Pickups suggestions for all Mahogany LP style?

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  1. nsriley

    nsriley Member

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    I have an SX Les Paul type copy that was given to me as a gift, and it is an all mahogany body and thick mahogany neck with a rosewood board two humbuckers etc. Overall the guitar resonates extremely well. But the pickups and electronics I would like to change out eventually when I save up some money. I play a lotta blues and classic rock type stuff, and I play at home, not out at high volumes. But my volumes are pretty loud for home. I would like to keep my option fairly affordable, but not going to spend $200 or better on a pair in the boutique market. I am thinking Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio, maybe even Classic '57 Gibson's. I also like to play with a good Plexi type distortion, as well as Blackfaced cleans.

    Suggestions for pups?

    -Peace
    -Nate
     
  2. The Golden Boy

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    I'm coming to the conclusion that I actually like the Classic 57's.

    I used to not like them in the bridge position, now, I kind of do.
     
  3. HarryJ

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    Wow, you are going to get a lot of replies.

    Even though I am a Dimarzio endorser, I will give you a rather general reply as there are so many fine 'buckers out there these days from lots of companies.

    My experience with a mahogany body/ neck is an Alnico II at about 7.8K will sound absolutely amazing clean, yet potentially very compressed and muddy with OD. If you plan to use OD, I would recommend an Alnico V or perhaps an Alnico III also in the 7.8K- 8K range. Less compressed, more definition.

    OK you twisted my arm... The Dimarzio Virtual PAF kicks butt... ok someone slap me

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  4. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    FWIW, as long as its accompanied by a disclaimer that you're an endorser, why not offer a recommendation for the product you endorse? Your view's as valid as anyone else's.

    I just installed a pair of Fralin Unbuckers in a new mahogany body (w/rosewood cap)/mahogany neck axe (look for some pics later today in the Small Luthiers section). The bridge is 9.0K, the neck 7.5K. I chose the Fralins specifically because of how good they sound split (you may have other priorities) but they're fine PUPs in humbucker mode, too, albeit a tad "hummier" than a regular balanced-coil bucker.
     
  5. HarryJ

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    True, albeit many see the word endorser and immediately think I benefit in some way from a prospective purchase, and assume hype and lies.

    I endorse many companies, yet have never and will never act as a shill for them. I choose to endorse products I believe in. And certainly post rave reviews of products I don't endorse.

    Folks that have known me for years know that, others well, in todays society we are bombarded with lies and hype. Hell, I'm still looking for the McDonald's hamburger in the TV commercials :)

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  6. A440

    A440 Silver Supporting Member

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    Hell, I'm still looking for the McDonald's hamburger in the TV commercials :)

    Harry J


    lol, 2 all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sezme seed bunnnnn

    ok, I'm dating myself :eek:

    thanks for the magnet recommendations too.
     
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    Hmmm...

    Alnico III, 7.8k neck and 8.5k bridge if the guitar has a darker tone. Alnico II, same k-ohm if it's not on the dark side. That will cover the blues/classic rock category nicely. For a little higher gain type material, Alnico V.

    Since I own a set of Highorders in Alnico II as described, I'd highly recommend them. Be prepared to wait up to ten weeks to get them though...they've gotten pretty popular recently.

    http://www.highorderpickups.com
     
  8. Luke V

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    Being all mahogany, I think i'd go for p90s. I do like classic 57s in maple top pauls and 335s.
     
  9. tjs

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    For an affordable, versatile, decent-sounding pickup combination, you can't go wrong with a SD Jazz in the neck and '59 in the bridge. Stay away from the JB; it's one of the worst pickups I've ever had the misfortune to try.
     
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    I think you ought to at least look into the Dimarzio Eric Johnson humbuckers.
     
  11. nsriley

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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far, I'm keeping a running list to narrow it down.

    -Peace
    '-nate
     
  12. nsriley

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    Now I am debating a set of covered Pearly Gates pickups, which in theory would sound sweet in a darker sounding mahogany guitar..........hmmmmm.

    -Peace
    -Nate
     
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    As Harry J says, the Dimarzios would be good in there. Not only the VV PAF's, but the Classic PAF'S as well.

    For handwounds, check out www.manlisuguitar.com the landmarks ( or a custom wind ) are excellent pickups and Micks a great guy to deal with....as is Jon Moore www.tonefordays.com I have sets by both and they are ( imho of course! ) killer.

    Jeff Gay at highorder also winds toneful pups.

    Another low cost set that really surprised me and sounded great for blues/rock in a mahogany guitar were the 12 pole A-5's from Kent Armstrong. Found a new set on ebay for $50 bones. Very Seth like tones for cheap.
     
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    Hey, Nate. What's the 411 on the SX? Which model is it, I'll check it out on Rondo's site.
     
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    Hey CC! It's this one: http://www.rondomusic.net/gg1stdmhna.html

    I love it! But down the road when I can afford it I am swapping the pups and electronics out. So I have a LP again ;)

    -Peace
    -Nate
     
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    '57 Classics are perfect for this old guy, I play the same style of music also. Just right for what I'm doing, you might like them if your guitar is similar to this one:
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    This is VERY general advice, but keep this in mind... If you like tones with looser lows and smooth highs, go the DiMarzio route. If you like a little tighter lows with a little more "cut" in the tone, go with Duncans.

    I know that was an overgeneralization, but it should at least get you started at which maker to consider.
     
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    It might be a bit dark, but I'd go SD JB in the neck and a Pearly Gates in the bridge. :)
     
  19. nsriley

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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far folks!

    -Peace
    -Nate
     
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    Cool! I've actually looked that one over a few times myself. I like the whole all-mahogany idea. I don't know what I'd throw in for pickups, maybe a set of DiMarzio Virtual PAFs.

    Congrats on the new gear :D
     

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