Top 5 Humbuckers You've Used

Discussion in 'Pickups' started by red_bull, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. B5Erik

    B5Erik Senior Member

    Messages:
    686
    Likes Received:
    511
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2012
    Wish I could try some pickups from ReWind, GuitarForce, and Bare Knuckle, among others.

    James at ReWind was a great source of info as I began searching for pickups, and I'd love to try at least a bridge pickup from him at some point - but as my budget is limited that might not be for a while. Someday, hopefully. The comments about his pickups are absolutely glowing.

    I have no doubt that I'd have to go to a Top 10 if I got pickups from the manufacturers listed above... (And they'd all probably be in the Top 5.)
     
  2. nitrodave08

    nitrodave08 Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,846
    Likes Received:
    1,894
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2013
    1) CB'ers in the '14 R9
    2) SD '59s
    3) MHSs in the ESLP
    4) Dimarzio SuperDistortion
    5) ???
     
  3. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Member

    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2008
    1. Sanford Magnetics ME22
    2. Vintage Vibe overwound Tele Bridge 7 P90 HB neck
    3. Zhangbucker P90
    4. Brierley Vintage HBs (335)
    5. TV Jones Classic plus/Classic
     
  4. jcsk8

    jcsk8 Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,543
    Likes Received:
    1,466
    Joined:
    May 25, 2010
    Wolfetone Dr.V
    Dimarzio 36th
    L8001 (From Burny FLG)
    VH-4 (from another burny)
    SD alnico pro 2
     
  5. X–Ray

    X–Ray Cowbell by Misadventure

    Messages:
    16,861
    Likes Received:
    19,118
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    A bunch....

    My current favorites are:

    #1 Tom Holmes

    #2 Sheptone Tributes
     
  6. FlameTop

    FlameTop Senior Member

    Messages:
    189
    Likes Received:
    425
    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    In no particular order:

    * BKP Mule
    * Gibson Custombucker
    * Creamery 59
    * PRS 53/10
    * Häussel 1959
     
  7. mmd

    mmd Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,455
    Likes Received:
    2,392
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    My favorite humbuckers are:

    1. PRS 57/08. I have three guitars with these pickups and by far the instruments sound/react EXACTLY how I have always wanted a guitar to sound/react.

    2. SD "Saturday Night Special". This pickup impressed me greatly. They are a bit darker than the 57/08. SD really nailed it with the "70's arena rock" label. I ALWAYS loved the Skynyrd tone, and my PRS SC250 with these pickups has me right there.

    3. PRS designed, Korean made, S2 #7. I have this pickup in two guitars. They are thick and rich with a lot of sustain. I am constantly on the hunt for used S2 #7s. They sound GLORIOUS in all-mahogany guitars.

    4. SD JB/Jazz combo. This WAS my go-to combo for MANY years. I found it to be a great pairing for many instruments, unless they were basswood.

    5. DiMarzio PAF Pro. This was my first replacement pickup I ever used, and still my favorite DiMarzio. I tend to prefer these in basswood guitars (Ibanez especially).
     
  8. PunkKitty

    PunkKitty Senior Member

    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    485
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    In no particular order:
    - Mojotone '59 Clones (with Throbak A4 magnets)
    - Burstbucker 1&2
    - Duncan Seth Lover
    - Duncan 59
    - Fralin P92

    On order:
    - Sheptone Blue Sky
     
  9. retrobob

    retrobob Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,045
    Likes Received:
    792
    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2011
    5 Iv'e tried.
    Rolphs 58 pretenders
    Duncan Seth Lovers
    Peter Florence Voodoo's
    Brandonwound aged PAF clones.
    57 classics
     
  10. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

    Messages:
    11,524
    Likes Received:
    27,414
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    1. ECP Hallowed Grounds

    2. Lollar mini-hums

    3.W B H abeneros

    4. W B Greenies 6...7..-0....7

    5.jonesy custom PAF's
     
  11. sapi

    sapi Senior Member

    Messages:
    894
    Likes Received:
    72
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2007
    I was looking for an authentic PAF tone, whatever that means!

