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PUP's for a ES335

LavaMan

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Favorites?

Fralin?
WCR?
Lollar?
Seymour Duncan?
Other?

I have '98 Vintage Burst with stock PUP's that I plan on keeping. I would like to experiment with some different PUP's while keeping the stock ones to put back if needed. I really love this guitar.

Any suggestions?
 

Deacon

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I put a set of Antiquities in a ES-335 I owned, and I had a Heritage H-535 w/ Antiquities in it too.

Both sounded great with those pups.

My current ES-335 is a '59RI with the stock Classic 57's, and I think they sound really good too.
 

XKnight

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Another vote for 57 Classics, although I haven't had an opportunity to try any others in a 335. I also really like the Suhr SSV Humbuckers I have in my 336.
 

Seegs

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I'm kinda on a similar journey and so far I like a set of Holmes low-wind H450s the best...but since they also sound killer in my R8 I got a set of Throbak SLE-limited plus pups to try in my 335...they will go in tomorrow...

I also want to get a set of Rick Norman aka Dr. Vintage Dot pickups which are especially made for 335s...

Chow,
Seegs
 

mainsale

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I have Lollar Lo-winds in this one along with 50's wiring and Hoveland tonecaps. It sounds fabulous!!!!

 

Oakley

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Here are the HBs I've tried in my 335 ranked by my preference. Next I want a set of Wolfetone Dr. Vs.

Seth Lovers
Antiquities
Wolfetone Legends
Harmonic Design
Alnico II Pros
Classic 57s
Pearly Gates
SD 59s
Stock "Tim Shaw PAF Reissues"
SD Jazz neck
 
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You ever changed pickups on a 335? If you haven't, you might wanna rethink swapping them. Gonna need you some beers, about 3 hours of your time, and probably a swear jar to put some money in. :D
 

straightblues

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I have Lollar Imperials in my ES333. They sound really good. They tend to be a little on the bright and clear side if that is what you are into.
 

Seegs

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got the Throbaks Limited Plus (AL5) magnets in my 335 and with a quick tweak of the pup heights I am in serious love...great sounding pickups which has confirmed my suspicion that I like an AL5 pickup in a 335...up until now I have only tried AL2s and even though the Holmes sound stellar I think I prefer these in my 335...creamy smooth with plenty of bite and articulation on the wound stings of the neck pup...turned my 335 into a big fat red tele which is a good thing...

now the problem is that I have to check these out in the R8 and decide what goes where...

Chow,
Seegs
 

mark norwine

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As stated, changing out a 335 is a bitch, so I'd aim for "doing it once, right".

To me, and with that in mind.....it's so hard to go wrong with a pair of Duncan Alinico Pro II's. That's what I'd do.
 

JimmyR

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I have tried Lollar Imperials in my 335 - the regular Imperials, not lo-winds - and the neck pickup is still there. Top be honest I can't hear a lot of difference between it and the stock '57 Classic. But I left it in because (A) it DOES sound sweet and (B) it's a bugger to swap back! But the bridge pickup was just too bland for me. Clear? Yup. Crisp? Yup. Characterful and expressive - nah, not really. I put the '57 back in and while it's not perfect I like it better. The neck pickup is possibly a little more even and less boomy - whatever, it sounds good.

I have played Lollar lo-winds in an Edwards 335 and they sounded pretty similar to the regular Imperials in my Gibson. I like a bit of quack and a slight honk (!) to my 335 bridge pickup along with clarity so they're not the pickups for me. I want the pickup to let me hear the guitar but also add it's own flavour. In the past I have had excellent results with SD Antiquities and Fralin P92s. Lollar does make outstanding Tele pickups though!
 




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