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hi all
what pickup paul gilbert use in this guitar?
is it seymour duncan?

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Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:44 pm
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Post Re: question intense rock(the guitar pickup)
It's clearly a Duncan mini humbucker in the neck.
Dunno about the bridge.
Someone here might have that guitar and could answer it definitively.


Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:19 pm
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Post Re: question intense rock(the guitar pickup)
Paul’s ADA rig back in the day..

from someone on here back when.....
Paul and Bruce has basically identical gear.

First off, don't let yourself get carried away with the mini's. It's not like their tone was as elusive as EVH's. Paul had slapped a Seymour Duncan mini in the neck position, and could use it as a high F# while doing his solo. Long story short, Both Epiphone's were made identical, and Bruce had a mini in his orange epiphone as well.

They never used a mini in the bridge position.

They both had standard size humbuckers in the bridge position, and I'd say they were Duncan's, as that's what they were using at the time. The models were standard gain, probably JB's or Distortion's.

What they did that was somewhat unique, was that they wired their pickups in parallel, NOT in series as is the standard wiring. This was to clean up the tone a tad while using the gain they had using in their rigs. Also keep in mind, they DO NOT do that anymore, so don't go nuts over it. You're really going out of your way, to do something somewhat insignificant nowadays.

They went straight into an ADA MP-1 (switched with an MC-1 midi controller), through an ADA MQ-1 (midi EQ), a rackmount delay (I think an Alesis Midiverb) a Hush, and into an AMPEG amplifier (ran clean). The AMPEG's had graphic EQ's on them, so they could dial in nice low end through the cabs. The AMPEG's sounded great clean. Pumping the MP-1 preamp through them would help give the tone they had.

Looking back on it then, even though they ran many many cabinets, and the stage setup looking elaborate, the tones they got were simple in design. They sounded great, not because of the simple tone, but because they f*ckin' had amazing talent, and were incredibly clean pickers.
Don't forget they would have sounded great on any rig.
But I can't believe I left out one thing in my last post:

On one of Paul's guitars, he actually put duct tape over his bridge pickup to help shield it from outside noise. When I'd see them play live, I always wondered wtf that was. Then I read once he said the pickup in question was too noisy, so he tried to shield it with duct tape.

There may be a picture or two floating around the web with that guitar. If you ever see something strangely silver over his bridge pickup, that's it.
Based on my experience, these measures are only necessary on strats with single coil pickups, and aren't necessary with humbuckers. The only time you should ever experience noise out of the ordinary from a humbucking guitar, is if you have a bad solder connection, or a ground loop problem.

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Post Re: question intense rock(the guitar pickup)
Holy shit that was detailed. Thanks, Muttley! I actually learned a thing or two (am I a fan or what?). I almost forgot about the whole high F# thing, I remember I used to do that back when I was a kid (I feel so old).


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so it JB's or Distortion's in mini humbucker?
now day market still have this pickup?


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beethoven2220 wrote:
so it JB's or Distortion's in mini humbucker?
now day market still have this pickup?


mini humbucker SM1n and SM-3b:?:


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Post Re: question intense rock(the guitar pickup)
beethoven2220 wrote:
so it JB's or Distortion's in mini humbucker?
now day market still have this pickup?

Not quite sure what you're asking, but the JB & Distortion are standard size humbuckers. I don't think they make them in 'mini' size.
The mini (a seperate pickup of it's own type) was just used in the neck position.
I'm pretty sure they sell all of the above mentioned pickups on their website. None of them are discontinued, that I know of.

Forgive me if I misunderstood.

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Duncan Vintage Firebird.

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so..the bridge pickup is JB...
what for neck pickup?


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Penosity wrote:
It's clearly a Duncan mini humbucker in the neck.

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