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Idol Series / Randall pickups
« on: December 30, 2009, 08:46:03 AM »
Thanks Welby. Makes sense. I'm trying to understand why I've got more of a volume drop when I adjust the VCC since I switched from the Randalls to the KAs. It was less pronounced with the Randalls.

Idol Series / Washburn wi 45
« on: December 30, 2009, 04:03:53 AM »
Welcome. See my thread :

Your English is good - better then my Croatian. I visited Porec, Pula and Plitvice lakes 2 years ago; liked your country a lot.

I think the Randalls are ceramic magnet. I liked the bridge, but not the neck.

Idol Series / Randall pickups
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:34:14 AM »
Thanks Ant. Maybe that's the issue, I guess it'll be back to trial and error with the soldering iron. Does anyone know if the factory wiring for the VCC is parallel, or just engages one coil? It sounds as if I'm only engaging one coil now, and possibly the secondary one.  

I'm still loving this guitar but it needed better pups. I've put the Randalls on a Westfield LP which I'm selling.

Idol Series / Randall pickups
« on: December 28, 2009, 06:35:20 AM »
Well, I gave them a full test yesterday. And swapped them out today.

These are marked Randall UL on front, HVN75-NECK on rear. Other is Randall SL, HHB130-BRD. I compared against my Gibson LP Special, with standard 490/498 pups. I set up my Marshall TSL122 3 channel tube amp with one clean channel for rythm level, one dirty at same volume with just a little crunch for chords, and one at high gain/vol for solo level. I set it to what works with the Gibson, then swapped guitars.

There's no way I'd gig with that Randall neck pup. Bridge is ok, picks up harmonics nicely, lots of bite. Would be great for metal, but I'm a classic rock / blues player. Neck lacks body and warmth, no mids punch at all. No comparison with the fullness of the Gibson. I then tried playing with the amp settings to get the best out of the Washburn...and it just wasn't there.

I can see why they put Duncans in the pro Washburns. You could only put up with these if you were going to overdrive it to mush anyway.

I'm in the process of swapping them with covered Kent Armstrongs. They're my usual pup of choice for upgrading Epiphone LPs. I've got as far as establishing that KA use different colour coding!

UPDATE : KAs successfully installed. In humbucker mode, both sound good now. In single coil mode, the KAs don't sound as good as the Randalls - there's more of a volume drop. I had the same issue (big  vol drop) with the coil split on the Fender Tele Custom FMT.  However, I bought this primarily as a humbucker guitar, I have a Strat and a standard Tele. I'll try gigging it like this for a while before considering abandoning the VCC.

General Discussion / Replacement Pickups for WI64DL
« on: December 24, 2009, 08:21:35 AM »
Any brand standard humbucker will fit, so it depends what sort of tone you want and how much you want to pay. If you don't buy a matched pair you need to go for a bridge pup that's slightly higher output than the neck, in order to balance the volume. Strings are naturally louder at the neck.
Pups are either alnico or ceramic magnet. Alnico is usual for classic rock / blues, and warm tones. Ceramics tend to sound harsher and are good for high gain metal / distortion. You can mix them. Most classic humbucker guitars have around 8k neck and 11k bridge outputs, but if you go up to 15k or so at the bridge it generally gives you more bite and crunch...if you've got a favourite player, see if you can find out what he uses. Then track down the specs on the net. If it's an expensive brand like Gibson, Duncan or BareKnuckle, but you know the approx output level and magnet type, you can shop around for a lower-cost clone with similar spec...Kent Armstrong, GFS, etc....

Idol Series / VCC wiring help
« on: December 21, 2009, 02:46:12 AM »
Sounds like conventional vol/vol/tone/tone. If so, the tone pots should either have 1 capacitor each or a shared cap wired to them. Easiest way to brighten it is to swap to a different value capacitor. Most people prefer .022s with humbuckers, but you could fit .015s and that would brighten it up. It's a cheap and easy mod if you can use a soldering iron, and you could just do it to one pup if you prefer. Going to .047s would darken the tone...for maximum contrast between the pups you can put .047 on neck and .015 on bridge.

Idol Series / Randall pickups
« on: December 18, 2009, 04:25:07 AM »
Thanks for that. I'll post more opinions when I get the chance to compare at higher volume through my Marshall. I've had experience of fitting Burstbuckers, Duncans and Kent Armstrong humbuckers to Epiphone Les Pauls, and I currently own 2 Gibsons with the 498/490 combination. Just through my practice amp, these sound well balanced and the bridge has a nice bite.
One of my favourite reasonably-priced combinations for classic rock / blues is Kent Armstrong, they do a nice alnico 2 neck pup at about 8.5k and a ceramic bridge pup at 15k. I used to have a Fender Tele Custom FMT with Duncans, they were excellent but more expensive.
I only going to swap these Randalls out if I think I've got to; the wiring is complicated due to the VCC.

Idol Series / Randall pickups
« on: December 17, 2009, 01:17:00 PM »
Who knows what? I just got a WI 45F with Randall SL at bridge, UL at neck. I can't find a damn thing about them.....nothing on Washburn or Randall Amp websites. Alnico 2, alnico 5, ceramic? Output levels? They don't sound bad through my practice amp but I haven't had a chance to try them through my TSL122 at stage volume yet. If they are crap I've got some other pups I could swap into it..

Anyone know anything?

Idol Series / Who loves the Idol?
« on: December 16, 2009, 04:26:35 AM »
Greetings from a Newbie. I just (yesterday) got my hands on a new WI 45F black model, Indonesian. I've been playing for 30 years and own several Gibsons, a couple of Fenders and an Epiphone.
10 days ago I'd never heard of them. I knew the Washburn name but not the name or shape of any of their models. I'd owned a Lyon superstrat in the 80s.
I'm knocked out by this guitar. The nearest equivalent I know of is the Fender Tele Custom FMT, but the Idol looks and feels better to me. I can see myself leaving Gibsons at home to gig with this....maybe even selling my Les Paul Special as surplus to requirements. I have yet to test it through my Marshall TSL122 at stage volume, so I'm not sure about the pickups yet. However, I like the looks, feel and balance so much that I'd happily put Duncans in it if I have to.
In the UK, awareness of these nice guitars is pretty low....

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