Top 5 Humbuckers You've Used

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

  1. Skit

    Skit Witch Doctor Premium Member

    Messages:
    4,756
    Likes Received:
    3,780
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2009
    Timbuckers
    Beast Buckers "Bernie Marsden" set
    Wizz Vintage wire (just installed them)
    Earthbranes
    OX4

    Not listed in any particular order.
     
    JohnnyN likes this.
  2. Rocco Crocco

    Rocco Crocco Senior Member

    Messages:
    6,550
    Likes Received:
    7,752
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2013
    DMZ Super Distortion
    DMZ Transition
    Duncan JB (this pickup is fussy about what guitar it goes in).
    Gibson Burstbucker
     
  3. JohnnyN

    JohnnyN Old school Premium Member

    Messages:
    4,314
    Likes Received:
    11,891
    Joined:
    May 15, 2010
    "Vintage" PAF from Mojo Pickups UK
    Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers
     
    Zoobiedood likes this.
  4. Rhust

    Rhust Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,876
    Likes Received:
    2,873
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    I probably don't have the experience that others have, but I'll play along:

    1) Duncan Screamin' Demon... if you've never tried one, you are missing out.
    2) Gibson 490R
    3) Duncan JB - if there was such a thing as a "one size fits all" pickup... this might be it.. hot, but can be rolled off
    4) Entwistle Darkstar ND - if you want a 'metal' pickup without going to EMGs... there's no reason for a pickup this cheap to be this damn good.
    5) Duncan 59 neck - pairs perfectly with the JB, but stands on its own as a great, bright neck pickup...
     
  5. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,698
    Likes Received:
    1,151
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    I like WCRs -- Goodwood, Darkburst and Crossroads. Duncan Seth Lovers and Pearly Gates have nice tone as well.

    I'd like to try BK Mules and Stormy Mondays.
     
  6. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,754
    Likes Received:
    4,033
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2011

    YES! They are criminally underrated!

    I have a SET of 490Rs in my '76 SG..I just put the "hotter" one in the bridge, (7.82K and 7.79K) under T Top covers..they ROCK! I'd rather have those than any boutique to be frankly honest.
     
  7. Sp8ctre

    Sp8ctre Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,160
    Likes Received:
    5,972
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2014
    The only set of PUP's that I have that truly stand out among the rest are...

    Bernie Marsden Beast Buckers!

    When anyone picks up my Les Paul with these in it you can immediately hear the difference. They just have a bite and growl to the sound
    that none of my other guitars have. To compare the others I have are Gibson Custom Buckers, Gibson 57 Classics, Gibson Burst Bucker 1&2
    and finally a set of Tom Anderson P90 Humbuckers.

    I did just pick up a set of Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa Skinner Burst Zebra Set, but I have yet to install them...
     
    JohnnyN likes this.
  8. Zoobiedood

    Zoobiedood Senior Member

    Messages:
    852
    Likes Received:
    281
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2015
    Strange..I *hated* the sound of the 490 set in my Howard Roberts Fusion.
     
  9. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,754
    Likes Received:
    4,033
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2011
    Through 500K pots, they are VERY similar to 57 Classics.
     
  10. Rhust

    Rhust Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,876
    Likes Received:
    2,873
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    I had the 490R in the Neck of the Studio Deluxe... it had a Burstbucker pro in the bridge... I loved the neck sound, hated the bridge... to me, the BBPro was too dirty to get clean, and too clean and 'honky' to sound good dirty... it was like in no-man's land... I would never switch to the treble position, always the neck, or middle (with the bridge volume rolled down on the middle)

    covers might have helped the BBPro, now that I think about it though...
     
  11. Zoobiedood

    Zoobiedood Senior Member

    Messages:
    852
    Likes Received:
    281
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2015
    That must be why I don't like those, either.
     
  12. Rhust

    Rhust Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,876
    Likes Received:
    2,873
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    does that mean a 300k pot would be better? are they too bright for you at 500k?
     
    mdubya likes this.
  13. swampblues

    swampblues Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,051
    Likes Received:
    2,993
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    1 Bare Knuckle Mule
    2 WCR Crossroads
    3 Wolfetone Legends
    4 Wizz PAF
    5 Fralin Pure PAF
    all good in different ways
     
  14. Stuff

    Stuff Senior Member

    Messages:
    623
    Likes Received:
    601
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2013
    These have all been keepers:
    • Gibson CustomBuckers
    • Sigil Bluesman 57 LTDs
    • OX4
    • Monty's Guitars' PAFs
    CustomBuckers seem to be a real lottery. Every set I've played has sounded different. If you trawl this forum for reviews, you'll sometimes be hard-pressed to believe that people are describing the same pickup. I prefer the sets that have that upper-mids clarity and bite (which anecdotally seem quite rare), but even the two sets I have still have a lot of other differences. Monty's Guitars' PAFs sound very similar.

