Toaster pickups

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  1. RVA

    RVA Well-Known Member

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    So I ordered an Agile Harm, semi-hollow guitar. It comes with 3 chrome covered "toaster humbucker pickups". I have never heard this type of pickup in my life. Anyone have any experience with these? The routes fit mini-hums and P90s and I purchased with the intention of changing them, so no need to pull punches. Thanks
     
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    Nice, I hear good things about those and have always had my eye on them for my semi hollow GAS pains.
    I dont know. I hear the tone has been called cream cheesy and buttery smooth.
    ;)
     
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    They're called "toaster" pickups just because the cover is slotted over the pole pieces, making the pickup resemble a toaster. TV Jones is one of the better makers out there for these types of pickups.

    In general, they're essentially a moderate to lower output mini (ish)-humbucker. As such they are somewhat of a bright, clean, jangly pickup. The low end is usually tight and not flubby. They won't push your amp as hard as a regular humbucker, but you can still get an appreciable bite.

    You find them a lot on Gretsch guitars. They're great for that rock-a-billy groove.
     
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  4. RVA

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    Sounds like they will be replaced with P90s. I am all rock and no billy. Anyone interested in a trade can hit me up.
     
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    Not so fast, Hot Rod! I just used rock-a-billy as an example. You can do more than just that with them. Leave them in for awhile and see what you come up with. You may find you like them.
     
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    I found this gut shot of the agile toaster pups. They look pretty legit.
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    I would like to go on record and Second that statement... :smile:
     
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    I would wait a bit and play them for a while before I replaced them,
    especially if you don't currently own a guitar with that type of pickups.
    Hey, you never know.
     
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    Ok, but if I like them, I will be forced to get another guitar for the P90s.
     
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    So where's the problem?
     
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    You're a hopeless gas-oholic... :dude:
     
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    Triple P90s are fun!
     
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    Here's a link to the TV Jones website. Scroll down to the 'Tron series (Filter'Tron, Magna'Tron, etc.), and the TV Classics. Those are pretty quintessential Toaster pickups.


    http://www.tvjones.com/pickups.html
     
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    You know you can get a nice painting in trade, for a coveted set of P90 in your possession ... eh?
     
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    I look aweful in orange, but that fella sure can play!
     
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    See! Toasters can rock!


     
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