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Offline 4mula97

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whats up with an angled pup?
« on: April 22, 2009, 06:45:49 PM »
i keep looking at these sites about building guitars, wither from a saga kit or from various places, yard sales, auctions, what ever.  well anyway, i was just looking at this EVH style frankenstrat that a guy is building on guitarattack.com, well he is installing a humbucker at a slight angle in the bridge position.  i know why on triple singles the neck is at an angle, but why a humbucker?....er maybe i just think i know why.  can someone explain that please?

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Offline simonlock

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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009, 06:50:48 PM »
My guess would be to balance the color. The closer to the bridge the brighter the further the darker. So wouldn't it stand to reason that whatever sound the builder is after is brighter strings closer to the bridge and to darken them at the other end.

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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 07:21:21 PM »
EVH (although he wasn't alone) originally performed this mod to accomodate the string spacing of the Floyd Rose tremolo.  At the time, aftermarket humbuckers were spaced to fit Tune-O-Matic-style bridges, so the 1st and 6th strings on a trem guitar didn't align with the appropriate pickup pole pieces- this led to volume drops on those strings.  Angling the pickup helped to overcome this.  

It's no longer an issue, as you can now order your aftermarket humbuckers as "F-Spaced" (which either means "Fender Spaced" or "Floyd Spaced," depending on who you ask).  Note that EVH's Wolfgang/Axis guitars all feature non-angled pickups.

Tonally speaking, most of the experts I've read say that there's no real tonal difference between an angled standard-spaced humbucker and a non-angled f-spaced humbucker.  Personally, I think the angled humbucker look has a rakish quality to it that I like, when it's paired with the right body style.  Bottom line?  The only real difference is a visual one.

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Offline 908ssp

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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2009, 07:25:32 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Steel Pelican

EVH (although he wasn't alone) originally performed this mod to accomodate the string spacing of the Floyd Rose tremolo.  At the time, aftermarket humbuckers were spaced to fit Tune-O-Matic-style bridges, so the 1st and 6th strings on a trem guitar didn't align with the appropriate pickup pole pieces- this led to volume drops on those strings.  Angling the pickup helped to overcome this.  

It's no longer an issue, as you can now order your aftermarket humbuckers as "F-Spaced" (which either means "Fender Spaced" or "Floyd Spaced," depending on who you ask).  Note that EVH's Wolfgang/Axis guitars all feature non-angled pickups.

Tonally speaking, most of the experts I've read say that there's no real tonal difference between an angled standard-spaced humbucker and a non-angled f-spaced humbucker.  Personally, I think the angled humbucker look has a rakish quality to it that I like, when it's paired with the right body style.  Bottom line?  The only real difference is a visual one.


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