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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-03-2018, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for fat neck humbucker for 24 fret super strat

Last time I asked about what bridge pickup to go for and finally found a perfect one. Thanks again for recommendations, ideas and comments!

I'm definitely set on Perpetual Burn(bridge) and SSL1 rwrp (middle) but I haven't yet found a perfect neck pickup. The guitar is very bright and punchy basswood bodied PGM301 with stop tail bridge, bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard and 24 frets. The guitar is so bright acoustically that it made most neck pickups sound like a strat, even though wired as a standard humbucker. The pickup placement appears to be the reason but I'm pretty positive that there is a perfect pickup for this application.

List of neck pickups I've tried:
-Paf Pro
Too mushy and undefined when playing fast solos. Nice cleans and split tones

-Humbucker From Hell
Very focused sound, too bright for my taste

-Paf Joe
Bright and spanky but too bright, nice split tones

Sounded very bland and low power with this guitar. Didn't like the split tones

Too smooth and compressed for me. Cleans have natural compression which I don't like

-Air Norton
This is what's in currently. Still a bit stratty and twangy but I can just about live with it. Has nice sustain when soloing and notes get nice harmonic feedback. Full clean sound and super nice slit tone.

So, I'm looking for a darker pickup than AN, which is just a bit too bright. The ones I'm looking for are P-Rails, A2P, Breed neck and Air Zone.
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Re: Looking for fat neck humbucker for 24 fret super strat

I'm a big fan of 24 fret strat,in the market you can buy used fender HM strat or charvel guthrie govan model. so i decide build body form one piece Mahogany. Neck was order from Musikraft Charvel style 24 fret neck Compound 12 to 16.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2018, 07:42 PM
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Re: Looking for fat neck humbucker for 24 fret super strat

If you're going Dimarzio I'd suggest the Gravity Storm or Breed neck pickups. I'm not a fan of the former but it is meatier. I have a Breed neck in my RG1570 and it's a bit heavier than the PAF Pro I usually go with. You might like it.
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Re: Looking for fat neck humbucker for 24 fret super strat

I'd probably also suggest the Breed neck. I also feel that for all things considered "too bright", there is the tone knob.

RG 2550 w/ evo2 breed neck
SZ520 paf pro neck stock bridge
RG920 Premium
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2018, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Looking for fat neck humbucker for 24 fret super strat

I spent some time tweaking Air Norton. Tried swapping it other way around (screw coil towards bridge) which made it less stratty and felt like it had a bit more output. It had somewhat similar vibe to Liquifire with more natural compression and not-so-good split tone when used with middle single. I tried swapping the pot into 250k and while it made the pups feel more balanced the AN still had too much high end. So, I took it out and let the pickup swapping begin, yet again..

After educating myself for last couple months and after taking all things I've found out to consideration, I really like Alnico II neck pickups over anything else. I wired the A2P neck into neck slot of my PGM and was instantly blown away. It has darker natural tone and feels like LP neck pickup. It had a little more output than AN so it's great to shred on and is more fluid overall. I'm gonna try out A2P bridge model and P-Rail and make the decision afterwards.

Thanks for your replys and help!
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