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  1. I just want to send a public, if belated (I forgot once it stopped emailing me notifications of new posts, though that's not an excuse), apology to @rockabilly69: I was rude to you and intentionally so, so I'm sorry for that. I will claim it was because it was late in the evening and I was not completely sober, but that's also no excuse. That being said, I think it's important that there really is no ordering of pickups (or guitars, or any of this) from bad to good: good and bad are what the player does with them. Jimmy Page did great things with a guitar made pretty much from cardboard. And I have a beautifully-hand-made copy of a very cheap and crappy 1950s-1960s amp, which is wonderful, if limited. Still, I have no excuse for being rude, and I'm sorry.
  2. Well, as the person who posted the original question: it happens that I really like the HRWs I have on two extremely different guitars. You may not like them, which is fine. But, surprisingly perhaps, there is not an officially-anointed ranking of pickups: different people are allowed to like different makes. I don't particularly believe (or disbelieve: the only proof would be experiment) in the cryogenic thing, but I like HRWs which is why I asked. Sorry if this appears rude.
  3. A thing that would be interesting would be to make spectrograms of HRWs vs Schallers on the same (or very similar) guitar set up the same way & playing the same note as carefully the same way as possible. I could almost do some of this as my two H150s should be reasonably similar ... but different string gauges, probably different pickup heights etc, and I'm mildly terrified of adjusting things in case I can't get them back to how they were.
  4. This would be a good experiment. But my suspicion is that you probably do need to get down to really quite low temperatures to see anything interesting, as the effects aren't likely anything like linear with temperature but more like phase transitions in the material, such as happen in superconductors, say. Liquid nitrogen is at or below 77K which I suspect freeze sprays won't get very near. You likely also need to keep things cold for a while. Finally although I only looked briefly, it looks like that although there are low temperature changes in alnico magnets, they're generally reversible. On the other hand people definitely do do cryogenic things to copper which have long-term effects: so perhaps it's the coils, not the magnets. None of this is meant as me saying don't do this experiment which I think would be interesting. (Except ... part of me likes that HRWs are a bit magic and would like them to stay that way: if Ren doesn't want to say what he did (which I would make a tiny bet was not cyrogenic) perhaps we should just let them be magic, which is what he wants perhaps?)
  5. So, this is not my story, or at least I will claim it is not to protect those responsible. Quite a long time ago, there was a company whose business was making liquid oxygen. It's hard to make liquid oxygen without making liquid nitrogen too, and in those days there wasn't really much use for it, so the stuff used to be quite readily available to various young science graduates who worked in the company. In this company was an office which had a door which didn't fit very well: there was a gap of perhaps half an inch under the bottom of the door. Meetings were sometimes held in this office. The gap under the door was quite large enough that if one happened to have a bucket full of liquid nitrogen to hand, one could slosh the bucket under the door, spreading liquid nitrogen all over the floor of the office. The consequence of this was that the liquid nitrogen would suddenly have a very large free surface and would start evaporating furiously. The energy for that would come, at least in part from the air in the room which would drop in temperature by tens of degrees (proper degrees, not Fahrenheit) over a few seconds. All the moisture in the air would condense out and the room would fill with dense, freezing fog. Outside the office would be heard the sound of giggling science graduates, running away before anyone found their way out. I'm sure this has something to do with guitars.
  6. It looks as if the Stormy Mondays are slightly bassier than the Mules (I get confused about the timeline of PAFs & related but they seem to be based on something a year or so earlier). My intuition is I'd like the treblier ones more (ie Mules) but I can see I will have to do research (or become rich and buy both, sadly not a realistic option). Thanks for the pointers!
  7. There are some already (sorry, I'd post a link but I don't know if I can find it on an iPad: look for threads by me.) PS thank you for the suggestion. These people are pretty close to me (I am at least theoretically half Cornish), so I'll talk to them!
  8. My H-575 is the only guitar I have ever owned that made me realise, within the first seconds of playing it, that this was my guitar. I have to force myself to play my ES-175 now (it still can do things the H-575 can't, mostly because the H-575 is singke-pickup), which was my previous favourite guitar. And the H-575 was less than half the price. These are very good guitars: congratulations.
