Anyone else not happy with BurstBuckers?

gregory49

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What replaced them?

I'm happy with my SD Alnico II's in my other Les Paul but I hate the
ones that are in the R7. Any Suggestions?
 

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I replace everything with Wolfetone. Caretakers, Dr V`s, Graywolf, Legends. One of these days i HAVE to try the Marshallheads.
 

Jon Silberman

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I'm in the process of replacing my Burstbucker Pros with Seymour Duncan '59s. I actually like the Burstbucker Pros in some respects but decided I wanted PUPs with a bit fewer mids for more versatility given the wide range of music I play.
 

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I'm in the process of replacing my Burstbucker Pros with Seymour Duncan '59s. I actually like the Burstbucker Pros in some respects but decided I wanted PUPs with a bit fewer mids for more versatility given the wide range of music I play.

"fewer mids"? I don't know if I would go 59's then. The BB Pros were bright and thin sounding to me; while the 59's pack a heavy punch and seemed pretty thick.
 

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I'm in the process of replacing my Burstbucker Pros with Seymour Duncan '59s. I actually like the Burstbucker Pros in some respects but decided I wanted PUPs with a bit fewer mids for more versatility given the wide range of music I play.

Get the SD Alnico II pros. Very balanced and smooth pickup.
 

jamison162

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Get the SD Alnico II pros. Very balanced and smooth pickup.

I actually have a set of those that I haven't tried yet because of loving these WCR's. But...I exchanged an initial set of Seth Lover for the AII Pros. The Seths with a little bright and thin sounding, but loved the openness and A2 mag. The AII Pros are potted and are a touch warmer and thicker; I bet they kill!!
 

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I'm in the process of replacing my Burstbucker Pros with Seymour Duncan '59s. I actually like the Burstbucker Pros in some respects but decided I wanted PUPs with a bit fewer mids for more versatility given the wide range of music I play.

I thought the Burstbuckers were too middy for my tastes as well, but I heard that Wolfetone does a great rewind on them that completely transforms the tone.
 

Jon Silberman

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"fewer mids"? I don't know if I would go 59's then. The BB Pros were bright and thin sounding to me; while the 59's pack a heavy punch and seemed pretty thick.
I respectfully disagree. I hear them differently from you. Even the SD website refers to the '59s as relatively mid-scooped. Perhaps mid-scooped is not the best term, though, as I find them to be overall-well-balanced PUPs that, as a result, have a wonderful clarity, especially in the mids. And they're even better considering the price (I paid $58 @ new for mine with covers!). But as always, YMMV, and that's cool.
 

Jim S

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My BB2-3 combos sounds pretty good to me. I've had in my LP for about 6 years and not changed them. They don't slay me but they sound good enough for me to keep them there.
 

Jon Silberman

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Get the SD Alnico II pros. Very balanced and smooth pickup.
Not for this guitar (all mahogany LP VM). I want Alnico Vs in this baby! (If not, I'd be using my vintage '75 Gibson T-humbucker, 7.4K ohms, in the neck slot rather than a new Alnico II.)
 

Mike R.

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I ripped mine from my Historic R7 and have a set of Wolfe's Dr. Vintage waiting to be installed.

I could not get a tone I liked from the BB's.
 

nsriley

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I have a set of regular Burstbuckers in my R8, and they sound really nice to me at times, but sometimes I hear this high end brittleness, or fizz that bothers me. I'm thinking about just doing an RS kit and a new set of pups.
 

Erik

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Ironically, I didn't care for them at all in my 'R7...took them out and replaced them with WCR Goodwood/Darkburst combo and haven't looked back. I say ironically, because I like them in another guitar that I have.
 

jamison162

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Not for this guitar (all mahogany LP VM). I want Alnico Vs in this baby! (If not, I'd be using my vintage '75 Gibson T-humbucker, 7.4K ohms, in the neck slot rather than a new Alnico II.)

In that case the 59's are good if you're on a budget. I've had them in a couple Les Pauls. Recently though, put in these WCR Darkbursts and like them way better than any of the 59's I've had. Just a sweeter tone is the only way I know to put it. I'de definitely consider them, look out for a used set.
 

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It's weird but I think it depends on the guitar. I've played as many R8's/R9's as I can get my hands on and I've not cared for the BB's in any guitar I've tried. However, I received my 07 R9 yesterday and damn if the BB's don't sound really good in that particular guitar. I had already picked out my replacement pups before it got here, and now I'm not so sure I need them. But generally speaking I find the BB's bright and harsh. Although, that could be do to the crap fake Bumble Bee caps.
 

THebert

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Well, I am happy with my burstbucker pros. No perfect, though. In a perfect world I would like the neck pu a little brighter and the bridge just a little warmer. But overall, I really like the burstbuckers (Les Paul Std.).
 

Third Stone

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anyone know how the Burstbuckers compare to SD antiquities? I have a VOS SG on the way with Burstbuckers....I had an LP with Antiquities and it sounded awesome with those pickups. Guess I'll wait until the SG arrives before I order replacements...;-)
 




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