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I hate Humbucker Pickups...

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by sadmoodyfrazier, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. sadmoodyfrazier

    sadmoodyfrazier Strat-Talker

    Age:
    32
    280
    Sep 23, 2018
    Italy
    I mean... there is no way to let them play evenly between neck and bridge. The neck is always louder. On a Strat you take the stock measurements, tune the pickup heights and you are done. The pickups are balanced. On these ****in Les Pauls and SGs you always have one pickup that sounds louder than the other. I can't stand it.
     
  2. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    raising and lowering humbuckers can work wonders towards balancing them too
     
  3. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

    confused, but that is normal for me. I like buckers.
     
  4. sadmoodyfrazier

    sadmoodyfrazier Strat-Talker

    Age:
    32
    280
    Sep 23, 2018
    Italy
    I'm sorry... I could not resist:

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  5. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    I just balanced two humbuckers and a Duncan Quarter Pounder single coil in my Steinberger, by adjusting the heights. Here's what they look like now:

    photo001.jpg
     
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  6. sadmoodyfrazier

    sadmoodyfrazier Strat-Talker

    Age:
    32
    280
    Sep 23, 2018
    Italy
    On my Steinberger are quite balanced. They are totally unbalanced with the center single coil, obviously. But there is no way to balance the volumes on gibson ones.
     
  7. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    That's the reason I put the Quarter Pounder in the center pickup position. As you can see in the photo, its output is higher than the humbuckers!
     
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  8. sadmoodyfrazier

    sadmoodyfrazier Strat-Talker

    Age:
    32
    280
    Sep 23, 2018
    Italy
    I know. I think I've read your post when you did it.
     
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  9. pazman6

    pazman6 Senior Stratmaster

    Les Pauls have a volume and tone knob for each pickup. Turn the neck pickup down. I personally never use the neck pickup.
     
  10. jtees4

    jtees4 Strat-O-Master

    622
    Nov 18, 2011
    NYish
    You got the correct answer there, works great on Gibson types.
     
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  11. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    And

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  12. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Brazil
    I don't encounter this problem on my Les Paul. I might be doing something wrong.
     
  13. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 10, 2013
    Hillsboro, OR, USA
    Don't Les Pauls and SGs have separate volume & tone controls for each pickup? I thought those controls would let you balance the volumes of their pickups.
     
  14. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    I love singles and buckers. I always have both, and there's a place for both if you like them. If raising lowering doesn't work, then, like others have mentioned in above posts, use the volume knob, sensibly provided for each pickup on most bucker equipped guitars, that for sure will make them equal.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
  15. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

  16. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson
    I love Humbuckers...on Gibsons and clones thereof.

    I like Single coils on Gibson...and Fenders.
     
  17. BobbyS

    BobbyS Strat-O-Master

    626
    Dec 11, 2011
    Los Lunas, NM
    on ST we try and not deal with logic
     
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  18. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va
    I have three humbuckers guitars. I don't have those issues
     
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  19. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    32
    875
    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    Not really sure what you're talking about. I don't have this problem with my sg or my lp.

    Can you operate a screwdriver ? I mean lower the poles also... come on dude.
     
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  20. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    I've honestly never experienced this, unless you specifically put unbalanced pickups in the same guitar and never adjusted them.
     
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