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ibanezzer
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#1
Any such thing as the best humbucker or a group or type of humbucker that is of the highest quality? Or is it like a guitar where each one is for different types of music, I'm assuming it's this way. I'm asking because I always here that burstbuckers and p90s are some of the best.

I'm looking into changing the bridge pickup to my les paul so I'm taking suggestions.
AsShadowsRemain
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#2
There is no best pickup, each pickup sounds different and is used for a different style of music. As for the Les Paul, BurstBuckers are very good, I've played them in a 2005 Gibson Les Paul. Also Alnico Pro II's are nice, I've played my frinds Les Paul that has 2 of them.
Hypnot1st
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#3
I like the BurstBuckers Pros or whatever they are called a lot, the Alnico ones.
They have such a deep sound, not harsh at all, but they are very pricey.
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dan2002
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#4
BurstBuckers are nice, tried em in a LP at my local shop, sounded pretty nice. The P-90 isn't a humbucker, it is a single coil. There are humbucker iterations of the P-90, like the P-94, which is nice and close, but no cigar. The SH-4 is a pretty widely used humbucker, but its all a preference thing.
ClaptonRules
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#5
EMG's all the way. The loud crunch from an EMG thru an overdriven amp just makes me drool.
mikeman
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#6
EMG.....(shudders)


SEYMOUR DUNCAN!! JB has great tone plus squealage.
CodySG
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#7
BKP's and other nice handmade stuff are probably the best but it's all taste.........go BKPs.....
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ibanezzer
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#8
Right now I have the stock that come in a custom LP, alnico 490R and 498T. Are they, or is at least one of them, worth changing out?

Edit: The tony lommi humbucker seems to have gotten insane reviews, that and the P94.

Thinking about getting both.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Tony-Iommi-Guitar-Pickup?sku=360939

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-P94T-Humbucker-Sized-P90-Bridge-Pickup?sku=306913
Last edited by ibanezzer at Jun 5, 2006,
Dave_Mc
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#9
what type of music do you want to be able to play with each pickup, and what amp do you have? Oh, and what's your budget?

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Danno13
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#10
And what kind of les paul are we talking? An honest-to-god Gibson LP Custom, or an Epi?
Dave_Mc
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#12
Quote by Danno13
And what kind of les paul are we talking? An honest-to-god Gibson LP Custom, or an Epi?


i assumed honest to god since it had the gibbo pickups, but obviously I'm willing to stand corrected, danno.

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Danno13
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#13
^As did I, but then I thought, if he can spend $3500 on a guitar, he knows the difference between an Iommi pickup and a P90, surely!

Dave_Mc
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Quote by Danno13
^As did I, but then I thought, if he can spend $3500 on a guitar, he knows the difference between an Iommi pickup and a P90, surely!



yeah, i suppose so...

meh, you can buy a guitar and just enjoy playing it, lol... there's no law that says you have to know how it works, lol...
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Danno13
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#16
^All I'm saying is if I had $3500, I wouldn't go to a GC and ask for a great, $3500 guitar.

I'd ask for a $500 guitar and go get a car
bonchie1
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#17
emg = great metal pickups

burstbuckers and alnico II pros = great rock pickups
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ibanezzer
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#18
As for "knowing the difference", I know all about pickups, coils, humbuckers etc. In previous posts in another topic, I had a question of what type of pickup a certain humbucker was, and I had a picture, and everyone thought I was asking what it was, not what brand etc. So I keep being misunderstood and looked upon as not very knowledgable on these topics, but anyhow.

Yes, it is a Gibson custom LP. I don't have a terribly huge knowledge on parts and the intricit specifications of a guitar, but I know enough to more than survive on my own.

The reason I was asking about the pickups is, the descriptions seemed to have no mention on whether or not you could install either pickup in either place, I've never come across anything that has told me the difference between putting a humbucker/pickup in the neck or bridge position (granted I mostly use bridge, I'd constantly be utilizing the P90 type humbucker if I got it)

After playing a lot of P90 soapbar pickups at GC, I've really wanted a similar sound, and then to have it mixed with something that sounded a bit like metal. I wouldn't actually be playing metal, but mixed with the P90, I'd create my own sound. I focus a lot of my playing on experimental and screamo stuff.

Since I'm just going on reviews, and I haven't played the tony lommi. I'm wondering if the two humbuckers would clash or not.
Dave_Mc
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#19
well, p90's aren't the same size as humbuckers- but you can get humbucker-sized p90's. bareknuckle, duncan, and some others do them.

i'd maybe get a humbucker in the bridge for the metal, with a humbucker-sized p90 in the neck?

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dan2002
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#21
I have the P-94R in the neck position, with a 500T in the bridge, but i'm swapping that out for SH-4 here soon. I've played alot of P-90 equipped guitars, and the P-94 comes closer to the P-90 sound than other humbucker sized P-90s that I have played IMO.
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Danno13
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#22
Quote by Dave_Mc

i'd maybe get a humbucker in the bridge for the metal, with a humbucker-sized p90 in the neck?


