Best mud-free neck pickup

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  1. 50WPLEXI

    50WPLEXI Senior Member

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    So since the neck humbucker seems to be the achilles heel of a Les Paul type guitar. Which humbuckers have you used to cure this ill?
     
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    Frogfur Senior Member

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    50, almost any modern PAF style will sound perfectly fine if at the
    Most basic level, if most just lower the pickup some and raise the poles to your liking.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Ph03n1x Senior Member

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    I liked the new custombuckers for this. PAF style pickups should be lower output and more clear but some winders still manage to make them muddy. I like alnico III in neck but that is my preference.
     
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    morbidalex666 Senior Member

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    Tyson TTL-2 neck
    Suhr Thornbucker neck

    There are others that I have tried and achieved that, but I didn't like their tone.
     
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    50WPLEXI Senior Member

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    I agree up to a point. My guitar (I've seen others) is super picky when it comes to the neck pup for some reason. Wrong mag/just a little too hot and it's mud city.

    No amount of tweaking will make it go away. But then you have the guitars that can just take anything. I have a A3/PAF type in my guitar now and it's perfect.

    Just wondering what you all thought/have used.
     
  7. LtKojak

    LtKojak Senior Member

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    If the guitar itself is not a complete dud, any well-wound p'up should be able to be set-up to sound mud-free.

    Having said that, there are two grades of alnico that time and time again come to the rescue in case of a pesky muddy neck: A3 and A4, depending on the desired basic tone-footprint.

    I don't have the science to back this up; I'm just stating the facts of over fifteen years of guitar-teching.

    HTH,
     
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    theycallmetex Senior Member

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    ReWind Low Output
     
  9. Zhangliqun

    Zhangliqun Senior Member

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    Almost any A5 neck bucker will bring the mud.
     
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    Quill Senior Member

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    I have never in decades of playing and with all kinds of different humbuckers ever had trouble getting a good sound out of any humbucker in the neck position, regardless of wind or magnet. Yes, it's possible that for certain specific applications one pickup might be better than another. But. I like to choose amps and speakers and any gadgetry that work on the bright side, or adjust the set-up so it works that way, and then roll back whatever seems too bright with the tone controls on the guitar or on an overdrive pedal or an eq or whatever works. If one habitually sets up the amp using the bridge pickup on the guitar as the reference point - which usually offers a narrower and sometimes brighter range of sounds to work with in the first place - it can be hard to get good sounds in performance with any other pickup. This applies to any guitar with multiple pickups, not just humbuckers.

    I mean ... this is something I figured out as a kid the first time I ever sat by myself in a music store somewhere and picked away a little on an electric guitar plugged into an amp, within about five minutes of flipping switches and turning knobs ... but it's a more complicated world now, with lots of distractions ... it takes longer to figure stuff out, these days. :cool:
     
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    So far I've tried a Shed (6.9k), a Leslie (7k?) and a stock Gibson pu reading 7k (490?) but I think any decent low wound pu (with offset coils) does the trick...
     
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    Even les paul admitted the neck position was kind of muddy ... So you're not wrong ...

    If you're playing music with higher gain , you might be into the humbucker from hell, super 2 or d-activator neck .... The super 2 will completely clean up all the notes especially the higher notes on the low e string... That thing is super super clear. But it may not be for everyone ...
     
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    I've got an OLD set of K10s (mid-late 1970s - Super 2 before the name change) and those things are seriously clear, probably the clearest I have ever played in a pickup that still sounds fully like a humbucker. A different cup of tea indeed from a PAF type pickup (high headroom, low resistance, ceramic magnet, hotter than a PAF but with a lot of the low end shaved off), but absolutely worth investigating.
     
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    T-Tops are great for neck position, especially late 60s/early 70s ones. They are very clear, dynamic and articulate sounding pickups.
     
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    Humbucker size P-90 (Brand of your choice).
     
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    Nope
     
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    Peter Florance Voodoo '59 or Wolfetone Dr. Vintage.
     
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    The best neck hum bucker made IMHO (I like Bare Knuckle, Suhr, Dimarzio as a general rule)... is.... the Dimarzion "Humbucker From Hell"... very clear, very articulate, and very responsive ...and it will save you some $...
     
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    P-90 or Mini-humbucker.

    But I love 57 Classics in the neck, too. No muddy problems for mdubya.

    Maybe it is a too much gain problem?

    I tend to lower the neck pickup to balance with the bridge, volume wise. I don't like one to be louder than the other and I tend to play fat lead tones on the neck, so I don't mind if it sounds a bit wool-y with OD.

    Best cure for a muddy neck pickup? Flip the selector switch to the bridge pickup. Mud gone. :)
     
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    DiMarzio H from H or EJ?
     
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