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 Post subject: 24 fret necks, 24 3/4 scale length, and neck pickup clarity
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:45 pm 
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I've been reading today about potential muddy sounding neck pickups on 24 fret guitars with 24 3/4 scale lengths. How does RIC approach this subject.
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 Post subject: Re: 24 fret necks, 24 3/4 scale length, and neck pickup clar
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:53 pm 
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I don't think Ric neck pickups, at least high-gains, are exactly "clear." I've always used mine for E-bow and Frippian parts. That's just me, though.


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 Post subject: Re: 24 fret necks, 24 3/4 scale length, and neck pickup clar
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There are some opinions out there that 24-fret Ricks have the neck pickup in the wrong place compared to the models with fewer (21) frets, which would have the neck pickup a bit further away from the bridge pickup. Those with that opinion say the sound from that pickup is compromised as it's not right under the 24-fret harmonic. I am not sure I agree - the modern Ricks have had 24 frets for years, and the neck pickup on my 360 sounds great. Interested to know if JH has ever weighed in on the issue.


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 Post subject: Re: 24 fret necks, 24 3/4 scale length, and neck pickup clar
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With 24 frets, the neck pickup is closer to the bridge than on guitars with 21 or 22 frets, and therefore there should be more clarity and less "hollowness."

I do agree that there were certain years where the highgain neck pickups were wound to @ 14kohms' worth of wire, which would cause the tone to be a little thicker, even mellow, but never muddy. This may be what is being referred to in the original post.


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