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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

I'm just curious is anyone has not liked dealing with direct mounted pickups and decided to install pickups rings on a guitar that had direct mounted pickups.

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 02:49 PM
 
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

only problem i have with direct mounted pickups is that they usually don't have the adjustability of the ones that are mounted on pickup rings (typically when you want to lower them). sound-wise, some people claim to hear a difference, but so many things affect tone on a guitar, i think it's impossible to link it to just one aspect of the design.
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

I think pickup rings are ugly on super-Strat guitars w/o pickguards. They are fine on LP and PRS type guitars though. It's purely an aesthetic thing for me.
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

I agree with both of points. I do think that the lack of mounting rings looks nice, especially on a guitar with the nice looking top (I've got a quilted maple RG2720).

However, adjusting the height with direct mounting is a pain in the but compared to mounting rings.

Well, I've got something to think about now.
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

I'd always go for direct-mounted. Good enough for EVH , it's good enough for me. That guys knows good tone. Pickups shouldn't need a huge amount of adjusting. Plus having springs between the pickup and body, it's all good.
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

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I'd always go for direct-mounted. Good enough for EVH , it's good enough for me. That guys knows good tone.
EVH knows what he likes and I know what I like and you know what you like in tone. "Good tone" is very subjective, right? For me, direct mounting does make a perciptible difference in tone.
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Pickups shouldn't need a huge amount of adjusting. Plus having springs between the pickup and body, it's all good.
What matters to me is being able to adjust the height of a pickup to balance output, sensitivity and string pull. This is much easier to do with ring mounted pickups.
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Yes, good tone is subjective, but I kinda trust Eddie, I like his tones and I think he knows how to achieve it.
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

I always thought direct mounted pickups were ugly. The body has those points on either end of the pickup which stick out. I like pickrings better, its a more clean look in my opinion.
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It's the sound that's important.
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post #10 of 41 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 09:16 AM
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

Eric Johnson "the tone ranger" uses a strat with pickguard mounted pickups. His tone is pretty good.
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

I don't like direct mounts, though they look OK on some guitars. I prefer the appearance of pickup rings and the adjustment precision they provide. That is of ultimate importance in getting the best sound out of the pickups, IMHO.
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

I actually like the pickguard mounts a lot - it makes it a lot easier to get at the routing and pups if its all on the front for me.
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Re: Does anyone NOT like direct mounting their pickups?

Are you guys no good with a chisel or what?
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I'll choose a screw driver over a chisel any day.
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Real men use their teeth to bite the wood away!
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