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  1. In Topic:Gibson USA 2016 Limited '50s Les Paul Standard (Faded Honeyburst)

    07 August 2017 - 03:07 AM

    Nice plain top though, reminds me of the Traditional also. Nice LP
  2. In Topic:Anyone use different Pickups Bridge n Neck? A question?

    04 August 2017 - 04:17 AM

    "Would i notice a huge difference if I say put a Seymour Slash alnico in the bridge over the 94?"



    Apples and oranges really but both work, a good idea of the difference would be the P-Rails and both bridge humbucker and P-90 sound good. As far as which pick-ups match is another story. So it becomes not so much if a Alnico II SD or a P-90 humbucker sound good, but which you prefer and how it blends with the neck. Some pick-ups are just horrible together and others work quite well.


    I think with various guitars and pick-up switching options there's a wide variety of combinations of humbuckers and single coil so in a real sense you could play a few. Play a P-Rail equipped LP and you'll get a good idea of the interaction with the P-90 and Humbucker. But again as all these guys are saying they are intentionally calibrated and matched.


    Btw its not that you cant also do this yourself, you could, for example Gibson as standard practice used a Alnico II with a bridge Alnico V 490/498 and these are often switched to a matching II or V etc. Or with PRS Ceramic with Alnico bridge-neck.


    A lot of it is trial and error and its not like even manufacturers have a great grasp on this as Rabs was saying with the P-90 BB mixture. Same with for example the HSH set-ups or HH split. I bought a DiMarzio set unheard for example with 2- PAF Anniversary and a Area 58 in the middle HSH wired for a Strat. So even while say on a schematic with like matching pick-ups its not assured the results will be exactly as desired. So trial and error is in play for sure


    The humbuckers sound great. So does the 58 but not together. In fact the area 58 imho doesnt match well with anything but other like area Dimarzios after playing with it a few different ways and with all single coils SD and Fender. Sounds decent enough on its own or stand alone in the switching but mixed for sure is a negative.

    On the other hand Ive thrown in a BB-Pro neck with a 498 both Alnico V and less volume drop off neck to bridge worked great.


    Theres just a lot a room for further exploration imho.


    But a P-90 switching in just the bridge for example with a P-Rail yields good compatible tone in either forms of P-90, Rail or Humbucker. To me in the bridge position alone you can use a wide array of tones. Or mixing a neck Humbucker with a hot single coil bridge has been around forever and so forth.


    But I've wired up a few different set ups and fixed a few others which had wiring issues like with the P-Rails in a LP-copy. Or 3- humbuckers or HSH. Im playing a stock HH LP Trad Pro. Depends what you want to do. In fact with the P-Rails I finally called SD since I wasnt using their ring switching system but all push-pull pots with a 3-way. So it becomes not what you can do but what do you want to do? Using 3-humbuckers 4-conductor think of the possible switching options with 5-way switching.

    I thought Gibson did a great job with the Captain Kurt SG Custom switching with a blend. To people that play both single coil and Humbucker I cant imagine the experimenting stopping though.
  3. In Topic:Differences between 2014 & 2016 Gibson ES Les Pauls

    23 July 2017 - 04:28 AM

    "My new Black Top Gibson ES Les Paul with Bigsby is enroute will be here on July 26!"



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  4. In Topic:BurstDriver??

    23 July 2017 - 04:14 AM

    Looks and sounds similar to the Hamer and Blade analog active boost pre-amp from the late 80s early 90s. I think its a good addition to improve the on-board effect platform presently used. The active boost offered will be improved by this imho.
  5. In Topic:3 Strikes Your Out, PRS Blows You Away Gibson

    21 July 2017 - 05:57 AM

    "it's feather light too."


    That said not all of them are many exceed 8+ lbs in the 24 Custom and 22 Custom and McCarty area. I do think their CE model was in general lighter and perhaps has the greatest broader appeal to players, its a staple in their line and rightly so. To me the maple bolt on necks are simply better sounding electrics in their line. Very subjective area but I do think a good deal of PRS players would agree with me.

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