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Voodoo '59 vs Wolfetone Legend

Sean French

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Looking for opinions from those who have real world experience with either or preferably both sets.
I am looking to get one set soon and would appreciate getting the scoop.
I have or had Wolfetone Dr. V's,Duncan Ants,WCR Crossraods,WCR Filmores,RS Fralin',WB' 67/07,Rick Norman(aka Dr. Vintage)Unburst set etc..
Thanks.
 

PixelBurst

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I've owned the Voodoo '59s and thought they were a little dark in my Lesters. The '60 sounded better to me. Right now I'm rockin' the Wolfetone Dr. V's in my two R9's. They've been in for years... a lot longer than any other pickups I've tried.
 

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I have both the Legends and the Dr V's. The Legends I have are slightly darker sounding than the Dr V's so if you have an already dark guitar and dark amp (ie. JTM45) the Dr V's would work better. If you have a JMP or latter, the Legends will work wonders. My personal preferrence is for the Legends as they seem to have "something" more than the Dr V's. However, as I have a VintageModern, my LP is currently sporting the Dr V's....
 

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I'm still running Voodoo 59s in my R9. I really like them, I don't find them dark. IMO they are good enough I don't have any interest in chasing other pups.

But I don't have experience with the Legends so I can't make a comparison, sorry.

Mine are both 7.8 with AL3s if that makes a difference.
 

Sean French

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Well,I'm going with the Legend set.I was leaning that way anyhow.
I talked with Wolfe and he will tweak the wind to my prefernce.I've had a few Dr. V sets that I dig but,wanted this set to be a little different.I've worked with Wolfe enough times to know he will come through and then some.After trying so many different pickups I've found what works best for me.I like the wind to be a little loose for better dynamics,unbalanced coils for added bite and sizzle and not too hot along with no wax potting.
I'll report back in a few weeks after I get them and put them through the paces.
BTW,he still has his 20% sale going on so,if you're in the market for some pickups,now is a great time to make an order.
 

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Yeah, the Legends rock! Have a set in my Explorer, awesome tone.

Just specify what you want you won't be disappointed. Wolf nails it.
 

Picaso

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>I talked with Wolfe and he will tweak the wind to my prefernce.

That was the one and only reason that I hesitated when I bought the used one. I have no idea (other than the seller's explanation) of what was specified for the wind. The seller told me it was PAF like with more low end,
smooth mids, and some bite up top, without being harsh.

Since that was exactly what I was looking for, I bought the used legend. I'll install it this week and report my findings in the forum.

When wolfe says "no two alike" just how much do they vary??? I know that
he tone tests all pup's so there shouldn't be duds..
 

Sean French

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>I talked with Wolfe and he will tweak the wind to my prefernce.

That was the one and only reason that I hesitated when I bought the used one. I have no idea (other than the seller's explanation) of what was specified for the wind. The seller told me it was PAF like with more low end,
smooth mids, and some bite up top, without being harsh.

Since that was exactly what I was looking for, I bought the used legend. I'll install it this week and report my findings in the forum.

When wolfe says "no two alike" just how much do they vary??? I know that
he tone tests all pup's so there shouldn't be duds..


Did you get the set that just sold on ebay?
I saw those yesterday and thought about them.I asked some questions.
But,since they are on sale the aged set costs $35 more than that ebay BIN price anyway.
Plus,I wanted my set wound for my taste.
I didn't need an aged set so,mine won't be.Plus I really wanted reverse Zebra' and those are probably double blacks.
 

Picaso

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Did you get the set that just sold on ebay?
I saw those yesterday and thought about them.I asked some questions.
But,since they are on sale the aged set costs $35 more than that ebay BIN price anyway.
Plus,I wanted my set wound for my taste.
I didn't need an aged set so,mine won't be.Plus I really wanted reverse Zebra' and those are probably double blacks.


Nope, didn't even know about that pair.How the heck did I miss that on Ebay !
What did they sell for ?

Picaso
 

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150376848413&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

I just ordered an unaged pair that will be wound to my preference and with the bobbin color I want for that.

