#1
Specifically on Panama or any type song, what pickup could get me that sound?
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#2
Well, I believe that EVH put a PAF Humbucker into his Strat.
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#5
Seymour Duncan 78 model for Evenly Voiced Harmonics(Custom shop only)
Bare Knuckle VH2
Seymour Duncan Custom Custom
Dimarzio Norton

...and a cranked Plexi.

The main thing for pickups for the brown sound is nothing too hot, DC resistance should be below 10k and output should be "vintage hot" rather than "hot".
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Wow, somebody knows their stuff.
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#7
Wow, somebody knows their stuff.

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Seymour Duncan 78 model for Evenly Voiced Harmonics(Custom shop only)
Bare Knuckle VH2
Seymour Duncan Custom Custom
Dimarzio Norton

...and a cranked Plexi.

The main thing for pickups for the brown sound is nothing too hot, DC resistance should be below 10k and output should be "vintage hot" rather than "hot".

You are the man. Obviously, you know your sh!t!! The cranked non-master volume plexi w/ moderate output PAF-style is the key.
The only thing I'd add to the list is a Mojave Amp Works pickup. Victor Mason at MAW (he's also the founder of Plexi Palace) has dedicated huge amounts of time to re-creating the brown sound. I have one of his pickups (semi-hot PAF style) that is the best pickup I've EVER heard, but they cost $189.00 US each. Well worth it, though.
The sound clips on the Mojave website are all done w/ Mojave pickups.

http://www.mojaveampworks.com/
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I've got a few guitars, and the one that gets the sound easiest is the stock humbucker in a Schecter PT. I'm guessing it's a hotter than normal PAF clone but it works a treat, almost does it without trying. You don't want too much going on for a Van Halen tone, the sound needs to be able to breathe and that rules out any of the more modern, denser sounding pickups...you need a bit of air in the tone.
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Seymour Duncan 78 model for Evenly Voiced Harmonics(Custom shop only)
Bare Knuckle VH2
Seymour Duncan Custom Custom
Dimarzio Norton

...and a cranked Plexi.

The main thing for pickups for the brown sound is nothing too hot, DC resistance should be below 10k and output should be "vintage hot" rather than "hot".


agreed.

I'd say alnico V, too.

but yeah.




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You are the man. Obviously, you know your sh!t!! The cranked non-master volume plexi w/ moderate output PAF-style is the key.
The only thing I'd add to the list is a Mojave Amp Works pickup. Victor Mason at MAW (he's also the founder of Plexi Palace) has dedicated huge amounts of time to re-creating the brown sound. I have one of his pickups (semi-hot PAF style) that is the best pickup I've EVER heard, but they cost $189.00 US each. Well worth it, though.
The sound clips on the Mojave website are all done w/ Mojave pickups.

http://www.mojaveampworks.com/


wow, i didn't know they made pickups.
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As said before, the best pickup for early VH stuff is the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop '78 model. It's essentially a PAF with a little more winding for a slightly hotter tone. It's very vintage-sounding. All he did was put everything on 10 on his Plexi (including the EQ controls), and used a Variac to decrease the voltage on it, so it wouldn't overload. Mainly, he just played fucking hard.
#13
Check out the Swineshead Runaway too, I have one and it's great for EVH stuff!
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As said before, the best pickup for early VH stuff is the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop '78 model. It's essentially a PAF with a little more winding for a slightly hotter tone. It's very vintage-sounding. All he did was put everything on 10 on his Plexi (including the EQ controls), and used a Variac to decrease the voltage on it, so it wouldn't overload. Mainly, he just played fucking hard.

EVH's amp tech/friend Jose also made a dummy load box that he used most of the time (except the 2nd album). (Load box connects to amp speaker output). The load box had a line level signal output (line out) to
his flanger & Echoplex (I'm fairly sure his Phase 90 was before the amp), then into an H&H power amp. Otherwise, the noise levels from the Echoplex would've been INSANE. This is also why the flanger really affects the sound heavily.
I run my Mojave like this (it's basically a high-quality, boutique 50w plexi), & it RIPS.
I have a Variac, but the Mojaves have a power-damping feature, so it's not needed.

Yeah, & Eddie is a very heavy handed, aggressive player!

BTW- Dave, I didn't know Mojave made pickups either, til I called Victor & asked how he recorded the sound clips. Word is out now! (Bridge position only).
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