FOR SALE: S/Duncan 59/Custom Custom HYBRID Zebra Trembucker
FOR SALE: Personally Made HYBRID 59/Custom Custom HYBRID Zebra Trembucker (wider "F" Spacing so that your poles line up under the E strings and you dont have any loss of signal when you install this P/up on a guitar which has a Tremolo system). It measures between 11.86k (see pics) but is definitely not a "hot" sounding pickup...more vintage type output. The sticker from the TB-1 (the '59 is still on the bottom since I used the '59 as a base starting point).
It uses the Alnico V magnet from the 59, the screw Coil from the 59 and the Slug Coil from the Custom Custom.....it combines the Clarity and Vintage Response of the 59 Model with the Punch, Drive and Body characteristic of the Custom 5 and Custom Custom.
The guy who taught me how to make this had this to say:
The problem when you overwind a PAF style 42 guage wire pickup(59 Model, Seth, EVH, etc.) is that it starts getting congested and garbled sounding above about 9k which happens to be right where the excellent Custom Shop EVH/78 Model is... if you wanted some more beef to your tone the next step was one of the 43 gauge Custom models (which all use the EXACT same coils) wound to just above 14k which is the best range for tone with that wire...
The comprimise is that you lose the articulation and dynamic response of the PAF and start to suffer from compression due to the signal travelling through a thinner and greater length of wire, but it is an EXCELLENT tone none the less!
With the Hybrid you get a Meritage of the 2 pickups... the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS... also, each coil has a different resonant peak so the combination is less "peaky" or "one notey" than a standard humbucker. The mis-matched coils also cancel less harmonics so the tone is more complex and posseses some qualities exclusive to single coil pickups. The original vintage PAF's had coil mismatches since they were wound by sight "until they were full" and not to a specific number of turns or resistance... that is one of the many reasons they sound so great.
The coils are actually not very mis-matched since they have roughly the same amount of copper on the coil... you can't just use the resistance reading as a balance indicator.
The difference in resistance readings is because a 59 coil is wound with 42 gauge wire and a Custom coil is wound with 43 gauge wire which is thinner and electronically more resistive, add the additional turns it takes to fill the coil and your resistance reading is going to be a lot higher than a 42 gauge coil... the key factor is that they have about the same amount of copper on the coil which is what reacts to produce sound when the magnetic field is stimulated by the vibration of the strings.
With the A-V Magnet in there it has more of a bassey/treble response than the softer attack of the A-II magnet....
This type of pickup is what was reputed to be the one that Eddie used on the first few albums, until after the Fair Warning tour
I am offering this up for sale here on the G101 Forum BEFORE it goes on eBay as a courtesy to my fellow members.
PLEASE PM me for pricing and details if youre interested and we will work something out. I accept Paypal, if that is one of the questions...
I guarantee that this is one of the most unique and best sounding p/up's you will ever hear!
Last edited by LypsLynch55; 11-06-2006 at 06:10 PM.