New pickups for ES-335

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  1. Talus

    Talus Member

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    I've got an ES-335 that's about 10 years old that I'm looking to swap pickups in and was hoping for some suggestions.

    There are a lot of qualities I like about the stock 57's in there. I like the fat woody tone of the guitar, but I'm finding there's just not enough definition in the bottom end and that the upper mids can be a little harsh and congested. Typically I use darker voiced amps as well, lately it's been a Lonestar Classic & a Morgan AC20.

    I play a fairly large variety of music ranging from 60-70s rock as well as more modern indie rock, so versatility is the key. I definitely want to retain the smooth and fat hollow body sound I'm used to, just with more low end definition, a more open midrange and perhaps a bit more top end clarity.
     
  2. BarneyFife

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    I put some Lollar Low Wind Imperials in one and it sounded awesome!
     
  3. BrownDog

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    I use Lollar Low Winds and wouldn't swap them out - they have the tonal characteristics you desire.

    With tone and oneness, Mike
     
  4. rummy

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    Seth Lover. It's like they're made for semi hollows.
     
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    +1 :beer
     
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    Lindy Frain PAF's - I have a set in my 98 335. = Wonderfully articulate, with incredible note definition and clarity.
     
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    This-the clarity is amazing
     
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    Lollar Imperials seem to be a popular recommendation here on TPG. I had Fralins in the past and really liked them.

    I'm wondering if anyone ever put PRS pickups (57/08s or 53/10s) in their ES-335 and would like to share their thoughts.
     
  9. Caribou

    Caribou Silver Supporting Member

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    Jim Wagner "American Steele" pickups are what I have in my 335. Very nice.

    Sent using Forum Runner
     
  10. nnajar

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    I like Suhr SSV's in those types of guitars.
     
  11. modavis99

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    Or Jim Wagner Crossroads set.
     
  12. Slotunes

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    After trying a ton of pickups I tried the Seth Lovers and haven't looked back!
     
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    Seth Lovers. I made a trade for a guitar that came with a Pearly Gates and a Seth Lover. That Seth Lover is one sweet pickup in a semi-hollow.
     
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    If you like the Classic '57s, you will LOVE SD Seth Lovers. Like the '57s, they have A2 magnets, and unlike the '57s they are unpotted. For a non-high gain setting, they open up and "breathe" well articulated warmth, or cut with a sharp edge, as needed.

    They sing beautifully in both my Deluxe Reverb and Boogie.

    I've heard only very positive reactions to Seths in a semi-hollow.

    I have them in an Epiphone Dot Deluxe, and they satisfy any need for semi-hollow tone, from classic rock and blues to jazz.
     
  15. Talus

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    Thanks for the suggestions so far guys!

    I'm a bit wary of SD pickups, I've had guitars with Pearly Gates, 59s and the infamous JB/Jazz combo and I just could not get rid of them fast enough. Just something about the voicing of the top end was kind of displeasing to my ear.

    Top three for me right now are the Fralins, Lollar low winds and the WCR American Steele. Any thoughts on how they compare to one and other?
     
  16. Blue4Now

    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    I strongly believe the partcular wood on an ES335 has a strong influence on its tone. I have owned a few different ES335's with 57 classics and they have sounded very different.
     
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  17. kracdown

    kracdown Custom User Title Gold Supporting Member

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    Wolfetone Dr. Vintage pickups are great PAF's. i play a lot of indie music and that's what I use in my ES-335.
     
  18. jota

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    Try an EQ pedal.
    I did that and never looked for new buckers for my cheap AS73 again!
     
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    Anyone tried Throbaks?
    (I have a similar question for my '06 335)
     
  20. rockinrobby

    rockinrobby Senior member Professional musician ... Gold Supporting Member

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    I use Seymour Duncan Antiquities in my Es335 :beer
     

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