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Help W/ Custom Fortress!

Discussion in 'Warwick - Custom Shop' started by JackAttack50000, Jan 15, 2008.

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Question Two: Pickups

  1. Seymour Duncan P/J

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  2. Seymour Duncan $$

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  1. JackAttack50000

    JackAttack50000

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    Hey Warwickheads

    I'm working on saving up for my custom fortress at this point, and I need some help deciding a couple of key factors:

    One - I'm getting an afzelia body, with either a birdseye poplar, spalted maple, or birdseye maple top. Considering the tops are 1", are these woods going to drastically change the tone from afzelia to a hybrid? I really dig the mwah provided on a SSII, and thats kinda what I'm looking for. I know the poplar (my #1 choice), isn't very dense at all, so that worries me in terms of tone. The others are much more dense, but if the tone will be the same either way, I'm pretty sure I want to go poplar.

    Two - Pickups. I was thinking about getting a Seymour Duncan P/J setup w/ a 2-band preamp. However, a SD $$ package also sounds quite nice. Anyone have any input on that?
     
  2. anghel

    anghel

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    if you want custom pups go with bartolini or emg; mec is close to emg .. - stay with mec's. :)

    SD pickups are not well reviewed .. just read more if you are not sure about them.
     
  3. flipper_gv

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    I say spalt maple is a bit less dense than birdseye so it might not differ the tone as much as birdseye maple. But it will have an impact on the tone. Even Poplar is a quite good tonewood, it sounds very warm and deep. And a kinda good impact considering the top is 1'' thick. For the PU, I'd go with $$ . They have more bite but sounds more modern then the PJ. It all depends on how you want it to sound.
     
  4. JackAttack50000

    JackAttack50000

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    So, in your opinion, if i went afzelia/poplar, would I get all the gratifying thump and mwah of afzelia, maybe with slightly more emfasis on the low end?
     
  5. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    +1 to flipper except the pickups, I'd go with PJ, ot TJ/J or TJ/P :)
    I don't like $$, many possibilities, but none of them really sharp and clean.
    Jack, buddy, the SSII's mwah comes from the NT construction too...
     
  6. ThirdthumB

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    Why not get a 3/8" top ?? You'll have more Afzelia then........
     
  7. JackAttack50000

    JackAttack50000

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    Florin - I know the neck through really helps, but its not out there on the fortress and dang, is it expensive.

    ThirdThumb - I wasn't aware of this option, but now that I am you can bet that is what I will be doing!

    Birdseye poplar it is!

    The jury is still out on the p'ups though.
     
  8. Michael J

    Michael J

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    +1! I voted P/J
     
  9. Doog

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    I voted $$ just cause it would be a real unique Fortress that way. If you're looking for the sound afzelia amd absolutely must have a cap, I'd go with thirdthumb's suggestion and geta thinner one.
     
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    I've got SDs and they're great. Definately worth looking into!
     
  11. Stroud

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    i vote p/j
     
  12. Grgzilla

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    +1.
    is afzelia & maple/poplar compatible?Tone wise I mean.
     
  13. JackAttack50000

    JackAttack50000

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    I've heard that the poplar is a spongewood, IE it would expand the tone of the afzelia.

    That being said, I'm also probably just going to get the 3/8" top at this point. It should be thin enough that the tone shouldn't be drastically different.
     
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