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Looking to replace the pickups on my Dot Studio for something decent. I mainly play blues/country rock and want something with lots of vintage tone.

 

Basically I've sort of narrowed it down to 5 choices and would be interested to hear your opinions.

 

Assuming cost wasn't a factor which would you chose?

 

1. Gibson 57 classic plus

 

2. Seymour Duncan 59's

 

3. Bare Knuckle PG Blues

 

4. Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays

 

5. GFS Vintage 59's

 

 

I've discounted Burstbucker Pros simply because I want open bobbins on the Dot.

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Almost anything is gonna be an improvement over the stock pickups, especially the HOT CH at the bridge. A question

I asked myself when trying to choose pickups for my DS was, "does it make sense to put $200+ worth of pickups

on a $200 guitar?". With that in mind, I finally chose to go with GFS, although I put Mean 90s on my DS, which I'm

quite happy with. I've heard nothing but good things about their Vintage 59s.

 

Edit: And GFS (like SD) has a if-you-don't-like-it-exchange-it return policy.

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Looking to replace the pickups on my Dot Studio for something decent. I mainly play blues/country rock and want something with lots of vintage tone.

 

Basically I've sort of narrowed it down to 5 choices and would be interested to hear your opinions.

 

Assuming cost wasn't a factor which would you chose?

 

1. Gibson 57 classic plus

 

2. Seymour Duncan 59's

 

3. Bare Knuckle PG Blues

 

4. Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays

 

5. GFS Vintage 59's

 

 

I've discounted Burstbucker Pros simply because I want open bobbins on the Dot.

why not seth lover 55's?

or p94's

p90 phat cats...

 

at least look at the alumitone...

 

and as for what's good from your list, i don't know what to choose, but classic plus is bridge only (57 classic goes in the neck position with that)

 

honestly, if it were my decision i would pick one that comes in a set. save money, and you know they can be used together... that they're not way out of balance with each other (and since the studio lacks independent volume knobs for each pickup, this is important)

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I've thought about getting this guitar because it is relatively inexpensive.

 

I have a different approach than a couple of others. I would put an expensive pair of pick-ups into it. To me the fun of modding a guitar is to try to improve the overall sound and playability. Sort of like putting a 450magnum engine into say a 72 pinto - you wouldn't expect that much power from such a little car.

 

So, I'd go with the Gibson 57 Classic plus if ya want a vintage sound.

 

If it was my guitar I'd drill two more holes in the body so each pickup would have it's own volume and tone, but that's just me.

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If it was my guitar I'd drill two more holes in the body so each pickup would have it's own volume and tone' date=' but that's just me.[/quote']

I thought about that when I first got my DS but found the simplicity of the controls

is just perfect.

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I thought about that when I first got my DS but found the simplicity of the controls

is just perfect.

 

 

WOOOOHOOOOO thats pretty much the same reason i got mine DS... i got the worn red.. what color did you get? i also was thinking about a b700... and decided it was something i didnt really need or want it just looked badass!!!

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From the piccy it looks the same as my my faded cherry but that could be a colour cast in the photo.

 

Thanks for all the suggestions re pickups - still undecided though.

 

Heart says Bare Knuckle PG Blues or Stormy Mondays - Head says GFS Vintage 59's

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well I've finally bitten the bullet and made a decision (sort of!)

 

I've ordered a set of Vintage 59's from GFS and at the same time I've also ordered a set of Mean 90's to see which I prefer.

 

Anyone have any idea roughly how long it takes to the UK from GFS using EMS Global Express?

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Looking to replace the pickups on my Dot Studio for something decent. I mainly play blues/country rock and want something with lots of vintage tone.

 

Basically I've sort of narrowed it down to 5 choices and would be interested to hear your opinions.

 

Assuming cost wasn't a factor which would you chose?

 

1. Gibson 57 classic plus

 

2. Seymour Duncan 59's

 

3. Bare Knuckle PG Blues

 

4. Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays

 

5. GFS Vintage 59's

 

 

I've discounted Burstbucker Pros simply because I want open bobbins on the Dot.

 

 

 

Wooow! You've got some expensive options on that list! BK's are going new for £200 ($380) for a set! I have a set of Mules in my Les Paul...they are nice...

 

For my Epi Sheraton, I'm going with the '57 Classic (neck) and '57 Plus (Bridge) combo. I managed to find one used online and matched her with a new one I bought spending only £110 on a damn good pair of PUPS! New they would have cost £170!

:(/

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Go with the cheapest pups that put you where you need to be. You stated that if Money was not a concern...Well then buy a Gibson.

 

There is nothing wrong with an EPI Mod, but that is what it is. Remember you may want to resell, and if you give a hoot about recoup, don't over do it!

 

Good Luck

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As I posted a couple of days ago I decided to go for the GFS's on the basis that if they do what I'm looking for then I'm quids in and if they don't then I've not really lost anything.

 

As for the money no concern bit - well let's be honest there's a big difference between money no concern on a pair of pickups i.e max an extra $400 (£200) and buying a Gibson (an extra $3000 or £1500).

 

Also I'm not trying to turn the Epi into a Gibson but rather trying to get the best out of what is potentially a fantastic sounding guitar albeit with some limitations due to being built to a price.

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