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Different Pickups for my 325 Thinking about changing them out

#1 User is offline   matonanjin 

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 10:12 AM

I have a 1972 Gibson 325 that I absolutely love playing. It's really a toss up between it and my PRS Pauls for which one I want to grab first. I've had it about a year and despite how much I love the feel I have just never loved the tone. It's ok; maybe just a little thin. It's growing on me but I am half thinking of changing out its mini-humbuckers for something fuller. I'm looking for suggestions.

I don't even know enough to know what I can change them out with. Mini-humbuckers are actually single coils as I understand. But they are different size than typical single coils as in a Strat, correct? I don't want to do any routing or modification to the guitar. I don't care about devaluing the guitar; I will never sell it. I just don't want to tear it up. Nor would I. I'm sure if and when I change them I will pay someone to do it.

I'm just looking at what my candidates are for different Pups and suggestions. Primarily it is used for blues & blues/rock. And just home use. I'll never gig.

Thanks.

Btw, I didn't know if this was the correct forum or "Gibson Gear" or "Vintage" or "Gibson Repair Restoration". I'm still not sure if I stuck it in the right place.
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#2 User is offline   SteveFord 

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 05:31 PM

Take a look at P90s.
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#3 User is offline   matonanjin 

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 08:59 PM

Are they the same size? Will P-90's fit in the opening where the mini's were? I didn't think so. If that is the case I will definitely look at some P90's for it. Thanks for the reply.
2013 PRS Paul's
1972 Gibson 325
2011 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe
2012 Fender Stratocaster American Standard
2015 Epiphone Casino Coupe
2012 Yamaha Pacifica
Walden G740CE
Fender Blues Junior III
Line 6 POD HD 500X
Fender Mustang Floor
Boss Eband JS-8 & JS-10
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Posted 21 December 2017 - 03:45 AM

Yes to P90's.....available from many P/U makers....and also as 'soap bars' which are easier to fit in some situations

Seymour Duncan are very well versed in mini humbuckers and can offer various outputs to suit different requirements

There are a huge number of alternatives

Blues rock was handled very well by Johnny Winter and his mini-hum equipped Firebird.....:blink:

The ES325 is a hollow guitar....therefore if moving away from mini-hums to P90's veers towards ES330 and ES225 territory.....[thumbup]

Playing at home at low volumes is different to stage volumes

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 08:58 AM

View PostVersatile, on 21 December 2017 - 03:45 AM, said:

Yes to P90's.....available from many P/U makers....and also as 'soap bars' which are easier to fit in some situations

Seymour Duncan are very well versed in mini humbuckers and can offer various outputs to suit different requirements

There are a huge number of alternatives

Blues rock was handled very well by Johnny Winter and his mini-hum equipped Firebird.....:blink:

The ES325 is a hollow guitar....therefore if moving away from mini-hums to P90's veers towards ES330 and ES225 territory.....[thumbup]

Playing at home at low volumes is different to stage volumes

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All great points, Versatile. Thank you. Especially the one about Johnny Winter. Minis seemed to work for him, didn't they? [glare] I'll continue to think on this. I did go to Seymour Duncan's site and they have a lot of educational resources there. Thanks again.
2013 PRS Paul's
1972 Gibson 325
2011 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe
2012 Fender Stratocaster American Standard
2015 Epiphone Casino Coupe
2012 Yamaha Pacifica
Walden G740CE
Fender Blues Junior III
Line 6 POD HD 500X
Fender Mustang Floor
Boss Eband JS-8 & JS-10
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#6 User is offline   SteveFord 

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 02:37 PM

There are also aftermarket Johnny Winter authorized mini humbuckers which offer more midrange.

http://www.mojotone....Firebird-Pickup

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