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Old August 19th, 2018, 01:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Which pickups??

Just got a LP in blueberry burst, should arrive in about a week. Yay!!

Pickup options:
1) Keep the Burstbuckers (the safe bet)

óOR indulge my pickup junkie tendencies and getó

2) A Duncan Seth Lover set
3) A Bareknuckle Abraxas set (a little hotter than my normal tastes but amazing sound)
4) Lollar Imperials
5) Duncan Pearly Gates
6) Something else

Love PAFs, want something that retains the character of a PAF but either a little more output or a slightly different personality than the BBs

Any ideas appreciated.

Playing style is blues rock, AC/DC type rock, classic rock, and occasionally (but doesnít need to be convincingly) Metallica. Basically some distortion but I donít want a super hot and muddy HB since Iím not 15 anymore and like, but donít play, metal much.

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Old August 19th, 2018, 04:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi you and your ears are really the only one who can decide what to do. If it was me I would give what comes with the guitar a chance before doing anything.

The guitars I have Burstbuckers in sound great to me plugged straight into my valve amps.

People change things in guitars because they think they are 'upgrading'. They then convinve themselves that the guitar sounds and plays better because they have invested time and money. Sometimes it may, but far too often it doesn't.
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I'm with John on this one. Once you receive it, play it for a while ...you might like what you hear! All my guitars are still stock when it comes to pickups....pots are a different story.
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Old August 19th, 2018, 08:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I upgrade because I want to explore different sounds. I have PAFs, Pearly Gates, BB1 and 2, 2 and 3. Classic 57s, 59s. So what Iím saying is, have fun with it. Play the BBs and then experiment form there.


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Old August 19th, 2018, 01:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I upgrade because I want to explore different sounds. I have PAFs, Pearly Gates, BB1 and 2, 2 and 3. Classic 57s, 59s. So what Iím saying is, have fun with it. Play the BBs and then experiment form there.


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How do you like the Pearly Gates?
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I upgrade because I want to explore different sounds. I have PAFs, Pearly Gates, BB1 and 2, 2 and 3. Classic 57s, 59s. So what Iím saying is, have fun with it. Play the BBs and then experiment form there.


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I get my different sounds by fiddling the guitar and amp knobs and using my fingers, but hey it's a free-ish world so as long as people have fun then that's the most important
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Old August 20th, 2018, 04:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think the 57ers are the pickups you're looking for.
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Old August 20th, 2018, 04:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I love the 490/498 Gibson combo, Classic '57 are great too , my favorite S Duncan combo is the '59 SH-1.
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Hmmm....looks like you've got 5 or 6 different suggestions before you've even tried out the guitar.

Suggestions will be as varied as there are forum members. Like some of us have said, give the originals a chance.

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Old August 23rd, 2018, 01:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hmmm....looks like you've got 5 or 6 different suggestions before you've even tried out the guitar.

Suggestions will be as varied as there are forum members. Like some of us have said, give the originals a chance.

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I was hoping for a lot more suggestions so I can occupy my mind with pickup research while I wait for the guitar to arrive.

Iíll give the originals a chance for sure. Then, I will undoubtedly decide that I need to TRY new pickups, spend money and effort to install them, and then rationalize why it sounds SO MUCH BETTER with the new ones installed.

So whatís your favorite humbucker?
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