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Offline jmcorey

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Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« on: September 05, 2018, 02:22:53 pm »
Hi guys -

Superstrat guitar (Cort G290) that is HSS.  Has a 36th bridge with 2 Area 58s in neck and middle.

When I switch to bridge, I feel like the tone changes fundamentally more than I wish.  The 36th bridge is quite midrangey relative to the high end.  To me, it is not blending nicely with the singles.

I am considering changing to a 36th Neck or a PAF Pro for the bridge slot.

I play everything, mostly pop-rock or classic rock, into a piece of Fractal gear through front of house or a FRFR rig.

Thanks!

Joe

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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2018, 06:51:05 pm »
I think you mean Area 58's in the neck and middle. Air Classic bridge would give you less honky midrange, and I think the output level would work even better with the single coils.

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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2018, 11:34:56 am »
If you can, try the Air Norton as well. Yes, as a bridge pup!

I've had it in a rather bright-ish Les Paul and as a bridge pup, it's on the medium output side of things, quite bright, but not shrill.
Since I play some heavier stuff than what you described, I wanted a tad more grunt, so I swapped it for a Norton and later on, for an AT-1.

Actually, the AT-1 might be a decent suggestion too, given that Mr. Timmons uses it in combination with singlecoils too... it has a slightly bigger low-end than the Norton, ever so slightly less mids, but overall a somewhat comparable feel... like a very improved Duncan JB, without the harshness, looseness and honkeyness. (That said, I owned 1 guitar where the JB worked like no other...)
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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2018, 01:55:12 pm »
Try the Norton or the AT-1. The Air Norton could also work.
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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2018, 05:03:53 pm »
Try the Norton or the AT-1. The Air Norton could also work.

The 36th replaced a Norton, which overpowered the Area 58s and was middier than the 36th Bridge. 

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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2018, 07:39:36 am »
Try the Norton or the AT-1. The Air Norton could also work.


AT-1 also came to mind.
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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2018, 09:01:13 am »
Try the Norton or the AT-1. The Air Norton could also work.


AT-1 also came to mind.

Would not the AT-1 be middier than the 36th Bridge?  I am looking for something with less midrange.


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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2018, 10:25:03 am »
Simple.

Go to the DiMarzio site’s page for humbuckers, look at the tone charts, find something with fewer mids. Boom. Done.
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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2018, 08:47:34 pm »
The guy is asking for something with less midrange, and you guys are suggesting some of the the middiest pickups Dimarzio makes...

???

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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2018, 04:23:31 pm »
The guy is asking for something with less midrange, and you guys are suggesting some of the the middiest pickups Dimarzio makes...

???
Quite relative here. The AT-1's low-end is on par with it's mid-end. Maybe the Norton is a pinch more middy, but otherwise the Air Classic might be good...will be lower in output.
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Re: Need humbucker that fits with single coils better than 36th Bridge
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2018, 02:18:17 pm »
I would go with either a Bluesbucker or an EJ Custom.

If you want to split the Bluesbucker with a single and keep things hum-canceling you need to be very aware of polarity and wiring. I find the Bluesbucker to be clearer than the 36th Annv.

The EJ Custom is bright but not weak or thin. If I really want to get closer to the singles in term of output and tone I'd go with this one.

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