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  • I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

    I haven't actually selected the body wood yet (I'll let you know later on) but I'm trying to get the pickup selection done.

    I'm trying to make the pickup sounds like this:
    bridge: cool whining-screaming solos
    mid: a nice strat-mid-pickup sound for those blues rythm and solos
    neck: clean acoustic-sounding full chords

    Now, I've picked those:
    bridge: Full Shred
    mid: Either Duckbucker or Stag Mag (or the usual single-coil but I think it has too low output compared to others)
    bridge: this I haven't decided yet but I think it'll be the classic '59

    Well, what do you think? What do you suggest to put on the mid position and what on the neck?


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    Jimbo

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    Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

    and... up we go... up to the top of the list where everyone can see the thread and help

    EDIT: or maybe a Custom 5 on the neck position...
    come on, ppl, help Jimmy get his Tonemachine built


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    Jimbo
    JimRayden
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    Last edited by JimRayden; 08-19-2004, 07:12 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

      OK, ok... this is an early drawing of what it'll be like. Later I decided it'll have a middle pickup too.

      It's called The Peteryan...

      Don't copy the design and claim it yours, it's copyrighted...

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      • #4
        Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

        nice soft acoustic like tone in the neck, well the c-5 sure wont get u that if u stick it in a neck(way way way to much bass). An alnico pro in the neck or maybe something diffrent like the humbucker from hell from dimarzio. by the way the best pickup in mid would probably be the cool rails because it wont be too much of a drop off in output and its great sounding. by the way its sort of hard to help u out here because we dont know the body wood. and the jb is what i think you would want in the bridge for what your asking for.
        Gear: Carvin CT6 flame top(alnico 2 pro,JB), Strat scappoled fretboard(59,CC), Morgan monroe ovation knock-off, yamaha nylon acoustic,Boss super overdrive with TS-808 "silver" analogman mod, Boss DS-1 with keeley mod, Vox wah with true bypass mod, Fender Super Reverb 65.

        Originally Posted by Jeff_H
        The APH is like slipping into a tub of warm honey spashed with the silky essence of virgins.

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        • #5
          Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

          Do you mean the Alnico Pro single coil or humbucker?

          Hmm... i think I made my mind up... It'll be alder or ash... No particular reason.

          ok, I trust you about the JB. And the Alnico. Now, what about the mid? I want a nice blues / rock'n'roll mildly overdriven sound. Should I go with a strat-kinda pickup or a soapbar? Also wich one?

          Hmm... wich soapbar would be good for the mid position, neck or bridge version?


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          jimbo

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          • #6
            Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

            I like your guitar design. When I first looked at it, I thought it looked like a piece to a jig-saw puzzle. But I like it.

            As for pups, maybe some Cool Rails/Vintage Rails for the neck/mid.

            I'm basing that off of other folks recommendations. I haven't actually got mine yet.

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            • #7
              Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

              yea i like that body style alot. Make me one of those bodies so i can have my fun
              boreddddddddddd

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              • #8
                Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

                I love the Cool Rails/Vintage Rails in the neck/middle of my strat. The only downside to that setup is that the lower output VR will not likely mix well in the notch position with a pup like the JB, Full shred, C5, etc, etc. If I had to do it over again I would have bought a bridge version of the VR for it's slightly higher output.

                Jim, also consider the Screamin Demon as well. It's a little more PAF-like than the Full Shred and JB, does have slightly lower output, but it still screams. I'm not a big fan of the full shred, just way too bright for my ears. Don't be afraid to consider the Custom Custom, as well.
                Duncan Pickups in currently in use: '59 (rewound to PATB-3)/'59, Custom 5/AP2H, Tapped QP set for Tele, Crazy 8/Cool Rails, Custom 5/Phat Cat, SP90-1/SP90-2, SHPR-1b/SHPR-1n, SMB-5D

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                • #9
                  Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

                  So, how does this sound:

                  Alnico II Pro HB / Vintage Rails / Screamin' Demon

                  I started to more concider the Tone Guide low/mid/high and I saw that JB might have maybe too much highs for me. Don't know about Duncan Distortion...

                  What do you think, what's the best pickup for that clean unfuzzy solo tone when overdriven? (like the solo in "Bohemian Rhapsody") Or is it the amp that does that sweet sound?

                  Sorry I don't know much about stuff because all I've built have been strats with simple single coils and I have no much experience with amps.


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                  Jimbo

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                  • #10
                    Re: I'm making a custom guitar and I need advice

                    I'll buy them in a few days, if you have any suggestions or recommendations, let them out.

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