Almost sold my R7 but persistence paid off.

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I had a Gibson R0 and sold it when I had a pet emergency come up. Great guitar and missed it. After finances were back in order and my dog had recovered I decided I wanted to buy another Historic but with a different flavor. Just to try something different. I always liked gold tops so bought a 2014 R7. Talk about changing flavors! Anyway setting it up was a chore in itself. I was so use to the R0 neck and playability, not to mention its tone and Burstbucker pickups so I had a hard time getting everything to come together on the R7. To the point of thinking about selling it. Well I finally got the action set up and along with the neck relief I like. It now played great! However the Custombuckers were giving me a fit. Could not find that sweet spot. Height adjustments! Pole adjustments! Just could not get there. I was just going to buy a set of Burstbuckers and switch them out. This morning I decided to fire the Friedman BE-50 up and give it one last try and there it was! I finally found the sweetspots on both the neck and bridge pickups. These Custombuckers sound fantastic! I almsot made two mistakes. One I almost sold the R7 and two I almost swapped out the Custombuckers. When I took this used R7 out of the packing box there was no instant love or bond except in appearance. I had to work for that bond and glad I did. Very happy with it.
 

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Yes you've got to live with a guitar for a while to make a 'keeper' or 'seller' decision.....mine take years as I've found.... I buy my LPs sight unplayed from the US. Have had 6 over the last 30 years and kept 2 a '13 R8 and '13 R6.
 

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It’s tough to settle with a guitar that becomes a love or hate affair..
 

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What were the magic pickup settings, and how did you dial them in differently this time (or was it simply you hadn't played it through the BE-50 before)?
 

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Glad you took care of your dog. Yeah I really rate custombuckers I think they're great pups. Prefer them to BBs the custombuckers I've experienced seem quite organic with good clarity and I feel they bring out the tone of the wood in the guitar. Pickup height is very important and not to be underestimated
 

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What were the magic pickup settings, and how did you dial them in differently this time (or was it simply you hadn't played it through the BE-50 before)?
I really do not think there was a magic setting but a combination of things. It is amazing how a little adjustment in pickup and pole height can mean hitting that sweet spot or not. Even a little more or less neck relief can make a big difference. I also think my ears had become so accustomed to the tone of burstbusters that I was looking for that tone. What I did in the end was just tried to forget about my previous R0, what it played like and how it sounded. I had a different animal now. I then played through the BE-50 clean channel until I got both pickups set up to what I thought sounded good. Then I went for the gain and everything sounded fantastic. Different to me but fantastic. I also quit playing my new R7 like I use to play my R0. Meaning how I attacked the strings including pinch harmonics. I adjusted my playing technique to my new guitar and pickups. I had my R0 with burstbusters for almost 10 years and my new R7 with customebuckers for only a week. Now everything has come together on my new guitar. Glad I did not give up on her.
 


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