NPD: SD “Whole Lotta Humbucker”

jbash

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That’s a big call. Haha. Is it basically like the bridge pickup, perfect at what it does?

Obviously I have only tried a couple. I have no clue why they haven’t made pickup testing pots where you can clip or screw on the wire so you can return it if you don’t like it.
I had a love/hate affair with the bridge. Enjoy it for single note stuff, double stops, and diad/triad power chords, but a little too muddy and raw when playing more complex chords- things kind of smear together and get lost. The neck pickup is equally as good with gain as it it is clean.

I've got a couple clips from about 7/8 years ago and you can get an idea of the neck (I just roll off volumes for clean tones)

One with my OR15, one with my DSL40 (green crunch)- both into a 2x12 with G12Ms

https://soundcloud.com/jbash-1%2Fseymour-duncan-whole-lotta
https://soundcloud.com/jbash-1%2Fwhole-lotta-orange-demowav
 

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I had a love/hate affair with the bridge. Enjoy it for single note stuff, double stops, and diad/triad power chords, but a little too muddy and raw when playing more complex chords- things kind of smear together and get lost. The neck pickup is equally as good with gain as it it is clean.

I've got a couple clips from about 7/8 years ago and you can get an idea of the neck (I just roll off volumes for clean tones)

One with my OR15, one with my DSL40 (green crunch)- both into a 2x12 with G12Ms

https://soundcloud.com/jbash-1%2Fseymour-duncan-whole-lotta
https://soundcloud.com/jbash-1%2Fwhole-lotta-orange-demowav

Thanks for the clips! They sound really really good

I’m gonna try both the Seth Lover and neck WLH. I have 2 Les Paul’s that need new neck pickups so :)
 

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Thanks to the OP for posting, this was one of the better sounding demos showcasing the WLHs.

Thanks I kind of try and play a mix of riffs, chords and lead without showing off. So I basically just jam for 5 minutes and find/remember the couple of minutes that sounded best. Then had to do a Zep cover with it of course.
 

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Well. This pickup has ruined every other “PAF” style pickup I play or own.

The Super Distortion luckily has its own sound. The Pearly Gates is good at some tones but for what I play, random riffs just having fun, the WLH is perfection.

 
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I had them in an Epiphone LP, and MEANT to pull them before selling, and still am smacking myself for forgetting to do so. But, hey I have the common Probuckers still woohoo.

Very nice sounding, great demo.
I had a bridge in an ESP and should have pulled it. Great med hot bridge pickup.
 

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I had a love/hate affair with the bridge. Enjoy it for single note stuff, double stops, and diad/triad power chords, but a little too muddy and raw when playing more complex chords- things kind of smear together and get lost. The neck pickup is equally as good with gain as it it is clean.

I've got a couple clips from about 7/8 years ago and you can get an idea of the neck (I just roll off volumes for clean tones)

One with my OR15, one with my DSL40 (green crunch)- both into a 2x12 with G12Ms

https://soundcloud.com/jbash-1%2Fseymour-duncan-whole-lotta
https://soundcloud.com/jbash-1%2Fwhole-lotta-orange-demowav
Sounds great! Love that Orange sound.
 

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@rich85 what amp/effects are you using? Sounds really nice!

It’s a Nux Plexi Crunch pedal. It can get fizzy really quick but dialled in just right it’s a bargain. After that is a Boss RV6 Reverb and a Fender Pro Junior IV Tweed amp with the stock Jensen Alnico speaker.
 

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I'm a fan of the Whole Lotta HB's myself. Something about the Alnico V that I really like - seems to add that sweet upper mid. I've had a set in my main humbucker guitar for the last 7 years and I keep going back to it over and over again. I may put a set in my 2020 LP to see what happens. I wonder if Seymour swapped the Alnico II for Alnico V when he rewound Jimmy's actual pickups, or if it's all just marketing mumbo jumbo. On the surface, they seem to be a slightly hotter set of Duncan 59's.
 

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It’s a Nux Plexi Crunch pedal. It can get fizzy really quick but dialled in just right it’s a bargain. After that is a Boss RV6 Reverb and a Fender Pro Junior IV Tweed amp with the stock Jensen Alnico speaker.
The Pro Jr. sounds awesome in your clips!
 

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I'm a fan of the Whole Lotta HB's myself. Something about the Alnico V that I really like - seems to add that sweet upper mid. I've had a set in my main humbucker guitar for the last 7 years and I keep going back to it over and over again. I may put a set in my 2020 LP to see what happens. I wonder if Seymour swapped the Alnico II for Alnico V when he rewound Jimmy's actual pickups, or if it's all just marketing mumbo jumbo. On the surface, they seem to be a slightly hotter set of Duncan 59's.
Just bought a second set! lol
 

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Totally love my WLH set. Initially I was going to use that Les Paul as a pickup test mule. First set I wanted to try was the WLH. They never left the guitar after 6 years.
 

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