Oddly Brutal sounding VOX guitar- How to match the sound?

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  1. ekulggats

    ekulggats SS.org Regular

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    Hi-

    New to the forum. Hello everyone...

    So, I found a very interesting guitar the other day- ( Porn Included) Vox SSC-55 by...Vox... huh.

    Well, It's gorgeous. And it sounds really, really cool to me. Has a Vox pickup set, both try to be a humbucker, p90 and single coil and are switchable between. All modes are completely Noiseless(!!)

    Put some 12-56's on it, put it in C# standard (drop B?)and it just kills... super clear, super tight, super deep- Kind of 'dry' and airy sounding, but very deeeep. Not punchy in the traditional sense- But kind of, in the 'un'traditional sense. In the P90 mode, it is best, the humbucker is good too- Sort of takes the p90 and puts some more meat and wooliness on it.

    Extremely dynamic, reacts to every little nuance in your picking.

    My question is- Since this thing is obviously not purpose made for DETH JENTS and CHUGGA FUKKS, what type of 7 string Pickups would give me this same type of sound?

    I want to put together a 7 string that can do this type of sound as good as, or better than this one. Also, want to have that longer Scale length working for me.

    I would assume the pickups are not the highest output- Is this maybe part of what I'm looking for?
     

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  2. robski92

    robski92 SS.org Regular

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    Pickup wise I'd say the Seymour Duncan P-Rails are the closest to those Vox pickups since they both do essentially the same thing. You would probably have to order them from the custom shop though. I can't say for certain though because I haven't played either.
     
  3. Josh Delikan

    Josh Delikan SS.org Regular

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    I'm pretty sure that the pickup set in question is the Vox CoAxe, which as robski said, seems to be a pretty similar system to the Seymour Duncan P-Rails. I'm sure that SD could build you a custom seven-string set of P-Rails, although they might cost a fair bit!
     
  4. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    It's nothing like a P-Rails - this guy made his thread twice for some reason, but here's what that pickup looks like inside -

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    The outer coil is low impedance and the inner coil is high impedance, throw in a little black magic and Vox claim you can get better-than-traditional noise rejection, with the benefits of a narrower sensing area (good for response, attack, and high end), and other assorted goodness.

    Here's a nice article about it - to be taken with a grain of salt because it's obviously someone trying to sell their product, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's lying: CoAxe Pickups: Interview with Vox R&D - Planet Z

    I doubt very much that any company will be able to make an equivalent pickup without a lot of money changing hands. Especially as Vox were very keen on this being a proprietary thing and most companies probably won't touch it for fear of infringing on some patent or other - even though Vox no longer make these.
     
  5. Electric Wizard

    Electric Wizard guy incognito

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    I wonder if maybe some Lace model would do the trick. The regular xbars had similar characteristics from what I remember.
     
  6. Petar Bogdanov

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    Wow, that design is amazing. Some truly innovative decisions were made. Many thanks for sharing the article.
     
  7. scottro202

    scottro202 I'm walkin' here!!!

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    That said, the closest feasible thing is still probably a custom set of P-Rails. The difference in coils seems to be more about the noise cancellation as opposed to the tone (or that feels like how it's being presented), and the P-Rails are the only other pickup on the market that can go between Humbucker, P-90 and single coil.

    Is it the noiselessness that you like about it?
     

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