Pickups for Gibson ES-339

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  1. Red Elrond

    Red Elrond Gold Supporting Member

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    I've got an ES-339 that I love to play but the pickups are just slightly bitter. What are some great (not good) options for pickup upgrades?

    Thanks....
     
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  3. Red Elrond

    Red Elrond Gold Supporting Member

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    Let me know how they turn out.
     
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    I really love the classic 57's in my 336
     
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    Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays were recommended by my high end luth.

    He also recommended the callaham abr bridge and the alum stop.

    Also I got the maple pup rings.


    PS: lose the memphis wiring.
     
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    Lollar Imperials are amazing, they may literally be my favorite pickup of all time. Can't go wrong with em.
     
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    Sheptone Tributes are excellent in a 339!
     
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    Throbaks are the best PAF clones i have tried. But I would also suggest a set of WCR Crossroads.
     
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    G'Day

    Try Duncan Antiquity's, Got them in my LP and my ES-333

    I think Antiquity's are one of the best ALL Around P/U's available for anything..YMMV

    or If you prefer a P=90 style p/u ,

    I've got Duncan Phat-Cats in my 339..it sounds GREAT.

    I guess it depends on what you're looking for, tone wise, and what style of music you play

    I play R&R and Blues, The above mentioned Pickups, do both... WELL!

    Good luck & Cheers
     
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    My ES-339 came to me with Wolfetones already installed by the previous owner, and I can't imagine ever changing them. They're just awesome in this guitar.

    It has a Marshallhead in the bridge and a Dr. Vintage in the neck, I believe. Just fantastic.
     
  11. Red Elrond

    Red Elrond Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow! That's some good advice. Thanks. I check my guitar fund for upgrades. I forgot about the improving the bridge and tuners. Sounds like a nice project. This guitar is the only one that, of the dozens of guitars I've owned, that sounds better with a compressor.
     
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    WCR American Steele
     
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    For reference heres a list of what I have tried...

    Throbaks....limited (A2s)and limited plus (A5s)...
    Holmes
    Wolfetones Dr. V's
    Lollars Imperials
    Antiquities
    WCR Crossroads
    Bareknuckle Mules, Riff Raffs, Mississippi Queens (P-90s in humbucker size)
    Classic 57s
    Burstbuckers

    Wasn't a bad pickup in the bunch with the exception of the Gibsons...

    For my needs I prefer the Zhangbucker Woodbucker neck in A5 and wideslugbucker bridge in A2...they bring out the acoustic tone of my instrument like none of the above ever did...my new fave. humbuckers....

    Chow,
    Seegs
     
  14. Red Elrond

    Red Elrond Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice advice. Now I'm thinking I should start with wiring and bridge. Anyone have a link to a wiring upgrade?
     
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    RS Guitar and Martin Six String Customs sell wiring upgrades. As for pickups, if I were you I would narrow it down to one particular winder but not any particular pickup model. Call that winder, explain everything and see which pickup/configuration they recommend.
     

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