About to buy a Lollar Imperial...can any other pickup beat it?

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  1. nrvana8775

    nrvana8775 Member

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    I tried one out in my friend's legacy (exact setup I'm using), and it sounded fantastic. I'm about to drop the money on one, but I was wondering if there was anything similar that cost less? Anything that you might consider an 'imperial killer'?
     
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    Gibson 57' Classic. True PAF Tones.
     
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    Is the Imperial attempting to go after the PAF tones? I was looking at this as a replacement for something somewhat similar to my strat single coils.
     
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    only thing comparable is the fralin unbucker
     
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    I think you may be confused. The Lollar Imperial is his "PAF" style Humbucker. It's not a Strat pickup. He does make Strat pickups though, but they're called "blonde", "tweed" and "blackface".
     
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    i really dig my lollar imperias. in fact jason Lollar is such a cool guy and he wrote "the book" on pickup winding, so i pretty use only his pickups. he makes a low wind, and a hotter version plus the regular imperials.
     
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    That's a totally different sounding pickup.

    The imperials are in a class by themselves. If you're looking for a budget pickup, the Dimarzio 36th anniversary PAFs are pretty astounding. I have clips of them on my site.
     
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    I use Lollar Imperials. Check out my youtube page.

    -Chris
     
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    Maybe to your ears, or maybe for the tones you like. Have you compared the lollar imperial low winds and the unbucker in a solidbody guitar?

    I can say that both pickups, in a Les Paul guitar will produce single coil flavored tones, both are underwound, mismatched coils and both do brighter, chimier clean tones.
     
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    I have the Lollar Imperials in my Collings City Limits...the neck position is a monster...the bridge is a little too bright so I'm going to be trying replacements for the next few weeks.

    I'm thinking maybe a Duncan Seth Lover or perhaps a plain old Duncan '59.

    Then again...maybe I'll give Tom Holmes a call. :)
     
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    try the dimarzio anniversary paf
     
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    I thought the imperials were 'meh' to the extreme. And expensive. I'll take classic 57s, burstbuckers, or any of the duncan PAF styles over imperials.
     
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    I don't even know what "meh" means. It's some sort of internet forum adjective I guess. I have clips of the imperials and they are definitely not "meh", whatever that means. ;)
     
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    Are you serious?
     
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    I figured as much. ;)
     
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    I first heard an Imperial in a Vineeto tele with a humbucker in the neck and a single coil in the bridge. That guitar might have had one of the best tones I have ever heard (both pu's on)...I should have bought that guitar.

    How does the Imperial compare to the SD Seth Lover? Right now I have Seth Lover's in my Hamer Newport Pro, would it be worth the change?
     
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    I have both and love both. Seths are a little bit more dipped in the mids, and MAYBE a bit chirpier. Lollars are a little more solid in the mids.
     
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    If you are looking for single coil tones out of a humbucker, you should look at Fralin P-92's, Duncan P-rails, Harmonic Design Z90's or similar.
     
  20. Mr. Clean

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    They are great pickups. Can other ones beat it? It depends on who you ask and the particular guitar they are going into. I found the only way to find out is to try them yourself. I have tried a few different brands that were all highly recommended. They were all good. Some I enjoyed more than others but I'm sure if you asked 10 different people you would get 10 different answers. I say give em a try. If you don't like them sell them and move on. I have a set that I love but am replacing them as I'm now looking for a different sound but if I could never change them out I would still be quite happy.
     

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