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Reviews: Pickups & Accessories

Quick Hit: Nordstrand NVT A3 Pickups

October 12, 2014
T-style pickup set with addictive textural quality that sets it apart from many vintage-style units.
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Humbucker-Sized P-90 Review Roundup

December 17, 2013
Eight pickup sets that’ll transform your Les Paul into a Special, or breathe sparkling new life into any other humbucker-equipped axe.
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Pedal Switcher Shootout

September 17, 2013
We compare pedalboard switching solutions from OneControl, Decibel Eleven, Musicom Lab & EC Pedals Custom Shop.
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Nordstrand Shush Puppies Pickups Review

July 6, 2013
Designed to address the age-old issues of feedback, noise, and hum without losing the sweet, syrupy chime that defines a great single-coil.
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FU-Tone.com High Performance Titanium and Brass Bridge Package Reviews

June 18, 2013
By using stainless steel and titanium in critical parts of the unit, FU-Tone has indeed taken the Floyd Rose concept in several new directions.
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Lace Matt Pike Dirty Heshers Pickups Review

May 11, 2013
The Matt Pike Dirty Heshers from Lace are designed to produce the massive tones Pike is known for, only bigger and richer than you’d expect from super-hot humbuckers.
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EMG 66-N/57-B Humbuckers Review

March 11, 2013
Blending vintage character and EMG’s trademark fidelity, the new 57-B and 66-N humbuckers might just become modern classics.
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Seymour Duncan SH-16 '59/Custom Hybrid Humbucker Review

December 10, 2012
Able to handle both clean and overdriven sounds with ease, Seymour Duncan''s SH-16 ’59/Custom Hybrid is a vintage-tinged humbucker that has a unique edge and enough modern muscle to play harder styles of music.
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L.R. Baggs M80 Pickup Review

December 10, 2012
From heavy flatpicked strumming to delicate fingerstyle, the L.R. Baggs M80 soundhole pickup is a worthwhile investment that represents a pretty sweet value for any application.
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Lollar Pickups El Rayo Humbuckers Review

February 10, 2012
Jason Lollar is one of the undisputed kings of aftermarket pickups. In his workshop not far from Seattle, he crafts some of the finest, handmade Gibson- and Fender-style pickups
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D. Allen Johnny Hiland JohnnyBlades Pickups Review

January 10, 2012
The main goals of the JohnnyBlades are to deliver great single-coil tone, stay noiseless, and be versatile enough to cover a wide range of genres.
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Ruppert Musical Instruments Basswitch IQ DI Review

October 18, 2011
What the company calls a “Swiss Army knife” for bassists, the Basswitch IQ DI is a preamp/ dual-effects loop/A-B switcher/DI pedal that provides a multitude of options for live and studio situations, with Lehle switching technology to boot.
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Shadow NanoFlex-6 Pickup System Review

October 18, 2011
Shadow’s new Nanoflex-6 pickup system takes a very practical approach to the concept of hexaphonic pickups, which effectively consist of a pickup for each string.
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Rivera RockCrusher Attenuator Review

June 7, 2011
Rivera has built an attenuator that works with the most powerful amps while preserving that tone that led you to you most beloved amp in the first place.
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L.R. Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Pickup System Review

November 16, 2010
Amplify your acoustics in a whole new way
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Vintage Sound Workbench Tone Preserver Review

February 11, 2010
A must-have tool for those looking to extend the life of their vintage amp.
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Acme Guitar Works ToneShaper Review

November 18, 2009
Acme Guitar Works'' ToneShaper puts every possible switching scenario at your fingertips.
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L.R. Baggs Venue DI Review

October 21, 2009
The L.R. Baggs Venue DI is a user-friendly way to go direct without losing your tone
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Fishman Aura Spectrum DI Review

October 21, 2009
Fishman''s Aura Spectrum DI puts that mic''d sound back into your pickup-equipped acoustic
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EMG X-Series 81X, 85X and SAX Pickup Review

October 14, 2009
We see what kind of an upgrade the X-Series offers to EMG''s classic lineup
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