Help me to choose between these set of boutique-ish PAF pickups

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  1. Dannyz

    Dannyz Member

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    I decided to swap the SD Alnico Slash neck/SH-11 Custom Custom bridge pickups that i have installed in my 2001 Gibson LP Classic for a more classic PAF flavored set.

    Here´s the guitar in question:

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    Im gravitating between these set of pickups:

    1) Seymour Duncan Skinnerburst Limited Edt. set: The ageing looks cool, i dig the A3 magnets, pretty rare and the limited edt. factor adds up something. Maybe an alternative to Custombuckers?.

    2) Bareknuckle The Mule: The A4 magnet is tempting, people rave for these pickup set. Top notch materials.

    3) Fralin PAF: A2, 8k for the neck and 9k for the bridge. The specs look ideal.

    4) Dimarzio PAF 59: im diggin the cream colored bobbin, for a Clapton/Page-ish look. They´re pretty new so not so many reviews. Another tempting and cheaper option to go PAF.

    5) Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker: I dont like the four conductor wire but they seem to deliver Page-y tones for days. Like a beefed up SD 59´ set.

    6) Gibson Classic 57´: the cheapest option here. Im talkin about the plain 57´ neck - 57´ bridge, NOT the 57´+.

    I would like to close the debate to these 6 options that ive mentioned above. Any input will be appreciated.
     
  2. 71strat

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    Out of those. Fralin. I like A2. Though I like 7.6k x 8.2k. 50s wiring, and .015 in the neck x .022 bridge cap x 500k pots.

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    I had classic 57s and hated them. I got dimarzio 36th anniversaries and love them.
     
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    Of those six options, I would definitely go with a set of Mules. In my opinion, there may be pickups that sound as good or different, but none will sound better.
     
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    tnvol Supporting Member

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    For my ears those Fralins are hard to beat.
     
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    SD '59s. :) Inexpensive and easy to find, sounded great in my LP and every other application where I've heard them. PAF with a little push.
     
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    +1 Mules
     
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  9. Darkburst

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    I’d just put another Slash in the bridge. They’re totally in the PAF zone. In fact I went back to them after trying out many pricey top tier PAF clones.
     
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    Mules. Of Seymour Duncans offerings I've had 59s, Seths, Joe Bonamassas, Slash set and one Pearly Gates set. The Pearly Gates set was hands down my favorite and the most like a slightly hotter PAF set of anything Seymour sells. Now that I think about it, I may get another set and toss them in my SG Standard. Or perhaps the Mules would be better. Have to see.
     
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    My favorites are the DiMarzio 36th Anniversary pickups but your list of candidates is very impressive. Out of your choices I'd love to try the Whole Lotta Humbuckers and the Mules.
     
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    Out of the ones you have listed I think any of them are better than the 57’s. I would also look into ox4 and throbak if you can afford them
     
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    I would go with the Mules too - I’ve also heard a lot of good things about Lollar Inperials.
     
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    DiMarzio 36th Anniversary for me. At some point next year, I'll be dropping a set in my LP.
     
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    I would (and have) pick the fralins.
     
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    Mules. I've had most on that list.
     
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    I have Mules in one of my SGs... love them!
     
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    I’ve personally had great luck with Lollar Low Wind Imperials. YMMV.
     
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    Here is how I would pick from your list:

    1st - 4
    2nd -3
    3rd - 5

    Really just can't stand - 6
    Not impressed with -2
    Never tried - 1

    Worth consideration - OX4 & Wizz.
     
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  20. jlectka

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    LOOOVE the Mules. May consider Sheptone Tributes if you can find some. I have a set that will never leave that guitar.
     

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