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    Would a '59 bridge sound good in the neck?

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    I had it in a Fender scaled 24 fretter, which sounded quite good. The 24 frets shift the neck position towards the mid and a longer scale makes the neck position sound tighter.
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    • #3
      I'm afraid it would sound too boomy in a LP style guitar... or 25" scale superstrat type.
      (I'm assuming the bridge pups are would to sound fatter to compensate for the thinner sound near the bridge -- is that even correct?)

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      • #4
        Website says '59 neck is wound to 7.9 and bridge to 8.2. That's a 3.7% difference between the two . . . it would probably be a touch louder and more middy, but I'd be surprised if it's enough to make the pickup sound bad.
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        • #5
          i agree that it might sound best in a 24 fret fender scale guitar, but ive heard it sound good in other things matched up with a hotter bridge pup

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          • #6
            Didn't Dimebag use this as his neck pickup?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by WDeeGee View Post
              I'm afraid it would sound too boomy in a LP style guitar... or 25" scale superstrat type.
              (I'm assuming the bridge pups are would to sound fatter to compensate for the thinner sound near the bridge -- is that even correct?)
              Yes, it's correct - fatter tone and a bit more output, to compensate for the fact that string vibration is much narrower near the bridge.

              I think it could sound fine, if you want richer mids than the 59N and have a fairly strong bridge humbucker to pair with it.
              I probably wouldn't choose it for a dark or midrangey sounding LP but I bet it could be great for a bright or thin sounding one. Or a Strat.

              59s aren't especially tight, but IME they're seldom actually boomy at the neck in a Les Paul, except one with a pretty deep voice, or maybe for high-gain players who normally would be choosing something tighter for their neck anyway.

              PAF types at the neck in a Les Paul like being set quite low from the strings, nearly flush with the mounting ring.
              Can be set to a more normal height in a Strat. At least that's been my experience using them in LPs and Strats.
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              • #8
                A 59b is spec-wise a Whole Lotta neck. I don't know about wire or bobbin differences though.

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                • #9
                  the wlh neck seems to have less bottom than the 59 (either model) and a bit more mids to my ear

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eclecticsynergy View Post

                    Yes, it's correct - fatter tone and a bit more output, to compensate for the fact that string vibration is much narrower near the bridge.

                    I think it could sound fine, if you want richer mids than the 59N and have a fairly strong bridge humbucker to pair with it.
                    I probably wouldn't choose it for a dark or midrangey sounding LP but I bet it could be great for a bright or thin sounding one. Or a Strat.

                    59s aren't especially tight, but IME they're seldom actually boomy at the neck in a Les Paul, except one with a pretty deep voice, or maybe for high-gain players who normally would be choosing something tighter for their neck anyway.

                    PAF types at the neck in a Les Paul like being set quite low from the strings, nearly flush with the mounting ring.
                    Can be set to a more normal height in a Strat. At least that's been my experience using them in LPs and Strats.

                    Thanks!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by soulforger View Post
                      Didn't Dimebag use this as his neck pickup?
                      Yup he did. First he used the 59n, then switched to the 59b for the neck.
                      And that was in a 22 fret 24.75" scale.
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                      • #12
                        Depending on your style and the amp, I think it could work just fine.
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                        • #13
                          I didn't like the 59n in the neck, it sounded too thin and scooped. I actually liked the 59b in the neck much better. I never had a problem with "boominess" that many complain about.
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                          • #14
                            It doesn't sound that much different from a '59N, IMO. Just a tad warmer, a tad less scooped, and a tad hotter. Not by miles, TBH. Especially if you're pairing it with a hot bridge pickup.

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                            • #15
                              I had one in a 22-fret Ibanez that had a lot of natural sparkle, and it was fantastic. Full, deep, and sweet, but not at all boomy. So in the right guitar, it can be great.

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