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    Hi guys, I'm just curious what you favorite pickups are in your builds? I have an EVH Frankenstein in mine. My impression, after a few days of jamming, are that it's a very "clean" pickup. Very good for Diver Down/1984 era tones. It doesn't really get the earlier stuff (my favorites being II and FW).

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    I would've thought the EVH Frankenstein pickup to be an ideal choice for those early tones. I mean, that is what it's marketed for, right?
    Go figure...

    Pickups react differently to various amps/pedal chains/tube vs solid state, etc.
    I only have experience with the newer EVH pickups from the striped series and Stealth models, so other's would be more qualified to chime in.
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    I honestly think the EVH Frankenstein pickup is an A2 11-12k pickup, which sounds very much like 1984 era tones. The earlier stuff is much thicker sounding to my ears, especially Fair Warning.

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    When I wired up my Frankenstein pickup in an ash bodied strat with a Peavey Wolfgang Floyd and plugged it into my old Peavey 5150 it screamed WACF at me. And that amp usually reminds me of VH II if any VH album. I had to back way off the gain from my usual settings. It was howling and feeding back. Yet at the lower gain settings it still had all the grind, sustain, and harmonics I like. So mine is on the hotter side I'd say. And somehow has a clean jangly quality at times. It's perfect for Everybody Want Some!. It really nails that grind and harmonics fly out of it! Did I say that already? Well it's true to my ear anyway.

    In a non Floyd guitar I'd try the Duncan '78. Formerly the EVH(Evenly Voiced Harmonics) pickup. Guess who Seymour made it for? Anyway it should do late 70's early 80's VH very well. In a Floyd guitar I'd try either a Tone Zone or believe it or not, a Wolfgang pickup. In my EVH Stripe Series that pickup screams. Very old VH sounding.

    Tone Zone is very close to the EBMM EVH pickup. Very close. Was my favorite. Now it's a tie with the Wolfgang.
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    I've tried a metric shit-ton of pickups in my Franky. My favorite, hands down, is the Bare Knuckle VHII for those early tones- especially if you used an ash or alder body. It doesn't sound as good in basswood though. A close second is the Dimarzio Super Distortion, believe it or not, and it isn't as finicky about the type of wood. Actually...tied for second would be the Arcane Brownbucker, but it too is picky about the body wood...at least, to my ears.
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    Mine is an ash body with a Floyd. I have a few other pickups laying around (Dimarzio SD, Duncan JB, Sounds of Sin, Wolfgang), but I'm wondering if it's worth the time of swapping them out over the Frankenstein that's currently in it. This is my first Ash bodied guitar. I've always played either alder (strats) or basswood/maple cap (Wolfgang).

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    If you've got a Wolfgang why not try it? Might find you liked the Franky pickup better? Who knows? By the way, I say put that Dimarzio SD in there. I'll bet ya it'll do a great VH I through a Marshall. Call it an educated guess. Although Ed used an eq pedal to kill some of the shrill top end. So maybe it will suck. Try the Wolfgang.

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    If you've got a Dimarzio SD already, it's definitely worth the effort. I really didn't like the Frankenstein pickup I tried at all for the early stuff. It was way too hot and mushy sounding...though I noticed you said yours sounded too "clean". Mine was just the opposite. If you've ever heard any of Rockstah's (Mark Abrahamian) clips, he got fantastic early Ed tones with a current production DSD.
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    Again though, I can't recommend the BKP VHII highly enough. I have one in my 'bee replica and it just nails VH II to a tee.

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    Maybe I'll do some pickup swapping, I don't know. My push/pull pot arrived yesterday, so I'll have to break out the iron anyway to wire up the neck pickup. The tone I really love is the VHII and the Fair Warning tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogueNT View Post
    Again though, I can't recommend the BKP VHII highly enough. I have one in my 'bee replica and it just nails VH II to a tee.
    What are this pickup's specs? Maybe I already have something similar laying around.

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    I just thought about this. All the other pickups I have have short leg bases. Grrr!

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    I'm going to probably put a Dimarzio PAF Pro in my new Sambora tribute build. It's what he used to use. It's also the stock pickups that were in the original Ibanez Jem 777 guitars.
    Back in the gigging days, I had NO problems getting EVH style licks and sounds out of those guitars. Ed always favored a PAF type of deal, although slightly hotter. The PAF Pro might be a good choice for you as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ledvedder View Post
    What are this pickup's specs? Maybe I already have something similar laying around.
    Asymmetrical coils, 42 AWG plain enamel wire, around 8.8-9.0K DC, and Alnico V.

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    Here I go again!

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