Sometimes, it’s all about the fit
So I may have somewhat hastily said the following
But, then sh*t happens..
And you get an opportunity to re-think.
In setting up two otherwise very similiar guitars to have a good playability etc., I could not help noticing how different they are*
* this is “muso different” I’m pretty sure most would rightly say — meh — they’re both good
And one conclusion I did come to was that the Seymour Duncans on that guitar seemed to conspire with the more mellow response of the guitar to come out a little dull.
Now, I’ve had some Max Frecknall pickups lying around since the 1990s, and used them at many a gig.
And I’ve upgraded them.
The 30 year tune-up #2 — the silence of the coils
Can you hear it, Clarisse? Can you hear the silence of the coils?
I had one of their siblings in the middle position and I had a hint that their voicing was a good match.
So, let’s get to work.
The way single coil pickups are installed into guitars is still mired in the late 80s, it seems.
Fortunately I am sceptical that massively fine adjustment in pickup height is required is required ( more on the great pickup height debate later ), as
Does pickup position make that much of a difference? —” lite edition”
A simple cunning experiment
Such as resonance, impedance, position and how multiple pickups are combined electrically.
So in this case: these are screwed into the guitar. The heights are … OK For Now, as we will hear later.
Hence, this is Fine
There’s a recording (there’s always a recording).
Oh, are there recordings…
Personally, these pickups are a good fit — they have an inherent liveliness, and bring a distinctive Strat-like quack to the tones, which complements the bell-like acoustic response of the guitar.