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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 86
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 11:48 am:   Edit Post

There have been numerous discussions here on the differences between SC-1, AXY, MXY & Fatboy p/ups, but I don't recall seeing anything about the higher-pitch-range transducers. The "Products" page shows, on various guitar models, HG, HGR, HG4 & STR p/ups. As I have never seen an Alembic guitar in the flesh, let alone heard one, can someone please give me the rundown on what's the jive with each?

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Username: paulman

Post Number: 184
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Cozmik...

Methinks I have the HG pickups on my Skylark, and HG4 and STR on my Further. I believe the HGR's on on the Orion style guitars.

HG is humbucker style, STR is single coil strat size. What the tonal differences of each with R and 4 at the end I do not know. The Skylark and Further are so totally different it's difficult to tell how much of the different, yet kick-ass, tone is just the pickups.

Hope that helped.
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 88
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 5:52 am:   Edit Post

Thanks - I get the shape thing. It's the tonal differences I was curious about.

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Username: grateful

Post Number: 181
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 6:24 am:   Edit Post

Hey Peter,

According to the Further spec page, they're plain HGs. I find the strat size pickup is reminiscent of a strat, presumably because of its size (strat pickups sound cleaner than humbuckers to my ear). The HGs sound fuller, but nothing like a conventional humbucker because they're so clean. I don't know if the HG4 or HGR sound different to the HGs, as I've not heard them. This is my subjective opinion.


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