Anyone else not happy with BurstBuckers?

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  1. gregory49

    gregory49 Member

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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?
     
  2. Redfish

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    I replaced mine with WB PAF Hots. I like them alot.
     
  3. Caretaker

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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.
     
  4. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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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.
     
  5. jamison162

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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.
     
  6. bonchie123

    bonchie123 Supporting Member

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    Get the SD Alnico II pros. Very balanced and smooth pickup.
     
  7. jamison162

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    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!!
     
  8. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  9. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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    Jim S Supporting Member

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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.
     
  11. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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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.)
     
  12. 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.
     
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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.
     
  14. 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.
     
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    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.
     
  16. Miles

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    I like classic '57s more than burstbuckers.
     
  17. Shnook

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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.
     
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    i have LPs with BBs an '57s. I prefer the '57s.
     
  19. 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.).
     
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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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