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Offline dawnjess

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Pick up help on homemade guitar
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:21:29 am »
My lad has made a guitar with a man
They've made it from scratch but not the fret board
He's 13 btw 😊
It's made from tulip wood and mahogany
Any way the pickups in it are just a cheap set.
So we want to look at getting some new ones.
He plays metal but has an iron  cross for that
So he's thinking rock stuff

We've looked at Seymour Duncan pickup selector but I don't know some of the answers like he's not sure what he wants out of it, it gives options like warmer/fatter tones, more harmonics,more  output,more versitality and cleaner/brighter  tones
But this means nothing to me and my son doesn't really know either

Then it asks about the brigde hard tail, locking tremolo, vintage tremolo
Again we don't understand this.

I've heard of creamery pick ups who custom make them but again I don't know what to ask for!
I was going to add some pics so you can see but I can't figure out how to do it

Any advice greatly received
Thank you


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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2018, 10:04:47 am »
Super cool that he has made his own guitar.
Fantastic.
And we definitely want pics.

Use an image hosting site such as IMGUR, upload pics, copy the forum-friendly web link next to the pics and paste here.

Pickup selection is very personal and descriptions of their 'sound' can be hard to interpret.
Most important to start - what size holes are in the guitar - slim for single coil size or big for humbucker size?

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2018, 10:40:25 am »
You could do worse than to look on Alan Entwistle's site.

http://www.entwistlepickups.com/#

My revelation uses these and they get very good reviews. Not expensive either.
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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2018, 11:14:52 am »


Use an image hosting site such as IMGUR, upload pics, copy the forum-friendly web link next to the pics and paste here.

Thank you for the reply

I 've just installed IMGUR... no idea what to do
I ended up deleting it as it was asking about acess to my gallery.

I will have to give it up as a bad job.
I know your instructions are straight forward. I just can't figure it out


I think the current ones are humbucker I'm sorry I can't get the pictures on for you to get a good look.


Thanks Mr bumble I will have a look

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2018, 11:56:58 am »
You need to grant it access to your gallery as that is where it wants to look for photos when you choose to upload... it is not malware

Are you in the UK?

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2018, 01:00:00 pm »
You won’t get better pickups than these:
http://www.axetec.co.uk/guitar_parts_uk_069.htm
For the price they cost they are absolutely amazing, easily as good as any of the top branded ones at a fraction of the cost.
A review:
https://youtu.be/-YIQHav0380

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2018, 01:28:20 pm »
I see suggestions for "cheaper" pups. But if you decide to go with something like Duncans then I would buy from a dealer you work with. Here in the US I use Sweetwater. I had a deal where I could try the pups for 30 days and if I did not like them, send them back. I would be out return shipping only. Mind you that is after I strip back the wires to install them. Now they are not going to do this 10 times... but within reason they will help you get the sound your after.

So do let us know what side of the pond your on as well.

Also Duncan makes some pups that are exact replicas of Rock Stars and such. So for instance I got a set of Pearly Gates. These are Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame and they sure sound like his rig when pared with pedals and such. So you might be able to pick an artist you guys like and get "their" pickups.

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2018, 01:34:52 pm »
Oil City, Creamery and Bare Knuckle are all UK made pickups that I've used.

https://www.creamery-pickups.co.uk/

https://www.oilcitypickups.co.uk/

https://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/

Without knowing what the guitar's routed making a distinct recommendation's difficult. Besides, like Close said, it's subjective.
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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2018, 02:59:22 pm »
Ok here goes
If it doesn't work sorry!

https://imgur.com/a/5Epv950

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2018, 03:13:36 pm »
Cool guitar. Kudos to your kid :)

A pair of Oil City Airship Trooper or Blitz Spirit might be what he wants.

https://www.oilcitypickups.co.uk/product-page/airship-trooper-alnico-v


https://www.oilcitypickups.co.uk/product-page/blitz-spirit-alnico-ii
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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2018, 03:39:22 pm »
Nice looking guitar, great idea especially the looks of it!
I would probably be looking at something like these:
http://www.axetec.co.uk/guitar_parts_uk_101.htm
As it’s hollow bodied I would resist the temptation to put too high a gain pickup in it, it could end up being too much of a monster; if in any doubt speak to Irongear direct and they would give the best advice taking into consideration the construction and style of music he wants to play.
http://irongear.co.uk/irongear_pickups_016.htm

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2018, 06:10:07 pm »
Hi, I live in Cornwall,  and we have a company that has been out for a while caled Bare knuckles,  you should check them out, unless you have already got your pick ups. Good luck.

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2018, 07:47:31 pm »
I love that series of photos - what an absolute treat seeing the project develop to him holding his own guitar.
Fantastic.
:)

Okay - you need two humbuckers.
You may or may not want the ability to switch to single-coil mode.
That would require getting special pots for the tone controls or putting in a special switch.
Let's stick with simple - twin humbucker with a volume and tone control for each.
That is classic Gibson Les Paul or 335 territory so any sort of pickup combination that makes mention of being like a 'PAF' would suit.
Try to avoid hot, high output or overwound.

There are many great pickup companies - and you have links to a few. It depends on budget really. Oil City, Bareknuckle etc will be more than happy and willing to talk to you on the phone.

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2018, 10:32:57 am »
Now how did Eric Clapton start...🙂

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2018, 10:43:34 am »
Now how did Eric Clapton start...🙂
Or Brian May 😉

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Re: Pick up help on homemade guitar
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2018, 08:36:54 pm »
Thank you everyone.
I'm going to check out all the companies
Ps I'm near Manchester.. UK

Thank you ❤

 

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