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EVH Frankenstein Humbucker 

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Think of this pickup as a brand-new version of the original Frankenstein's battle-worn guitar pickup, wound to the exact original specs and built to ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Wound to Eddie Van Halen's original specs, it installs in any humbucker-equipped guitar.

Think of this pickup as a brand-new version of the original Frankenstein's battle-worn guitar pickup, wound to the exact original specs and built to fit in any humbucking-pickup-equipped guitar. One of the most famous humbuckers of all time is now available at a competitive price and serves as a great upgrade and alternative to the popular crop of clich replacement humbuckers.


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EVHFrankenstein Humbucker
 
5.0

(based on 18 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (8)
  • Improves sound (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (4)
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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EVH Humbucker pickup revew

By Trev Morson

from Aurora, IL

Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

Been gigging for 30 years playing Classic Rock and with that, a lot of Van Halen tunes. I have tone chased for years.I first had the Seymour Duncan SH12 George Lynch "Screamin' Demon", this pickup (4-conductor wire) has been used by many to get close to EVH Brown Sound. However, as close as it was, I used the equalizer controls on my Peavey 6505+ amp to get as close as I could, and, it was still a little too low end bass'ey for me and lacked some high end tone of Eddie. The SH12 at 10K I guess made it a mid output pickup. The EVH Humbucker however is 2 conductor wire and at 14K is a 'hot' pickup. I swapped them out and OMG!.. I have never found the EVH brown sound with so much ease. It gave me everything the SH12 lacked and more. I first tested it through a Peavey 5-watt practice amp, with absolutley no pedals used and the sound I got was that of Eddie Van Halen right off the bat! _ this thing is totally incredible!! Get this pick up, you will not be dissapointed, it's WAY better than the EVO DP159, the Duncan 78, the Custom-Custom and the SH12 by far!!When setting up, and pressing the string at the highest fret, place one nickel between the high e string and the pickup pole pieces, the low E string, use 2 nickels and it's that simple!!I am more than very pleased !!! - I am totally 200% ecstatic!!

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Pickup ever!

By Desert Thunder

from Massachusettes

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

    I just installed this in a custom Les paul jr I built, and man does this pickup put the rest to shame. On heavy distortion you can still hear some clearnity in the notes. And on clean its not to bright but also has some balls to it. The volume controle is like just ideal, smooth and gradual. the installation was easy too. I look forward to putting this in every guitar. However I do wonder how well it would function being coil split with other pickups.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EVH humbucker

    By DSZ

    from Miami, FL

    Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

    Stop looking for that brown sound and buy this one already. I plugged in, left all the amp settings on 5 (exept gain), played the opening chords of "everybody wants some" and "unchained" and it sounded perfect. No matter what amp I plug into, the perfect brown sound punches right through with no effort. For years I've been looking for the brown sound and this emulates it exactly as I always wanted. However, it can also deliver a great metal sound (jake e lee or zakk) Also, when on a clean channel, it sounds bright and clear with good harmonic response, but most importantly, well balanced. I am exceptionally happy with this pickup.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By guitarguy--6ZV0

    from North Carolina

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    Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

    This is easily one of the best pickups ever conceived...it perfectly nails the elusive brown sound that several generations have been chasing. My guitar tech was completely stunned at how well this pickup actually sounded, despite him initially knocking it due to the price. Now that he realizes how wrong he was, he has ordered 3 to replace the pickups in some of his guitars. I highly recommend this pickup to anyone who wants not only the evh sound, but also an all-around amazing pickup that can be used for near anything.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No Hype Here! Wildly Alive!

    By Chris

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

      A guitarist, composer, and collector for 30 years, I date back to those initial years of MTV, when friends and I sat around the TV set for hours waiting with bated breath for the VJ to show us a video from the VH album 1984. For those younger players out there, it's hard to put in perspective just how huge Eddie Van Halen was, how much in awe we were of him and the way he changed guitar playing and the role of lead guitarist. No one I have ever heard, from Zappa to Fripp, played quite like Eddie, combining excellence, innovation, and originality with genuine commercial appeal. He was a revolution and a revelation in the manner of Hendrix. These days, he is taken too much for granted, quite unfairly. Back in '84, Eddie endorsed the Kramer Baretta, in an age where Kramer and Charvel/Jackson ruled, not Fender or Gibson. I bought the rereleased Baretta a few years ago, a decades old dream come true, which came with a serious Duncan JB of some sort. But it was dead sounding. I put in the Frankenstein, and the guitar popped with harmonics everywhere, with an extraordinary full spectrum of tone, and a rich, proactive sound. The Frankenstein remains the most alive and complete pickup I have ever played through. It soared, it spoke, it pulsed, it dive bombed with character, it rang, it snarled like a living thing. It may vary in sounds depending on the body wood, but it is 4 inches of pure dynamite. Install one in the bridge and express yourself!

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth Every Penny

      By STARDOG

      from Southern Maine

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      Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

      This Is the Pickup You Have been looking for. I've have been playing for 30+ and I have tried every pickup out there and like I said this is the one. I was skeptical when I ordered it but Edwards got some secret knowledge that no one else has. You won't be disappointed. If the sound is what you've been chasing than you have found it. I will be ordering more for sure.

      (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Frankenstein Humbucker

      By Clint Griffin

      from San Antonio, TX

      Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

      Do not tell Eddie, but I made my own Frankenstein and it sounds great. I bought this pickup, and it was worth the money!

      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A must have for tone chasers

      By Machineisarmed

      from Ohio

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      Pros

      • Brown
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

      This pup is amazing. Plain and simple. I upgraded a Charvel San Dimas Pro mod from a JB-4 to this and there is simply no comparison. Although the JB is a high quality pickup, it doesnt have the "IT" factor that this does. This and a 5150, you'll have the brown sound. Dont question yourself, just buy it.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Replacement Pickup

      By MRA78

      from Midwest

      Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

      Tone....Need I say more? Eddie always talks about being a tone chaser, well this is the tone he was talking about; otherwise he wouldn't put his name on it. I bought this pickup to replace a seymour duncan TB-4 in a Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus. I replaced the stock Epiphone bridge pickup with the duncan hoping to get a tone that I would be happy with, and for the most part I was; however I like to experiment. After replacing the duncan with the EVH "Frankenbucker" if you will, I was amazed at the difference in the tone. All I can say is WOW. Saying this is a great bridge replacement pickup would totally be selling this pickup short. Buy it, try it, and I personally guarantee you will not be disappointed. Keep on Rocking!

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My favorite pick up!

      By Bradshaw44.com

      from Bristol, VA

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

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          Comments about EVH Frankenstein Humbucker:

          This is by far the best pick up i've ever owned and I've gone through a few. Just amazing tone, stop reading and buy one...hearing is believing!

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