My favourite humbucker is the Duncan Custom Custom.
It is nice and hot but also nice and vintage (classic) sound and they can be had for $50ea on eBay fairly easily.
It will not really be what you are after though because of the Alnico2 magnet.
I'll try to keep this as short and non-confusing as possible.
Seymour Duncan has 3 "Classic" pickups. Actually maybe 4 now sort of..more on this later..
There is the Classic, the Classic Classic, and the Classic5. Man it's been a while. I might not even have those names right.
They are all the same "power". They are all the exact same pickup except for the composition of the magnet inside the pickup.
The "Classic Classic" magnet composition is Alnico2. I wont get too into the tone of each but...A2 is vintage sounding without the CRISP high end you're after. It has pronounced mids and a bit of a "loose" bottom end. Fluid sounding?
The "Classic" uses a ceramic magnet. Think "tight", tight with big bottom end. Pronounced high end. Scooped midrange. Great for metal.
The "Classic5" has an Alnico5 magnet in it and (A5)tonally lies somewhere in between a ceramic magnet and an Alnico2 magnet (btw "Al-Ni-Co" just means the metal is an alloy primarily made-up of Aluminum, Nickel, and Cobalt)...sort of.
I think you want a TB-4 in the bridge (trembucker) due to tremolo spacing.
For your budget I would definitely suggest the Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge if your going for a hotter classic/heavy rock to hard rock/metal tone. If thats too hot for you than the 59 bridge pickup has that PAF vintage tone that rocks really well. For the neck you can't go wrong with either a Seymour Duncan Jazz or 59. So many choices out there but from my experience these would be a great place to start.
They will certainly fit. Don’t trim the wires to fit, though. Leave the extra intact.Just joining this thread hope someone who might know is still around. I’m looking at a set of:
Duncan TB-16 59
will these fit in my se custom 24?
Just swap the polarity (solder the hot lead to ground and the ground to the pot/switch) on one pickup and you should be good.I switched my 85/15s pickups for some Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays. But I wanted a more creamy bluesy sound. But they make very nice pickups. The pain with replacing pickups is getting the phase right. I’m not sure I have it down yet.