Pete Thorn's Massive VH and VHII Pickup Comparison

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Pete Thorn and Dave Friedman did a killer breakdown of Ed's Marshall sound, a while back. Then, a new and old 12AX7 comparison, followed by a new and old EL34 comparison. Well, these keep getting more and more detailed. Now, Pete's posted up a massive EVH pickup comparison, showing off a bunch of vintage and modern pickups and how they pull off some of the sounds on the first few Van Halen albums.

I sent him a couple of my pickups after really enjoying his "Ed's Marshall" video, which he included, but since 21 of the pickups are not mine, I hope it's cool that I share this here...


I thought original Mighty Mite 1300 was pretty cool! I might have to track one down, even though they just doubled in value today. :hmm:
 

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I honestly can't tell them apart under such high gain in a blind test
 

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That was a lot of work. I enjoy Pete's work. Had my favorites for VH tone, but I didn't dislike any of them. Sorry @cooljuk, I don't know which ones are yours. Do you mind saying?
 

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I came back to edit my post, because I just saw the thread Cooljuk came through again. I am familiar with Rewind pickups. I don't have any, but I know everything I've heard about them, and every time I've heard them, not but excellent.
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I honestly can't tell them apart under such high gain in a blind test
I agree in a way, especially the ceramic pickups. The differences I hear are in the low end, and in compression and note separation. Some are more “mushy” or “condensed” and less open and detailed by a bit.

In the AlNiCo 2 pickups, I hear more variation across the board.

No doubt, the amp plays a significant roll in the overall sound, though!
 

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I went through the comparison again, and yes, there are some obvious differences when the pickups change
 

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I thought the Super Dist and Mighty Mite were definitely the sound of the 1st album
And the Bare Knuckle VH II was superb for everything else
I was really looking forward to hearing the Duncan 78 as I’ve considered getting one but after hearing it I thought it was terrible
The 59 sounded better than it !!
 

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I agree on the Super Distortion sounding really good for those VHI tones. But then again PT can make almost anything sound good:applause:
 

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The AMP is the most important in my opinion the pickup is the fine tuner.
 

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I thought the Super Dist and Mighty Mite were definitely the sound of the 1st album
And the Bare Knuckle VH II was superb for everything else
I was really looking forward to hearing the Duncan 78 as I’ve considered getting one but after hearing it I thought it was terrible
The 59 sounded better than it !!
I thought the 59 sounded the best to me. The Motor City Blackbelt II sounded great too. I have one of each and they do the VH thing really well. The Blackbelt I has an Alnico II mag and that does really well too.
 

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I asked Pete about the amp settings. He said the only changes were done were to get the tones between VH I and some of the later stuff. There were no changes between the pickups -- all the same amp settings.
 


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