Ibanez Super 58's Vs Lollar Imperials?

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Hello!

Has anyone here had the chance to compare these pickups againist eachother. I have an 82 ibanez am-205 that I adore, but i've always been curious to how a set of lollar imperials would compare to the vintage super 58's I currently have in it.

Thanks!
 

Mpcoluv

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I personally hae never liked the Super '58s. Believe me I have tried. I love the Ibanez AM series.
Most any good PAF type would be better to my ears. Duncan Pearly Gates and Jazz neck would be my
mid priced pick.
 

pbmw

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It's a personal taste thing.
I have a set of 58's in an AF125 and love them.
 

Carabinerx

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I think the 58 in the neck of my ibanez am is amazing, but the bridge had to go....win some lose some. Never played a lollar, sorry I cant help.
 

swiveltung

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Here's my limited help. My memory is from a few years back; The Lollars were cleaner, brighter. The 58's were funkier, warmer.
 

zztomato

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I like the super 58's. I've had a few as-200's over the years and have always like the sound and response. It depends on what you are after. The Imperials are nice as well but will be a little more aggressive, fatter, edgier compared to the 58's. I imagine the 58's to be closer to Lollar's low wind imperial.
 

MartinPiana

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I saw John Scofield at club date a few years ago with a black AS200 and asked him about it during the break. He was trying out some Voodoo pickups and didn't want to mess with the originals is his main axe, a 1981 AS200 burst with, I believe, Super 58s. ...

Point is, good enough for Scofield after all these years.... although even he gets curious about how other pups would sound.
 

cutaway

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it really depends on what you play them in, too. you can't just pop a pair of either in X guitar and expect them to sound the same. pickups pickup string vibration created by what the guitar gives off. if a pickup created its own signature tone, we'd all just buy a pair of top shelf pickups and stick them in a $200 guitar
 




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