Bridge pickup question

rantman

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Hi everyone,

Just looking for some info/advice.

I have a 2019 Standard Tribute which I love in general. However since the gigs seem to be coming back in and I'm using this guitar more I find the bridge 490 to be somewhat thin and nasty. Tried all kinds of adjustments, angled it with a bit of foam etc etc and still not happy. I love the neck pup tho - sounds superb. I tend to avoid using the bridge pup unless using the middle position. The Epi G400 I used to have sounded very balanced overall, the bridge pup sounded full bodied. The Gibson doesn't..

So I have a pair of humbuckers from a destroyed Shergold Masquerader, 1970s model. They were very hot as I remember. So the question is - would fitting one at the bridge be a pain to do? I'm not much of a wiring guy but I can solder ok. The 490 has two wires, the Shergold pup has 5 (with two joined). This guitar has a pcb - is this a factor?

Grateful for info/advice.

Cheers
 

skelt101

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The PCB pickups use molex connectors to attach to the board. You might be able to bypass the connection and solder your vintage pickup directly to the volume pot, but I don’t know. Another option might be a magnet swap in your 490T. You could try a stronger magnet, like an Alnico 8…
 

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You can purchase those molex quick connects with wires already attached to solder to pup leads without the molex connectors.

I’ve seen them listed on Reverb in the past.
 
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Thanks guys - I bought an Artec Vintage-style PAF instead. It sounds pretty good. Hope I wired it right!
 


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