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Replacement Pickups for my Sheraton II

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Hello online world,

 

Not knowing where to start, i came here. Gotta love the internet.

 

I have a Sheraton II that I have had for about 3 years and I am thinking about swaping out the pickups or upgrading them. I'm starting to feel that the factory pickups are missing something that I just can't put my ear on.

 

I play in a Blues Band, but we also play quite a bit of classic and modern rock.

 

Any suggestions, recommendations or experiences on replacement pickups?

 

C

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PAF's, Burstbuckers, or '57's are all good matches, for that guitar, and your musical style.

Whether or not you go for the actual "Gibson" pickups mentioned above, will be up to your

budget and desires. But, even aftermarket pickups, of that type, would (most likely) be the

best match, overall, for what you're doing....IMHO, that is. Lots of folks here, do that...and

also change the pots, as well. So, you'll get lots of input, here, I'm quite sure.

 

Cheers,

CB

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I put SD Pearly Gates in my SHeraton II, and had it repotted and rewired. Couldn't be happier with the sound. I also go for a bluesy, classic rock tone.

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If you want to do it yourself, I have written a step-by-step guide. PM me and I'll cut and paste it in my reply.

 

I put Seymour Duncan "Silver" pickups in mine (Jazz neck, JB bridge).

 

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I traded the guitar off after I found a blonde ES-335 for less than a fortune, but it was a very nice Sheri once the electronics were replaced.

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I tried a set of gibson, les paul customs, and didn't like the bridge pup.. so went for a 500T.

that lasted a couple of years.

Then I swapped those out for Kent Armstrong humbuck size P90s in both spots, and they're staying in.

I got the lows, but lost the mud, I got what I thought was a better balance between lo/mid/hi in each pup,

and I had more bite than a humbuck could provide.

For me, the p90s ran from clean country to blues to rock and beyond with a distinct voice in each.

 

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TWANG

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I tried a set of gibson' date=' les paul customs, and didn't like the bridge pup.. so went for a 500T.

that lasted a couple of years.

Then I swapped those out for Kent Armstrong humbuck size P90s in both spots, and they're staying in.

I got the lows, but lost the mud, I got what I thought was a better balance between lo/mid/hi in each pup,

and I had more bite than a humbuck could provide.

For me, the p90s ran from clean country to blues to rock and beyond with a distinct voice in each.

 

[img']http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff83/TWANGthang/My%20EPIS/exetorblondy-1.jpg[/img]

 

TWANG

 

I was thinking about the 57's but the P-90s intrigue me, anyone else put them in a Sheri?

 

What are those pup rings Twang?

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I like Seymour Duncan 59's myself. In my Paul, they sound much fuller than the jazz/JB combo. I have uncovered ones in my Paul, and I have a set with gold covers in my PRS copy. That guitar is brighter than a Paul by nature, but the covers make up the difference, so those have about the same tone. I would imagine covered would be a bit too dark in a Sherri for my tastes, but for mainly blues and classic rock, they'd probably be about perfect. Only downside is the $95 street price per pickup. If cash is a limitation, you would do well to look into some GFS pickups from guitarfetish.com, those are great bang-for-buck pickups, and are a noticable improvement over stock epi pickups, by most accounts. Most of their covered models go for around $40 each, which is much more manageable.

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I have to second the SD 59's. I have tried different Sheratons with other pups, including one with Gibson PAF reissues and one with Gibson PAF Plus, but they weren't the SAME guitar, so other factors may have been in play. I ended up going for the 59's with no covers (you can take treble away, but you can't add it back if it ain't there in the first place).

 

The SD 59's are strong and full sounding with a lot of harmonics and partials. This can make anything other than single notes and cowboy chords a bit gritty sounding, but produces some really nice single note tones. Anytime the chords get too fussy, a quick touch of the tone control loses the very high partials and everything sounds sweet.

 

Best thing is to try a similarly appointed Sheraton and see how it sounds through your gear.....

.....and to your ears. Good luck.

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i never used my neck pick up in my sherry, so i put a gibson p94 in there. (p90 in HB shape)

didnt do a whole lot of difference. and it gives off a fair bit of hum.

 

i understand it would be twangier if i put it in my SG, but in my sherry its nothing special.

and because the pick up was about £80 (xmas pressent) and cost me £40 to fit it, i wouldnt bother again.

 

id just get a casino.

 

i love my sheraton, but its not a guitar for twang, it'll always be a blues guitar.

 

my next pups would be '57s and seymor duncans

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Thank You all for your input. I am going to go to my local guitar store and give a listen to some of these. Really interested in the SD Pearlies... and the '57's. I will keep you all posted !

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I have a seymour duncan JB (with push-pull coil tap) in the bridge and a seymour duncan 59 paf in the neck of my sheraton and i really love em. With use of the tone and volume controls you can cover just about anything...

Most modern pickups have four wires so i really recommend the use of coiltapping, it sounds great on a sheraton!

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