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Tools of the Trade => Amplification, Effects, Pickups etc. => Pickups => Topic started by: antwilk1981 on September 18, 2013, 09:35:28 am

Title: Irongear Humbuckers
Post by: antwilk1981 on September 18, 2013, 09:35:28 am
Hi all

http://www.irongear.co.uk/irongear_022.htm (http://www.irongear.co.uk/irongear_022.htm)

I have heard good reports about these! How much better are they than the stock Wilkinson ones in my Vintage Guitar?

Thanks

Ant
Title: Re: Irongear Humbuckers
Post by: Wishbone on September 18, 2013, 02:59:02 pm
http://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=19114.msg132220#msg132220

Still got those on my RG ....... Still happy with 'em........
Title: Re: Irongear Humbuckers
Post by: Dan Graves on September 19, 2013, 08:19:15 pm
Leaps and bounds better.
They are the poor man's Seymour Duncan.
Title: Re: Irongear Humbuckers
Post by: antwilk1981 on September 19, 2013, 10:52:30 pm
Cheers for the replies guys!

That leads to my next question are the Seymour Duncan's worth twice as much I have been looking at the 59 set?

Cheers

Ant
Title: Re: Irongear Humbuckers
Post by: Dan Graves on September 20, 2013, 05:49:26 am
In comparison to the more 'boutique' brands like Bareknuckle, Fralin, Lollar etc. ?
No.
Seymour Duncan does ok mass production stuff, but most of their pickups are just that; standard, run of the mill stuff.
IMHO, there is no good reason to pay that sort of money if you can get iron gear for a fraction of that price.
Some of their pickups are worth a bit more, but a '59 ?
There's plenty of cheaper copies out there that do a good, sometimes even better job.
Iron Gear is one of the companies that is giving Seymour Duncan a run for their money.
In SD's price bracket there's also the Railhammer pickups, which do a better job than the SD's, at about the same price.

And then, there's the upper segment...
Now, if you want something special, you pay the price for that, and you go with brands like Bareknuckle, Fralin, Lollar or one of the many others.
Whether that is worth it is a highly personal thing.
For some, like me, it is, others, well... not so much.

In the end, the pickups need to suit you, not the other way around.
I've learned that from many experiments with SD, Dimarzio, Gibson and EMG pickups.
I ended up with Bareknuckle, and they've been my main choice for a long while now, and i've always found exactly what i needed.
But if i had to go back to the low price segment ?
My first choice would be Iron Gear, because of the price, then Railhammer.
Title: Re: Irongear Humbuckers
Post by: antwilk1981 on September 22, 2013, 08:37:09 am
Cheers Again

As always well informed answers and you have given me something to think about. Can't see me going with the bareknuckle pickups as they cost more than I paid for my guitar.

Cheers Ant