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    Hey.

    Which pickups did John Norum from Europe use to get the sound on the track "The Final Countdown"?

    Its ballsy, clear and still sounds single coily. And that ultra wet and round solo sound, how was that acheived?


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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    My guess is a JB through a modded plexi or 800. The keyboards playing with it help define some of the notes.

    Use some chorus, reverb, delay for the wet round sound. It was probably doubled.
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    Hmm I though he used single coils in his strat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AH^DK View Post
    Hmm I though he used single coils in his strat?
    He did. John's setup at that time was nearly identical to the guy you have listed in your sig.

    i.e. Dimarzio HS3..Marshall 1987s...but John used a Boss SOD or Tubescreamer instead of a DOD 250.
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    Nice.

    Guess there is going to go HS-3s in this strat then.

    Did he use it in the neck and bridge, or in all three positions?

    And thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AH^DK View Post
    Nice.

    Guess there is going to go HS-3s in this strat then.

    Did he use it in the neck and bridge, or in all three positions?

    And thanks for the help.
    NP I'm fuzzy on the neck & middle pickups. I'm certain they were HS series but not sure which (1/2/3) You could google it to find out for sure.

    FYI, this was the same setup that carried over into "Total Control".
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    I found a document that says he uses Virtual Vintage Blues, and Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues, could this be true back in 86?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AH^DK View Post
    I found a document that says he uses Virtual Vintage Blues, and Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues, could this be true back in 86?
    Not unless he built a Time Travel Machine
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    Haha okay.

    What are the sonic differences between the HS-2 and 3?

    And how would they be for a Blackmore vibe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AH^DK View Post
    Haha okay.

    What are the sonic differences between the HS-2 and 3?

    And how would they be for a Blackmore vibe?
    I found the HS3/YJMs to be PERFECT for the blackmore vibe in my malmsteen strat

    The HS2s were a little warmer/weaker than the 3s going on memory...been many years since I played the 2s...

    That said, I think a HS3 bridge and neck, or the YJM neck would suffice. That Norum tone was easily achievable with my Fender Malmsteen strat..really there are 4 guys whose strat tones I REALLY like...Malmsteen, Norum, Blackmore, and Uli Roth, and the HS3/YJMs did them all perfect.
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    Awesome.

    Thanks alot mate, think I am gonna save up for two of them.

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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    More Dinosaurios.....now you know how to install those suckers
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    Lol.

    Well talk about it on Saturday, they sound okay, so I might not change them.

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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    Looking to get 3 pups for my strat and I love Norum also. Is the YM bridge super hot like a JB? I want my neck and middle to be strat sounding but not too weak.

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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    JN uses a air zone and he also uses a BBQ in buckers for singles he uses
    virtual heavy blues i hear

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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    The band name is called Europe or he's a guitarist from Europe?!
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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    Quote Originally Posted by britishgeetah View Post
    The band name is called Europe or he's a guitarist from Europe?!
    Both. He is from Sweden, and he was/is in the band Europe.

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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    His Les Pauls are loaded with EMG 81's and 85's (ZW Sets). He doesn't really play the strats as much as he used to, so I have no idea what he uses in them now.

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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    Regarding the HS-3's they are NOT high output single coils.

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    Default Re: John Norum pickups...

    So whats hotter the YJM and HS-3 or Virtual Vintage Blues and Heavy Blues2

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