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New/old pups in my Freeway!


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My buddy Dave in Texas sent me the Burstbuckers from his '03 LP Standard, along with a Custom Shop Texas Special for the middle. They were installed recently in my second Freeway. The first one, which 'Zan found for me is unchanged. This axe now has way more output and creaminess to its tone, so much so that My LP never came out of the bag at our gig on Saturday. Dave put Alnico 4's on the HB's. It's like having a new axe!

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Very cool! I also love the flat bridge saddles too for resting my palm (i.e. like those found on the newer model Strats and Teles). Do you have a 5 way selector switch? If so, How does the 2nd and 4th position sound? Do you get a nice clean jazzy sound using just the front humbucker at low volume? :cool:

 

ps. Love the maple fret board too...

Take care, Larryz
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Just played 2 nights with it. The LP was out of the gigbag for 1 set Friday. The Freeway has lotsa HB sweetness and grind, along with the Stratty voicings from the SC. Happiest meld of HB and SC I've seen to date in 1 axe. It covers the whole repertoire just fine. Doesn't matter what backup I bring now. The bridge pup is still a tad trebly, just like they all are to my ear. I may try turning that pup 180 degrees to get the pole screws little further from the bridge.....
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The bridge pup is still a tad trebly, just like they all are to my ear. I may try turning that pup 180 degrees to get the pole screws little further from the bridge.....

 

Try lowering each pole-screw by two turns or so, then raise the whole pickup a little, and then fine-tune to balance the bass/Low-E-side-to-treble/High-E-side, and then the remaining four to balance string-to-string output. This should make it sound just a little fuller and more buttery, and a little less trebly.

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The bridge pup is still a tad trebly, just like they all are to my ear. I may try turning that pup 180 degrees to get the pole screws little further from the bridge.....

 

I've heard of guys doing this turn around with the bridge pup for less treble (and the neck pup for more or less bass). Let us know if you try out this method and how well it works...

Take care, Larryz
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The bridge pup is still a tad trebly, just like they all are to my ear. I may try turning that pup 180 degrees to get the pole screws little further from the bridge.....

 

Try lowering each pole-screw by two turns or so, then raise the whole pickup a little, and then fine-tune to balance the bass/Low-E-side-to-treble/High-E-side, and then the remaining four to balance string-to-string output. This should make it sound just a little fuller and more buttery, and a little less trebly.

 

Took yer advice, Caev, and this wknd will be the acid test.

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The bridge pup is still a tad trebly, just like they all are to my ear. I may try turning that pup 180 degrees to get the pole screws little further from the bridge.....

 

Try lowering each pole-screw by two turns or so, then raise the whole pickup a little, and then fine-tune to balance the bass/Low-E-side-to-treble/High-E-side, and then the remaining four to balance string-to-string output. This should make it sound just a little fuller and more buttery, and a little less trebly.

 

Took yer advice, Caev, and this wknd will be the acid test.

 

Bestaluck, my friend! :cool:

 

Make sure it's balanced against the other pickups, too, maybe just a little stronger than the others.

 

The stock, hot ceramic Gibson 500T and 496R humbuckers in my Les Paul were a tad too bright 'n' trebley on the plain/high strings, so that's what I did for them to make 'em sound rounder and fatter and warmer, while I did the opposite on the wound/low strings, to make them less tubby and more stringy, defined, and twangy with more attack and harmonic-swirl.

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Good to hear it!

 

I have to say, though...upon further reflection, "pups on the freeway" is just a bad sounding phrase...

 

 

:rimshot::facepalm:

 

Well, Boggs plays in a band called Squirrels In Traffic...

 

Always remember that you�re unique. Just like everyone else.

 

 

 

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The bridge pup is still a tad trebly, just like they all are to my ear. I may try turning that pup 180 degrees to get the pole screws little further from the bridge.....

 

Try lowering each pole-screw by two turns or so, then raise the whole pickup a little, and then fine-tune to balance the bass/Low-E-side-to-treble/High-E-side, and then the remaining four to balance string-to-string output. This should make it sound just a little fuller and more buttery, and a little less trebly.

 

 

 

Well, brethren, O'Shite knows his shite! :rimshot: I took his advice, and the tone is now in the zone! Couldn't be happier! Thx, Caev!

 

Sidenote: this axe does not invalidate my LP, as I originally thgought it might. They do sound different, and the LP is hotter, so much so that I need to twiddle my knobs on my pedals when swapping, which is a PITA, so theses 2 axes won't be going on gigs together any more. Last night, my backup was my old Godin Artisan TC, which is a great axe in its own right. The Freeway is now a bit hotter, but the volume knob on the amp is the only adjustment needed. Both guitars were great last night.

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I think the need for that is now ruled out on this axe, Larry, but I'm havin' a look at everytrhing now....

 

Gary Moore's LP, that he got from Peter Green, had the neck pup turned around, and no LP has ever sounded better, IMHO....

 

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Glad to hear it, Reif! You're a great guy, and I still owe you two or three six packs of good beer, right?! :D

 

I figured, if I was able that way to get as good a tone out of my stock ceramic 500T and 496R humbuckers as I do, the same pickups that everybody and their brother bags on all across the internet, claiming they just plain suck, that it'd work for your pickups!

 

Larry- try the "Peter Green mod" sometime, with the neck-pickup turned around and its magnet reversed. The tone of the neck-pickup by itself won't be too different; the realmagic happens when both pickups are on. Further sparkling leprechaun dust-sprinkles kick in when the two volume-knobs are tweaked for varying tones from the middle-position. :cool: To really cop Green's classic recorded tones, crank up a Twin or Pro Reverb or similar amp.

 

Check THIS out:

 

The Secret of Peter Greens Tone - Jol Dantzig :cool::thu:

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Thanks guys, interesting article too Caevan...I have a buddy that mods his own Charvel (sp?) Tele(s) and was putting a couple of humbuckers on one. I suggested he might want to check out this concept and was wondering if others have tried it...will refer him to this info, Thanks.
Take care, Larryz
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Thanks guys, interesting article too Caevan...I have a buddy that mods his own Charvel (sp?) Tele(s) and was putting a couple of humbuckers on one. I suggested he might want to check out this concept and was wondering if others have tried it...will refer him to this info, Thanks.

 

O0O0O0O0O0O0O0H, I bet that his dual-humbucker Charvel Tele-stylee with the "Peter Green mod" and a pan/blend-pot for the two pickups in middle-position would be some seriously cool Tele-licious goodness! Add coil-splitting and enjoy deep cluck and bright twang!

Ask yourself- What Would Ren and Stimpy Do?

 

~ Caevan James-Michael Miller-O'Shite ~

_ ___ _ Leprechaun, Esquire _ ___ _

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Thanks again Caevan, I emailed your suggestions and article to my buddy this morning so we'll see what happens...he liked and incorporated my reverse plate Tele suggestion for the two Charvels he made for his sons awhile back...
Take care, Larryz
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