Contact

Guitars Hum Cancelling Pickups

April 19th, 2014

Mic Kaczmarczik’s Hum Cancelling Pickups Information

Hum Cancelling Pickups


Guitars

Hum Cancelling Pickups

This directory contains USENET articles Mic has saved about guitars, equipment, pickup, techniques, players, and so on. Mic has graciously granted permission to post the stuff on the JT30 page on the off chance that it might be useful in the context of Blues Harmonica. Mic is not responsible for the content, just the collection.

Guitars

Hum Cancelling Pickups
From mgarvi–(at)–anix.com Sat Jan 31 20:36:43 CST 1998
Article: 180517 of rec.music.makers.guitar
From: mgarvi–(at)–anix.com (Mark Garvin)
Newsgroups: rec.music.makers.guitar
Subject: Re: Joe Barden Strat Deluxe Pickups, Opinions Please.
Date: 27 Jan 1998 17:40:46 -0500
Organization: PANIX Public Access Internet and Unix, NYC
Lines: 86
Message-ID: <6alnpe$oi--(at)--anix2.panix.com>
References: <34cd48f9.12005505--(at)--ews.eoni.com> <01bd2add$bac42e40$4d61a0c--(at)--huckstr>
NNTP-Posting-Host: panix2.panix.com
Xref: geraldo.cc.utexas.edu rec.music.makers.guitar:180517


>Jeff wrote in article
><34cd48f9.12005505--(at)--ews.eoni.com>…
>> I am looking to replace the gold sensors on my strat plus and have
>> been considering the Joe Barden’s. I have researched several single
>> coil designs but the reviews are somewhat inconsistent. A recent post
>> mentioned the Barden’s as “true Fender tone monsters without the hum”.
>> Everything I have been hearing about them is positive.


In <01bd2add$bac42e40$4d61a0c--(at)--huckstr> “Paul Dragon” writes:
>Barden’s are not cheap, but you do get what you pay for. I have a Zion
>guitar with Bardens and they are best sounding single coils I have ever
>heard (yes, I have heard them all). You could go with a cheaper pickup like
>a Bill Lawrence or Duncan, but you will always be wanting those Bardens!


I can’t claim to have heard them *all* (!!!) but I have had a chance
to check out lots of hum-cancelling ‘single-coil’ designs. This
includes the normal Duncan and Dimarzio rail and stack designs, the
Bardens, some experimental pickups, Lace Sensors, and Evans, etc.


Please preface all the following with “IN MY OPINION”, OK? And I’m
a picky bahstid, so keep that in mind.


The Evans pickups are the quietest. Great matching between the coils.
Jeff Healy has used them, and you can hear a distinct high ‘ping’ on
the early Healy stuff (not sure if he still uses them). I’ve used
both the ‘single’ and wider (actually dual single…not true humbucker)
versions with success on a some instruments.


Most Dimarzio rail designs sound ok at first listen, but wear a bit
with repeated use. They have patented the ‘different coil gauge…
same amount of windings’ technique for supposedly getting differing
‘resonant’ frequencies from their coils. Not nec the result that they
claim, but interesting. Still, dull compared to true old strat sound.
Maybe good for some metal players.


I’ve heard a (supposedly custom) version of the Dimarzio stacked
design at Sadowsky Guitars, and it sounded good. Not sure if it would
survive the test of time. I have not tried the ‘EJ single-coil’ test
of this pickup. (See? I haven’t ‘tried them all’ yet).


Duncan ‘Classic stacks’ lose something of the edge and definition.
Their standard stack pickups are better in this respect.


Duncan ‘HOT Rails’ are one of my own LEAST favorites (sorry…I’m
a fan of old 60′s strat pickup tone). No tone (IMO, etc.etc)


I DO like the Duncan Vintage rails. More incisive tone than most
stacked pickups. Maybe better to use their stacks in more edgy
sounding instruments. Still, this design has possibilities.
Consider that the approach is similar to the Fender bass split
pickup designs.


Lace Sensors…again, an interesting tone. I don’t hate them like
some do. In fact, I prefer their very thin (‘Robert-Cray-like???’)
tone to many of the sludgier sounding pickups above. They do sound
a bit clinical, but that can be good sometimes. Not as quiet as
many of the above, but they are not really humbuckers. They’re
just shielded well with a unique magnetic structure.


EMG’s: Ok, but a bit sterile and nondescript.


I’ve also tried lots of custom designs, incl hum-cancel coils (some of
my own design) and some work pretty well. No time to run down all of
that, and I’m not marketing anything.


So, what were you asking? Oh…yeah…


Bardens: A relatively powerful sounding pickup that maintains a lot of
single-coil character. I still do not hear pure ’63 strat tones. The
Bardens have a steely quality that I’d equate with Telecaster more
than Strat. An interesting tone, and more single-coil-like and
wide-range than most of the side-by-side rail designs.


