Top 5 Humbuckers You've Used

B5Erik

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Wish I could try some pickups from ReWind, GuitarForce, and Bare Knuckle, among others.

James at ReWind was a great source of info as I began searching for pickups, and I'd love to try at least a bridge pickup from him at some point - but as my budget is limited that might not be for a while. Someday, hopefully. The comments about his pickups are absolutely glowing.

I have no doubt that I'd have to go to a Top 10 if I got pickups from the manufacturers listed above... (And they'd all probably be in the Top 5.)
 

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1) CB'ers in the '14 R9
2) SD '59s
3) MHSs in the ESLP
4) Dimarzio SuperDistortion
5) ???
 

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1. Sanford Magnetics ME22
2. Vintage Vibe overwound Tele Bridge 7 P90 HB neck
3. Zhangbucker P90
4. Brierley Vintage HBs (335)
5. TV Jones Classic plus/Classic
 

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Wolfetone Dr.V
Dimarzio 36th
L8001 (From Burny FLG)
VH-4 (from another burny)
SD alnico pro 2
 

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A bunch....

My current favorites are:

#1 Tom Holmes

#2 Sheptone Tributes
 

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In no particular order:

* BKP Mule
* Gibson Custombucker
* Creamery 59
* PRS 53/10
* Häussel 1959
 

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My favorite humbuckers are:

1. PRS 57/08. I have three guitars with these pickups and by far the instruments sound/react EXACTLY how I have always wanted a guitar to sound/react.

2. SD "Saturday Night Special". This pickup impressed me greatly. They are a bit darker than the 57/08. SD really nailed it with the "70's arena rock" label. I ALWAYS loved the Skynyrd tone, and my PRS SC250 with these pickups has me right there.

3. PRS designed, Korean made, S2 #7. I have this pickup in two guitars. They are thick and rich with a lot of sustain. I am constantly on the hunt for used S2 #7s. They sound GLORIOUS in all-mahogany guitars.

4. SD JB/Jazz combo. This WAS my go-to combo for MANY years. I found it to be a great pairing for many instruments, unless they were basswood.

5. DiMarzio PAF Pro. This was my first replacement pickup I ever used, and still my favorite DiMarzio. I tend to prefer these in basswood guitars (Ibanez especially).
 

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In no particular order:
- Mojotone '59 Clones (with Throbak A4 magnets)
- Burstbucker 1&2
- Duncan Seth Lover
- Duncan 59
- Fralin P92

On order:
- Sheptone Blue Sky
 

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5 Iv'e tried.
Rolphs 58 pretenders
Duncan Seth Lovers
Peter Florence Voodoo's
Brandonwound aged PAF clones.
57 classics
 

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1. ECP Hallowed Grounds

2. Lollar mini-hums

3.W B H abeneros

4. W B Greenies 6...7..-0....7

5.jonesy custom PAF's
 

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I was looking for an authentic PAF tone, whatever that means!

1. Dave Stephens '59 NOS wire set
2. Dave Stephens VL '61
3. Throbak SLE 101
4. WB 67-07
5. Bareknuckle Pickups VHII
 

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1. WCR Icebucker set.

2. Motor City Pickups Detroiter set.

3. Motor City Pickups Afwayu set.

4. Rio Grande BBQ bucker

5. Seymour Duncan Custom 5.
 

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1. Seymour Duncan Custom 5 bridge
2. Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates neck
3. Seymour Duncan Screaming Demon bridge in the neck
4. TV Jones Powertron bridge
5. Fender Broadcaster from my Baja Tele
 

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The challenge of a thread like this is that few people give context for their sound or the sound they're after, so you have no idea the application and tonal direction...

For me, I like a good solid fundamental that's especially articulate on the wound strings and clear without being thin on the unwound. I'm always looking for pickups that have, this being a subjective thing, a sweet musicality to them.

I've experimented a lot, but the one set I've come back to constantly are my Echopark 60s Pat # pickups.

Others

Skatterbrane Benwabranes
Fralin Pure PAFs
OX4
ECP Hallowed Grounds

I've tried scores of others and the problem is that it could just be they weren't good in my one and only LP, not that they're bad pickups per se.
 

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Sigil 57 Roots Set
Skatterbrane Earthbrane
Ox4
Sigil Black Magic Set
Manlius Fat Diane
 

B5Erik

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I've got to put my Guitarforce Superstar on my list. Great high output pickup that still has some dynamics and a fairly open sound that breathes a bit.

I'm going to make some more pickup changes over the next couple of months, so my list is likely to have a lot of changes on it...
 

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1 Stephen Design 59HD Nos Wire
2 Wizz Premium Clone PAF LTD Nos Wire
3 ECP Hallowed Ground
4 Stephen Design VL61HD
5 OX4 Hot Duane
 

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Gibson PATENT# pickups
Gibson PAT# decal T Tops. (Brandonwound makes a damn near spot on clone of these, and the above, so they count too for me!)
Gibson stamped base Pat# T Tops
Gibson Super Humbuckers, otherwise known as Tarbacks
Gibson 57 Classics (glad to see lots of love for these)

Not always in that order either.

Honorable mention to the Super D/PAF combo, a PAT# base, reg spaced 500T (yep..:cool:), and a few memorable Burstbuckers.
 




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