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Use the same HB in bridge and neck?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by TangerineDog, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    Like, the exact same model twice, each one specced for the bridge position.
    Have you done it?
    What did you think?
  2. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Every Les Paul made (in the wonder years at least) came with the same pickup in both positions (until DiMarzio started naming his?)
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  3. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    @abnormaltoy what you said about vintage Les Pauls is true, however when you're talking high output bridge pickups like 14-16k resistance values.....I don't think I'd want something like that in the me it would be flat and less expressive - more compressed. Personally I'd want that in a lead sound with some grit, but a neck humbucker on cleans has its own charms that you only seem to get with an under 10k wind.....

    A lot of people like a hot bridge pickup and a vintage output neck pickup for this reason - the JB from @Seymour Duncan back in the day used to come sometimes in a package with a Jazz neck pickup, or sometimes a '59 neck pickup. Either that or it was just common among players to use those combinations, so much that a lot of shops began to stock both when ordering.

    So I guess my thoughts are if you want vintage or slightly hotter than vintage say 11k wind max, I'd maybe get both the same.....but not a high output design bridge pickup in the neck position.....
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  4. MagnusR

    MagnusR Strat-O-Master

    Feb 21, 2013
    There's a risk it gets very muddy with high gain sounds especially if you keep a 250k pot. Been there and done that so to speak
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  5. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    I have to say, while it isn't my personal thing, the Jazz & JB combo (sold as the 'Hot Rodded Set') is by far our best selling set of pickups.
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  6. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    The Jazz is a fantastic neck pickup IMO.
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  7. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

    Sep 21, 2017
    May not count but many have ran an EMG 81/81 and/or 60/60 set up.
  8. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 10, 2009
    + 100,000,000.
  9. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    I do use a Jazz in a particularly mid-heavy poplar-bodied Music Man. It scoops out most of the mids, and makes it usable for me. But in a balanced instrument (like my alder Music Man, or mahogany Brian Moore), I like warmer, more buttery neck pickups.
  10. Teleplayer

    Teleplayer Strat-O-Master

    May 29, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Have you tried the SH-2n with a nickel cover? Is it possible the cover will add enough warmth to the tone to make it closer to a APH-1n?
  11. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Let's not forget about pickup height when using similar pickups in various positions.

    My avatar 60th Anniversary Commemorative p/u s all read 6.0 dc resistance. Yet each position sounds incredibly different. Of course there is placement as well.

    I need to measure the the dc resistance on my Sheraton ll. But I was told by the Master Luthier who just tweeked it, my Pro Rhythm and Pro Lead bucks are similar specs.

    Pick up height makes big difference.
  12. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    It adds a little 'warmth', or better, takes away a little highs. But it is nowhere near the mid-rich buttery yummy-ness of the APH-1. It is scoopy with more prominant bass and treble no matter what.
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