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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / DeArmond Gold Tone humbuckers--low E way too loud

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

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Apr 1st, 2016 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The DeArmond Gold Tone humbuckers on my DeArmond M-75 are way too loud on the low E string. I've tried lowering the pole, and have switched to strings with lightest gauge low E possible without getting too close the A string gauge.

I'm now considering leaving the low E string off completely. I realize that it would affect certain chords and notes, but my main concern is any long term issues with the neck.

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Apr 2nd, 2016 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Leaving a string off will not affect the neck (e.g., twist, etc.) at all.

But it is weird that you have a too-loud E string. I wonder if it's not the pickup and perhaps a resonance issue with the wood and how the guitar is constructed.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Apr 6th, 2016 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I actually posted leaving the low E string off as an April Fools joke,

BUT the rest of the post is real.

In all seriousness the low E is very 'thundery' sounding, if that makes sense. I've yet to find a way to tame it, but it could simply be the nature of the DeArmond GoldTone HBs.

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Apr 6th, 2016 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Something's out of whack on your guitar; I have the GTs in a Guild X150D Savoy and they are very balanced and clear-sounding pickups.

Best to take it to a tech to see if everything is working properly. For example, a poor fit of a saddle in a bridge (e.g., Tune-o-matic) can make one string sound weird in relation to the other strings.

Does the low E bark at you played open and also when it's fretted?

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