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Les paul pickups looking for advise on the best possible les paul pickups

#1 User is offline   Guitarpro 

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 06:48 PM

I want to find some pickups that realy sing on a les paul guitar. I want the neck pickups to be like velvet and the brigde pickups to be a good combo with the neck. Ive considered the 57 classic and 57 classic plus because i like the sound but what do the experts think? Im not a hard rock player please dont recomend some screamo pickups that wen played you cant hear the individual notes. im realy in the need for quality clarity pickups. please help me. anything will help.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:37 PM

I aint no expert, but these are the pups which I have tried and do NOT like:
Gibson Burstbuckers, too nasal, lack of bite.
Gibson Dirtyfingers, too mushy, boomy.
EMG,s 89, Absolutely horrible! Fake bodyless tone.
Lace, cant remember the model, lack of body.
Seymour Duncan Livewires, good for metal, not good for rock n blues.

For my Les Paul these were perfect http://www.skatterbrane.com/
They are expensive, but hand made, kick *** bluesy tone.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:16 PM

I'm not an expert by along shot either but IMO I don't think you could go wrong with the 57 classics
there definitely every thing you mention your looking for ...

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:34 AM

WCR makes my favorite pickups. I have a CrossRoads in the neck and a DarkBurst in the bridge of my R8- tone heaven.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 08:58 AM

I've tried just about every Gibson pickup, and for me it's the Tim Shaw era pups. Great warm sound, and can get nasty / crunchy when necessary.

I'm not a big fan of the newer Gibson pups.... just a bit too much output for me. In my sig is a vid of my 80 LPC that have Tim Shaw era pups, and the neck pup sings pretty warm.
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Posted 17 September 2010 - 05:14 AM

You called it I had a 57 in the neck of my 69 LP and it had what they call that woman tone,tons of sustain and would just sound deep and crying with the tone rolled down.I had another 57 in the bridge and it sounded great but I always wanted a 57 plus just to get a bit more power a heavier rock tone but yes you chose the right pickups.For what you are looking for make sure you stay with the alnico magnets and not the ceramics.The ceramics are a more heavy rock all out sound.Good luck.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 10:38 AM

O.K., you have a Les Paul, and usually prefer a clean sound. I agree with the others who like the '57 classics. They are probably the best option for you. You could go with a classic for the neck and a classic plus in the bridge. Or a classic in the neck and a Gibson burstbucker in the bridge; there are (I think) three versions of burstbuckers. And yes, stay away from ceramic pickups for your style. There are alnico II and alnico V magnets, and are different in tone. I gotta say, I've been playing for over 34 years, and recently retired at age 47. During this time I didn't study much in regards to my equipment choices beyond what I needed to know. Now that I have the time, I am and I do. And I recommend that you study pickups in depth, as they are facinating. Bad pick-ups suck. P.A.F.s are interesting pick-ups, but study why they sound the way they do. Explore Lollar or Lollor pick-ups; they are hand made and are reasonably priced; however, he 'underwinds' them, so they produce much less output, which in therory helps them derive more 'tone' from the guitar itself, and this is an option for you to explore. But you can't go wrong with Gibson's '57 classics and '57 classic plus pick-ups. I currently own more guitars than I can count ( on purpose), they all sound different, of course, but when I want the best tone both tube saturated or super sweet and clean, I use my Les Paul Traditional Plus with the '57s. Hope this helps.[thumbup] Posted Image ](*,)
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Posted 15 April 2011 - 06:41 AM

try the diamazo website they let you slect a humbecker or what ever based on the info you put in

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:40 PM

I have Burstbucker Pro's and I really like them, but I'm going to try Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro APH-1 or Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 02:07 AM

The only problem with Gibson '57's is that you can't pull off all the fancy wiring, like coil split or reverse polarity setups. For Humbuckers that sound like the 57's but have the same tonal qualities take a look at the Seymour Duncan '59 humbuckers or the Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers. Both these pickups have short sound bites, all run off of the same guitar and amp.

If your not looking for crazy setups, then just stick with the '57's, otherwise I would look into Seymour's line up, they have sound bites for almost all of their pickups/humbuckers in all their positions, and in their clean and dirty sounds.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 08:41 PM

I'm no expert at all, but surely I can tell you what I like :P

Classic '57 for the neck and Classic '57 plus for the bridge :P (in that order, because the plus is a little 'hotter' that the '57).
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Posted 08 August 2011 - 07:54 PM

I agree with 57 classics. other good options: Seymour pearly gates and Lollars
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 04:06 PM

 Mad Rax, on 27 August 2010 - 06:37 PM, said:

I aint no expert, but these are the pups which I have tried and do NOT like:
Gibson Burstbuckers, too nasal, lack of bite.
Gibson Dirtyfingers, too mushy, boomy.
EMG,s 89, Absolutely horrible! Fake bodyless tone.
Lace, cant remember the model, lack of body.
Seymour Duncan Livewires, good for metal, not good for rock n blues.

For my Les Paul these were perfect http://www.skatterbrane.com/
They are expensive, but hand made, kick *** bluesy tone.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:18 AM

I've put Dimarzio PAFs into Gibsons in the past and they have sounded very nice; however my new SG Standard with 57 Classics is truly outstanding.

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 09:12 AM

I am fine with the stock pickups. They nicely match my Gibson guitars.
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Posted 22 March 2014 - 09:56 AM

I'm good with them also. Admittedly I tried many, I see I keep coming back to the 57 Classics and 57 +. I like the 490s also.

Hey, different strokes ya know.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 05:29 PM

Since I posted in this thread, I've acquired a set of Throbaks. They are even better than the WCRs.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 11:46 AM

Are you dead set on Gibson. I have been a big fan of Rio Grandes. I put a Rio Texas in the neck and a BBQ in bridge of a LP Classic I had and it was awesome. I have put a bunch of there other pups in other guitars as well such as, a Tele (Rio Muy Grandes), Strat (Rio Dual Calibrated Strat Set and Jason Lollar Blackfaces in a different Strat), Explorer (Rio Texas and BBQ), SG (Rio Texas and BBQ and also LIndy Fralin Pure PAF's in a different SG), Fretted J Bass(Rio Muy Grandes) and a Fretless J- Bass (Rio Muy Grandes). Some of those guitars and basses I still have and some I sold.

Tomorrow I am picking up my new (at least to me - a used Condition 2) 2013 ES-335 from MF. It has '57 Classics in it and heard they are great pups and can't wait to hear them.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:05 PM

Stayed stock with mine. There are several Classic '57s, some Classic '57 Pluses, Burstbuckers Pro neck & bridge, Burstbuckers 1 & 2, 496R & 498T - and there might be still some more fine ones like 490R/498T which came stock on some of my other Gibsons.
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