  9. I have two H150s: a lovely, relatively light, yellow sunburst one that I think is just beautiful to look at, and an annoyingly heavy (especially as I get older, it makes my left hand numb), annoyingly purple one which I don't want to like. But the purple one has HRWs and the yellow one has Schallers, and there is no competition, especially on the neck pickup: purple one every time. Rationally, I should swap the pickups and sell the purple one, but I don't want to get rid of either, not least because the purple one was a gift from my wife. So, assuming I don't have vast sums to spend, and assuming I really like the HRWs, what's the most HRW-like pickups I could get? Slightly lowrr output (than the HRWs)would be a mild advantage, but I obviously can deal with that. Thanks
  10. I couldn't play any carved- or arched-top guitar without such a thing: for a long time I relied on them to rest my little finger on to give me a fixed position for my right hand. Although I don't seem do that so much now I still would feel very odd playing a guitar without a rest there. I could play a flat-topped guitar (tele say) without one, although a tele anyway obviously has one to hold the pickups anyway. So for me they're really essential: the cosmetics don't matter because I couldn't play without one. (I play with a pick and between my index finger and thumb and then the next two fingers to play chords etc which I started doing because once I played classical guitar so I'm used to using my fingers. I don't know what that style is called but I see other people using it too, so it must have a name.)
  11. This is going to sound like a glib comment, but it's not meant as one: it is not possible to have too many hollow or semi-hollow guitars. It just isn't.
  12. I probably don't have anything useful to add, but late last year I bought a 2nd-hand single (neck) pickup H-575 as a companion for my (slightly rubbish) ES-175 and a bunch of other guitars. It's just a wonderful guitar: I've simply never had a guitar which I felt more at home with. It may help that it has an HRW pickup: those things seem to be reasonably magic. Based on this, H-575s are at least worth considering.
  13. I recently bought a second-hand H-575 (single HRW neck pickup), which arrived with a broken neck, making it impossible for me not to buy it, purely as I felt so sorry for this damaged but beautiful thing. It has turned out to be, of course, the best guitar in the world. I use 12-52 strings on semis (I've played a 175 for a long time), and traditionally use D'Addario ordinary strings. Long before the H-575 arrived in my life I'd bought a set of flatwound strings (also D'Addario, also 12-52) to try on the 175. Well, I tried them on the Heritage instead and I have a very love-hate relationship with them. The lack of squeaks and sheer smoothness of them is great (on this guitar, sometimes I want squeaks) and they've really helped me be more agile with my left hand, but they're kind of dull and 'plunky' – very traditional jazz tone I guess. Which is fine, but sometimes I want more top, especially on a guitar with no bridge pickup. Also they are really frighteningly expensive (this is why Jazz players are all impoverished I am sure). So now I'm wondering about half-round strings (which are really ground-wound I think), with the aim of getting a bit more brightness, but still not having the squeakiness and being really fast to play. Has anyone tried these (again, D'Addario 12-52s) and can compare them with flatwounds on a guitar like this, or anything similar? Or any other (affordable, so not expenso-titanium-with-unicorn-hair-core) recommendations would be welcome. I realise I can just try them and it's not that much money, but the guitar already ate all my money and I need to buy film as well (Kodak are seriously taking the piss with their prices). Thank you
  14. Here's a photo. I think in fact I've been fooling myself (not that it matters): it's just dark rosewood I am sure. Ebony has a finer grain I think.
  15. Hello, I have two H-150s: one that I bought 2nd hand in about 1999 after seeing it in a then-local shop window is a really nice yellowy flame maple top and has quite un-LP-ish hardware including a roller bridge, and which I think has an ebony fingerboard (if its rosewood it's very dark); and one which I bought new in 2003 I think so I could have a guitar at each end of my 400-mile weekly commute, which is a not-so-nice purply colour, is really too heavy and has a much fatter neck than the first one, but has HRWs, which I found difficult at first but would not be without now, even if the guitar is otherwise not so nice (it makes my shoulder numb). HRWs through a KTR are a thing to behold. A few weeks ago I gave in and bought a rather sad single-pickup H-575 as a friend for my ES-175, which had previously had the standard truss-rod break, which failed again on the way to me. That's now being mended (for money off): I quite like guitars which force me to play better to make them sound good, and I'm hoping this will be even more in that regard than the 175 is. There's a thread about this guitar here. I live in the UK, I'd like to be able to play jazz, but I'm not good enough (yet). I should say that the two H-150s were really bought for me by my wife: I'm lucky to have her. Picture of the two H-150s below: the H-575 is being mended.
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