I still this it is a fine axe for startin out....as you progress you will see more clearly what you want out of a new one and can make a very good educated decision...for now, yank that pup out and let Sir Searcy guide you!
BTW I am somewhat glad to see that I was not the only one that wasted $10 on the guitar one poster pack LOL it is a great SRV poster anyway....LOL
Sorry it took so long to answer Michael. The guitar looks cool. If I wanted to go with another Duncan in the neck I would use a SH-1 ’59 model. It will clean up enough for Jazz but break up enough for Metal. Now, if you don't want to use a Duncan I would recommend one two of my pickups. The first is the Knuckle Head Humbucker. I have just finished work on two new looks for it that are a bit less freaky. The other , if your willing to go single coil, is the new Gargoyle pickup I'm making. It's basically one of my S-90s but it fits into a Humbucker rout with out any modifications.
Keep in mind that the pickups you pick have to be well matched because your guitar lack a second volume control. That's shouldn't;t be a problem though.
Post by Benford Guitars on Jul 25, 2006 15:30:45 GMT -5
Clint, thanks for all the great info! Just a little more info from my limited knowledge. These pickups were made available again back in thr late 90's. They were being produced in Japan at the time. Probably because Fernandes was building the re-issue guitars for Fender. They were very much like the originals tone wise. As you said, in 2004, they came to light in the Mexican Tele re-issues. At this time production went to Mexico, where the pickups had a different "look" underneath, and sound as well. NOW, for whatever reason, they are being made in Japan again.
Im still a little unclear on 1 point. Was there a purpose for the staggered adjustable poles?
Im still a little unclear on 1 point. Was there a purpose for the staggered adjustable poles? S
Oh yea! I forgot about that didn't I ? Let's take one more look at this pickup.
I also forgot about those 1990's Thin Line Teles from Fender Japan. Those were good guitars. If the back of your pickup looks like this it's an accurate reproduction of the original 72 Seth Lover design. As you can see, all 12 of the magnet slug pole screws are the same. It's just that some are put in up side down so that can't be adjusted. The cover has holes that allow for 6 to protrude through. 3 from the upper coil and 3 from the lower coil. I believe that Fender did this for a few reasons.
1. It looks more Fenderish. Think about the P bass humbucker or the pickups used in the Fender XII. To split the poles just looked more Fender.
2. The fact that the adjustable poles are so much closer to the strings allows you to essentially use one coil to pickup the bass strings and one to pickup the treble strings. This allows for a little bit brighter sound than a standard Gibson style humbucker because you don't have two opposing coils sensing the same part of the string.
So yes, the staggered poles do aid in the unique sound of these pickups but I feel the biggest factor is the way the magnets go through the coils.
Michael, both those pickups I mentioned before are $59.
Post by Benford Guitars on Jul 26, 2006 10:18:21 GMT -5
2. It The fact that the adjustable poles are so much closer to the strings allows you to essentially use one coil to pickup the bass strings and one to pickup the treble strings. This allows for a little bite brighter sound than a standard Gibson style humbucker because you don't have two opposing coils sensing the same part of the string.
AH HA! Thats what I was looking for. Makes total sence. I knew it was something like that. They sound great but I always liked the way they look. That always gets me in trouble though. Thats why I have a Lavander guitar. I thought it looked cool.
Post by Benford Guitars on Jul 28, 2006 15:25:33 GMT -5
I'm glad if this is helpful to even just a few folks. 6SB has been kind to me so I want to give back when I can.
Next week we are going to look at a Duncan HotRail strat humbucker.
If possible could you point out the differences between the Hotrail and say Dimarzio HS-3? The HS-3 is a "stacked" humcker in a single coil size. The main physical difference is the 2 coils are on top of each other as opposed to side by side like the Rail. Are the advantages/disadvantages to this, sound differences?
If my questions falls in line with your lesson thats cool. If not we can address them later.
The Seymour Duncan Hot Rail strat size humbuckers were designed to give strat players a humbucking option for their guitars without requiring any permanent modification of the guitar.
The blade poles and side by side coil lay out mean that this design senses a huge section of the string for a strat size pickup. This results in boosted mids and lows while lowering the high end. But it also makes string spacing irrelevant and eliminates a phenomenon known as "bend fade" where the volume of the string fades away as you bend the string high up the neck.
The Hot Rails design is really just a super hot variation on the Gretch Filter Tron with blade poles. In this picture you can clearly see how the blade poles but up to the ceramic bar magnet in the middle to force one of them to be N and the other to be S.
Seymour Duncan has made several variations on this design over the years. This particular Hot Rail pickup is a Duncan Performer "Scorcher". Each of its coils is wound to 12k ohms with tiny 44GA wire resulting in a massive 24k ohms of DC resistance. This makes for a super hot pickup that cuts the high end even more.
All of these elements combine to create a pickup that is really good for super distortion. It has a very muddy sound with little high end definition. Duncan does make other Hot Rails with Alnico magnets and more reasonable windings that get a more balanced sound and mix better with other pickups.
In contrast DiMarzio took a crack at beating this problem years before with its HS-1 stacked humbucker. In fact DiMarzio has the distinction of being the first company to offer a humbucking solution for Strat style pickups. The HS-1 was a pickup with a very weak output and was never very popular.
But the boys at DiMarzio knew they were on to something. By keeping the Alnico slug magnets they helped retain much of that Fender Strat, distinctive high end. Further experimenting led to the HS-2.
The DiMarzio HS-2 also uses a coil shape and power that is much closer to that of a Strat pickup. In fact each coil is wound to about 7k ohms DC which is exactly what a Strat reads. Combined the coils registers about 14k ohms DC. However, its 4 wire lead means that one of the coils can be cut out to give a true single coil sound when humbucking mode is not needed.
The HS-3 Is the same pickup but with a more powerful set of coils. With a DC resistance of 24K ohms it has fewer highs and a more pronounced low end. But it's Alnico slug magnets put it in between the HS-2 and the hot rail Scorcher in terms of clarity and balance.
Yngwie Malmsteen loved these pickups so much he eventually had DiMarzio make a signature model based on these. The DiMarzio YJM is pretty much an HS-3 with staggered poles for better string to string balance and a more vintage look.
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