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MHS Humbuckers '59 ES-335 Pickups

#1 User is offline   Steve Tr 

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 11:51 AM

I just received a '59 ES-335TDN and she is beautiful looking, and for the most part, sounding. Working with all control settings, I am perhaps not totally wild about the tonality of the MHS pickups. I would love to hear from owners of said guitar and get some feedback.

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 02:42 PM

I have a 1959 ES345 Reissue and contrary to your view I think the MHS are amongst the very best pickups I have ever heard anywhere.
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#3 User is offline   Steve Tr 

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 05:21 PM

Thanks for your view! Anyone else??
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Posted 27 March 2017 - 11:38 AM

I played a 58 ES335 recently with MHS's. Very Vintage and mellow sounding. Real smooth sounding. I want something with a little more bite though.

Of course, capacitors could have something to do with their sound too? I'm going a couple steps down and ordered a Satin 335 with Burstbuckers. I hear they are brighter and hope are more to my liking.
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#5 User is offline   Steve Tr 

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 10:11 PM

View PostBillyGibson, on 27 March 2017 - 11:38 AM, said:

I played a 58 ES335 recently with MHS's. Very Vintage and mellow sounding. Real smooth sounding. I want something with a little more bite though.

Of course, capacitors could have something to do with their sound too? I'm going a couple steps down and ordered a Satin 335 with Burstbuckers. I hear they are brighter and hope are more to my liking.


The MHS is very smooth and vintage sounding - Like you, I do want just a touch more bit too. Not LP but maybe a 335 on a mini dose of go-juice. Gibson says they come with "BumbleBee" caps but I believe they are a inadequate Luxe knock-off. Cap job is in order.

I have had Burstbuckers my Les Paul and they did sound very good. Of course being a totally different animal, I'm sure it will sound awesome. I've also heard good things about Classic '57's going into 335s. Think I'll go out on a limb and checkout some Seymour Duncan offerings. Have had really good luck with his gear.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 06:10 AM

I have a pair of Duncan Seth Lovers in a Guild Starfire VI and a Les Paul and I really like the clear open tone I get from them. I also have Gibson 57 classics in my ES-345 and L-4CES and they do drive my amps a bit more than the Seth Lovers. I have been wanting to try Duncan Pearly Gates for more drive but I am very happy with what I have so no change is foreseen.
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Posted 28 March 2017 - 04:37 PM

View Postpowerwagonjohn, on 28 March 2017 - 06:10 AM, said:

I have a pair of Duncan Seth Lovers in a Guild Starfire VI and a Les Paul and I really like the clear open tone I get from them. I also have Gibson 57 classics in my ES-345 and L-4CES and they do drive my amps a bit more than the Seth Lovers. I have been wanting to try Duncan Pearly Gates for more drive but I am very happy with what I have so no change is foreseen.
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Duncan suggested either the Seth Lover set or perhaps before they go out of production, the Bonamassa "Skinners". I have a set of those in my R9 (before they were called Skinners) and to my ears, produce some of the best tone I have ever heard, especially when push a little bit harder through my 50 watt Victoria. Add a little dirt and you're in hog heaven. Not really sure how they would come off in a 335, or if I can afford them.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 10:21 AM

I've now had a bit over a month with my 2016 '63 ES-335 with MHS humbuckers, and I couldn't be more pleased. I've previously had a Les Paul with Burstbucker Pros and 2 different 335s with '57 Classics, and have played friends' Gibsons with Seymour Duncan and Throback humbuckers. All of them are fine pickups that I'd be glad to have, but to my ears the MHS pickups have the best overall range of sounds; I've been able to get everything out of them I can imagine. They have a particular sweetness & richness in the middle (both pickups) position. Again, I think all of these are fine pickups, but I think the Gibson Memphis folks really got it right with the MHS version.

It's also worth remembering in a conversation like this that pickups are just one component in a fairly complex set of variables that we call a guitar, and the differences between these pickups may really be fairly subtle (especially between '57 Classics and MHS). Different strings, a tweak or two of the tone controls (guitar and/or amp), a slightly different speaker, etc. can really change what we hear.

Also, that's a gorgeous '59 TDN that started this thread!
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:05 PM

I just got a 335 with the MHS pups, the Wildwood spec 1963 ES 335. It is my understanding that the Wildwood spec pick ups are under wound but I haven't checked them yet. However, I really like the sound of the MHS humbuckers. They have a sweet sound, lots of chime, and seem to cover a lot of tonal territory.

Edited to add: I just checked my MHS pups and they read at 7.9 to 8.0 at the jack.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:54 PM

That's a beaut; congratulations are in order! Posted Image

Is that a trans amber nitro?

I also noticed it has nylon saddles like my early '60 ES's.
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 11:29 PM

View Postkaicho8888, on 18 May 2017 - 12:54 PM, said:

That's a beaut; congratulations are in order! Posted Image

Is that a trans amber nitro?

I also noticed it has nylon saddles like my early '60 ES's.

Oh, you're talking to me! No, Wildwood calls that 'dark vintage natural '. It's a very thin nitro finish. BTW, it has a nylon nut too. Stays in tune very well.
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