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    I am considering building my own Frankie-type guitar out of Warmoth parts. My question is what would be the best body wood / bridge pickup to get close to that early VH tone? I know the amp comes into play too, so it doesn't have to be exact, just in the ballpark. My guess is alder / SD Custom Custom, but you guys would know better than me.
    Also, I might add a neck pickup for versatility. What would be a complimentary neck pickup?
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    I *think* the early VH bodies were Ash, not Alder.....but I defer to Rol for final authority on that one.

    I've been able to get a fairly close sounding early VH sounding guitar with an Alder body and the Seymour Duncan JB. From what I understand, he JB is a little brighter than the Custom Custom.....

    so it might explain why a Custom Custom/Ash guitar is similar to a JB/Alder guitar.

    If you're sticking with Seymour on the heck pickup, I'd check out the '59.

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    i've got the single-coil size 59 in the neck position in my Hamer, and it kicks ass. i use the neck pickup more than the JB in the bridge...

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    I have Duncan Customs in all of my Kramers, and I can get the VH-type sound with those better than the JB's that I did have in there. I don't think you'll want to use a Custom Custom in there, won't quite have that VH warmth.
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    Originally posted by strangegrey:
    I *think* the early VH bodies were Ash, not Alder.....but I defer to Rol for final authority on that one.

    I've been able to get a fairly close sounding early VH sounding guitar with an Alder body and the Seymour Duncan JB. From what I understand, he JB is a little brighter than the Custom Custom.....

    so it might explain why a Custom Custom/Ash guitar is similar to a JB/Alder guitar.

    If you're sticking with Seymour on the heck pickup, I'd check out the '59.

    -Frank
    well you are correct about the Franky, Lynn Ellsworth says it was eastern ash, I talked to him a few years ago and asked him even though I read it in an interview, now for all the other guitars it is believed that they are Alder but no one really knows for sure but we are 99% sure.
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