Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Middle of California
Re: "Norton, I Oughttta....."
With the Duncan forum samples you really have to consider the source, compressed audio files on (probably) cheap PC speakers. To be honest, I don't hear a lot of difference in the samples either. For the most part though, when it comes down to recording something like a sound sample, IMO, pickups really don't make all that much difference. However, when you play wide open you can totally notice a difference, I can anyway. It's more about feel and dynamics when it gets to that point... I think when people talk about how a pickup sounds, especially on a forum like this one, they are more concerned with an overall "vibe" of the pickup, not just the EQ. What I always want to know about a pickup is how it can be described without any reference to an EQ curve. I would define vibe as, yes, a sonic characteristic, but also "how" the pickup plays. Example: Does it not only sound smooth and "buttery" but does it feel that way when you play it?
I donít know if any of that makes sense, in fact, it probably doesnítÖ Iíve just always tended to refer to a pickup typically ďbehavingĒ more so than ďsounding likeĒ. Iím not at all a tone snob, and Iím actually not that great of a player, but when youíre working at getting great sounds with just you, an axe, amp, and a couple of pedals, pickups can have a HUGE impact.
Anyway, as a follow up to my post, I should have a Breed early next week. If that doesnít fly, itís in with a Duncan JB, which will probably stay. Then itís on to find a suitable basswood/maple cap axe that I KNOW will put me in the tonal range Iím looking for.