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Just picked up a set of wcr crossroads for my Collings CL! What should I expect?

gtrgene

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i have a set of lollar emperial standard wind and they sound pretty great. I am curious about the boutique paf pickups and have been doing some research on all the high end winders. Including throbak, wizz, ox4, Doyle coils..... All really great pickups. Then I found out about the wcr Jim Wagner PAF's and found a good deal on them and pulled the trigger. I hope they're a better fit for me than the lollars which I do like. They're just a little too flat for my liking. They don't have a lot of personality iMO. That can be cool sometimes because they take on pedals really well but something is missing for me in the cleans. I do a lot of clean jazz so that's important. I also want them to be a little dirtier with some drive too. I feel like it's a very polite and polished pickup. Maybe that's the difference between potted and unpotted PAF's?
 

Bogner

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i have a set of lollar emperial standard wind and they sound pretty great. I am curious about the boutique paf pickups and have been doing some research on all the high end winders. Including throbak, wizz, ox4, Doyle coils..... All really great pickups. Then I found out about the wcr Jim Wagner PAF's and found a good deal on them and pulled the trigger. I hope they're a better fit for me than the lollars which I do like. They're just a little too flat for my liking. They don't have a lot of personality iMO. That can be cool sometimes because they take on pedals really well but something is missing for me in the cleans. I do a lot of clean jazz so that's important. I also want them to be a little dirtier with some drive too. I feel like it's a very polite and polished pickup. Maybe that's the difference between potted and unpotted PAF's?
Hit me up if you want to sell them. I need another set.
 

gtrgene

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So a little update. Just tried the crossroads set and can I say totally blown away! I dug the lollars but these pups really nail the real deal PAF sound. They're actually warmer than I expected but in a good non mushy way. It's like a different guitar way more vintage sounding than before.
 

slipbeer

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I was thinking they'd be more dynamic and have a bit more of an edge to them.

WCR rules....glad you like them.
 

gtrgene

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I was thinking they'd be more dynamic and have a bit more of an edge to them.

WCR rules....glad you like them.
they definitely have an edge to them. I think I was expecting them to be a bit thinner sounding because they're underwound but they sound big in a really good way. I would say more mids than bass. Really nails that crossroads sound Jim was going for.
 
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gtrgene

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Just came of a gig with them. They sound even better in the mix of a band. I did a jazz trio gig so we did a lot of clean stuff but we also play some stuff where I got to use some drive. I use a red plate black loop which is a black face circuit and I use and archer for a clean boost. Today I also used the Fultone 3, more or less a tube driver without the mid hump. It sounded pretty glorious the pups have all these harmonics with overtones and dynamics. Totally impressed by these even more then before.
 






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