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    VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    Hi.
    Has anyone tried Virgil Arlo humbuckers?
    I've read about and watched the videos with Allen Hinds, who loved them.
    My guitar is a 2015 True Historic Goldtop w/ Custom Buckers.

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    Let us know if you try them out. I have a set of his strat pickups and they sound great. I don't own a true vintage strat to compare it to, but it's clear, and present, and just the right amount of compression when you spank it...

    curious about the humbuckers as well.....

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos Longordo View Post
    Hi.
    Has anyone tried Virgil Arlo humbuckers?
    I've read about and watched the videos with Allen Hinds, who loved them.
    My guitar is a 2015 True Historic Goldtop w/ Custom Buckers.
    I can't hear anything in the demo videos that I couldn't get with a custombucker.

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    "#1 Pro Tone Secret. Vintage Tone Perfected" in the online ad that pops up on my other webpages. Now, seriously, can someone tell us what this person has figured out that the past 30+ years of custom/boutique pickup makers haven't? Single coil and humbuckers aren't rocket science.
    "That's what I love, man, to hear that backbeat popping, that damn bass plonkin' down. Jesus God!"-Duane Allman

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    Quote Originally Posted by mistersnappy View Post
    "#1 Pro Tone Secret. Vintage Tone Perfected" in the online ad that pops up on my other webpages. Now, seriously, can someone tell us what this person has figured out that the past 30+ years of custom/boutique pickup makers haven't? Single coil and humbuckers aren't rocket science.
    Try 40 years since Seymour and Larry DiMarzzio started the aftermarket pickup business.. ( boy.. Makes me feel old..)lol!
    there are a number of great pickups on the market these days: Throbak, OX4, Wizz, etc. (I'm kinda partial to Throbak's..)

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Try 40 years since Seymour and Larry DiMarzzio started the aftermarket pickup business.. ( boy.. Makes me feel old..)lol!
    there are a number of great pickups on the market these days: Throbak, OX4, Wizz, etc. (I'm kinda partial to Throbak's..)
    Yeah. Wasn't sure when Seymour started mass producing. All I'm saying is I'm tired of the hype. YMMV.
    "That's what I love, man, to hear that backbeat popping, that damn bass plonkin' down. Jesus God!"-Duane Allman

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos Longordo View Post
    Hi.
    Has anyone tried Virgil Arlo humbuckers?
    I've read about and watched the videos with Allen Hinds, who loved them.
    My guitar is a 2015 True Historic Goldtop w/ Custom Buckers.
    Never tried them, no.

    It seems there are so many to choose from these days!

    Many get great reviews too.

    It's got to the point where I don't really care that much who made them, so long as they do what I want.

    My only epiphany regarding humbuckers lately is that I think I'm an Alnico IV guy.

    II's have no, err, umph.

    III's are nice, but polite. Too easy to squish under attack.

    V's too strident and aggressive with a lot of bite.

    IV is where it's at for me. Bold, great mids, articulate.....anyway. I think I could get to where I wanted to be with most of the aftermarket pickups by just magnet swaps, so long as the wind was in the ballpark.

    Rob.
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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    Quote Originally Posted by rob livesey View Post
    Never tried them, no.

    It seems there are so many to choose from these days!

    Many get great reviews too.

    It's got to the point where I don't really care that much who made them, so long as they do what I want.

    My only epiphany regarding humbuckers lately is that I think I'm an Alnico IV guy.

    II's have no, err, umph.

    III's are nice, but polite. Too easy to squish under attack.

    V's too strident and aggressive with a lot of bite.

    IV is where it's at for me. Bold, great mids, articulate.....anyway. I think I could get to where I wanted to be with most of the aftermarket pickups by just magnet swaps, so long as the wind was in the ballpark.

    Rob.
    Rob; I'm right there with you! I think I have U.S. made A-IV's in most of my pickups. I have about six old late Sixties T-Tops that have A-IV's in them. They really make them into a great sounding pickup. T-Tops used either A II's or A-V's that were either too weak or too hot. I've found that the A-IV's balance everything out.

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    BTW, I have no idea what's actually in my 3 PAF's as far as magnets..

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    I got a set of Virgil Arlo PAF’s. IMO they are great. Very articulate but also really warm at the same time. Not sure what he does to them but they sound as good as some of the originals that I heard. Make me wonder what type of magnets he uses?

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    Re: VIRGIL ARLO PICKUPS

    When I watched the video with Leo Amuedo demonstrated the pickups, as well as excellent sound, something he said caught my attention about the first string (1st e), which has the same volume as the second (B).
    In all guitars equipped with humbuckers I played, since 1977, the first string has a thinner tone than the others.
    I know Leo personally and he said the tone is very balanced anywhere on the neck.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isXv4fHwUgo

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