WCR Darkburst Pickups - ROCK!!

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  1. VDeuce

    VDeuce Supporting Member

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    Just installed Darkbursts into an '03 Gibson Les Paul Historic Goldtop R7 and this thing sounds unbelievable!! Like PAF's only bigger with slightly rolled off upper highs - PERFECT for a Marshall and great for hard rock. With an amp with decent gain, metal should not be out of the question.

    They have a certain midrange punch to them, but not so much as to make them syrupy like a Rio BBQ. No muddiness on the neck and it can be used for chording, unlike Duncan 59s that can get too thick. Great middle position. Bridge barks with authority without being ear piercing. Absolutely *Driving* tone. String separation is quite apparent and I found them easy to adjust.

    AND, these things bloom like crazy with harmonic content, even though they are potted and don't squeal.

    Prior pickups in this guitar: Tim's Ed A, Rolph 59s, Voodoo 59s, BurstBuckers #1/#2, 57 Classics,


    Thanks Jim!
     
  2. Jeff Flowerday

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    Man, I wish mine would show up. Between the US postal service, Candian postal service and Purolator they've managed to lose mine. :mad: Jim shipped them 10 days ago, and it's normally a 1-2 day thing.
     
  3. Jim Wagner Pickups

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    Jeff, that is a HUGE DRAG !! I will get right on it in the morning and find out what the HELL those guys are doing ! You should have gotten them a LONG time ago !
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    Don't worry TOO much though, they are insured, so either way you WILL get a set, SOON ! :dude
     
  4. Jeff Flowerday

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    Hey thanks man! I know it not you, it the shippers and this is just a freak Canadian Customs thing, or it just actually might have got lost. We'll get is straightened out.

    Thanks,
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  5. Jim

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    How do the darkbursts compare to the fillmores?

    Jim
     
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    heard the fillies are much hotter and midrangey. think led zep.

    but i love my DK's. fat fat and yes, more fat. yet surprisingly detailed. great pup.
     
  7. jazzyblues

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    I'm thinking of either the Darkbursts or the Crossroads for my LP. I want a smoother clean or slightly overdriven tone - like Larry Carlton. But for gain, I want something with bite on the bridge without being muddy on the neck.
    Anyone have a suggestion which pickup would work?
     
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  9. jazzyblues

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    I talked to Jim, and he suggested the Darkbursts. I should get them within the week.
     
  10. FreeBlues

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    I too just installed Darkbursts in my PRS Singlecut. Unbelievable! I was going for a vintage LP thing and these did that and far more. Big and fat but sweet and articulate at the same time. Best humbucker on the planet IMO.
     
  11. Jeff Flowerday

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    I've installed them in my '58 Historic. They are amazingly soft and warm. Really round and full. They have such a nice soft feel it's actually taking some getting used to... :)
     
  12. Jim Wagner Pickups

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    Glad they showed up finally Jeff ! That was a DAMN exceptionally long Customs wait. I am just relieved that they did arrive. Next time I should just meet ya at the border !:dude
     
  13. dave-o

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    I just put a set of Fillmores into a epi lp. Makes this guitar sound 1mill times better than the stock pups! THink Zep or early ZZ top. I will have to try some DKs for my lp project im building.
     
  14. the_Chris

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    Got a Darkburst in my Grosh and love it to death!

    I wish Jim made a single coil P90 or humbucker type pickup, because my tone search for my strat would be over. ;)

    He makes the best stuff and he loves hearing my praise everytime. I've purchased 5 pickups from him and they all rock! Great guy to deal with and the pickups are cheap for what you get, which is the sweetest tone you've ever heard in your life.
     
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  16. jazzyblues

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    I just installed my Darkbursts, and they're excellent pickups. Great fat tone!
     
  17. papersoul

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    Hi guys,

    I play mostly heavy modern rock but also dabble in classic rockj and the styles of Jerry Cantrel and George Lynch. Mostly it is modern hard rock for me at the moment since I am in a modern rock band. Anyway, I play though a Les Paul Standard and PRS McCarty into a Line 6 Vetta head and cab for gigs. I have used Duncans and Rio Grandes along with the stock pickups and was wondering if you guys could recommend some replacements. Would the Darkbursts be a good bet?

    Thanks!
     
  18. jazzyblues

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    papersoul -
    Email or call Jim and tell him what you're looking for. He'll recommend some pickups for you.
    http://www.crcoils.com/
     
  19. FreeBlues

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    The Darkbursts are probably the best sounding PAF (vintage) sounding pickups I have ever heard. However, given you current style I wonder if you might be happier with a different pickup. The Darkbursts are warm, fat and smooth (although they can get somewhat nasty).

    I've called and emailed Jim several times now (I also have his single coils on my strat) and found him to be very helpful and real easy to talk to.
     
  20. papersoul

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    Jim was saying the Fillmores would push my amp harder but I might be best with the Darkbursts since I have an amp with more gain than I need. Tony Rombolla of Godsmack apparently ordered some Darkbursts for his LP or McNaught.
     

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