Les Paul Classic - Pickup Question

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  1. gobuds

    gobuds Member

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    First post so forgive me if this has been asked a million times.

    I recently bought an '03 LP classic. Love the neck, weight and sustain, but am a little concerned that the ceramic pickups might be too hot for me. I'd prefer a more "classic" LP tone (thinking Allman, Page, Mick Taylor). I was thkning of replacing the ceramics with 57 classics or Burstbuckers.

    I generally play (at home) through an 89 Studio 22 Boogie Amp - sometimes with an OCD pedal for some drive at low volumes - and that's it.

    Any thoughts/suggestions on replacements would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. AlexF

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    If money is an issue, you can replace the magnet in the neck pup with an alnico type and put it in the bridge since it is a PAF type wind (just over 8K IIRC), then put your choice of replacement in the neck, classic 57 burstbucker, SD59, Seth, SD Jazz, whatever you like. If you want to replace both, its down to your own ears, try as many as you can before buying
    Al
     
  3. theirflowers21

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    I put in a SD Seth Lover in the brigde of mine and it was a drastic improvement. The guitar had a lot better balance over the frequency range and had a better "feel". Still waiting on a rhythm pickup though.
     
  4. ungarn

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    For what you described...57 Classics would be a nice upgrade for your LP...new pots and caps from Specialty Guitars or RS Guitarworks would be a good idea too.

    Rock on!

    -Thad
     
  5. CitizenCain

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    I just put a couple neat DiMarzio pickups in a 335 clone, an Air Classic neck and a Virtual PAF bridge. My first venture into DiMarzio pickups since 1978. I've gotta say, these are some mighty, mighty good sounding pickups. They'd get you that classic sound you're looking for, easy. Easy on the pocketbook, too.

    Plus, you can get them in double creme if you're into that sort of thing :)
     
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    If you're not on a budget, WCR Moore/Green set with an RS kit.

    Freaking killer in a LP.
     
  7. AaeCee

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    I just did that exact thing...replaced those cold, harsh pickups in my '92 LP Classic. Put SD '59s in it, and it's heaven! Puts it right up there with my Historics. Warm, vintage, punchy tone. The way a LP should sound. Got them in zebra dress...look great in the Classic, and they can be had new for around $130.00. I can't imagine how any other pickups could sound much better at any price. And BTW, the stock pots work great with them as well. AC
     
  8. bagpipe

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    I had the same issue with my 2003 Classic. I replaced them with hand made pickups from highorderpickups. You can specify anything you want: magnet type, number of windings, bobbin colour etc. I'm really happy with mine. Only problem is, because they're hand made to order, it takes a while to get them.
     
  9. leofenderbender

    leofenderbender Supporting Member

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    As a former Classic owner I, too, recommend swapping the ceramics for a set of Alnicos in the PAF range (7.5 to 8.5K). Unless (of course) you play metal, then those ceramics are what you would want to use.

    BTW, the same pickups are stock in a Flying V.
     
  10. Luke V

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    From what you are saying, I too think the 57 Classics will get you where you want to be.
     
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    I've got Antiquities in mine, and they sound great...

    Loudboy
     
  12. AlexF

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    Quote "Anyone have a couple of alnico II magnets?"
    Not sure whether they are alnico II or V but I get my alnico's from Allparts. Swapping out the ceramic from the neck pup made a huge difference. Sounds pretty much identical to a SD59 Bridge model.
    Al
     
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    Ditto on Antiquities. That was my choice years ago on mine.

    However, I'd be real interested in a set of WCR Goodwoods too.
     
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    I threw in some VooDoo Humbucker '59s in my Les Paul Classic, it sounds great. I think you'd be fine with many of the suggestions here as well.

    I just wish the neck on my Les Paul Classic was fatter.
     
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    - Lindy Fralin Unbuckers or Humbuckers
    - Jason Lollar Imperial Humbuckers
    - Tom Holmes H450
     
  16. gobuds

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    Thanks very much for all of your responses.

    I will let you know what I do.
     

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