    1. Dave Stephens '59 NOS wire set
    2. Dave Stephens VL '61
    3. Throbak SLE 101
    4. WB 67-07
    5. Bareknuckle Pickups VHII
     
  12. chunktone

    chunktone Member

    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    21
    Joined:
    May 11, 2011
    1. WCR Icebucker set.

    2. Motor City Pickups Detroiter set.

    3. Motor City Pickups Afwayu set.

    4. Rio Grande BBQ bucker

    5. Seymour Duncan Custom 5.
     
  13. Progbusters

    Progbusters Member

    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    24
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    1. Seymour Duncan Custom 5 bridge
    2. Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates neck
    3. Seymour Duncan Screaming Demon bridge in the neck
    4. TV Jones Powertron bridge
    5. Fender Broadcaster from my Baja Tele
     
  14. MasterEvan07

    MasterEvan07 Senior Member

    Messages:
    844
    Likes Received:
    323
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    The challenge of a thread like this is that few people give context for their sound or the sound they're after, so you have no idea the application and tonal direction...

    For me, I like a good solid fundamental that's especially articulate on the wound strings and clear without being thin on the unwound. I'm always looking for pickups that have, this being a subjective thing, a sweet musicality to them.

    I've experimented a lot, but the one set I've come back to constantly are my Echopark 60s Pat # pickups.

    Others

    Skatterbrane Benwabranes
    Fralin Pure PAFs
    OX4
    ECP Hallowed Grounds

    I've tried scores of others and the problem is that it could just be they weren't good in my one and only LP, not that they're bad pickups per se.
     
    Wolf ^_^ likes this.
  15. CorsaAddict

    CorsaAddict Senior Member

    Messages:
    152
    Likes Received:
    62
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2014
    Sigil 57 Roots Set
    Skatterbrane Earthbrane
    Ox4
    Sigil Black Magic Set
    Manlius Fat Diane
     
  16. B5Erik

    B5Erik Senior Member

    Messages:
    686
    Likes Received:
    511
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2012
    I've got to put my Guitarforce Superstar on my list. Great high output pickup that still has some dynamics and a fairly open sound that breathes a bit.

    I'm going to make some more pickup changes over the next couple of months, so my list is likely to have a lot of changes on it...
     
  17. pinodorato

    pinodorato Senior Member

    Messages:
    177
    Likes Received:
    253
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    1 Stephen Design 59HD Nos Wire
    2 Wizz Premium Clone PAF LTD Nos Wire
    3 ECP Hallowed Ground
    4 Stephen Design VL61HD
    5 OX4 Hot Duane
     
  18. Johnnyslim

    Johnnyslim Senior Member

    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    86
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2008
    1. 1959 PAF's (still using)
    2. 1958 PAF's (still using)
    3. 1961 PAF's (still using)
    4. Florence '59s
    5. Lollar Imperials
     
  19. bertrand4070

    bertrand4070 Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,043
    Likes Received:
    354
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    1 tom holmes 450/455
    2 tom holmes classic 57
    3 neck tim shauw
    4 bridge t-top
     
    Kris Ford likes this.
  20. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,754
    Likes Received:
    4,039
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2011
    Gibson PATENT# pickups
    Gibson PAT# decal T Tops. (Brandonwound makes a damn near spot on clone of these, and the above, so they count too for me!)
    Gibson stamped base Pat# T Tops
    Gibson Super Humbuckers, otherwise known as Tarbacks
    Gibson 57 Classics (glad to see lots of love for these)

    Not always in that order either.

    Honorable mention to the Super D/PAF combo, a PAT# base, reg spaced 500T (yep..:cool:), and a few memorable Burstbuckers.
     

Share This Page