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Offline BillyT

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« on: October 06, 2010, 10:40:22 AM »
We are working on a new series of guitars for Parker, and think this is an opportunity to include a new line of pickups or differant type of a previously available line. Should we use: EMG, Bare Knuckles, Fralin, TV Jones, different combination of Duncans? You tell us.
Lets use this thread to collect suggestions and track results. Thanks!
 

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2010, 11:00:17 AM »
Fralins.

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Offline mountaindewaddict

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2010, 12:17:27 PM »
Lace pickups are pretty great too!  Plus, the Alumitone pups are really light.[:D]

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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2010, 12:34:53 PM »
Hi Terry  -

Difficult to tell unless you guys get to try some in prototypes?. Do pickup manufacturers offer "sample" to guitar manufacturers to enable you to wire them in and test out for tone?

Or is the pickup market like so many others - purely about strength of brand, hence you asking more how would people respond to a particular brand name installed on a new guitar? ( like EMG for metal)

Anyway - what I really want to know is - what are the new guitars you are working on? !!

*New! Caparison Horus,  Schecter C7 Hellraiser! ,  Blue/green-burst 09 Fly Deluxe , Natural Mahogany Fly Mojo, Brian Moore i9.13 ,Godin ACS-SA
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2010, 12:40:25 PM »
I agree with stevie, if we knew the vibe and maybe woods you were thinking about it might help the suggestion. I think the aluminum lace pickups would look good on a contemporary guitar but the fralin pickups would be good and WCR pickups would be great for vintage vibe.


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Offline BillyT

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2010, 01:14:29 PM »
No hints as to platform the pickups will inhabit. This is related to general preference of the audience due to past experience, absorbed impressions due to marketing from the brand or word of mouth from peers, other influences. Will they be a suitable partner for Parker? Will they enhance the guitar or neuter it?
All input, including lengthy explanations of reasoning are welcome.
Further probing as to the nature of the platform are understood, but will henceforth be ignored. Sorry, no peeky.
 

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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2010, 01:52:23 PM »
Well coming from a les paul forum previously, Fralin's always got good marks for vintage tones or moderns. In fact you could probably get them to custom design something for you as they are very good at what they do. The WCR pickups can nail a specific LP tone of yester years. Currently everyone thinks Throbak pups are great but they would probably drive the price of the guitar higher. Really I think a new choice in Seymour Duncan would be what I would go with. I think the Seth Lovers and Antiquities have a great tradition PAF vibe. I really come back to liking SDs and the variety they have.


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Offline mountaindewaddict

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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2010, 02:20:06 PM »
If the platform is to be at the lower, rather than higher end of the scale, you may want to consider GFS pickups.  I've seen people rave about them, and they are really affordable.  It is likely that they would work on a custom pup just for Parker.  But, if your decision is driven more by brand recognition than sound, that's probably not a good idea.

Just for the record, I LOVE the PRS "513" idea - 5 single coils configured in a HSH pattern.  That lets you really nail just about any tone you could ever want (except maybe a P-90).  Pair that with Parker versatility and you have a winner in my book. [:)] [8D] [^]

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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2010, 02:39:51 PM »
Do completely uninformed opinions matter? I confess I have no specific preferences or dislikes regarding pickup sound characteristics. I haven't figured out any important differences between the sound of the Deluxe's DiMarzios compared to the 1960s Gibson humbuckers in my SG (except for the coil tapped mode, of course); although I suppose someone knowledgeable would probably say they're like night and day.

All I do know is that the esthetics of the Fly call for pickups that are as flush-mounted and fitted as possible, with no mounting rings. I just don't like seeing massive-looking pickups and rings as used on the (instrument formerly known as) DragonFly.

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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2010, 03:05:27 PM »
The Bareknuckle seem to be very popular at the moment (at least in Germany), especially for music styles with more gain.
I always wanted to try the Alumitones and think they would look killer on a Parker, plus this would be a perfect partnership of "new"-technologies. I think it shouldn't be a problem, that they seem to be very much on the bright side, just use some capacitors (/whatever *g*) to darken the sound a bit if necessary.

It's more important, that an easy retrofit is possible I think.
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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2010, 03:58:47 PM »
Tone tone tone, subjective subjective subjective :). Go for the marketing aspects of your list. You can get any tone that you want from these manufacturers so without the marketing side, it doesn't add anything to the perceived "value" of the guitar. Which in my mind would be really only be two of the above mentioned, EMG and Fralin (depending on target market for guitar) with Lace in third for SSS configs only. I would like to see NO pickup rings too, very ugly on the fly and dragonfly. It would also be great to see the new guitar so it would be easy for someone to change the pups with something fairly standardly available from SD or Dimarzio or EMG from musiciansfriend.com People like to change around pups but having to get them custom ordered/done each time is too much for most, plus the resale of something you don't like that was custom would have a more limited outlet. Just my 2c.
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2010, 04:46:21 PM »
Not that I've really done *real* research but stick with Seymour Duncan. Maybe it's time to integrate the Fishman Aura system, too? Or maybe LR Baggs?

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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2010, 05:23:58 PM »
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Originally posted by mountaindewaddict
Just for the record, I LOVE the PRS "513" idea - 5 single coils configured in a HSH pattern.  That lets you really nail just about any tone you could ever want (except maybe a P-90).  Pair that with Parker versatility and you have a winner in my book. [:)] [8D] [^]

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« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2010, 08:40:39 PM »
Single coil, humbucker, or both? If single coil, strat or P90 size?

For strat style single coils, I agree with the Lace folks (gold, not hot gold), though I currently have Fender SCNs and really like them.
Humbuckers - EMGs has a definite audience, but I think a different market than _most_ Parker consumers. I actually like Wilkinson PAFs
P90s - no opinion. My guitar with P90 style pickups is so old I have no comparison.

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« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2010, 11:59:51 PM »
BKP=WIN!!!

Hopefully something capable of Metal. But I hear everything they make sounds great.

Painkillers, Miracle Man or Colsweats would be my choice.

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