At present, I’ve gone back to old single coils and newer Fralins for
the most part. I deal with the noise. The Duncan Vintage Rails works
OK in many places, and still has much of the character that I look
for in old strat pickups. Keep in mind that nothing will sound
identical (not even two actual ’63′s), so it’s a matter of choosing
the one that has the aspects that *you* appreciate.


MGarvin


(not affiliated with any of the above)






 

Index:

Albert Collins Tuning
Albert Video
Aluminum Shielding
Beatles Guitars
Best Guitar Cords
Big Muffs reviewed
Bigsby for a Les Paul
Blues Lyrics
BluesHawk Review
BPM Music Express
Buddy Guy Bassman Settings
Calculate Treble Bypass Resistor
Calculate Treble
Case supplier
CE 22 Review
Chandler Lap Steels
Chord to HTML
Clapton Auction Totals
Correct Pot Value
Custom Decal Blanks
Custom Decals
Daddy O Review
Dampen Trem Springs
Dating Gretsches
DeArmond Pickups
Directional cables
DIY DeltaTone
Duncan Antiquity Review
Duncan Mini Humbuckers
Early Squier Strats
Easier Rewiring
ES 125 info
ES 335 Pro
Feiten Intonation Offsets
Fender Clapton ckt
Fender Custom Shop
Fender Customer Service
Fender Decal Procedure
Fender Japan Serial Numbers
Fender Japan Strat Dates
Fender MasterBuilt
Fender Neck Shapes
Fender pickup specs
Fit HB in P90 hole
Folk web site
Fralin Review
Fralin Strat mod
Fralins vs Antiquity HBs
Fret Buzz Finder
Fret Dressing
Fret Filing Shields
G L Legacy Pickups
Gatton article
Gatton Records
Gatton Web Site
Gibson 70s LPs
Gibson Case Locks
Gibson flaws
Gibson on the Web
Gibson Phone No
Gibson VariTone
guitar
Harp Pickups
Heritage Contact
Heritage Dating
Heritage H 555 Review
Hot Rod Lincoln lick
How Nashville Works
How To Mount Mini Humbuckers
Hum Cancelling Pickups
Humbucker Wiring Codes
Humbuckers like P90s
Its In The Hands
Jazz Guitar page
Jazzmasters
JD Telecaster Wiring
Kinman pickups
Les Paul prices 1975
Les Paul Video
List Prices
LSR nut dissent
Make Your Own Pickups
Matching pickup volumes
Mexi vs American Strats
Mexicasters
Mono cord w ES 345
Mosrite Info
No Crowning Files
P 90 options
P 90 specs
PAF myths
Parts Suppliers
Pawn Shops
Pawnshop Tips
Pearl Inlay I
Pearl Inlay II
Pearl Inlay III
Pickup Wiring By Mfr
Pitch Frequencies
Poplar Pros
Pot mod
Pot mods
Pot values
Potting Pickups
PRS Soapbar Review
PRS Swamp Ash Special
Rewiring summary
Rick O Sound
Safe Guitar Stands
Shielding FAQ
Shielding Procedure
Shielding=Capacitance
Signature Models
Slider Straps
Strat 54 reissues
Strat blend pot
Strat Plus body wood
Strat Rewiring
Strat Setup Tips
Strat Tailblock Construction
Strat Tone Wiring
Strat Variations
Suhr and Knopfler
Suhr Guitars Trip
Suhr On TX Specials
Suhr Tele Review
T Top Humbuckers
TBX circuit
Tele elevator plate
Tex Mex Strat
Top 41 Excuses
Torres Tone Knob
Truss Rods
Turn It Down
Varitone FAQ
Varitone Info
Vendor Barden
Vintage Turds
Volume pot capacitance
vs100 review
vs100 update
What is Chromyte
Who Is Ted McCarty
Why Buy Heritage
Why Poplar Opaque Finishes
Wiring Schemes
Wood Comparisons
WWW Archtop maker
WWW pickup FAQ
Zappa on Guitar

micK pages
Amps
Caps
Circuits
D-I-Y
Effects
Fender
Guitars
Q & A
Speakers
Tubes
Vendors

 

Premier Gallery A Blues Harp Player's Guide to Amplifiers
Silvertone & Harmony Amp Gallery Masco Gallery
Twin 8 Project Lectrolab Gallery
Gibson Schematics Stalking the Wild Premier
Harp Amp Secrets and Tips by Gerald Weber 2001 Auburn Guitar Show Pictures
2001 Saratoga Springs Guitar Show 2001 South Jersey Guitar Show
Transformer Specs 2003 Auburn Guitar Show
Lectrolab R800 Project Epiphone Valve Junior Review
Harpin Help 2001 Fall Philly Guitar Show
Little Charlie and the Night Cats Gary Primich at Isabels
90.5 "the Night" 6th Annual Guitar Show Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets Feb 22, 2003
Mic Kaczmarczik's USENET Articles
Circuits Guitars
Fender Amps Tubes
DIY (do it yourself) Caps
qanda (Questions and Answers) Speakers
Vendors Effects

On Ebay