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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2012, 05:39:16 PM »

However, Abraxas, Crawler and HD will sound bigger bec of the extra weight in the midrange.

Does that mean more full or more balanced? Don't have a picture now.

I'm more into Flying In A Blue Dream than Crushing Day and that Andy Timmons sound is also great. Abraxas?

Definitely Abraxas in that case :) The Abraxas is actually quite balanced if I'm honest.
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According to Tim the AIV-magnet is the most balanced of all. But it's about voicing too. On a bolt-on alder guitar some extra midrange will smooth out the tone, especially when you're aiming at Satriani-tones.  Plus you want a bit extra push for solo's: Abraxas.
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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2012, 05:43:43 PM »
Btw, have you thought about a neck pickup?

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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2012, 10:09:05 AM »
My Jackson has a Locking trem (floyd ofcourse). Never knew it really would make a difference.

Can someone tell me about the voicing of a Abraxas. For now, i think the Abraxas is the best (cause of that chime)
Do the Crawler and HD have a chime to?  

That vocal quality is what i'm looking for. Don't like compression that much  and i don't need a pickup that sounds "fat", just a bit punchy.


If you want vocal quality without too much compression I believe you would be very happy with the Abraxas. I have mine in a super strat which was a bit bright and unforgiving, and the Abraxas added a fuller tone across the frequency board. The guitar also "feels" a bit easier to play now but it still has that dynamic that says watch what you play or it may be held against you :).

I would not necessarily recommend the Cold Sweat for a Floyd equipped guitar but I guess there will be members here on the forum having made good experience with that combination. In addition, the Cold Sweat compresses more than the Abraxas and has less of the vocal quality, even though it is still there.

The biggest difference to me between the Abraxas bridge and Cold Sweat bridge is the attitude: the Abraxas is "friendly" but can bark if you want to, the Cold Sweat barks and bites but can be friendly if you release you attack and/or back off the volume control on the guitar a bit.

Cheers Stephan

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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2012, 12:44:07 PM »
My Jackson has a Locking trem (floyd ofcourse). Never knew it really would make a difference.

Can someone tell me about the voicing of a Abraxas. For now, i think the Abraxas is the best (cause of that chime)
Do the Crawler and HD have a chime to?  

That vocal quality is what i'm looking for. Don't like compression that much  and i don't need a pickup that sounds "fat", just a bit punchy.


If you want vocal quality without too much compression I believe you would be very happy with the Abraxas. I have mine in a super strat which was a bit bright and unforgiving, and the Abraxas added a fuller tone across the frequency board. The guitar also "feels" a bit easier to play now but it still has that dynamic that says watch what you play or it may be held against you :).

I would not necessarily recommend the Cold Sweat for a Floyd equipped guitar but I guess there will be members here on the forum having made good experience with that combination. In addition, the Cold Sweat compresses more than the Abraxas and has less of the vocal quality, even though it is still there.

The biggest difference to me between the Abraxas bridge and Cold Sweat bridge is the attitude: the Abraxas is "friendly" but can bark if you want to, the Cold Sweat barks and bites but can be friendly if you release you attack and/or back off the volume control on the guitar a bit.

Cheers Stephan

+1 Very nice description there

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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2012, 02:40:43 PM »
I want to change the bridge for a warm humbucker with a smooth bass (not to punchy, as my amp delivers enough low-end) sparkling high smooth and a little pronounced mids. Not very aggressive.
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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2012, 02:50:27 PM »
I want to change the bridge for a warm humbucker with a smooth bass (not to punchy, as my amp delivers enough low-end) sparkling high smooth and a little pronounced mids. Not very aggressive.
like a train of angels- Joe Satriani

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The Black Dog is described as agressive. He said he wants "not very aggresive". But I see where you're coming from, I nearly said the Black Dog before I noticed he's asked for something not agressive.

It's still something to look at though. Just so you can make sure you've looked at all options. You may actually even like it. But I'm still going to stick with Abraxas :)
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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2012, 01:49:01 PM »
Btw, have you thought about a neck pickup?

