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    oripure polepieces alnico p90 not bar alnico

    These https://www.amazon.com/OriPure-Alnico-Pickup-Bridge-Guitar/dp/B0773PTCM9 ? I bet they sound really good, I'm tempted to buy some myself. It says they have 50mm pole piece spacing, the most important thing would be finding dog ear covers that are also 50mm. If you have to, you could epoxy...
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    Whats wrong with Gibson P90?

    A Bill Lawrence Q Filter is a good way to get more treble out of a P-90 on demand. A handful of inductors are recommended for the purpose, the IME the Q Filter is the best. On some of my P-90 guitars I use caps in series, which reduces the mud just fine, but it doesn't add any new found high...
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    Table of Gibson pickup data 2015-2016

    If you're concerned about the insulator type for the sake of vintage correct attributes, that's understandable, but since it has no impact on the tone, if the purpose of the information is to help find a pickup with a certain sound, then it doesn't matter at all. I haven't seen any data to...
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    Table of Gibson pickup data 2015-2016

    The inductance would be the most important value to have, if you wanted to know how closely one of these sounds to another, but it's not present. Probably the closest inference is the turn count on the coils, which is impressive information, since it would be very tedious to figure that...
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    Tell me about the Super Distortion humbucker

    The inductance of the SD is about 6.5 henries. Typical hot PAF is around 5.5 to 6 henries. With alnico 5, the Gauss strength at the pole tops is around 250 to 300 gauss, with an SD I measured 450 gauss, similar to ceramic or an A7 in a PAF. The DiMarzio Norton is probably pretty close to...
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    Tell me about the Super Distortion humbucker

    IMO, there's not much difference in the sound of a magnet swap versus a pickup that is raised or lowered from the strings, if you discount the change in output, because in both cases the cause of the difference in sound owes to a stronger or weaker magnetic pull on the strings. So if you can...
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    Whats wrong with Gibson P90?

    Maybe people are replacing P-90's in Epiphones or other import guitars. In that case, Gibson as a replacement pickup is no better or worse than anything else with similar specs. But if I had a Gibson with P-90's already I wouldn't see the point in swapping them out, on account of quality alone...
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    Are Gibson 57's really better ?

    The old Epi humbuckers had brass covers, which is like having the tone control around "7" all the time, because the eddy currents load down the pickup in a similar way to a tone pot. Nickel silver has a high resistivity, so the eddy currents are lower, and so it's more transparent. The new Pro...
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    Can a slug humbucker coil be converted into a Tele or slug P-90 type pickup?

    The claim that putting AlNiCo pole pieces can make a Gibson originated pickup sound weak can be true, and there's one big reason for it, if a coil has a steel core, the inductance of that coil will be much higher than if the core has air, or AlNiCo. When a pickup has higher inductance, it will...
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    $29.62

    That's a little strange, they're undercutting thr retail version.
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    Tell me about the Super Distortion humbucker

    I would say so. I think the ceramic magnet helps the high end come through well. It's not so hot that it will drive any clean amp into clipping, the amp would have to be near break up to begin with.
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    $29.62

    Here's a side by side of OP's pickups and the bridge and neck pickup from an Epiphone I bought a few months ago Per Joe Bonamassa's specs, the three pickups are hot, essentially three bridge pickups, so I replaced them with BYO Blizzards in order to get a more "off the shelf" Les Paul sound...
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    $29.62

    I just looked up ProBuckers on AliExpress, they're not just selling the pickups, they're selling the entire wiring harness, and it looks identical to what I've seen in Epiphones, including the PCB push pull pots for the coil splitting. I have no idea how they manufacture and sell all of the...
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    $29.62

    IME, dhgate is the go-to for outright counterfeits. I haven't seen any on AliExpress lately, and I've looked. I'm not above buying fakes. I take that back, I see some on there now, but the ProBuckers are real. I can post pics of near identical authentic pickups. If the fake guitars I see on Ali...
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    $29.62

    Those are not counterfeit. I have some ProBuckers that I recently pulled out of a Joe Bonamassa sig Black Beauty to compare against. It all looks very much the same. Besides that, I haven't seen a counterfeit humbucker with a nickel silver looking base plate, they tend to clearly be brass...


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