Originally Posted by RyanPitch
Thanks for all the great suggestions. Tradarama, you never cease to amaze me by introducing me to new music products: thanks! I'm checking out his site now.
More specifically, let's say someone took a stock Gibson 498T humbucker and routed out a Tele and put it in the bridge position (forget about matching its output to the other single coil pickup, and I'm not really interested in the semi-hollowbodies).
Question: How is the alder or poplar or ash body and maple neck going to affect the sound as compared to the mahogany body and neck of a Gibson guitar? Will it sound more wimpy?
I have been through a ton of gear on the guitar/amp side.
Here is a thought on the wood...I've always found that a GOOD piece of mahogany/guitar will sound meatier than a good alder/ash/basswood guitar (both with humbuckers in the bridge). That being said...consider this:
EVH's tone (arguably the best rock tone of a generation) was with the latter...
Now consider that too dark an instrument will mush up your recording. People do like the maple for the snap. People like the alder/basswood/ash for the clarity. I do think that you may not hate the recorded tone even if you hate the live tone. You may want to try a couple of pickups....here are a few:
1. WCR Goodwood: This is a fat sounding humbucker. Some may think too fat.
2. WCR Crossroad: A bit less wound but powerful and thick.
3. Lollar Humbucker: Clear but fat
4. Fralin Humbucker: Very Clear and fat
5. Tom Holmes: Very nice but expensive if you can find them.
6. Duncan JB (a pretty cheap and easy place to start...but if you like it you'll LOVE the others above (any of them).
PS Peter Florance makes very nice pickups that are very clear and bright; however, they (to me) wound like a nonhumming P90 or Single. I have them in my JG guitar (mahogany) and they are nice but not a fat tone by far.
LASTLY: Try this little trick if you find the pickups too ice picky....buy a PRS brand push/pull Sweet Switch (tone knob)....get help wiring it (I can't help you there) and try it. Santana invented it (I'm not a huge fan of his tone but listen in) because it emulates the rounding of the tone that happens when you use a long guitar cord (another thing to try). I put them in all of my guitars and it really cuts off the white noise...$50ish trick that will do more than $1000 in gear can.
One last last trick: Buy a good cable....Tara Labs is good and will bring in clear lows/mids to add to nice highs (George L's /Whirlwind etc are thin sounding). Go to www.lavacables.com
Great guy and honest.
Last Last Last: Go to RS Guitarworks and look up the "treble tamer" kit of pots/caps. I'm going to have that wired in my JG today and I'll report back. $60ish trick with results TBD.