have an in-law who is a gigging musician in NOLA, and his #1 is a '70s Strat with Bill Lawrence pickups. Their sound is killer, But due to all kinds of legal wranglings, there is a "Bill Lawrence USA" company still selling his old designs, but that hasn't been associate with him since 1984. Bill & Becky founded Wilde, and continue selling old & new designs under that name.

I can't say if the BL USA sound like the originals or the Wildes.
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monwobobbo, if you were looking for the perfect clean, the singlecoil Alumitones would have been the ticket.

I won't shoot down the Lace Sensors, 'cause they're excellent.  But there are some other options out there worth noting- check out Lollar, Wilde, Rio Grande, Vintage Vibe, Kent Armstrong, The Creamery, Bareknuckle, and the Tesla OPUS S1.

A word about Wildes: there's a Fender/G&L type thing going on. I have an in-law who is a gigging musician in NOLA, and his #1 is a '70s Strat with Bill Lawrence pickups. Their sound is killer, But due to all kinds of legal wranglings, there is a "Bill Lawrence USA" company still selling his old designs, but that hasn't been associate with him since 1984. Bill & Becky founded Wilde, and continue selling old & new designs under that name.

I can't say if the BL USA sound like the originals or the Wildes.


thanx I'm aware of most of what you mentioned (thanx for the Bill Lawrence info though). as I mentioned I'm not looking for the usual clean fender tone at all. I like my strat tones a little dirty to down right nasty. I've mentioned the Gary Moore song Cold Hearted as a benchmark tone. I have a few others as well. it will be a while before I have the spare cash t really think about it so I will do some more investigating. I do really lie LSers though.
#16
Take a harder look at Rio Grandes. Their line includes hot strat & singlecoil sized HBs like many others, but also unconventional options like singlecoil-sized P90s.

Vintage Vibe and Lollar both offer SC-sized Charlie Christians, which lie between P90s and Strat pups. I have a VV CC in the bridge of a Teleclone.

Here's Tim Lerch demoing Lollar CCs in his Tele, with some dirt:


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#17
HB sized P90's from Vintage Vibe are awesome. I have a 7 string one from him and it's the best pup I've ever owned.
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