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EVH Frankenstein Humbucker

 
Think of this pickup as a brand-new version of the original Frankenstein's battle-worn guitar pickup, wound to the exact original specs and built to fit in any humbucking-pickup-equipped guitar. One of the most famous humbuckers of all time is now ...


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Great pickup! The EVH rocks! featured

Comments I've been on the fence for a while on this pickup. At first, I was skeptical of the whole EVH branding thing, especially since he's jumped from EBMM to Peavy to Fender. After reading the whole article in GW on building the Frankenstrat replica and all the work it took to make the pickups for it, I found myself curious about this "EVH specs" pickup. I checked out some folks on youtube and it seemed to sound pretty good. A lot of those folks seem to be chasing Ed's sound. I'm not so I was a bit concerned on how this would sound in my gear and setup. I put this in my Ibanez RG550 20th, replacing the V2 pickup that I love very much! In my head, long before buying this pickup, it seemed like this is the guitar it should go in. Maple neck. Big basswod body. Yeah, I know the EVH purists might be heaving on this one, but it seems the experiment worked out.

I've also been a hardcore Dimarzio guy for decades so playing what's essentially a Seymour Duncan is a bit strange. It sounds great though!


For the record, my signal chain is RG550 to Ibanez Weeping Demon to Boss DS-1 (the $40 Taiwanese one) to Digitech GNX-2 to a 100W Marhsall Valvestate. Nothing really close to Ed's rig!


Liked about it The tone on this thing is amazing! It's like the spectrum of sound was broadened, adding more definition and clarity. Of course, this pickup seems built with harmonics in mind. The lows are very balanced, with enough chunk without getting too muddy or overblown with bass. It seems like it covers all the bases in terms of a true basic rock sound. This certainly isn't a metal pickup! The highs might be a tad shrill but it seems to add to the pickup's character.

I like the simplicity of the single wire. I HATE soldering but this thing was mad easy to install! The braided wire was nice too.


Didn't like Yes, this pickup sounds great but there are a couple of things I don't like about it. The sound outweighs the cons on this item; at least for me anyway.

While the single wire is great in it's simplicity, it does limit the choices a bit on the 5-way selector. I'm accustomed to the HSH configuration on the 550's and 570's and tend to use all positions on the switch. Not being able to split the bridge with the center single coil is a bit of a put off. In the second position, the single coil will be active along with the entire humbucker.
An important note on this is that the EVH is NOT f-spaced! I'm usually a stickler on getting f-spaced pickups on an Ibanez, especially on a bridge pickup. I'm betting that this pickup is, essentially, a Gibson PAF copy wound by Seymour Duncan to suit Ed's demands in tone. As a Gibson PAF clone, it's not f-spaced. EDIT: I recently saw specs on this and this is pickup is way hotter than a PAF. All the same a great hot-rodded pickup!

Another thing to note about this pickup is that I'm certain this isn't the pickup that is factory installed on the new EVH Wolfgang. Goggle this topic and you'll find much discussion of it on the internets. Just a fair heads-up.

Other color choices than black would be nice too. It would be nice if they issue it in the zebra that comes on the Wolfgang.


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4.0

By mike570
Apr 24, 2010
 
Last updated: July 30, 2011
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FINALLY an EVH product that lives up to the name!!! featured

Comments Lately it has seemed like that "the Man" himself has been putting his name on a product more for the sake of money rather than a true quality product for an affordable price. This pickup is one of the rare exceptions as it sounds incredible AND is priced lower than a number of other "custom" wound pickups (this applies only applies to the "new" Frankenstein, NOT the "relic'd" overpriced beat up autographed model). I ended up getting my pickup off e-b-a-y for just a little over 100.00 brand new and installed it into a 1985 Kramer Baretta. This pickup is primarily made for a simple set up (1 pickup, 1 volume & output jack wiring) but can be also installed in any other guitar as well...but you won't get as many sounds due to the single lead design. There is no coil tapping or any other wiring options because of the single lead. The sound is very accurate to the VH 1 & VH 2 album's RAW unprocessed sound. It's mildly over driven but still retains a clean searing lead thing going on. The bottom end is tight and not so low that it makes the sound muddy. I would have to say that the balance is excellent if you are searching for that early EVH tone, but the only downfall is the limited wiring options which leads to not as many tonal possibilities. This would be a 5-star rating if it had the typical 4 lead wiring and that is the ONLY reason that I am giving it a 4-star rating. It is an excellent pickup...just limited in application.


Liked about it First off, it sounds AMAZING if you are searching for that early EVH "raw" tone...it IS an EVH pickup after all. Also the price is right and even better it is possible to find some great deals if you take the time to look around and be a little patient.


Didn't like The only thing that I didn't like, and I'm nitpicking here, is the single lead design. Personally it isn't a big deal for me as I'm all about simple, but I'm not just going to throw out a 5-star just for the sake of it...as much as I want to.


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4.0

By Mattitude
Feb 13, 2010
 
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less than savory

Comments When I bought my RG520qs, these pickups were already installed. I was expecting these guys to scream and grab harmonics like nobodies business. They don't. I've messed with the pickup height and even adjusted the poles, but they sound midrange heavy and get muddy on the bass end. The only factor I can think of that makes it sound like this is the body of my guitar being mahogany. I guess it just doesn't like it very much. :( I'll definitely be putting in some Dimarzios soon.


Liked about it -high output ~14k


Didn't like -Muddy bass
-Heavy in the mids
-Doesn't like mahogany bodies
-Single lead, no coil-tapping here


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2.0

By silverctr
May 29, 2012
 
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