Looking for pickup recommendations for specific sound

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  1. CORBS

    CORBS Member

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    Greetings all,

    This forum was very helpful in helping me find the right guitar to buy. Now I want to get the right sound. My main guitar, 6 string, is a Danelectro. Yes you can disparage the looks but the sound is really fantastic. It uses low output single coils (lipstick pickups) that sound great through tons of distortion. I was hoping to come close to this with my 7 string.

    I have a 1999 Schecter C-7 with Duncan Designed humbuckers in it, and they are pretty nice sounding but are very dark. I want to capture that glassy high end and fast response of a single coil in something that would fit in a humbucker spot.

    Any suggestions? I would prefer passive pickups.

    Thank you everyone.
     
  2. Zhysick

    Zhysick SS.org Regular

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    If you want to keep the looks probably the best option will be going active: Fishman Fluence Open Core using the single coil option.
    I don't know of any other humbucker for 7 strings that can really sound like a single coil. DiMarzio X2N in split-mode sound quite good but are a totally different kind of single coil sound: much more crunchy and harsh specially because of the ceramic magnet, so no glassy at all...
     
  3. TheWarAgainstTime

    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    Try wiring up the pickups in your Schecter in parallel. It will still be hum cancelling, but the attack and clarity will be closer to a single coil sound and the output will be slightly lower.
     
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    angl2k SS.org Regular

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    Tosin Abasi's fluence sigs have a single coil voicing option. Haven't played them myself though.

    Another option is to get a 7 string single coil to humbucker cover adapter. Then you can fit any single coil in the humbucker cavity. Or fabricate one yourself if you buy a 7 string humbucker cover.
     
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    Go Custom. Depending on the shop you choose, you may find very affordable prices. I'd suggest medium wound/powered Alnico loaded pickups... just saying...
     
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    Is this one of those baritone Danelectros? I didn't try the pickups in those, but I remember last time I played one the body was very.... resonant? Active? I have a feeling that the construction lends a lot to the tone of those instruments. I'm not sure you could entirely capture that in a pickup.
     
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    Add a coil-tap so you can split the pickups into single coils--an option.
    Perhaps a Duncan Pegasus and Sentient combination would give you some of the tone you're looking for in a 7-string humbucker. You could also try a Duncan Jazz 7-string set (bridge and neck).
     
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    Some options I was looking at last night were dimarzios, alumitone regulars, and bare knuckle p90s. I know with a heavy solid body guitar I'm not going to capture the dano sound, but I definitely want more treble output,strong mids and less bass. Thank you all for the suggestions so far
     
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    Up the value of the volume pot... from 500Kohms to 1Mohms opens the pickups' tone response, almost like a blow switch, connecting the pickup directly to jack bypassing all other components...
     
  10. Zhysick

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    I forgot about the alumitones, yeah, split alumitones sounds really convincing for single coil tones.
     
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    Zoobiedood SS.org Regular

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    For the tone you want, the first thing that came to mind was a Jazz set. If you need something brighter, go for a Full Shred set.
     
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    Grindspine likes pointy things

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    Dimarzio PAF 7 string pickups are very bright and clear to my ears. They are not as bright as Danelectro singles though.
     
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