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Re: opinions on humbucking guitars
10/14/2004 7:04 PM
Chuck Stensrud (13014) wrote:
In general, a guitar with two humbuckers is going to give you more of the sound you are looking for than a single coil fiddle with a 'bucker in the bridge position. This is because a lot of the 'bucker sound comes from a combination of either both 'buckers, or primarily the neck 'bucker. Yeah, I was once surprised to note that a lot of tone Gods get their tone on the neck p/u.
IMHO, any two-humbucker p/u guitar above the $150 range is going to give you more of the sound you are looking for than most (note - not all) of the mixed p/u guitars, bar none. Two different classes of sound, as far as I am concerned.
Just as one example - rencently I heard, for the first time in a LONG time, CCR's "I put a spell on you." I downloaded the track to play along with, but just couldn't get the right sound using my FAT strat (HB in the bridge position). So I switched to my DeArmond M-70 (LP, with chambers) and 'buckers, and by mixing the two 'buckers was able to duplicate the tone on my solid state Marshal MG-50. (Note that the song is played using "clean" guitar. Tube and Solid-state "clean" can be indistinguishable.)
I achieved the CCR tone by setting bridge tone to 6, neck to 8, and bridge volume to 6 and neck vol to 8. Bass, mid, and treble on the Marshal at 5, 7, and 3 respectively, with a reverb setting of 4. I can't get very close to this sound with my strat, even with the bridge 'bucker.
I can also tell you that with a single humbucker in the bridge position, and a single or singles, you'll never be able to get the real "crunch" of two mixed humbuckers.
The exception would be fiddles with a 'bucker at the bridge, another at the neck, and a single in between. Then you'd want coil-splitting on at least the bridge to get the best of both worlds.