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    For Big, Warm, Solo Tones...

    I prefer humbuckers for single note work. I like fat, warm tones.

    In fact, I roll the treble off a bit, both on the guitar and amp, to make that happen.

    I was once a single coil (mostly P-90) devotee, but I've become addicted to buckers. How does the rest of the gang roll?
    I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken...

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    Senior Member jfb's Avatar
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    I put 408's in single coil neck for rock and roll shred destruction.
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    I change faster than the Chicago weather.
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    All over the place as well - flip the switches on the 408 a ton. And I really don't have a problem playing the "wrong" coil on a part (I'll pop a single coil on an Ozzy song!).

    But if push came to shove...humbuckers. It's all about the girth. And the folks who saw me at Experience know - I have girth.
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    This is massive nitpicking, but I've never quite found the perfect balance of girth and chime. 95% of the time I play humbuckers and I'm happy with them, but there's something about the sound of a Strat neck pickup that a humbucker just can't duplicate. Regular humbuckers are just a little wooly on the top end, but Fender-style single coils are just a little too weedy and thin. P90s aren't quite perfect either, and NFs are just a touch bolder than I want them to be compared to Fender single coils.

    Are 408s the answer...?

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    Yes 408's are def the answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Squid View Post
    Are 408s the answer...?

    Narrow 408 or DD2 get me there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Squid View Post
    Are 408s the answer...?
    Not sure there is a "the" answer, but they sure an "an" answer. Great, great pickups.
    I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken...

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    Depends on what I'm playing! If a genie popped up and said I could only have one type of pickup for the rest of my life it would be P90s. But there is a place for 'buckers and you'd have to pull my Strat & Tele (esque) guitars from my cold dead hands anyway too.

    Also, soloing is so passť.
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    I love a good humbucker... putting 57/08's in my Akesson SE was the best gear decision I think I've ever made. That thing is thick like molasses on a cold day. Single coils are ok, I like em for cleans and light OD, but humbuckers have that mid push that really defines things, and aren't too ice picky in the bridge position.

    That being said, I REALLY would like to get a P90 axe, those things are thick and rowdy all at the same time. I have been infinitesimally close to buying a Mira soapbar on more than one occasion. Last spring a shop in Canada was blowing one out, almost bought it but their shipping policy was shady as hell, and I wasn't about to mess with sending a hunk of wood through US customs from a sender that didn't have their act together. Then a beautiful scarlet smokeburst came up for a screamin deal on VR a few weeks ago, I was scrambling to sell a guitar and when I finally did... she was gone. The quest continues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitecat View Post
    Also, soloing is so passť.
    Ha!

    No.
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    59/09 pups in the neck position.....Sweet tones. All I need
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    I roll with 408's too, they are the big, warm solo tones for me.

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    What! No love for the 53-10s' ! I am intrigued by the 408s and will have to see what this is all about. The 53-10s in humbucker or single coil mode are the sweet spot for me. My favorite position with my ME is both 53-10 pups in single coil mode. Heavenly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audie View Post
    What! No love for the 53-10s' ! I am intrigued by the 408s and will have to see what this is all about. The 53-10s in humbucker or single coil mode are the sweet spot for me. My favorite position with my ME is both 53-10 pups in single coil mode. Heavenly!
    I would love to get my hands on a set, but they're so hard to find. Plus I need a guitar to put them in...
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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    I have been using the middle rotary position on my Standard 24 alot for this lately, which according to the official web site is "Position 8: Series single coils – Warm version of the "in between the treble and middle pickups""

    and +1 for the 408s, in the neck, in single-coil mode for leads...also excellent clean combined with bucker bridge.
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    Single coils... in front of a fireplace.

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    I like Humbuckers for pretty much everything. I like the 250 Treble for a more cutting tone and use a 250 bass or #7 bass for cleaner tones (neck and bridge at different volumes). I try to use the middle position as a thicker distorted sound for Rhythm and then toggle to one pup or the other for clean / lead.

    EDIT: I don't think I really answered the topic of Big Warm solo tones... I have the amp setup fairly warm and I get the warmer tones from the Neck and its usually kept fairly clean.
    Last edited by Gnal; 10-24-2013 at 06:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audie View Post
    What! No love for the 53-10s' ! I am intrigued by the 408s and will have to see what this is all about. The 53-10s in humbucker or single coil mode are the sweet spot for me. My favorite position with my ME is both 53-10 pups in single coil mode. Heavenly!
    Oh, I have a lot of love for 53/10s. Had 'em on my last Singlecut. I'd have ordered the next one with them again, but they're no longer available, much to my chagrin.

    I do have one with 57/08s being built.

    But the 53/10s are special pickups, no doubt.
    I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken...

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    For that warm solo tone, I love both position, single coil and bucker, on my neck pickup in both PG and 408
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