WCR Pickups [merged]

Discussion in 'Pickups' started by WCR, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. GYang

    GYang Junior Member

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    Thx man.
    Great respond.
    What I'll do is to out-out of phase WCR G-M set, so main sound will be greenish-moorish and alternative sound something similar (butdifferent a bit) to regular PAF.
    Interesting for my R9.
     
  2. Furkah

    Furkah Junior Member

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    at last!
    some money came in and i was finally
    able to get great new pickups for my
    les paul studio. after reading lots
    of messages and reviews, and talking
    with jim wagner, i decided on the american
    steele set. although i know choosing
    pu's is somewhat of a gamble- you won't know
    how it sounds exactly until you installed it
    in your guitar. but i'm sure those would
    be great - my first set of hand-wound pups!
    i also ordered a pre wired electronics kit from wcr.
    sorry for my blabbering, i'm just excited:)
    can't wait for the stuff to arrive and get installed!
    i'll post some clips when it gets here.
    Furkah
     
  3. 5F6-A

    5F6-A Senior Member

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    hope you enjoy them. Jim winds great pickups.
     
  4. roadsong66

    roadsong66 Senior Member

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    Can you PLEASE write us a review once you've had the chance to analyze them?
     
  5. Furkah

    Furkah Junior Member

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    ok i got the pups, and i'm very impressed.
    as i hoped and expected, they're far better than
    my stock 490r 498t. they're less dim, more "open" sounding.
    I also put in jim's pre wired kit, so there can be a few
    reasons for the drastic changes. the volume and tone
    knobs make much more difference now. i'm able to
    get a lot of different tones just rolling the guitar knobs.
    what surprised me was how close their sound is
    to the soundclips on the site and to jim's descriptions.
    it is really very easy for me now to get that godwood
    "fat crunchy" sound and the crossroads weeps and yells...
    you can listen to a demo i just made. it's just the guitar
    through my blackstar ht5 combo, recorded with a
    shure sm57. no effects used, just the od channel on the amp.
    i know- very bad guitar playing, but this is for demonstrating
    the tones...
    rhythm guitar- godwood bridge, volume-6 tone-6, clean channel
    lead- crossroads neck, volume-8, tone-2, overdrive channel
    Start Player

    Furkah
     
  6. 5F6-A

    5F6-A Senior Member

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    glad you are happy
     
  7. JLH

    JLH Senior Member

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    WCR, Hand wound? I was not aware of that, that's great, congrats.
     
  8. Weldaar

    Weldaar V.I.P. Member

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    Not really sure if they are hand wound, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better sounding pickup set. Crossroad neck, Goodwood bridge = Excellence.
     
  9. Furkah

    Furkah Junior Member

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    this is from the wcr website:

    Our Pickups are wound and constructed by hand to replicate
    some of the most famous Pickups in the history of Rock and
    Blues! All Pickups are hand-wound, hand assembled, and built
    from all new high quality parts and materials.

    so you think they're lying?

    anyways, it's a great set, i'm very much in love
    with the crossroads neck for the past few days,
    it's so deep and "woody"...
     
  10. Weldaar

    Weldaar V.I.P. Member

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    The Crossroad neck is an excellent pickup as is the GW bridge. Jim makes a great product. He is a great guy and quality Craftsman.
     
  11. PINKBITS

    PINKBITS Senior Member

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    With all this talk of vintage output pickups it's making me very interested in trying something extremely not vintage output. :thumb:

    I reckon the Ironmans by WCR look very interesting, I think with maybe Alnico 8 magnets too rather than ceramic. :hmm:

    Anyone have any info on these baby's?
     
  12. Fixxxer

    Fixxxer V.I.P. Member

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    Schockingly I have a set in a 68 custom I own.:thumb: :naughty:

    They are fatter than some of the other high output pickups I have owned and really slam the front of the amp harder than other pickups I have owned. The bridge pickup is simply a monster, and harmonics jump off this thing.

    I have mine covered with brushed nickel covers. Jim reccomends agains covering them, but I did it anyway.

    If you want to split it, it splits very well too.

    I prefer inactive pickups to active as a point of reference, and for the metal maniac in me, I tend to like the Ironman's but also think the Godwoods or Marshallheads can do metal just fine as well. The Godwoods and marshallheads sound thinner compared to these and that's saying something.

    They clean up superbly and have a nice mddle position tone as well. The neck is probably the fattest I have tried and maintains clarity into an overdriven amp.

    Overall, I'd reccomend a purchase. Jims customer service can't be touched. he calls you back, answer e-mails and ships quickly.

    For reference the above is in comparison to the SD's, Dimarzio Distortion, Wolfetone Feneris, WB Hell and Hamer, EMG, and Gibson Iommi / Ceramics.

    Hope this helps.
     
  13. ptgold

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    I have a set in my Mcnaught singlecut. All I can say is that they completely slaayyyyy!

    My bridge has a Ceramic 8 (a must) and the neck I got it with an Alnico 8 to get it just a bit smoother. I really love how the neck splits....very nice tones.

    The most amazing thing about them is that even though they are super high output you can really do anything with them because they clean up so well. Depending on my amp settings I just roll back on the volume to get just about any tone I want...from vintage to really meaty high gain. They are super easy to control to make them do anything.

    They sound really big as in clear in all the tonal spectrums. With this I mean that they are very high fidelity like.....super clarity at all volumes. Some people dont like this in their pickups but I love it.

    Dont just think of them as Metal pickups because they are SO much more believe me.
     
  14. ptgold

    ptgold Senior Member

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    heres a demonstration on a Mcnaught singlecut and flying V...check em out

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNxEvJnjSa0]YouTube - Full Tone Report #7[/ame]
     
  15. nitrous12

    nitrous12 Senior Member

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    Does anyone know the history of the WCR Godwood? I know it was originally called Goodwood and the name was changed. I also saw along the way that the design changed.
    -Did the name change happen at the same time as the design change?
    -What changed with the design and does anyone know the tone difference between the two?

    I think the newer/current version is a little hotter and said to be thicker, but I might be making that up :)
     
  16. nitrous12

    nitrous12 Senior Member

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    yes, I can spell.

    How about differences in versions
     
  17. cryptozoo

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    I'm a bit curious as well. The GWs are some of my favorite boutique pickups. I have two, but not sure which versions they are. Jim is super nice, might be worth it just to shoot him a note and ask.
     
  18. nitrous12

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    I have found some different responses. Some are from people emailing Jim.
    Not quoting any of those, but I have read now is that the newer version has more wire on it and measures a little hotter. One statement is that it made them a little thicker while another one states it made the high end a tad brighter/harsher.

    I do not know if the name change and design change happened at the same time or not.
     
  19. Fixxxer

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    I have an old school version sitting here and will be putting them in a guitar shortly. jim told me they were not as "aggressive" as the old wind. what we have today is the set made for Anthony Steele that has become a crowd favorite.

    Your best bet is to just call or e-mail jim.
     
  20. nitrous12

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    Did you mean to say they are not as aggressive as the new wind in that statement?

    Have you now had a chance to compare both? I see your sig states you have a new version and an original version of the Godwoods.

    I just got mine yesterday, but now I will be wondering if I am missing much with having the original. I like aggressive!!!
     

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