Les Paul with SD Jazz in the neck: what would you put in the bridge?

metropolis_4

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An SD Jazz is my all time favorite neck pickup for a Les Paul. What is your favorite bridge pickup to pair with it?
 

slipbeer

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I have a Knaggs Kenai Doug Rappaport that has an SD Jazz in the neck slot and what is called an SD78 in the neck, which is their Eddie Van Halen tribute pickup.

It's a way better combination than I expected and I get everything I need out of this guitar.
 

Rod

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Duncan 59. Traditional sounds with a little extra snap. Inexpensive and readily available.
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as much as I like the 59 in all my mahogany guitars , they can be really bright (overly bright) in Les Pauls, but then again, many guitarists like really bright tones....
 

BigDoug1053

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I like the JB, but then again, I am not going for tradition. I have JB/Jazz and JB/59 combos - with series-single-parallel switches - in several Jacksons and a Gibson LP Std DC...

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Jarick

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Slash bridge then swap the magnets for alnico or unoriented alnico 5
 

Jabby92

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Duncan 59' for sure or a Seth Lover for a little more warmth. JB is way too hot and harsh IMO, unless you really need the extra push.
 

metropolis_4

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I like the JB is the bridge of Fender guitars, but I've always heard it doesn't work that well in a Les Paul. But I've honestly never tried it myself so I don't know.

The 59 was one that came to my mind too, and I might try that. I've also thought about a Pearly Gates.

Why not try a Jazz in the bridge?

I tried it once and it was ok, but a little too bright and thin for what I wanted out of a Les Paul. Almost sounded more like a Telecaster bridge to me.
 

Yer Blues

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I like a 59 in the neck, not so much in the bridge.... but I do tend to like something a little hotter in the bridge and have been a fan of the JB. So, I'd probably go with something a little hotter for the bridge.

I was actually considering buying a pearly gates set, but I found an OX4 limited Slash set for a good deal so I said what the hell. I still need to put them in though.

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This is the new OX4 Slash humbucker! The Slash is a pickup with medium output and Alnico 5 magnets full of top-end bite and chunky rhythm tones, inspired by the tones on Appetite For Destruction!

Seems odd that Slash signature set uses Alnico II and these use Alnico V. But, I already have a LP with a set of 57 classics which I actually like, so I figured ALnico V to mix it up. I thought Alnico V was high output though, not medium?
 

Rod

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Nice! What is that?

Thanks
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They work well in the bridge position of Les Pauls cause it adds more mids and fattens up the sound.. they’re cost imho is reasonable for his regular wind, still handfed @ $125..... www.zhangbucker.com
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