No, not yet. I thought that if I knew which PU i want in the bridge (the abraxas for sure), I could check the store and find a HSS set with the Abraxas and 2 singles. But  they don't have a set with the abraxas (or I'm to stupid to find one).
So now I need a bit of help to find which singlecoils that match the abraxas.

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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2012, 03:22:25 PM »
Btw, have you thought about a neck pickup?

No, not yet. I thought that if I knew which PU i want in the bridge (the abraxas for sure), I could check the store and find a HSS set with the Abraxas and 2 singles. But  they don't have a set with the abraxas (or I'm to stupid to find one).
So now I need a bit of help to find which singlecoils that match the abraxas.

You're right, there is no "standard" Abraxas HSS set, which seems surprising.

Nolly has (or had) a set with a Slow Hand neck and a '63 Veneer Board middle.  I guess you could take your pick between Mother's Milks, Irish Tours or Slow Hands but that doesn't narrow it down very much!
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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2012, 03:23:17 PM »
Btw, have you thought about a neck pickup?

No, not yet. I thought that if I knew which PU i want in the bridge (the abraxas for sure), I could check the store and find a HSS set with the Abraxas and 2 singles. But  they don't have a set with the abraxas (or I'm to stupid to find one).
So now I need a bit of help to find which singlecoils that match the abraxas.

This thread may help - https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=25139.0

Nolly has a '63 Vaneer Board Middle with a Slowhand Neck. I've got the same combo, minus the middle, and it's great for them Andy Timmons tones in the neck. I have an HH Abraxas/Emerald set which I prefer, but for an HSS, the Slowhand in the Neck is a fantastic option.

IF you're after a more shred orientated neck pickup, the only choice you'd really have would be a Trilogy Suite. The Sinner would be too outbalanced to consider. But I still think the Trilogy Suite might be a bit too hot to match the Abraxas anyways, so I'd stick to the Vintage Hot. That's if you want the pickups to balance that is.

EDIT: Didn't know Philly had posted until I wrote this, but that more or less backs up my suggestion lol

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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2012, 03:28:58 PM »
Good to see someone else mentioning the Slow Hands with an Abraxas.  :)

(I'm still trying to decide on an HSS set for a hardtail Strat, torn between Crawler and Abraxas (or maybe VHII).  This thread has helped a lot, I'm definitely leaning more towards the Abraxas and, now, the Slow Hands)
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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2012, 03:34:44 PM »
Good to see someone else mentioning the Slow Hands with an Abraxas.  :)

(I'm still trying to decide on an HSS set for a hardtail Strat, torn between Crawler and Abraxas (or maybe VHII).  This thread has helped a lot, I'm definitely leaning more towards the Abraxas and, now, the Slow Hands)

I just think the description is perfect at describing Andy Timmons tone which he gets from the Dimarzio Cruisers. I wanted something that whilst having a great clean sound, also provided that very slight breakup you hear on songs like Andy Timmons' Electric Gypsy, if you know what I mean?

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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2012, 03:52:17 PM »
I'm not massively familiar with Andy Timmons - I've only got That Was Then This Is Now and the Kip Winger album he played on, but I do like his playing.

It's more that the Slow Hand set has always appealed to me because it sounds like it has a fatter, warmer - dare I say more "humbuckerish" - tone than typical vintage single-coils.
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Re: Which Humbucker on Jackson?
« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2012, 03:55:33 PM »
I'm not massively familiar with Andy Timmons - I've only got That Was Then This Is Now and the Kip Winger album he played on, but I do like his playing.

It's more that the Slow Hand set has always appealed to me because it sounds like it has a fatter, warmer - dare I say more "humbuckerish" - tone than typical vintage single-coils.

I think Electric Gypsy is Track 9 on that album. But yeah that's the reason I like it. I haven't played the Irish Tours so I can't compare. But hey! If it aint broke, don't fix it!