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    Pickups for Carvin HH2?

    I ordered a headless holdsworth a couple weeks ago, and I'm just not sure what pups to go with. I have 2 DC800's, one with a warpig, and the other with a d-activator(both ceramic). So I really have my uber-agro guitars, and with this one, I think I'm wanting a little more versatility.

    I keep hearing Holdsworth in the vids for the HH2 and I really dig his clean, chorusy tones. So clean jazzy tones are defiantly something I want, but I totally want to be able to play metal shit on it too. I'm willing to compromise the metal tones a touch and the cleans a touch to get something that covers the bases of both well.

    I find that with lower tunings and 8 strings, the ceramic pups cut and crunch better and it helps with clarity. With 6's, i would prefer alnico to beef up the thinner sound of a 6 string(comparatively of course). Not a must, but its something to consider. Lower output is also something i think i would prefer, but not a necessity.

    So another issue i have is the body is chambered and i don't know how that will effect the sound. I have little experience with chambered guitars. The neck pup is floating I believe, but the bridge pup is in solid wood to help with feed back(there is a pic below of the inside of a HH2). Im hearing that chambering can make a guitar bassier so maybe a more trebely pup would make more sense? I dont know if thats true or not.

    Currently, I'm thinking a Duncan JB, a tonezone/air nortan, or bkp black hawks.

    Help a brother out dawg.

    Oh, and here is the mockup I did for the specs i chose. SS frets, satin finish, flame board. All that shit.
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    I would look at Breeds or an AT-1 with a PAF pro neck

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    +1 on AT-1 Bridge PAF Pro Neck
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    Give the stock set a chance. My friend has a H2T and a HH2 and they both sound great and versatile as is.

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    Guthrie uses the Suhr SSH+(b)/SSV models, I just thought I might throw it out there, he goes from full shred to jazz and it all sounds great. very curious to try them and think they'd work in your contexts.
    ^ probably sarcasm.

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    Wirelessly posted ()

    -Suhr SSH/SSV
    -BKP Holy Diver/VHII
    -Duncan Perpetual Burn/Jazz
    -Duncan Alnico 2 Pro set
    Last edited by Josh; 04-26-2014 at 09:11 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend 7 Strings of Hate View Post
    Oh, and here is the mockup I did for the specs i chose.
    Is there such a thing as a Carvin mockup builder website?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Wirelessly posted ()

    -Suhr SSH/SSV
    -BKP Holy Diver/VHII
    -Duncan Perpetual Burn/Jazz
    -Duncan Alnico 2 Pro set
    FUCK I always forget about HD's.

    RSsOh, if you have heavy pick attack, holy divers are stupid versatile.

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