Gibson LP Classic pickup swap suggestions.

RockDC

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I posted about a month ago and before I pull the trigger wanted to catch some more opinions. Here's what I don't like about the stock LP:

It lacks bright clarity and articulation especially when using it with my Super Champ XD... Not bad with with my 2204 Marshall.

What I play is mostly Classic Rock w/ modern flare... Think AC/DC meets Foo Fighters.

How about some suggestions... The ones on the table were WCR, SD 59, Gfs Classic 2, Gibson 57 classic plus but I'm open to opinions on these options or new options.
 

harpinon

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Uncovered classic '57.
Nodoubtaboutit.
I will say, though that those super champs only like fenders. I think they were made to detect a les Paul and make you think that you need new pickups, wires, caps, pots, and ultimately a new guitar......a fender.
 

james...

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Here's my problem with the stock classic pickups: They freakin suck.

Personally I like the BG puf's as an alternative to the 57 classics. Just sounds better to me.

WCR or Bare Knuckle is always on the docket. Depends on what you wanna pay.

For bang for buck I always recommend BG pickups. It's BKP quality for a fraction of the price.
 

dspellman

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I'm using a slightly hot (9K+) '57 in the bridge of my current favorite.
But who the hell cares how they sound through a CHAMP? Seriously, are you swapping out your pickups to cater to an amp that will probably have a lower price tag than the pickups you swap to?
 

stratzrus

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My Classic has the 57 Classic/57 Classic Plus combination and it sounds great. No problems with brightness or clarity.

 

RockDC

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I'm using a slightly hot (9K+) '57 in the bridge of my current favorite.
But who the hell cares how they sound through a CHAMP? Seriously, are you swapping out your pickups to cater to an amp that will probably have a lower price tag than the pickups you swap to?
I like the champ. I sold my ac15 and my maz jr. Because I didn't use them as much... Granted I am just using it for church. I didn't want to leave a $1000 amp there.

The guitar sounds great through my 2204 as is... But then again almost everything sounds good through that Marshall.
 

Jignant

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Owned a 94 classic for a long time before deciding to swap pickups. Finally did a the swap because the guitar's output was too hot and it's tone too shrill. It was just sitting in the case. I went with Duncan '59s in zebra and now the guitar is in regular rotation. I'm sure there are better solutions out there but I was not willing to pay a fortune, and I spend my time playing rather than tinkering (not that there is anything wrong with that...)

Ceramics are in storage in the event the guitar goes up far sale but I doubt it. Good luck in your search. Chances are, whatever you go with will be an improvement...

 
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Classic owner here...tried a bunch of pups and found a new wiring harness(500k pots and PIO caps), 50s wiring, with Suhr Aldrich pups was the ticket for me.
 

beckerman

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I really like Seymour Duncans. For an LP Antiquities or Pearly Gates set would be my first choice or if you prefer a hotter bridge then a Custom or Custom 5.

My Classic has SD Custom 5 in the bridge with a '59 in the neck. I have Pearly Gates set, Alnico II Pro set and Antiquity set in others LP's.
 

Jignant

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I have a vintage (80's) JB/JAZZ combo in a 77 mahogany Explorer and that setup just KILLS!!!;)

It is a good combo for Lesters too!
 

GCDEF

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57 Classics are THE Les Paul pickup to me. All the great classic Les Paul sounds are in there.
 

stratzrus

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My Classic has the 57 Classic/57 Classic Plus combination and it sounds great. No problems with brightness or clarity.
why not 2 plus?
That's how it came from the previous owner.

From what I understand the 57 Classic Plus is wound for the bridge position. Some people like putting the 57 Classic in both positions but I've never heard of anyone putting the '57 Classic Plus in both positions.
 

slipbeer

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I had a first year Classic and when I put in Antiquities, it was like I had revealed a whole new guitar, way, way better.

More clarity, more girth, more full spectrum tone both clean and dirty.
 

theroan

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I have a 57/57+ combo in my Les Paul. They sound good, but they are lacking in comparison to a Les Paul with Marshallheads that owned recently. The Marshallheads (especially for the bridge) had the very raw, almost 80's, no brittleness or harshness beautiful tone to them.

As much as I like the 57's, I'm very much considering some WCR's or another set of Marshallheads.
 




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