So Damn Blue New pickups test
#1 Guest_Gravity Jim_*
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:44 AM
So, more faux-jazz bluesy guitar from me. The Rev. David Seyboldt on drums, me on lead, riddim, bass, SonicCouture "Broken Wurli" and NI Vintage Organ.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:44 PM
Here's hoping you feel it.
Yeah, I'm feelin' it.
Not being a guitarist, I'm curious. Do you folks change your pickups because they wear-out or because you want to get a different sound?
Please don't just answer with a "yes".
Reminds me of a story I once heard and I can't remember where or when(alzhiemer's for sure ) but a guitarist guy was in a studio recording some stuff
and in the adjacent studio was Santana also working on some new stuff.
The guy had a break and went over to Santana's studio to have a listen. He was so mezzmerized by the sound of Santana's guitar.
He started a conversation with the man and got around to asking him if he could try out his axe.
Well, the guy tried it out but he coundn't come close to getting the sounds that Santana got out of it.
Moral of the story.
Practice more and make your Epiphone sound great before you put all that money into a Les Paul.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 02:26 AM
#5 Guest_Gravity Jim_*
Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:25 AM
Danny, it is possible for pickups to "wear out," or become magnetically weak, but it only happens to really old ones. In that case you can replace them or take them to a a garage that specializes in automotive electrical and have them saturate the magnets. But guitar payers are most likely to change pickups to get a different sound. I just changed pickups in both my solid-body electrics... With the Zencaster, I'd been using the same ser of EMG's for about 15 years and had grown tired of the percussive "boink" they produced right around 3k (it's a feature, designed to make the pups sound "vintage"). I was also really interested in this new line of EMGs, the X-series, so that's what I swapped in. With my PRS, the original humbuckers were muddy, as they often are, so I installed a set of Seymour Duncan SH-1s, which really transformed he guitar. Unlike most guitar tinkerers, I'll probably leave both sets in place for another 15 years.
Desertrose, I know what you mean about the blues... Too formal, often too predictable, and frequently (in the case of current blues-rock on the Stevie Ray Vaughn tip) more about gymnastics than music. This is more like an altered blues, what Walter Becker might jokingly call a "12-bar doubletime pantonal blues with bridge." As for the Hammond, I'm not a good enough player to use it for anything but atmosphere.
#6 Guest_Gravity Jim_*
Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:31 PM