What’s your favorite HUMBUCKER?

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  1. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Senior Stratmaster

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    I’m a DiMarzio PAF man myself, but I just bought a DiMarzio Pro-Track rail humbucker to try in the bridge position of my Strat.
    What’s your favorite humbucker?
     
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  2. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member

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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    It depends on yhe setup. If I'm playing one of my active guitars I like the EMG 85 in the bridge and either the 60 or 89 in the neck.
    For passive setups my EVH FrankenStrat has a Pariah Pickups Pasadena Black that is just amazing. It really amplifies the natural harmonics of almost every not on the fretboard.
     
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    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    Brand or price doesn't matter to me. For a thick sound, an overwound humbucker works well. For the classic sound, an alnico (your choice which version) with PAF winding specs is the way to go. I have a pair of humbuckers sold by Musiclily that were $20 delivered from China that nail the PAF type sound. They're wound to upper 7k (neck) and lower 8k (bridge) with alnico 5 magnets. I have an old Dimarzio of unknown model that's wound to 13k ohms, and it does a great thick humbucker sound.
     
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    I think it would depend on what type of music you'll be playing, mostly. Metal? Hard Rock? Country? Blues? Church? And what you expect your "sound" to be coming out of your guitar and amp. My favorite HB is the Pearly Gates.
     
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    The Dimarzios in my Korean Ibanez 555 Jem Jr. are my faves. Not sure which model they are. They do everything that you expect from a Jem.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I like low output humbuckers. I have a 2 humbucker guitar with a Duncan Jazz in the neck, and a Duncan '59 neck humbucker in the bridge. Both pickups are around 7.5k, and they sound great.

    I also have an Epi LP with Duncan Slash signature Alnico II Pro Humbuckers, which are both between 8 and 9 K. They also sound good.
     
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    DiMarzio Super Distortion
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    +1 on these. I used those as my main pickups for years and they're solid.

    I don't really get too caught up on pickup swapping and tone chasing via pickups. I've kept my stock PRS S2 pickups in place despite them being "import" pickups which often come with a negative connotation. All I look for in a pickup is clarity, decent EQ balance, enough output to play metal but not too hot that I can't play softer music. Both of the pickups in my PRS deliver on that and clean up well without getting muddy when I roll the volume back. As such I've kept them in place.
     
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    Depends on the style of music. Right now I like the Pearly Gates in my GL-56.
     
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    Minority report here.... with all the different ones I’ve had, PAF, and DiMarzios included, the Reverend HA5’s are the most clear sounding , and the Railhammers are great too with more aggression. Super happy with them.
     
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    For HB's that I currently play, it is a tie between the Seymour Duncan JB and the Dimarzion Super Distortion. I have custom Charvel ordered that will come with the Demartini RTM which is supposedly a JB+. Jury is out on that one for probably another month or two.

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    I REALLY like the 490 set in my Les Paul Studio, but I'm gonna go with the DiMarzio Evolution set. I have them in my RG550 and they're unreal.
     
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    Hands down my favorites are the old T-tops in my 1974 LP Custom. The neck pickup in that guitar is the most clear-sounding neck humbucker I have ever heard. It has the warmth of a Les Paul neck pickup with the woody openness of a Strat neck pickup. Other than those, I have a Super Distortion in another guitar that sounds great, and I had a Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAF for a while that sounded really nice.
     
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    If I could only have one humbucker-equipped guitar for the rest of my life, it would have Super Distortions in it. They are way more versatile than their name and reputation would suggest.
     
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    Whatever comes with the Guitar

    Pickups are as much a deep rabbit hole, same as with OD and Distortion pedals
     
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    I just use whatever's in the guitar...
     
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    I only have two to choose from and they're definitely not and never will be in a Strat...