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Triple HB SG

ffs_auggie

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I recently picked up Harley Benton's copy of a 3 HB SG and I have to say, I love the feel, but it sounds like trash.(FYI my rig is the SG-->Treble Booster-->Marshall Class 5 Combo) The sweep on the pots is useless, I have to put my volume at 1/2 if I want any sort of clean tone, I barely turn it up, and its full rhythm distortion. The bridge pickup is harsh, and the neck pickup almost sounds like a bass.

My solution is to replace the electronics completely(may go for a Frampton/Page wiring) but I have two questions.

1) What pots should I go for? I've been torn from people saying Bourns, Alphas, and CTS. (I prefer a stiffer turn on the knob so I don't knock it out of place)

2) Is there a company that makes 3 HB sets that are Gibson's mid to late 60's styling? (Also did Gibson make a pickup dedicated for the middle pickup, or did they just put a random neck/bridge when making them?)
 

GlassSnuff

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CTS pots are what Gibson always used and they're still among the best.

For pickups, I'd look to Duncan. I suspect they can answer your questions and they're not exorbitantly priced.

And welcome to the forum!
 

Tollywood

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Welcome to the forum.

I also love Seymour Duncan pickups and CTS pots.

I think it might be cool to get an out of phase set like Peter Green’s and add a middle pickup. Maybe the middle one should be the one out of phase?
 

Bruce R

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CTS pots are what Gibson always used and they're still among the best.

For pickups, I'd look to Duncan. I suspect they can answer your questions and they're not exorbitantly priced.

And welcome to the forum!
I would replace the entire wiring harness, especially if this is not a Gibson product. It may take a custom job with your 3-pickup configuration but it's do-able.

Can't go wrong with Duncan pickups. I have been using them for almost 40 years.
 
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