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|Rio Grande 72 Tallboy Humbucker|
|Quote · Last edited 2006-May-12|
|If you guys have not seen them yet, check out Rio Grande Pickups new 72 humbuckers. They are the only ones making humbuckers that directly replaces the Fender Wide Range pickups. The Tallboy pickup for the neck of a Tele Custom... and a matching Muy Grande pickup for the bridge of a Tele Deluxe.|
I bought one to put into my custom, and I'm still working on tweaking the electronics to get the tone that I want. First impression... its a very hefty pickup. It reads somewhere around 14.4k as a humbucker. It is pretty ''whoofy'' on the bass end. However, the concept of the Tallboy is that you can split it to get a true single coil sound. I have it split with a slider switch and I really like the tone of the single. There's some hum, but not that bad (I have the body well shielded). It gets pretty near to offering traditional tele tone when I run both the neck and bridge as single coils. Again, I'll be tweaking my pots and caps to see what I like best.
The down side... they only come in a black double-coils. Part of the appeal of the WRHB is the cool, big chrome cover and offset polepieces. Rio Grande offers no cover options.
I have the regular reissue WRHB pickups in my Tele Deluxe project guitar and I thought I would take the chance to try this new pickup out in my Custom. I actually like the sound that I'm getting from the Deluxe. I would love to find original WRHB pickups, but at the prices going on eBay... I don't think it is worth it. I can't see these Rio Grande pickups competing with the originals... they are a very different animal... but, that's kind of what I wanted to try with my Custom... a new beast. When just switched to the Rio humbucker, it can get very beastly!
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