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BY Slowy
#811885
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Since this was a consensus build, I'm asking for insight/opinions/suggestions.

This is a nice instrument; it plays well but I have an issue with the pickups. There are 4 sounds available, the two blended tones are nice, but neither pup alone inspires me. They are both immensely powerful and I have had to lower them extremely to cut down on the low end. That said, Conway likes them and he is a much more tasteful player than he gives himself credit for.

The absolute deal breaker is that there is nothing going on here that my other guitars don't already offer.

So, have considered:
Gold Foils from Lollar. Interesting idea but hugely spendy.
Routing it out and fitting either Humbuckers or Jazzmasters. No going back.
P90s. I have a guitar with a single Lollar P90. By my standards, it's ferocious. Looked at Bareknuckle Blues 90s yesterday and they seemed promising at a reasonable price.

What say you?
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BY jeremyb
#811889
Slowy wrote:Routing it out and fitting either Humbuckers or Jazzmasters. No going back.


This is what I'd do, and given it has a pickguard it doesn't really matter as you won't change anything people can see :thumbup:
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BY Slowy
#811891
Mattallica wrote:What about some mini humbuckers?

My first thought. But they are smaller than the current pups. Probably look messy.
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BY Slowy
#811892
jeremyb wrote:
Slowy wrote:Routing it out and fitting either Humbuckers or Jazzmasters. No going back.


This is what I'd do, and given it has a pickguard it doesn't really matter as you won't change anything people can see :thumbup:

So... humbuggies or jizzmeisters? And why?
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BY Molly
#811893
Esquire it with an unpotted and slightly microphonic low output something. Make it do one thing really well. Make it a guitar you just need to ride the volume on.

:-)
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BY AiRdAd
#811895
What pickups are in there now Slowy?
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BY jeremyb
#811899
Slowy wrote:
jeremyb wrote:
Slowy wrote:Routing it out and fitting either Humbuckers or Jazzmasters. No going back.


This is what I'd do, and given it has a pickguard it doesn't really matter as you won't change anything people can see :thumbup:

So... humbuggies or jizzmeisters? And why?


Humbuckers, mainly because you can get all sorts of pickup types in a humbucker sized package :)
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BY Single coil
#811900
P90s.
Nothing that requires routing.
Haven’t heard anything good about foils that isn’t nostalgic rose tinted wank (originals were microphonic and awful etc).

Dimarzio make a huge range of p90 size HBs - perhaps one of those at the bridge.
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BY KNNZ
#811911
Lollar low wind P90 in neck and lollar humbucker in the bridge (my no.1 guitar pickup config)
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BY Slowy
#811915
Molly wrote:Esquire it with an unpotted and slightly microphonic low output something. Make it do one thing really well. Make it a guitar you just need to ride the volume on.

:-)

That's my single P90 PRS.
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BY Slowy
#811916
AiRdAd wrote:What pickups are in there now Slowy?

A pair of Adrian's handwounds.
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BY Slowy
#811917
KNNZ wrote:Lollar low wind P90 in neck and lollar humbucker in the bridge (my no.1 guitar pickup config)

Ooh.. like! Which version of the Imperial do you have in the bridge?
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BY KNNZ
#811924
Slowy wrote:
KNNZ wrote:Lollar low wind P90 in neck and lollar humbucker in the bridge (my no.1 guitar pickup config)

Ooh.. like! Which version of the Imperial do you have in the bridge?


oops sorry forgot to specify I have lollar El Rayo humbucker in the bridge :D