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    Default Pickups made for The Brown Sound? (*NOT* EVH history)

    I'm not talking about what Eddie actually used. I'm talking about current pickup makers that have designed something going for that sound.


    Off the top of my head, here's what I can think of. Please add with links if I'm missing anything.


    Of course I'm not listing the EVH branded ones because... Well, duh. LOL







    I imagine I've missed some that you guys may know about.

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    I used the Seymour Duncan Custom Custom SH-11 in my VH1 build. I like it a lot, FWIW. Here was the video that helped me choose it:

    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    I used the Seymour Duncan Custom Custom SH-11 in my VH1 build. I like it a lot, FWIW. Here was the video that helped me choose it:

    Well, Ed actually used the Custom Custom (in the 5150 and as the last/current pickup in Franky).

    What I'm looking for are the guitars that are labeled as such, like the EV79, or the Brownbucker.

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    I had an IM1 in the Frankie replica I built. It was a smokin' pickup, I loved it.

    I'd record clips, but one of my buddies demanded I sell it to him the first time he played it, and I obliged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I had an IM1 in the Frankie replica I built. It was a smokin' pickup, I loved it.

    I'd record clips, but one of my buddies demanded I sell it to him the first time he played it, and I obliged.
    D'oh!

    You haven't also had the chance to play the Frankenstein pickup, have you? Supposedly the IM1 is supposed to be Duncan's way of selling something REALLY close to the Franky pickup directly.

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    That's exactly what it is. I haven't played the Frankenstein pickup to compare., but I believe they swap the magnet (A2 for A5 or vice versa) and then tweaked the rest of the design to compensate.

    It was hotter than the EVH Wolfgang pickups, but still had really great note separation and midrange, almost like a lower output pickup would've had. The low end chunk on that guitar was ridiculous too. Never muddy, but it could really hit you in the chest when you dug in. Not the most versatile pickup, but it did that one sound really really well. Cleaned up well with the volume knob too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    That's exactly what it is. I haven't played the Frankenstein pickup to compare., but I believe they swap the magnet (A2 for A5 or vice versa) and then tweaked the rest of the design to compensate.

    It was hotter than the EVH Wolfgang pickups, but still had really great note separation and midrange, almost like a lower output pickup would've had. The low end chunk on that guitar was ridiculous too. Never muddy, but it could really hit you in the chest when you dug in. Not the most versatile pickup, but it did that one sound really really well. Cleaned up well with the volume knob too.
    That's how my Franky pickup is. I had to back way off on the gain yet still had plenty of sustain and great harmonics. Good note separation and somehow it seemed like a low output pickup. But the gain knob on the amp doesn't lie! WACF all day to my ears.

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    I've lost track of all this, but it seems like the IM1 used a degaussed Alnico 5 to simulate the Alnico 2 in the Frankenstein. 13-14k

    Not the same wind as the Duncan 78, which has far less output. 9k?

    Cannot remember how the EVH Wolfgang pickup fits into all of this.

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    the custom custom was made basically for him. its really a good pickup

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommytom11 View Post
    the custom custom was made basically for him. its really a good pickup
    Yes, but...
    Quote Originally Posted by GilmourD View Post
    Well, Ed actually used the Custom Custom (in the 5150 and as the last/current pickup in Franky).

    What I'm looking for are the pickups that are labeled as such, like the EV79, or the Brownbucker.

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    Well I've been thinking about getting the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop '78, Seymour Duncan Custom Shop IM1 or the EVH Frankenstein. Has anyone played all three and compared them to one another?
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    The Seymour Duncan 'Custom Hybrid' is supposed to really nail the 1984 tone , or so I've read .
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRvh1 View Post
    The Seymour Duncan 'Custom Hybrid' is supposed to really nail the 1984 tone , or so I've read .
    That is really designed to be a 5150 Kramer style pickup. That's what I have in my black Musikraft 5150 replica, except I put an A5 magnet in it. Works much better with my Rockstah Mod 5 Marshall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garbeaj View Post
    That is really designed to be a 5150 Kramer style pickup. That's what I have in my black Musikraft 5150 replica, except I put an A5 magnet in it. Works much better with my Rockstah Mod 5 Marshall.
    Actually, the '59/Custom hybrid was created by a guy named BachToRock over at the Seymour Duncan forums. He prefers an A2 in it but the factory version comes with an A5.

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/s...ghlight=hybrid

    I'm pretty sure the 5150 had a Custom Custom in it... But again, Ed's own history is another thread.

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    Thanks , guys ^^^ .

    The '59 Custom Hybrid and Custom Custom models are repeatedly out of stock at my local music store - Long & McQuade .
    I've been interested to try both of them . A bit weary of an eBay purchase (for example) in case I want to exchange/return an item . Return shipping etc. is just a pure hassle ... LOL
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