Pickups

Hi-lotron sounding amazing

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Hi all. First post here. Hope it's welcome. I've recently ordered a hi-lotron to go in the neck position of my Tele. (Replacing a fidelitron that I found way too powerful and dark) just waiting for it to arrive. I've been panicking a bit because I've spent more than I normally would and on something I've never heard or tried, and there's so few demos of Hi-Los on YouTube. Last night I found this video and the playing and sound is just amazing. If my Hi-lotron sounds half this good I'll be over the moon! I've never heard of this guy before....

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I'm a little confused. You've installed it and it sounds amazing, or you're hoping it will sound amazing?

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I think a HiLotron will sound amazing in the neck position of a Telecaster.

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I'm a little confused. You've installed it and it sounds amazing, or you're hoping it will sound amazing?

– Afire

Wierd - half my post is missing!

I had a link to a great YouTube video.

I'll see if I can edit the post....

(Yes - I've fixed it with the link. Not sure what happened there)

Apologies

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Buddy Hollywood (the porn actor?)

I really hope so! It will be paired with a broadcaster style bridge pickup and a 250k volume pot. I hope they mix well. The fidelitron used to really dominate over the bridge and I was using a 500k pot, which rendered the bridge a tad too ice picky. The sounds were a bit extreme! I'll be using the gretsch hot rod wiring as a guide (though I'm using a box switch because I find them a bit easier to work with...

Cheers!

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All of Gretsch pickups have their own unique voice. The Hilo-trons are low output boomy nice pickups.

House of the rising sun sound. Some Beatles sounds too.

Let us know how you get along with them.

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I'll be sure to post a video... there's just not enough Hi-Lo information out there! And definitely not one where it's paired with a Tele bridge...

It's taking forever to arrive! (Germany to UK) My Tele is say waiting....

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I think that clip you posted is pretty processed, as well as being multi-tracked, but that airy, almost acoustic tone is definitely the signature sound of HiLos. They sound great but can fall to pieces if roughly handled.

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Buddy Hollywood (the porn actor?)

I really hope so! It will be paired with a broadcaster style bridge pickup and a 250k volume pot. I hope they mix well. The fidelitron used to really dominate over the bridge and I was using a 500k pot, which rendered the bridge a tad too ice picky. The sounds were a bit extreme! I'll be using the gretsch hot rod wiring as a guide (though I'm using a box switch because I find them a bit easier to work with...

Cheers!

– iansheridan1978

Haha! I didn't know there was a porn actor named Buddy Hollywood. I just Googled him. I may have to change my name after all of these years. I'm not a porn actor but I was asked once...

I think a HiLotron will sound great in the neck of a Telecaster with a 250K pot but maybe even better with a 500K. It's not an ice picky pickup by any means. I'm building a Telecaster parts guitar and I was considering installing 500K pots. Maybe I'll rethink that.

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Haha! I didn't know there was a porn actor named Buddy Hollywood. I just Googled him. I may have to change my name after all of these years. I'm not a porn actor but I was asked once...

I think a HiLotron will sound great in the neck of a Telecaster with a 250K pot but maybe even better with a 500K. It's not an ice picky pickup by any means. I'm building a Telecaster parts guitar and I was considering installing 500K pots. Maybe I'll rethink that.

– BuddyHollywood

I think it comes down to the amp and pedals you're using too.

I fell on love with my strat though a Timmy clone, the sound was amazing...then I plugged in the Tele with 500k at the bridge and ouch!

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I'll be using the gretsch hot rod wiring as a guide (though I'm using a box switch because I find them a bit easier to work with... tiny fishing

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Here it is, demonstrated by a carefully selected collection of bum notes!

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Lots of great sounds you got there! Seems like a winning combination to me.

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Lots of great sounds you got there! Seems like a winning combination to me.

– Hoot Owl

I'm super chuffed! Really pleased


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