Old Guitar Pickups, is it worth the sound?

Old Guitar Pickups, is it worth the sound?

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This question is bothering me sometimes. I’m sort of a retro-music style fan and likely I’d like to have a set of vintage guitar equipments which i can bring them on stage and meet these days’ standard live performances. Reason i have for this is Legendary songs were built in old times with that times’ technology. Old Amps and cabs, old guitars, old pickups.(while I know nowadays the old equipment is aged by time and some of their quality are decreased) So I made a simulation with old and rusty stuff, and i only have an old guitar pickup, a 1×10″ cabinet and a my tiny Xenyx 502 Behringer mixer for this purpose.

Old Guitar Pickups
Old Guitar Pickups

here’s my old cabinet

And I installed this old guitar pickups to my first guitar

now it’s ready for shoot out. here’s the video:

now, here’s the thing. I use Boss GT 8’s preamp modeler which i shouldn’t in this shootout, but i made no equalizer setting for this, so i guess it’s fair enough because i meant to play this with my own stage setting.for the pickup, i added a magnet bar below the pickup to increase the audio signal capturing.

the conclusion:
– about old guitar pickups. It’s the matter of technology. better pickup wiring and shielding, pole pieces positions determine the result. This old pickup has a huge microphonic feedback which is unacceptable on stages. still it has nice sound i guess. On the video I used both direct line in record to my Zoom Q3HD and using Zoom Q3HD built-in microphones. You might want to use old pickups for recording purposes to get some unique old audio signal then you can process it later on recording softwares.
– about old n rusty cabinet. well this is interesting. The speaker speaks uniquely. It maybe rusty(it has holes on its cone) but that’s what became the sound color. you can check on the video and listen the differences basically between direct recording and mic recording. noted that no matter what the amps are, the cabinet and speakers have big role in sound coloring for mic recording

well, you can consider this post is a junk and a worthless experiment, but i made it originally for the cure of my curiosity and for my guitar learning purposes. see ya later 🙂

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