Anyone thrown a humbucker in a Jr.?

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  1. Seahawk2982

    Seahawk2982 Premium Member

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    So I picked up a 57 Junior bout a year ago. Its got replaced tuners and Mojoaxe bridge with 59 pots and 59 P-90. Killer guitar but it has had humbucker route done under the P-90. Its very discreet and the Dogear cover covers it all pretty much aside from the mounting ring holes peeking out. So.. since its been modded already, I thought it might be cool to throw a bucker in there for a bit. Im thinking of going vintage pat # or t-top to still keep the vintage hot rod vibe. Or should I go with a newer boutique wind PAF. What do u guys think? I have heard issues with new pickups in old wood, or is that a fallacy?
     
  2. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    You can definitely do it, but do it without routing. I have a 1959 Junior that was routed out for a humbucker, before being converted back to a P-90. It's a terrible thing to happen to a vintage instrument, for no good reason.

    People will tell you that you can't put a full size HB in a P-90 route without modifying it. Those people should be ignored or educated. I'll see if I can upload some photos shortly.

    Better to modify the pickup than the guitar.

    What humbucker you go with will be entirely up to your personal sonic preferences.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    I didn't do any of this work. It came to me like this...

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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Ok, here's the photos I was really looking for....

    You can do a humbucker conversion without any routing AND if you really want you can make it absolutely stealth, too!

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    Dummy screws. Adjustable even, but sonically worthless. Just for appearances.
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    You'd never know!
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    Blue Blood Senior Member

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    Whoa!
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    It MUST be a SUPER DISTORTION for that vibe.. Double Cream, no ifs and and buts.:naughty:

    Vintage preferably..you want the one with three holes on the top.
     
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    A non covered t-top, black coils, rusted screws and worn plastic would look cool!
     
  8. Seahawk2982

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    Like I said its already ready to go for the humbucker. The P90 route was widened ever so slighly and mouting ring holes drilled. All is covered by the Dogear cover.



     
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    This is a 57 I had - it's the old Petra guitar. Any good humbucker works fine.

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    I did it to a 61 LP Junior, no routing needed, just needed to glue in a couple dowels to accommodate for pick up ring screws.
    61 Junior + 59 Paf= sweet. I wound up putting the P90 back in it though, no issues. cept for a couple little screw holes from the
    pick up ring:)
     
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    If its the original P90 I doubt you'll do much better.

    My 75 goldtop deluxe came with a humbucker in the bridge. (black/cream Super distortion of course!) The baseplate had the tabs removed, and a screw held the baseplate in place so there was no height adjustment. A mounting ring was screwed in for show. I went through a P90 and a minihumbucker but now the super D is back in! it sounds pretty cool.
     
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    Here's mine. 1955 Junior modified by Strings and Things during the '70s.

    Long adjustable posts on the pickups will cause them to lean a bit.

    Here's a little clip of me playing it yesterday through my Firebird Musical Amp named "Annie." FMAs are very similar to Trainwrecks. My buddy Dom at Celestial Effects custom builds these.

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    That's pretty cool.

    The luthier(s) at String n' Things in those days must have had a hard-on for pre-war Gibson headstock overlays. They did the same thing to Jeff Beck's Yardbirds burst when they replaced (or repaired) the neck.
     
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    If you've still got the original p90 I don't think any modern humbucker is going to give anything better than what that can deliver. If it was me, and I was going to drop a HB in my vintage junior I would be seriously looking at James' P90 sized HB. Besides the fact it requires no mods he makes seriously good sounding pickups.
     
  15. Seahawk2982

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    The original P-90 sounds killer. Its a 1959 P-90 but still vintage and period correct. Since it has been routed for a hb underneath I figured itd be cool to see what a hb sounds like is all. Can always drop the P-90 back in when I choose to.
     
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    Talk is cheap! We demand photos! :thumb:

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    Go for it. My 57 with humbuckers sounds amazing as my others do...just a little different. As long as you have a good sounding humbucker (old or new) you will be fine.[​IMG]
     
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    I direct mounted pickup and modified a P90 cover. I've also put a bill lawrence l500xl with no routing and P90 cover on top
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    :applause:

    Like!
     
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    My current favorite humbuckers are a set of patent sticker t-tops from 67. They're sound great and they have a nice attitude to them without being very hot.
     

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