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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

Hey guys,

Sticking to the pickups that are easy to obtain (and if I don't like it easy to return) what would folks recommend for a Nuno Bettencourt style sound?

These are going into an '89 RG 570, so basswood body with a rosewood board, so not exacly N4 materials, but I like the guitar and it will be set up for Eb so it seems like Nuno would be a good role model for it.

Brands I'd like to stick to include DiMarzio, Duncan, Bareknuckle or EMG, I want to be able to get the pickups here in the UK and support a local store if possible

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 04:48 PM
 
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Re: Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

Go with Duncans (Dimarzios are too dark and 'colored' in tone - great for some things but not for what you are looking for imho) - I believe Nuno's N4 guitar has a Duncan '59 in the neck and a Lawrence L-5000 or Duncan Distortion in the bridge...so instead of a not so mainstream Lawrence L-500 you could go with the Duncan Distortion or even a JB...I don't think you could go wrong with the Duncan JB and '59 combo (perhaps the most popular rock pup combo ever) I bet that would get you very close to the Nuno sound...
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Re: Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

The lawrence L500 was used to make the dimebucker, so you might as well check that out.

Failing that, yeah, a duncan distortion is a great idea.
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Re: Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

I have a Seymour Duncan Parallel Axis Trembucker PATB-1 which gets kinda close, but would be closer if it had a little more mids and higher output.

Which is exactly what the PATB-2 is: http://www.seymourduncan.com/product...atb2_parallel/

Although he has the 7-string version of the Duncan Distortion in his signature 7-string, so as doriangrey suggests, that might be worth checking out.

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Re: Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

"Oz Fox & Michael Sweet / Stryper, Kenny Hickey / Type O Negative." How's that for selling a pickup?

I do like the PATB, not only for how it sounds, but it looks great.
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Re: Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

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The lawrence L500 was used to make the dimebucker, so you might as well check that out.

Failing that, yeah, a duncan distortion is a great idea.
I've had a dimebucker in Paduak (trying to emulate the exact same thing) and it was good, but after hearing some bare knuckles I switched that guitar over to a Rebel Yell set and I am much happier with that, even though it is currently 10k miles away ;(

Rebel Yells are a bit more toppy but I did run some in a poplar body with reasonable success, although I have found the VH-II and Holy Divers better for basswood I think the RY is probably the best in terms of being an open harmonic pickup with lots of string definition.

Having said all that, after chatting at length to Steve @ PJ's Guitar Centre in Portsmouth he is adamant that the L500 is such a unique pickup that there isn't anything that gets really close, even from Bare Knuckle.
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Re: Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

Dimebucker sounds nothing like the L500..! The crunch lab, evo, or even the paf pro is closer IMO but not quite.
For nuno sound, I think you need a clear sounding bucker with lots of cut. Dimarzio's 'aw vowel midrange goes really well with nuno-style funky rhytm chops.
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Re: Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

Thanks for all the messages guys, this really seems to be a tricky one!!!

I'm going to keep reading online and see what I can come up with, otherwise I might have to track down a Bill and Becky...
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Thanks for all the messages guys, this really seems to be a tricky one!!!

I'm going to keep reading online and see what I can come up with, otherwise I might have to track down a Bill and Becky...
You can buy brand new Bill & Becky (they're called "wilde pickups" now) L500 for very cheap! They are cheaper than a brand new dimarzio or duncans..

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Re: Mainstream pickups for "Nuno" sound

I'd go with an EVO2 in the bridge, and run it through a Wampler SLOstortion. That'll get you fairly close.



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