PAF on steroids for a Les Paul

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  1. Gallery

    Gallery Supporting Member

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    Looking for a higher output pickup for hard rock and metal with a tight bottom end for palm muting that still retains some of the PAF dynamics.

    Thinking:
    Duncan Custom SH-5
    Duncan JB SH-4
    Bare Knuckle VHII
    DiMarzio Super Distortion

    Leaning towards the SH-5 or Super Distortion.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  2. Drak

    Drak Supporting Member

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    I think you're initial gut instinct for a Super is a good one.
    But if you stick around to read the posts to surely come, you'll almost certainly be talked out of it.
     
  3. T Dizz

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    super d all the way
     
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    also, I found a Burstbucker to be a really good pup for this stuff too.
     
  5. kracdown

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    Wolfetone Marshallhead
     
  6. atquinn

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    There is nothing even vaguely PAF-like about a JB IME :D
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  7. SFW

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    Duncan Custom.
     
  8. Sirloin

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    Suhr Doug Aldrich. I have sets in three guitars now. Sweeter than a JB and sounds more PAF with volume rolled back. Also great single coil tones when split.
     
  9. GCDEF

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    I've used the JB, the Custom and the Super Distortion. Didn't really care for any of them. They didn't really have that classic Gibson sound you look for.

    I have a Burstbucker 2 and 3 now that would probably work well for you.
     
  10. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Whatever Bareknuckle pickup Steve Stevens is using. It does what you describe.
     
  11. Jet Rink

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    TV Jones Power'Tron and/or Power'Tron Plus.
     
  12. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    DiMarzio Norton or Transition Bridge

    I'm currently using their 36th Anniv PAFs in two guitars, but want a hotter-than-PAF (but not 'metalhead') output in a third axe. Those are the two that I'm looking at.
     
  13. 4styx

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    For what you're after,I'd look at Motor City Pickups,maybe a Detroiter.
     
  14. jetydosa

    jetydosa Silver Supporting Member

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    The Super Distortion is a very cool pup but not even close to PAF on steroids in tone.

    I highly recommend Dimarzio Transition, its like a 36th Anniv (great PAF style pup) dialed up to about 12-13.
     
  15. edward

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    +1 (I 've now had two of them in Pauls) ...the OD dials back beautifully with the guitar knob. But even fully saturated, tone remains defined, bass is tight with good percussive palm muting, and highs are crisp w/o shrill.


    Also a Gibby 498 (4-conductor if you can find it, as it splits beautifully). This pup seems to polarize folks, but in my LPC it is both hot with thick tone, but can be immediately dialed in to articulate and defined tones. Sounds glorious with a bit of hair around the edges.

    Edward
     
  16. DamianL

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    Yeah I got a set of these and this is a good call..

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  17. Gallery

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    But these aren't wax potted??? For high gain metal they are gonna squeal like a stuck pig.
     
  18. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    Duncan Custom has always worked for me in what you are describing as targets.
     
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    Concur with the Wolfetone Marshallhead. I love it in the role of a hot PAF.

    And Wolfe will happily wax-pot them for you, I would imagine.
     
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    Dimarzio AT-1. To me, it sounds like a stronger, more powerful 36th bridge.
     

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