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Title: Wi440 idol
Post by: Jerry Borenein on February 13, 2016, 06:21:37 PM
The pickups on mine are Seymour Duncan but they are really muddy and do not have much tone variety. Even the bridge pick up is baddy comparatively. Anyone else find that to be the case
Title: Re: Wi440 idol
Post by: aircooled1 on February 14, 2016, 10:32:44 AM
That model uses a 59 (SH-N1) at the neck and a Custom (SH-5) at the bridge.  I use a 59 at the neck position on 4 of my guitars and have been satisfied.  Take a look at the Seymour Duncan link below. There are sound bites that you might be able to make comparisons with.  What are you using for an amp and are you using any effect devices?  I'm just curious about what other factors might exist.
Title: Re: Wi440 idol
Post by: psp742 on February 14, 2016, 05:37:05 PM
maybe lowering the pickup height would help.
Title: Re: Wi440 idol
Post by: Tony Raven on February 15, 2016, 02:08:10 PM
Yah, drop the height. Too many (sorry) ****ers put the poles within 2mm (or less!) of the strings, figuring they'll get more volume or power or sustain or wtfever the current buzz-word is. Well, they do get it, at the cost of tonal coloration. I've had a few customers that I could've gotten to pay me for replacing their pickups, when all I did was give the screws a few turns -- but, I at least attempt to be honest. 8)

If the pickups were installed aftermarket, then it's possible there's a tone-knob short & a capacitor is stealing high tones.

If that doesn't help, then consider "cooler" pickups (lower ohmage) or speak to a winder about changing your magnets.
Title: Re: Wi440 idol
Post by: hudman on April 14, 2016, 07:18:28 AM
I have the same issue with mine! Even if I roll off the volume I don't get the clarity I would have hoped for. It's a shame because it stops me playing the guitar. I love how it feels and how it plays but have never been happy with the sound. I think I'll take a look at the pickup height and see if they need to be lowered!