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    Help with Gibson Burstbucker 1 & 3 pickups

    I have a Gibson Les Paul with Gibson Burstbucker 1 pickup in the neck and a Gibson Burstbucker 3 pickup in the bridge and after 3 consecutive weekends of squealing and feedback I am at my wits end with these unpotted headaches that pass as pickups . I am playing thru my beloved Marshall 2555X amp and have 10 other guitars ( all Gibson's and Fenders ) that I do not have this issue with and I am ready to rip these pickups and the harness out, any and all help is greatly appreciated .

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    Re: Help with Gibson Burstbucker 1 & 3 pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by El Gringo View Post
    I have a Gibson Les Paul with Gibson Burstbucker 1 pickup in the neck and a Gibson Burstbucker 3 pickup in the bridge and after 3 consecutive weekends of squealing and feedback I am at my wits end with these unpotted headaches that pass as pickups . I am playing thru my beloved Marshall 2555X amp and have 10 other guitars ( all Gibson's and Fenders ) that I do not have this issue with and I am ready to rip these pickups and the harness out, any and all help is greatly appreciated .
    Some aftermarket BBs were available unpotted- so if they were replacements that could be the culprit.

    Yet, even if Gibson potted yours, they probably potted the pickups themselves but just stuck the cover on there and called it a day- which is wrong because it is the most critical source of that annoying feedback at high volume. The cover needs wax too.

    When done right, you shouldn't get that clikkidy clank when the cover hits your pick as you play.

    At high volumes, when you tap your pickup cover with a pick, does it make more of a thud thud sound or a high pitched sharp tick that rings?

    If it's the latter, either the pickup is not potted, or even if it is, the cover itself is barely waxed.

    For your needs I'd make sure both are done right.

    As for me, I have an old set of unpotted Duncan antiquities with an especially high wind, that i replaced with full strength A2 magnets and left them unpotted, but just the covers I made sure to wax. The marshall gives me no grief, so I don't have to pot the whole thing (at least not yet). High gain gig? Yeah I'm definitely doing that.

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    Re: Help with Gibson Burstbucker 1 & 3 pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by P.Walker View Post
    Some aftermarket BBs were available unpotted- so if they were replacements that could be the culprit.

    Yet, even if Gibson potted yours, they probably potted the pickups themselves but just stuck the cover on there and called it a day- which is wrong because it is the most critical source of that annoying feedback at high volume. The cover needs wax too.

    When done right, you shouldn't get that clikkidy clank when the cover hits your pick as you play.

    At high volumes, when you tap your pickup cover with a pick, does it make more of a thud thud sound or a high pitched sharp tick that rings?

    If it's the latter, either the pickup is not potted, or even if it is, the cover itself is barely waxed.

    For your needs I'd make sure both are done right.

    As for me, I have an old set of unpotted Duncan antiquities with an especially high wind, that i replaced with full strength A2 magnets and left them unpotted, but just the covers I made sure to wax. The marshall gives me no grief, so I don't have to pot the whole thing (at least not yet). High gain gig? Yeah I'm definitely doing that.
    Thank you for your reply .

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    Re: Help with Gibson Burstbucker 1 & 3 pickups

    Update , I have ordered a new harness with 500k pots and vintage Bumble Bees from Marks Guitar loft and new pickups from ThroBak -SLE-101 Plus ,which will be wax potted for me so I can rip thru my Marshall 2555X with no problems and I am excited and looking forward to hearing my Les Paul shine properly .A big thank you to Jon Gundry at ThroBak, and Mark Bishop from Marks Guitar Loft . As soon as all the parts come in then I will have to pack up the guitar and send her out to have the work done .

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