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Lollars, Are they dark sounding?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by PGLive, May 21, 2011.

  1. PGLive

    PGLive True Tone will only be achieved in Heaven Silver Supporting Member

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    After playing several guitars with Lollars, I realized they are pretty dark sounding pups.. Or, is my ear just wanting more brightness....Thoughts anyone?
     
  2. RocksOff

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    Weird. I've always thought they were really bright. Too much for me sometimes, in fact.
     
  3. lumco

    lumco Most of the roads I travel are muddy Gold Supporting Member

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    It is funny this has come up, I felt the same way when I recieved a guitar with Lollars, to dark and subdued sounding. The installer said he thought they were brighter than Peter Florance Voodoo's. They seem a little all over the map sounding depending on users ears...I am not slamming Lollars just changing them..
     
  4. fishlog

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    I think mine are perfect (Black Face). After trying quite a few these just sounded like what I always heard in my head. I think I actually play with the tone down to about 6 too.
     
  5. whitewave

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    Used and lover Imperials, I now have Imperial high wind in order to get a darker version of them. Perfect in a Prs.

    And I love blackfaces in a rosewood fingerboard strat
     
  6. direwolf

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    Just right in my Nash TK54. The bridge needs to be rolled off sometimes.
     
  7. pinner

    pinner Silver Supporting Member

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    Which ones???????????????? Don't think the Imperial humbuckers are dark at all. The tele vintage T neck and special T bridge might be a litttle darker compared to other tele types. More meaty really, which I like.
     
  8. K-Line

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    Lollars have a bit more mid range than some. If you want bright and thin, these are not your pickups. They are big and warm with great overtones. Remember, Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors for a reason.
     
  9. bdm

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    same here. different stroke for different folks.
     
  10. Rotten

    Rotten Silver Supporting Member

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    If anything, I thought my Imperials were more hi-fi than a lot of pickups; higher highs and lower lows. Just my opinion.
     
  11. solitaire

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    Possibly depends on other pieces of gear too.
     
  12. Ruraltom

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    The Lollar P90s in my 290 are rather crisp and articulate with strong sweet treble...
     
  13. wizard333

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    Which Lollars? I found blackface singles a bit dark.

    I find Imperials extremely bright.
     
  14. PGLive

    PGLive True Tone will only be achieved in Heaven Silver Supporting Member

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    Sorry, I should have been more specific, but I was alluding to the
    Lollar Vintage T Neck / Special Bridge, Dirty Blondes. Please do not get me wrong, they sound amazing, but are they just big and warm..Maybe, it's the in between that I am missing..

     
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  15. frquent flyer

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    My Imperials are not dark ,but medium. Very nice pick-ups;very nice indeed.
     
  16. rwijaya

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    how is your guitar acoustically sound? i have 2 Eric johnson strat with identical pickups and one sounds darker than the other. not because of the pickups, but the guitar itself sound different acoustically.

    i also had this same experience with many other pickup including lollars. think about it for a minute
     
  17. PGLive

    PGLive True Tone will only be achieved in Heaven Silver Supporting Member

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    Thats is for sure a factor.. Alder body and Rosewood neck does contribute to warmer tones..
     
  18. stratman89

    stratman89 Supporting Member

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    I don't find the Blackface set in my '89 Strat dark at all.

    I couldn't wait to get rid of the sterile stock pickups, especially the ice picky bridge pup.
     
  19. rhinocaster

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    I don't find Lollars to be dark.

    I do find every Lollar I've played to be on the "Pretty" sounding side and that's usually not what I'm looking for (especially in a single coil).

    Great pickups though. :)
     
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    My Imperials are bright. So were my P-90's.
     

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