Need new pickup recommendations for ES-335

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  1. phoenix 7

    phoenix 7 Silver Supporting Member

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    Lollars? WCR? Rolph? Others? The 57 Classics in the guitar now sound pretty good, but not as good as the Lollar Imperials in my Les Paul. Would appreciate people's thoughts.
     
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    I'm in love w/ the Voodoo 59's in my '81 Ibanez 335 style, a really nice combo
     
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    I just put a set of Lollar "Lo-wind" Imperials into my 335 along with a set of Hoveland tonecaps and I'm pleased with the results. The '57's were fine but the Lollar/Hoveland combination seem to be more articulate, woody and extremely clear sounding, but turned up still delivers that great bluesy edge that 335 are famous for. It was not a huge difference but it was significant. I would recommend this upgrade.
     
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    Really interesting - thanks.

    HHB -- I've got a set of Voodoo 59's here -- maybe I'll try them in the 335.

    mainsale -- I've got Hoveland tonecaps with Lollar Imperials in my Les Paul. That combo *is* extremely clear and fat sounding. A real transformation from other setups I've tried. Did you replace any other electronics in your 335, or just the caps and the pickups? Was replacing the caps a major hassle? (Pickup changes are tough enough to do in 335's.) I think I *will* replace the stock caps along with the pickups.
     
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    In my ES-335 I have a Duncan Antiquity in the neck and a Duncan Seth Lover in the bridge....I had the Duncan Custom Shop install an aged cover on the Seth Lover so it would match the Antiquity....it's a great combination.
     
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    Over on the Seymour Duncan forum, the folks always recommend the Seth Lover set for ES-335s.
     
  7. mainsale

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    Nope...all I replaced was the pups and caps. All else is stock. The more I play it the happier I am with the change. Having done it, if I were to di it again, I would probably upgrade the whole wiring harness as it was already out anyway. Live and learn. I'll try to post a pic over this weekend.
     
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    I recommend WCR Crossroads.
     
  9. Jim Soloway

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    There are a bunch of pickups in that category that I really like but my favorites these days were built for me by Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe. Everything he builds just seems incredibly musical to me.
     
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    There are so many great sounding PAF type pickups out today - you've got a lot a fantastic choices and it's unlikely you'll go wrong with any of them.

    For a very reasonable price the Duncan Seth Lovers are a great choice. They sound very good. Two potential negatives - 1.) they are not wax potted so they may squeal at high gain - but this is also why they sound so open. 2.) they are not available with 4 conductor wire so you can't split them. I currently have a set in my PRS HB Spruce and am very pleased.

    Moving to the boutique brands - it's hard to beat WCRs and Lollars. Fralins are very good, too. Each has unique characteristics, which are well documented here on TGP. I currently own and use sets from each of these builders.

    Ironically, one guitar I have not changed the pickups in is my ES335. Can't say I've never considered it. I guess the thought of fighting with the installation has kept me at bay.
     
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    Wow, lots of compelling recommendations here. Very hard to decide! Will research all of the above suggestions. Thanks very much! Additional thoughts appreciated, too.
     
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    The best sounding guitar that I ever owned was a CS-336 that I put some Duncan Antiquities in. A forum member on here bought it and I don't think he has changed the pickups. It was full and cut extremely well, really sounded incredible compared to my Les Paul which also had Antiquities. I really feel like they make a wonderful combination.
     
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    I have some JB Player Sledgehammer pickups for you.

    Trade you even for those 57s.

    :messedup
     
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    How about TV Jones TV'Tron Filtertrons?
     
  15. Jim Soloway

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    Indeed. They do that sort of thing REALLY well.
     
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    Seths are great in a 335. I'm lucky enough to have a pair of Tim White's pickups in my 335, but before that I was using the Seth Lovers.
     
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    I'm not sure you'll find anything that sounds "better" than a set of 57s in a semi hollow. They'll maybe sound a bit different, but I like 57s in a semi.*



    * I don't like 57s so much in a LP, hence I pulled the set out of my R7 in favor of a pair of Crossroads.
     
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    Fralin P-92's. They're noiseless P-90's.
     
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    Did they squeal etc... ? I was considering either the Lovers or Lollar imperials. THANKS!!
     
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    Hey, I really appreciate all of the great suggestions. I don't use a lot of gain, so the Seth Lovers might work well for me. Will definitely check into all of these pickups (including the Vintage Vibe ones -- I know you know a few things about semi-hollowbodies, Jim!). Many, many thanks. :D
     

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