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    Default The better "middle" humbucker?

    what do you think would make the better middle humbucker on a three humbucker guitar - just from the perspective of the ssound of a humbucker in the middle position?

    distortion neck or full shred neck?
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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    Since the middle spot normally sounds "not enough" like the neck and "not enough" like the bridge, i would want mine to sound totally different from the other two humbuckers.

    i'd be thinking something like a CustomCustom in the bridge and a Pearly Gates in the neck, then stick a Phat Cat bridge in the middle. Hot humbucker, vintage PAF and...P90?! Nobody will be expecting that.

    Plus the Phat Cat looks like a PAF with the adjustable poles going down the middle. So it will look sweet with the neck pickup's poles being closer to the neck and bridge's poles closer to the bridge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty Pockets View Post
    Hot humbucker, vintage PAF and...P90?! Nobody will be expecting that.

    Plus the Phat Cat looks like a PAF with the adjustable poles going down the middle. So it will look sweet with the neck pickup's poles being closer to the neck and bridge's poles closer to the bridge.
    I did that with an SG Custom (C8/Phat Cat/'59N). Looks and sounds great.

    In my experience, middle PU's sound a little thin, and don't seem to hit the nodes right for string energy and tones (especially HB's). I have A4's in my middle Phat Cat, and for a middle HB, would try an A8. Beef it up.

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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    I'd for for a low-er output bridge humbucker.
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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    I like the notch positions on a H-S-H guitar with a 5-way switch (one coil of a humbucker with the single coil in parallel) so I'd go for something like that, maybe with a super switch so the center position gives you the typical combination of the neck and bridge humbuckers. For that, I'd just go with a cheap humbucker-sized P90.

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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    it'd depend heavily on what neck and bridge HBs you were looking to fit, and the woods in the guitar.
    i'm thinking the 3-HB guitar would be a lester in this instance, which makes me think the DDn would be better in the bridge.
    the full shred neck is an interesting option... a phat cat is a definite contender though.
    demon much..?
    how about a covered DDn in the bridge, covered demon in the neck and a FSn in the middle, under a no-hole cover? sexy sexy, aww yeeeeah

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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    if you got an extra single coil sized space in the middle squeeze a duckbucker in there-It speaks nicely when cranked!

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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    I vote for an underwound Phat Cat.
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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zhangliqun View Post
    I vote for an underwound Phat Cat.
    +1. An underwound Phat Cat with A4's.

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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    Well answer the question you asked. I think the distortion would be the better of the two. Granted I personally wouldn't put either of those in the middle of my LP, but different strokes for different folks. What are the other pickups in the guitar right now?

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    Default Re: The better "middle" humbucker?

    I'd go for notch position tones and care a little less about the way it sounds in the middle by itself.

    Some options:
    Muy Grande Tall Boy humbucker.
    SD P-Rails neck.
    Dimarzio Humbucker from hell (not sure you even need to split it).
    Lace dually humbucker with 2 gold sensors.

    There are probably a few other close options.

    I'd split them and use the coil that's closer to the bridge with neck pickup and the one that's closer to the neck with bridge pickup.

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