Need advice on pickups for SG

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Fezziwig, Oct 19, 2005.


  1. Fezziwig

    Fezziwig Member

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    Hi all. My 80's reissue '62 SG is in need of new pickups because the stock pickups have started to go microphonic. I was wondering what people might suggest as a good replacement. I would be willing to shell out for boutique pickups. Primarily I play 70's rock and hard rock (sometimes verging into Randy Rhoads era metal) and tend to do a fair bit of shredding in the band, so I'm looking for a set of pickups that can keep up. Any suggestions would be appreciated! A sound that cuts but isn't overly shrill or bright would be what I'm looking for.
     
  2. exhaust_49

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    Give bare knuckel pickups a look. There hand wound and are the best sounding pups I've heard. Brace yourself, there pricy.

    http://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/
     
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    DiMarzio super distortion @ the bridge and DiMarzio neck PAF @ the neck.
     
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    Hi Fezziwig - hmm, you don't say if your SG has P-90s or 'buckers.

    If P-90s (like the original '61 I was lent), then I'd say without a doubt go to Wolfe Macleod, you can usually find him on The Axe House forum, or contact via his website : -

    http://www.wolfetone.com/

    The P-90s aren't shown, but are the best.

    On the other hand, if your re-issue has Humbuckers, then it's a real no-brainer. You definitely need to speak to Jim Wagner at WCR, also on The Axe House, or : -

    http://www.crcoils.com/

    The only real problem is Jim makes so many excellent but different pickups, you will almost certainly need to speak to him on the phone to discuss what you want.

    He's an extremely nice guy & (like Bill Finnegan, Mike Zaite, Pete Cornish) fascinating to talk to. I'm sure he will steer you right.

    Please keep us updated on how you get on...

    Good luck!
     
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  6. bryan83

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    another vote for WCR's. I have the Fillmore set on my SG Standard, they got a VERY nice clear, articulative sound, and great mids. I love em'
     

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