    The OX4s ... man, they rock out so well. It's hard to beat a set of these in a Standard.

    The Bluesman 57 LTDs are a very special set to me. They've got fantastic tonal width - deep lows and clear highs simultaneously. They've been perfect in my Custom, totally transforming it from a blunt cudgel into a much more versatile instrument. If you've got the stock 490s in your Custom, you're barely scratching the surface of just how good a Custom can be.

    Right now, I'm really digging the PRS 58/15 LTs too. Too early to say whether the neck pup is a keeper or not. It's not that I avoid the neck pup, I'm just not drawn to it like I am with the PAF-style sets I have.
     
  15. ntotoro

    ntotoro Senior Member

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    38
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2015
    • Rolph Pretender '58
    Rest in no order...
    • Sheptone Tributes
    • Custombuckers (even though every set I've ever tried has been different, I've liked them all)
    • Voodoo '59
    • Voodoo '57
    The Rolphs... maybe I just happened to get the perfect set and put it in the perfect guitar for it, but every person who has played this guitar... regardless the style, amp or whatever... has threatened to steal this thing.

    I don't know the details of the magnets in the Sheptone, as they came in an R7 Goldtop I bought used. Again, seems like the perfect set for this guitar, but for my style and gear.

    Custombuckers... every set I've tried has been a little different, but I've liked them all for what they are.

    Voodoo's... I bought the '59's on a whim for a guitar I no longer have. That guitar became my go-to and I foolishly sold it. I put the '57's in a really bright R68 Custom based on Peter's recommendation and absolutely loved them in that guitar. It originally had a screechy (tone, not feedback) set of Classic '57's in it.
     
    Blue Hound likes this.
  16. tolm

    tolm Bigsby Junkie

    Messages:
    3,759
    Likes Received:
    2,374
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    Keepin' it brief ... in no particular order:

    - WCR Crossroads
    Fabulous PAF tones with the neck perhaps being a little muddier than I would like

    - Sheptone Heartbreaker (I think)
    Very similar to the above but overall brighter to my ears.

    - Bare Knuckle Abraxas / Mule
    Had a combo of these, very good tones but surprisingly low output from the Abraxas - not a "bad" thing but I was expecting something hotter.

    - Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates
    For me, the best "off the shelf" Humbucker available. Had 'em in various LPs and Telecasters and they just sound great to me.

    - Gibson 57 Classics
    The best of Gibson's stock pickups that I've experienced. Would like to try some MHS pickups, though, as I hear they are great.
     
  17. Slater529

    Slater529 Premium Member

    Messages:
    1,296
    Likes Received:
    2,424
    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2011
    1. Bare Knuckle Mules
    2. Wizz
    3. Sheptone BK's
    4. Sheptone Tributes
    5. '97 Gibson 57 Classics
     
  18. Benjammin

    Benjammin Senior Member

    Messages:
    19,301
    Likes Received:
    13,249
    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2009
    Guitarforce Rebel PAF & Rebelfire
    Fender Hot Noiseless
    Dimarzio FRED
    Skatterbrane Metalbranes
    Fender Wide-Range (people say the repros aren't as good as the originals, but I think they are a great neck pickup for Fender style guitars)
     
    X–Ray likes this.
  19. Danelectro

    Danelectro V.I.P. Member

    Messages:
    3,651
    Likes Received:
    5,178
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2007
    1) Wizz
    2) Throbak DT-102
    3) Throbak SLE-101
    4) WCR Goodwood
    5) WCR Crossroads
     
    jcsk8 likes this.
  20. rockinlespaul

    rockinlespaul Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

    Messages:
    9,788
    Likes Received:
    9,527
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2007
    Well I was a die hard Wolfetone man for many many years but I'm sold on another winder now and I'm not really prepared to say who it is right now. Not many know about him and I like it that way lol.

    Wolfe, if your reading this, I would appreciate if you could keep quiet too. Thanks.

    Other than that, I love Wolfetones, Rolph's and Throbaks as well.
     

Share This Page