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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Mini Humbuckers, again

littleuch
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Sep 28th, 2018 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Studio 50's Tribute Les Paul that came stock with Gibson P90s. They sounded dandy but I'm not a huge fan of P90s, so eventually replaced them with Duncan Antiquity Mini's. I've always kinda dug the LP Deluxe. The Antiquity Neck mini was a thing of beauty but the bridge pickup, while probably authentic, felt a little lacking to me. So in with a set of Kent Armstrong Stealth 90's. I already had one in the neck position of my parts Thinline and love it. But the Armstrong's ultimately fall short of floating my boat in the LP. So...

Your candidate(s) for a great Mini that will still do what the Antiquity's do but with a bit more snarl from the neck pickup? The Gibby/Lollar Mini's sound intriguing but man are they pricey. I've also read good things about Allparts and GFS offerings, the latter being a hit and miss experience for me with other pickups (Still have their lil puncher in the Thinline coupled with the Armstrong P90 and love it).

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Sep 28th, 2018 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had stock mini's on my 71 deluxe.......loved em..tons of snap snarl and bite in the bridge and warm with a slight bit of edginess on the neck...and didn't flab out on the low e.....

they did feed back in high gain situations...wax potting them would have been my first choice had I kept the guitar....

it was about 10 lbs...my back couldn't hang with it

I tried 2 different Duncan mini's...can't recall the exact model#...nut they were a bit stale in comparison...500 k pots would have probably helped them....

Leftee
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Sep 28th, 2018 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m a late bloomer on the mini HB scene. I’ll just hang out and learn.

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Sep 28th, 2018 11:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

They are pretty fun. A little more focused, brighter and tighter than the PAF sibling.

Firebirds take it a step further. The bar magnets face staight up and down like fender rods. They are right in the center of the coil so these are even brighter.

Something about transferring bar mags into poles gives the famous Gibson sound. Added metal and transferred magnetism vs direct has an effect on the sound.

twangdoodles

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Oct 1st, 2018 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

My favorite so far is the SD "Seymourized", though I can't compare it to any other Duncans. I have a set of '70s era Gibsons (not firebird style) that I find thin and shrill comparatively, something echoed by others in the past.

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Oct 1st, 2018 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you can find a DiMarzio DLX-1 buy it. These do amazing things in a Gibson P90/Mini HB space.

These have been out of print for some time but are worth looking for.

littleuch
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Oct 13th, 2018 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

So I was able to snag 2 Allparts Mini Humbuckers, deeply discounted and hard to pass up. Oddly, they only make one, so I emailed them and was told they are interchangeable between neck and bridge. Ok. So I assume I just flip them opposite? The spec at Allparts is 8.3K. Of the 2 I received one measures 7.87k, the other 7.93k so I guess I put the latter in the bridge position. The Youtube clip on their site is of a guy playing a Tele with one in the neck position, sounds really sweet. Dude's fly is open, though, lol. I'd tear into it tonight but I'm already into my 2nd Gin and Tonic.


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Oct 13th, 2018 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh dude, I know exactly of the video you speak. The stars aligned in that case. It sounded so good. I almost bought one for myself years ago when I heard that.

Good luck man! Enjoy.

littleuch
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Oct 14th, 2018 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bam!

littleuch
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Oct 14th, 2018 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

It took some finagling. First the route is pretty tight. The 50's Trib came equipped with Gibson P90's. At the bottom of the rout is a metal plate that previously I was able to install Duncan Antiquity Mini Hums, so I think Gibson purposely set these up for the Deluxe line. The Allparts didn't adapt to that plate as the screw holes were machined to a different size. So I installed the brass bars that came with the Allparts Minis and away we go. It's been a while since I've last soldered and between my eyesight and shaking hands, well, I may be done, lol. Whenever I approached anything with iron youda thunk I was diffusing a bomb. But I managed to git er done although I'[d never let Pinetree look under the hood.

These sound REALLY GOOD. Seriously, the neck pickup is sweet and clear, and the bridge position has some girth to it. I'm happy with 'em.

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Oct 14th, 2018 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool!

I’ve never really looked at AllParts pickup offerings.

littleuch
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Oct 14th, 2018 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Most sellers of this particular pickup advertise them for $80/ea. I found an Ebayer selling them for $55/ea. Asked before sale if they were new/unopened and that's how I received them. They come with the cream rings already installed, they have the brass bar to mount them to, they're Alnico 5, MIJ. I honestly wasn't sure if I wanted to go back to Minihums since I wasn't in love with Antiquity's (well, I did love the neck pup), I figured a $110 investment was worth a shot. I relly dig the Kent Armstrong Stealth 90 in my Warmoth Thinline but wasn't knocked out by them in this guitar.

Well, it's early on, I'll have to see how they sound with a copious amount of gain. I do know they are quiet, quieter than the Stealth 90's.

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