Bright Humbucker Pickups

Discussion in 'The Pickup Place' started by chicago slim, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Houston
    They are humbucking, but dimensionally not the same as standard humbuckers. The other thing you need to know before deciding on something is string spacing.

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  2. AZBrahma

    AZBrahma Gretschie

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    Dec 18, 2020
    Arizona
    Oh, another one I forgot about completely....the Lace Alumitone. In the regular guise they look weird and are susceptible to finger noise, but they now have cover options. Very unique and cool, nice and bright.
     
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  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I have two sets of those, I like them. There's an old You Tube video were a guy plays Strays Cats on a Les Paul with those pickups and it sounds very Setzer like.
     
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  4. chicago slim

    chicago slim Synchromatic

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    I put in an order for a set of Bootstrap Vintage Cleans, Uncovered Black/Black. I tend to cause my covered pickups to tarnish, pretty badly. I'm going with a low output alnico II (7.6 k) for the neck and alnico V (8.2 k) for the bridge. I'm hoping that this will give me the middle position sounds that I've been looking for. I might wire it to split only the neck pickup, always keeping the bridge in humbucking mode. They are made to order, so I am looking at a 4 to 6 week ship date. I'll report back, when I get them.

    Thanks.

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  5. TubeLife

    TubeLife Gretschie

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    I just experimented with a magnet swap for a pair of Seymour Duncan 59’s PAF’s I had laying around. I put the original 59 pickups in an American Strat HH pickguard, and the bridge was way too bright and hard for my liking. Instead of purchasing new pickups I purchased new bar magnets for each pickup, $15

    I put a UOA5 in the bridge and a A3 in the neck. Very satisfied with the result. I was ready to purchase the Bootstrap vintage PAF’s as well but I think I’m good to go with these!
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  6. chicago slim

    chicago slim Synchromatic

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    Everyone probably thinks that it's strange, that I would ask for pickup advice for a PRS, on a Gretsch site. But, I play rockabilly, country and jazz. I've always loved that Gretsch sound and have played professionally for over 15 years. I'm now older and suffer from arthritis, driving me toward PRS necks.

    Thanks again to everyone.
     
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  7. chicago slim

    chicago slim Synchromatic

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    UPDATE:

    I'm still waiting for the Bootstrap pickups.

    I've installed a set of Porter Gatekeepers. Low wind, low output (6.8k), alnico II for the neck and low output (7.8k), alnico V for the bridge. They sound very good. A little more full range, than my alnico II/alnico IV, PRS 85/15s pickups. Overall I'm very pleased with Porter Pickups.

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