I paid 75.00 and almost couldn't bring myself to do it. But since those legends are 120
new, it was just low enough to make me move on it. I figured that I'd try the bridge pup
out on a few guitars, and if I like enough I can custom order a pair and probably make my money back on this one, or just use it in another one of the herd.

Same thing applies if I don't think it's an improvement over the pickups I own now.
I'll just resell it, no harm done.

No bad options really....
 
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Well Sean,
Give us an update on the Legends!
I also have just received a pair of them for my R7.
This has been a bit of a brighter guitar with the TWO previous sets
of humbuckers (First BB1/BB2, then Lollar Imperial regular wounds).
I'm hoping for some more of that Wolfe magic.
I used to have a LP with the Marshallhead pups....DAMN!

S.
j
 

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My Legend set still kick's butt in my R8. Not that one set is better than the other but for most of what I like to play I like them over the set of Throbak SLE 101ltds I have in my R7. Better bridge sound, much better middle position sounds and clearer and more to the point neck position. Very vintage Gibson PAF character all around. Wolfe's the man! I may have him rewind the two sets of Gibby pickups that are sitting in boxes, one set to Legends specs and the other a Marshallhead set. May sell the Throbaks.
 

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I changed back my Legends pickups about March time last year (2009) and have had them in my LP ever since. These are THE pickups for me and this guitar. I've still got the Dr V's but can't see me using them.
 

Sean French

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Well Sean,
Give us an update on the Legends!
I also have just received a pair of them for my R7.
This has been a bit of a brighter guitar with the TWO previous sets
of humbuckers (First BB1/BB2, then Lollar Imperial regular wounds).
I'm hoping for some more of that Wolfe magic.
I used to have a LP with the Marshallhead pups....DAMN!

S.
j


Have had the Legends in my R0 for a while now.Without a doubt they are my fav set yet.:headbange
Perfect amount of bite and sizzle.Wonderful clarity but, with some growl.Very clear and articulate neck while the middle has a quack unlike the others I've had.
My set was wound with a looser wind, coils were wound a bit more unbalanced than normal.
They are perfect!!!
Wolfe is the man.:dude: :dude: :dude:
 

slammintone

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Have had the Legends in my R0 for a while now.Without a doubt they are my fav set yet.:headbange
Perfect amount of bite and sizzle.Wonderful clarity but, with some growl.Very clear and articulate neck while the middle has a quack unlike the others I've had.
My set was wound with a looser wind, coils were wound a bit more unbalanced than normal.
They are perfect!!!
Wolfe is the man.:dude: :dude: :dude:

Sounds spot on to the set of Legends I have. Killer PAF clone! Wolfe is a real artist. He's definitely got the touch.
 

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I'm still running Voodoo 59s in my R9. I really like them, I don't find them dark. IMO they are good enough I don't have any interest in chasing other pups.

But I don't have experience with the Legends so I can't make a comparison, sorry.

Mine are both 7.8 with AL3s if that makes a difference.

This is my experience as well.
 

jamisonlps

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Any updates from you Wolfetone Legends users? I'm seriously considereing a set but prefer uncovered coils; how much does the cover play into the Legend tone? I've had a few sets of humbuckers over the years and the current Sheptones I have are nice but not 100% of what I'm after.

I did have a used MH with A2 a couple or threes yrs ago but found it too thin/bright at the time (can't recall which guitar I had it in either). I think Wolfe can wind me the perfect set of pickups because I now know how to communicate exactly what I'm after and can give him detailed specs on my guitar right down to the pot values (which in my case would probably influence the build; RS 540k bridge, 575k neck).
 

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Played the Voodoo 59 for some time in one of my Les Pauls. The neck pickup sings nicely but is a bit woofy on the bass strings. The bridge pickup is rather bright and a bit edgy but in a good way. The only gripe I had with these pickups that I did not like the set balance. For players wanting a strong contrast between bridge an neck they could be exactly what they want.

I only played a Wolfetone Legend briefly and thought it sounded absolutely killer so that's what I would choose.

Cheers Stephan
 
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