Not cheap, but good sounding and still lower cost than Lollar is the BG Pups P90 in a humbucker package ($90). I’ve had good luck with these but they don’t sound like the Lollars. They are more mid focused where the Lollars are slightly flatter with an extended top end.
Neither sound all that CC like but might be a good upgrade. I do like the Lollar CC in the humbucker package very much and you might consider them an investment that you can move to other gutiars down the road………
New reverb tank, extra power supply caps, adjustable bias, thats all I can recall on my, but it’s been a long time. Changed the speaker to an EV-12L but there are lighter options if you want a speaker change/upgrade.
Welcome Max, Look forward to seeing you around the forum.
Nice way to spend an afternoon.
The folks at Graph Tech sent me a sample pack of their pics for review and I was pleasantly surprised. They have 3 shapes, various thickness and 3 materials sort of warm, average and bright. The white colored bright tone pics are what I found to be interesting. The thicker material, 1.4, was as bright as a normal .7 or something like that. So you have the stiff feel but it’s bright and bright in a pleasant, not peaky way. I know, probably not the most sought after tone for this crowd, but I like the option to have the extra brightness without having to go to a floppy pick.
I haven’t used TK’s, I don’t doubt they are great but can’t say exactly how they sound. I have used Vintage Vibe and Lollar CC’s and they are different from each other. The Lollar I thought was a little P90ish but much smoother and sweeter sounding, less bark, a really nice sound. The Vintage Vibe seems to have a bit of a scooped mid and low end or low mid bump and clear top end ( think hearing the pick attack on the string). I liked this sound very much also but it seemed less common, more of a unique sound. In both cases I used the humbucker size versions.
Hey Folks, I put together one more little video on how I’m building RC’s archtops, specifically spruce topped guitars this time. Thanks in advance for checking it out.
Sounds like fun. You’ll use TK’s pickups I suppose? I bet you have the book “The Story of Paul Bigsby”, there’s enough in there to get a good idea of how they are made so it sounds like Bigsby, not just looks like one.
Sounds like you have the options worked out. I may have mentioned this before, it’s one more streaming company but these guys are music focused, for whatever that’s worth.
Welcome, and looking forward to seeing your double neck!
I’ve come to see pics almost like tone controls. Tommy helped me fully appreciate this. Thicker = darker and smoother. Thinner = brighter with more edge to the note attack. Certainly there is the feel side of things with different thicknesses and you mentioned not liking the point on some, although we mostly use the pointy end of the pick on the strings, there’s nothing wrong with using any corner of the pick you like on the strings. I’ve met a few guys now that although they prefer thicker picks, actually keep an assortment with them and select the right pick based on the material they have been asked to pay, think session guys that need to reproduce lots of different styles. The right pick helps.
Yes, the notch in the blade is purposeful and does help with string balance. I believe Vintage Vibe will add the notch as an option. I think it is in some way similar to adjustable poles, as you said, “causing a little disruption” at certain places.
It’s been awhile on this topic but I thought I would post an update on string balance and the Vintage Vibe HCC pickups. I did install this assembly from Vintage Vibe with booster magnets under the 3 wound strings and it did balance everything out well. The pic shows booster magnets under only one string. The booster magnets are Neo and the main mags are A2 or A5 so yes there is something going on with mixing magnet types but mostly it’s just about increased magnetic field strength under certain strings.
One other point that seems somewhat obvious now is that when I was experiencing the string imbalance, I was using a very clean, high headroom amp. As soon as you introduce compression (a tube amp driven hard enough to squeeze the signal a little) the difference smooths out some and is less obvious.
Thanks Gretschman59, This was my first time using the Vintage Vibe HCC pickups. I had 500k pots in there and it seemed a little bright to me so I put 250s in. That’s what you played. They seem right in terms of brightness with the volume up, but get dark quick as you roll it back. As you mentioned, the sound is pretty right for jazz guys. I think the answer will be 250k pots with a treble bleed. At least that’s what I’ll try next when I have the guitar back at the shop.
The low end and low mid response was something I was purposefully working to enhance by laminating the top differently than everyone else does. Normally the top and back are cross laminated, each layer is rotated 90 degrees from the last. This creates uniform stiffness everywhere. I did make the back this way. If we look at a traditional spruce top archtop, the spruce doesn’t have uniform stiffness everywhere. Cross grain is stiff, neck to tail, longitudinally, it flexes more easily. So by altering the layup of the top, I have tried to mimic this stiffness profile. You see this done with carbon fiber for cars and bicycles and the like all the time to put stiffness where you want it and compliance where you want it.
You usually appreciate the details, so I thought I would rattle on a bit……..