Discussion in 'Jam Room' started by toomanycats, Jan 14, 2020.
Like the title of the thread says, I'm playing a Harley Benton L-450 Plus, it's loaded with a pair of @Buddha Pickups (hot PAFs, A2 magnets, unpotted), and it is a B.B. King tune.
For my money this one of the greatest live blues guitar solos ever recorded. The first time I ever heard it I knew I'd have to learn how to play it. It took years to get around to it but about a month ago I finally began transcribing and learning it. It's all in the feel on this one, about the truth of the touch . . . about pure emotion transmitted through fingers, strings, and wood. If you've never heard B.B.'s version of this song on his Live in Cook County Jail album, then do yourself a favor and listen to it. I'd like my band to work it into our show in the next week or two. I'd be doing a lot of the "heavy lifting," though the bass and drum parts are a challenge in their own right.
@toomanycats Sometimes, the how is important, other times, is the what.
This has both the two of them!
Low-down cool whit tem Tim buckers!
Love that pair of pickups. I've moved them around several times, from a Benton Explorer, to an Epiphone LP, to an Agile AL-3100, to their present home. They have both crisp detail and that warm, spongy bloom of A2 magnets.
Sounds great! I'm a big fan of Tim's pickups. Have a couple of his sets in my guitars now, and a tele set in a drawer waiting for the right instrument.
Sounds great, and great playing. I have a similar pair of his A2 PAF style humbuckers and they're glorious.
Loved it! Give some A4's a try. I've been liking them more than A2's.
Thanks doc. I've got A4 humbuckers in some other guitars and agree that they've got their own unique magic. A lot off what I've read about A4s says they have a flat eq and allow you to really hear the wood the guitar is made out of. One of the guitars I have the A4s in is an early 70s Univox Les Paul Custom made out of plywood (as many MIJ lawsuit LPs are). The Univox must be made out of "tone-ply" because it sounds really good with the A4s.
Nice! Love the backing track too without the horns.
Thanks. When my band does this live our harmonica player will fill in all the horn stabs.
Sweet lix TMC! Really nice feel on that.
Side note: I don't care what anyone says, unpotted humbuckers just sound better for rock and blues.
I totally agree. They seem to have a more open, vocal, almost quacky single coil tone. After Tim sent them to me he followed up by inquiring whether I was having any feedback issues, to which I responded in the negative. What I was after when I ordered them was something exactly like a Gibson Burstbucker 1 and 2 set, though just a little hotter. Gibson does offer the Probucker, which is like a hotter Burstbucker, though they use A5 rather than of A2 magnets, and they are wax potted as well. Tim delivered exactly what I was after.
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