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pickup recommendation

Postby gnomethrone » Sun Dec 19, 2021 11:33 pm

Hey folks. I need some help pickup shopping. My main guitar is a tele deluxe with a BLK/TRI DRONE humbucker in the bridge and stock wide range at the neck. That bridge pickup is amazing and I love it and also it's no longer in production. I'm trying to get another guitar set up to use for my current project and I don't know where to even start. It's a G&L Fallout with a humbucker at the bridge and a P90 in the neck. The stock bridge pickup didn't suit me at all but otherwise it's great. So far I've tried:
Seymour Duncan Black Winter - Love the sound but it's way higher output so not a great pair with the P90. Sounds so killer driving an amp but my dirt is all pedals for this so I really don't need that much output
Dimarzio Super Distortion - My go-to for years but it just doesn't have the low end CHONK and the weird hairy character of that BLK/TRI
That's all I had in my parts drawer that seemed worth trying so now maybe it's time to buy something else. The band is a 2 piece and I'm tuning to drop B so I really need a pickup that captures the low end beef to carry things along but is still kinda balanced and medium-ish output. I never thought I would fall into the trap of lusting after unobtanium boutique gear but here I am. I'm looking for something by Duncan / Dimarzio / etc but I guess I could be open to other smaller builders. I know this is one of those "ask 10 people, get 10 answers" kinda things but really any advice is much appreciated.
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Re: pickup recommendation

Postby Phosphene Audio » Mon Dec 20, 2021 6:21 am

You might try a Wilde (Bill/Becky Lawrence) L500XL. They might be a little hotter than you are looking for, but they sound more balanced than other hot pickups. The L500L is a little less hot.


Another pickup I really like that I would have never tried if a set hadn't come in a guitar that I bough used for cheap is the Bareknuckle Nail Bomb. A pair of them came in a used Schecter I bought for something like $700.


I had a Black Winter in a guitar for a while, and these compare favorably.
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Re: pickup recommendation

Postby Disarm D'arcy » Tue Dec 21, 2021 3:58 pm

How about the Seymour Duncan Pegasus?
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Re: pickup recommendation

Postby imJonWain » Thu Dec 23, 2021 11:44 pm

X2N maybe? Very hot but balanced and you can roll off the volume a bit. The 80's schaller made OEM version sells for super cheap used, had one in a guitar that I really liked.
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Re: pickup recommendation

Postby voerking » Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:22 am

i feel your pain. i have a guitar with a BLK TRI WILDMEN in the bridge & nothing else sounds quite the same.

my solution is just to not try to replicate that sound with other guitars & just go for a completely different vibe on each guitar. that doesn't help at all if you're trying to have the two guitars be essentially interchangeable for live shows, etc.
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Re: pickup recommendation

Postby Jero » Tue Dec 28, 2021 1:00 pm

Very relevant to my interest!

I have the same guitar, and have recently decided to do the same thing, swap the bridge...though I have yet to get to it. You have already saved me from trying one or two combinations I already considered :lol:

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Re: pickup recommendation

Postby gnomethrone » Wed Dec 29, 2021 1:42 am

Phosphene Audio wrote:You might try a Wilde (Bill/Becky Lawrence) L500XL

I've got some kind of Bill Lawrence blade humbucker in my drawer but I wasnt going to try that one because all I remember was that it was pretty hot. I'm looking for something more on the medium-\but-extra-zesty range of things

Disarm D'arcy wrote:How about the Seymour Duncan Pegasus?

That seems like it could work for me. Thanks!

imJonWain wrote:X2N maybe? Very hot but balanced and you can roll off the volume a bit. The 80's schaller made OEM version sells for super cheap used, had one in a guitar that I really liked.

Honesty I'm too dumb to be worrying about my volume knob staying the right spot while im trying to kick out the jams

voerking wrote:i feel your pain. i have a guitar with a BLK TRI WILDMEN in the bridge & nothing else sounds quite the same.

my solution is just to not try to replicate that sound with other guitars & just go for a completely different vibe on each guitar. that doesn't help at all if you're trying to have the two guitars be essentially interchangeable for live shows, etc.

Huh interesting, yeah I guess his pickups really are unique. Hope he drops another batch sometime. I'm not too worried about matching the sound exactly, I just want to be able to switch guitars quickly without having to mess with the EQ on my pedals and amp

Jero wrote:Very relevant to my interest!

I have the same guitar, and have recently decided to do the same thing, swap the bridge...though I have yet to get to it. You have already saved me from trying one or two combinations I already considered :lol:

:snax:

It's a cool little guitar. What pickups have you been thinking about trying?
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Re: pickup recommendation

Postby voerking » Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:01 pm

maybe an EGC humbucker would work. it's similarly huge/clear in comparison to the BLK/TRI pups i've tried.
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Re: pickup recommendation

Postby voerking » Tue Jan 11, 2022 4:55 pm

strike that: get this, before i buy another one - https://reverb.com/item/49171952-blk-tr ... t=49171952
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