Dannyalcatraz Posted January 20, 2013 Share Posted January 20, 2013 We've all heard it said: just because a thing can be done, doesn't mean it should be done. Well, I'm rethinking 2 guitar projects, because even though I can afford them, I'm not sure I should do them as I planned. 1) I have a Dean EVO Special Select- arched maple top (quilted tiger's eye finish) with a mahogany body- I bought in 2003. It holds tune with a death grip, it sings even when unplugged, it feels great in my hands, but the pickups, compared to my better guitars, are muddy...lacking clarity and definition. So I'm upgrading them in 2013. So I decided to upgrade them, and settled on a Bareknuckle Rebel Yell HB (bridge) and a Mississippi Queen HB-sized P90 (neck). https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=humbuckers&sub=contemporary&pickup=rebel_yell https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=p90s&sub=humbucker_sized_p90s&pickup=mississippi_queen 2) I decided to have a custom guitar made. With the Luther's help, I picked out a nice piece of claro walnut, which, as it turns out, was big enough to make a single-piece top & bottom for not one but TWO guitars. So we decided to go for it- that's the way the wood was cut. The first one had already had its details worked out by the time the wood got cut, nothing on it is changing. But now I'm trying to figure out the details of the second one. Again, Bareknuckle pickups were chosen: a Nailbomb HB in the bridge and a Stockholm HB-sized P90 in the neck. https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=humbuckers&sub=contemporary&pickup=nailbomb https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=p90s&sub=humbucker_sized_p90s&pickup=stockholm Here's why I'm reconsidering my decisions: on the first guitar, as good as those pickups would sound, at @$375 (before shipping from the UK to the USA), they'd basically cost nearly as much as the guitar did (not adjusted for inflation). On a certain level, that seems a bit bizarre to me. The second set of Bareknuckles would be just as pricey, but since they're going into a custom guitar, it makes more sense. But does it make ENOUGH sense? So, I'm asking those who know more about pickups to help me find reasonable substitutes for those pickups, ESPECIALLY the HB-sized P90s. I mean, I can find a good HB- I've got candidates lined up from Lace, Railhammer, Tesla and others. But oversized P90s are harder to find, and good ones especially so. And on top of it all, the Stockholm is a pretty high-output P90. So: should I choose differently, or should I stick with the Bareknuckles? Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: âNinety percent of everything is crapâ My FLMS- Murphy's Music in Irving, Tx http://murphysmusictx.com/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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