Best cheap PAF like humbuckers

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  1. stekks

    stekks Member

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    A friend of mine who's on a budget just bought an Epiphone Les Paul, a fairly nice guitar for the money but the pickups (the bridge pickup especially) sound.... bad.

    What are the best PAF like humbuckers for blues/classic-rock (with nickel covers) which can be bought (used) with the best bang for the buck?

    I'm thinking Seymour Duncan 59 or the Gibson 57 series...

    Thanks!
     
  2. BoyMambo

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    Be patient and look second hand. Otherwise, I think HighOrder have a great reputation. Personally I like Wolfetones.
     
  3. shakti

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    +1 for HighOrder. I haven't tried anything else, but they were a huge upgrade over the Bill Lawrence-designed "The Humbucker" (late 80s Gibson products) that I had previously. Very cheap, but a little wait, I think.
     
  4. Highway Jones

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    another vote for High Order.... :BEER

    This being said after trying a few other cheaper pickups from Bill Lawrence, GFS, etc.
     
  5. Patrick Ginnaty

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    Duncan 59s... can be found used for +/- $50 apiece. Ditto Classic 57s.
     
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    +1 for highorder and for Jeff.....

    Cool guy to deal with :RoCkIn
     
  7. dosmun

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    Duncan 59's are decent and pretty cheap.
    www.genesissounds.com makes some killer stuff but will be a little closer to $100
     
  8. theelectic

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    Whatever you get for the bridge, I would lean towards something a little on the dark side. Since most Epis are almost all maple (not mahogany) regular humbuckers can sound a bit bright.
     
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    Dimarzio Virtual PAF.

    - DB
     
  10. JLee

    JLee Supporting Member

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    For a bit more than the price of a used set of Duncan '59s, you can get a set of High Orders. Better pickups IMO and you can get them wound the way you want them.
     
  11. Don L

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    I don't know about cheap, but I've been very impressed with the Haussel pickups in my Huber Orca...
     
  12. Pedro58

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    It all depends on what you call "cheap!" But the Gibson Burstbuckers are a good deal used and have an excellent sound for the cost.
     
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    59's used are cheaper. If you can find a custom 5 (I think) used too, is awesome in the bridge.
     
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    Guitar Fetish GFS Vintage 59's...a set will cost around $75 or so...
     
  15. stekks

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    I did mention 'blues/classic-rock' in my initial post, but I forgot his amp. He's playing a Fender Blues Deville, but he likes the 18W clone I built and I might sell that to him.

    Thanks for all the suggestions, guys!
     
  16. Caretaker

    Caretaker Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Dimarzio Virtual PAFs are very nice, smooth pickups. Inexpensive too.
     
  17. Ken Swanson

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    Another vote for the highorder PUs. They are inexpensive,(not cheap) and are incredible sounding. I think they stack up to any of the highend PUs being offeres. There is a wait on them though. Took about 12 weeks for mine to show up. www.highorderpickups.com.
     
  18. rawkguitarist

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    Yep, my Dimarzio PAF Classic in the bridge of my PRS Custom 22 sounds nice. Full and open (not over imposing any one frequency).

    I've got a motto, "don't overlook Dimarzio's..."
     
  19. 1955Junior

    1955Junior Silver Supporting Member

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    Yet another vote for HighOrder pickups. I replaced the BurstBuckers in my '59 Historic Authentic and it's been like a night and day difference. Very PAF sounding with great articulation and just the right amount of output. Like the others have said, these take a bit of time to get from Jeff, but they are well worth the wait.

    Good luck!
     

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