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Matching single coils with a humbucker in an RG560

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My current project is rebuilding an RG560 (basswood body, of course). The question I have is in matching a humbucker to the single coils. The single coils are going to be one of the following: Klein S-5 or Fender Custom Shop '69s. Both pickups are fairly weak compared to an Evolution (my usual bridge pickup preference) and I suspect there would be a big drop off in output if I matched them together.

So, what bridge humbucker would you pair with medium to low output single coils in the neck and middle? PAF Pro is my current guess.

I intend the guitar to be used in music that ranges from bluesy to hard rock (never metal).
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Re: Matching single coils with a humbucker in an RG560

Use whatever has the sound you want. Compensate output by raising or lowering.



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Re: Matching single coils with a humbucker in an RG560

maybe an Air Classic or 36th Anniversary PAF perhaps?
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maybe an Air Classic or 36th Anniversary PAF perhaps?
My thoughts exactly and The Dimarzio EJ bridge pickup
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Re: Matching single coils with a humbucker in an RG560

You're on the right track, but I might actually look at something weaker than a PAF Pro. I had a '69 neck and Texas Special middle in my Strat fr a while with an AT1 bridge (330 or so on Dimarzio's output scale) and I ended up pulling it because even that was so much hotter that I had to back the bridge pickup much farther off the strings than sounded ideal. A PAF Pro is only around 300, so not much weaker... I liked the AT1, so I ended up going with an Area '67/61 set in the neck and middle which balanced a lot better, but if those are the pickups you want, then an EJ, PAF 36th, or Air Classic are where I'd start.

It wouldn't be nearly so bad if Fender didn't use a vintage stagger on the Custom '69 and Texas Special, but because of it you were really limited in how close to the strings you could set the pickups...
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