HFS and Single coil neck PU?

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  1. cacrowther

    cacrowther New Member

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    A few months ago I picked up a 1996 CE24 (mahogany body, maple top/neck). I'm in love with it. The only thing I miss is throaty growl of a neck single coil (fender or P90 style). I'm looking for something to replace the Vintage Bass that's in it. The VB is a stellar pup and it will be put to use in another instrument immediately, I just want a single coil for this guitar. The real question is, what are some interesting choices out there that would match the volume and output of the HFS bridge pickup? Thanks, Chris.
     
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    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    I'm all about the Lace Silver in the neck of my KL33. Sounds nice in a 24.
     
  3. justmund

    justmund Plank Spanker

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    You could try a humbucker sized P-90, e.g. a Fralin P-92
     
  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I'll toss out a vote for the Lollar Single for Hum

     
  5. Furtive

    Furtive Knight of Bangin'ess

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    In my 1988 CE24, I have an unmarked pair of 1988 Vintage Treble and Single Coil Bass. This NOS set turned up on reverb the same time I found my 88 CE - still haven't wired it up. Hopefully this month. No idea what the Single Coil Bass pup sounds like, didn't even know it existed until I saw the ad.

    Single Coil Bass is a single coil winding in a hb housing. Very early PRS era.
     
  6. archey

    archey New Member

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    Hey I think that you bought the set from me! That particular pick up combination was originally found in the "Special" model. They were pretty much a standard, with the exception of a wide thin neck, uprouted trem and the single coil bass/hfs ii pickup combination. I believe they changed the single coil to a vb in 1990.
     
  7. Furtive

    Furtive Knight of Bangin'ess

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    Yep, that was me! I forgot you mentioning these were used in the Special model - now I just need to find the Special's wiring diagram. Thanks, man! :D
     
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    cacrowther New Member

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    Thanks folks! Another idea I was throwing around was a mounting ring to put a hot strat or tele style pickup in. What do we think of this? Any suggestions?
     
  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    I have them on two PRS, they look a lil' wonky but work well. I haven't found a 'bucker sized single that sounds "right" to me.
     
  10. cacrowther

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    That's what I was thinking. At the very least it opens up endless aditional options. What I don't want is a lot of volume drop off. If I can find something with the smooth throaty sound of a strat or P90 guitar that's volume matched to the HFS, that would be ideal.
     
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    What are some good single coil options around 8.5k that would be a good match for the HFS? Hum reduction is a bonus, but not at the expense of that sweet single coil tone.
     
  12. pac90

    pac90 In Helix Land, the waters warm

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    If I throw my tuppence worth in, bare knuckles humbucker sized P90s slot in, and they have a range of tones, which their website demos.

    Missisippi Queens (mid range) are great, can get a real change in character from picking dynamics; they get some shielding from hum from the design - its not an issue anyways.

    I have a strat with noiseless pickups, and a SE with MQ's and there is a big volume difference betixt the two for the same amp settings, P90s definitely are = or > than humbucker, much higher output than the strat
     

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