Yeah, I guess if it's good enough for George Lynch...



I'd recommend a P94 or Phat Cat for the neck (Or a BK Mississippi Queen if you've got the moneys)

And I guess something like a Super Distortion or Duncan Custom for the bridge.
ibanezzer
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#23
So, back to my original question. Would a P94 in the bridge and a Tony Iommi in the neck be a good combo or would they clash and/or should I swap their places?
Dave_Mc
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#24
^ i'd probably go other way round, since the bucker is probably hotter, and normally you want a hotter bridge pickup, but i'm not too well up on p90's.
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CustomCustom
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#25
A duncan Distortion is slightly brighter than A DImarzio SUper Disotrion so for set neck mahogany Id go Duncan Distortion/Jazz.
ibanezzer
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#26
I want that snappy sound with that warmly fuzzy tone the P90 offers. I really hope putting the tony iommi in the neck won't give me to much of a "metal" sound, as I'm not using it for that, but the description on websites makes it sound like what I want.

I wonder if there are audio samples anywhere..
Gopher636
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#28
considering who Iommi is, im pretty sure itll be quite metal sounding.
but ignore everyone who says get EMGs, they arent what you need.
ibanezzer
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#29
At this point I'm wondering if it's even a good swap.

I love the Alnico's I have now (490 and 498), but it's not like they're the topic of all humbucker/pickup conversations. Would I be down grading if I went to a P94 and tony iommi?
GibsonRocker14
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#30
Most SG's come stock with Alcino Humbuckers and they sound real nice... thats about all i can tell u about humbs....
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#31
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EMG active pickups. Ohhhh yeah baby.

I have the EMHhz passive ones in my Jackson and those suck big time a single coil squiers sound fatter and brighter then these EMG junks so I'm not sure about EMGs
AcousticMirror
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#32
the burstbuckers are probably some of the worst if they are the pros.
the 1 and 2 are alright but definitely not near the quality of anything handwound.
the 498t and r are barely passable.

bareknuckle and zhangbucker are probably putting out some of the best pickups right now hands down.

bgpickups, motorcity, wolfetone aren't far behind

lollar and fralin are old favorites.
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heretic-clown
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#33
im gonna get flamed for this but i like the dimebuckers, i just so happen to like their shriekiness.

but i also like the Lundgren M6
http://www.lundgren.se/upload/%7B8B630858-0552-476D-9EEF-D12453A9C655%7D_M6%20HiGain.mp3
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demondown666
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#34
yeah there is no best. just best suited for you, and i can't judge what your ideal sound is.
al112987
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#35
Quote by AcousticMirror
the burstbuckers are probably some of the worst if they are the pros.
the 1 and 2 are alright but definitely not near the quality of anything handwound.
the 498t and r are barely passable.

bareknuckle and zhangbucker are probably putting out some of the best pickups right now hands down.

bgpickups, motorcity, wolfetone aren't far behind

lollar and fralin are old favorites.

This thread is 4 years old.

And wcr> bareknuckle

Just sayin...
AcousticMirror
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#36
dude someone else bumped it first. I don't read the dates. I just rant. rant rant rant rant rant rant rant.

wcrs are sooo expensive...

do I want a wcr ironman or a motorcity nuke for my baritone. hmmmmm decisionz.
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Nimbus456
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#37
Seymour Duncan, Bill Lawrance, DiMarzio, Bareknuckle. Any of those are amazing.

Tip: Stay away from emg's or stock ibanez, especially emg's passive range.
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Dave_Mc
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#38
Quote by AcousticMirror
dude someone else bumped it first. I don't read the dates. I just rant. rant rant rant rant rant rant rant.




zhangbuckers? what are they?
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MrFlibble
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#39
Quote by Nimbus456
Seymour Duncan, Bill Lawrance, DiMarzio, Bareknuckle. Any of those are amazing.

Tip: Stay away from emg's or stock ibanez, especially emg's passive range.
Because of course, nobody would ever want EMG pickups. No matter what amp you use, no matter what guitar you use, no matter what your playing style is, every pickup that EMG and Ibanez make is utterly useless for everyone and every pickup that Seymour Duncan, DiMarZio, Bare Knuckle and Bill Lawrence make are flawless. Additionally, everyone should drive a Nissan and every car Honda have ever made is totally rubbish.


And yay for bumping old threads. I don't actually see why anyone on U-G has a problem with this, it's better that people search and bring up old threads than create ten new ones, which seems to be the only alternative.


Lastly; Juicy pickups. Nothing beats having a pickup hand-wound for you to whatever specification you want.
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#40
Necrobump. I thought it seemed strange when I noticed half the posts were from users I haven't seen in years.

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Lastly; Juicy pickups.


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