NPD: Vineham Sweet Vine 59s

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  1. jdto

    jdto Pretend Human Premium Member

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    I just installed these in my Trad, along with a Toneman 50s harness and a CreamTone ABR and aluminum tailpiece. Between the wiring, new bridge and tailpiece and new pickups, it's a whole new guitar. Responsive and throaty, open and lively. The sound in my head now comes out of my amp. It feels like I took a blanket off of my amp compared to the stock configuration. Anyway, a shout out to my fellow Canuck! He winds a sweet pickup:thumb:
     
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    DADGAD Senior Member

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    I've been interested in trying the '59's and the whiskey burners. His pickups are a steal and with the USD being stronger, they are an even better deal. I spoke
    with Craig and I may try a Whiskey Burner neck with a '59 bridge.

    Did you go with butyrate bobbins?
     
  3. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Very glad to hear! Craig wound me the best humbucker I've ever played. I know his prices are insanely low (especially for Americans), but knowing what I know now, I'd pay double for it.
     
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    How do you like the harness?
     
  5. jdto

    jdto Pretend Human Premium Member

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    That sounds like it would make a good combo.

    I didn't order the butyrate. I did, however, get them in double cream in case I ever decide to remove the raw nickel covers.

    Yeah, I'm sort of tempted to try his 6070s in my SG. But it currently has Seth Lovers and sounds pretty good like that. Almost P90ish, but a bit smoother. His pickups certainly seem like a steal, especially for Americans with the high dollar. I am impressed, so far.

    So far, so good. I have one of his in my 61 Reissue SG, too, and it works as advertised. Because I changed three things at once on the LP, it's tough to evaluate each change individually. But I like the end result.
     
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    I'm almost ready to try them over a set of custombuckers I haven't installed yet. How do you rate them compared to other pickips you have tried?
     
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    jdto Pretend Human Premium Member

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    The list isn't that long, but so far I love them. I'm not gonna declare them my favourites just yet, but that's only because I don't want to be too hasty. So yeah, they're my favourite :thumb:
     
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    You should post some pics. I'd like to see the nickel covers.
     
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    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    Thanks for posting this thread. Very interesting. Great price, especially for Canadians.
     
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    jdto Pretend Human Premium Member

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    Ok, here are a few quick shots during a commercial break during the Leafs/Habs game. Damn Habs just scored :mad:

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    Awesome! Sexy axe too! :)
     
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    Very nice! Have you done any pole adjustments?
     
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    So far, I raised the neck poles one turn each from how they came from Craig, while the bridge is exactly as he sent it. I will probably spend some more time dialling them in over the next few days.
     
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    Justo,

    That Trad and those excellent pictures of it make my fingers itch! Great looking Les Paul, for sure.

    Classicplayer
     
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    I reckon Vineham will be where my next pickups come from... At $80 Canadian each they're even cheaper than new Duncans.
     
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    Me too. I'm going to try a whisky burner neck and a sweet V59 bridge. The prices are great.
     
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    Yes the prices are fantastic. But don't focus entirely on the price point; Craig winds an amazing pup, easily valued at twice as much.
     
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    jdto Pretend Human Premium Member

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    Yup. I was playing last night on a JTM45 model on Positive Grid Bias and, even through that model with headphones on, I was struck by how good these sounded compared to the previous 57 Classics. When I play through my YBA-1 Mod1, it's even better :naughty:

    I like the Seth Lovers in my SG, but I'm tempted to try another set of Craig's in there because of how good these 59s are - maybe the Humdogs or the 6070s.
     
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    I have Seths in my Classic and they are good. I came close to leaving my Duncan '59 neck alone and replacing the '59 bridge with Craig's version of a T-Top. After brief emails with him, I went for the Seths, instead. Can any Vineham users tell me what I'd would have gained (or not) by my original plan. I prefer a lower output pickup(s) and an amp that I can push up the gain.

    Classicplayer
     
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    How much do they upcharge for Butyrate bobbins?
     

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