Whether to change the pickups on Thunder I?

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Whether to change the pickups on Thunder I?

Post by jojosmith on Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:56 am

Has anyone changed the original pickups on the Thunder I? Mine is a 1984 and I assume it has the Hammer I pickups. I like the sound but was just wondering whether I would notice a big difference with new pickups. I guess it will depend on what they are replaced with.

I like a bluesy type sound. Maybe Gary Moore or BB King et al sound. I am hoping a change of sound would make up for a lack of technical ability.

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Re: Whether to change the pickups on Thunder I?

Post by Iceman on Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:18 pm

That tone you seek is actually locked up in your wrists and fingers, jojo. Smile Not much is really wrong with the stock pups in those Thunders from all accounts I can recollect.

Perhaps a stompbox such as an English Muff'n or a Keeley-modded Blues Driver would be a more fruitful plan of attack?

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Post by Barry on Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:11 pm

If you're after a Gary Moore / BB King sound, I'd say you're using the wrong guitar. In addition to what Ice said, you'd be closer to it on a Les Paul / ES335.

In Mats' terms that's likely something from the Aria Pro II LC/LS lineup or a Westone Rainbow.

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Re: Whether to change the pickups on Thunder I?

Post by jojosmith on Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:27 pm

That tone you seek is actually locked up in your wrists and fingers, jojo.
Man that's what bothers me, I just can't find the key for that lock.

I have a Roland Micro Cube practice amp somewhere with lots of different sounds to play with and lurking in a cupboard is a Bad Monkey pedal. Will have a play about with the sounds. I have had the Westone for years but I only ever play my acoustic, so all this is new to me - Like being a beginner again. Wife and daughter not impressed so far.

Thanks for all the help.

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Re: Whether to change the pickups on Thunder I?

Post by Iceman on Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:45 pm

Not to worry jojo, picking locks is far more fun than just using a boring old key.

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