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R7 incoming so BB1 & 2 vs Fralin Pure PAF?

hurtwoodec

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hey all, ive got an R7 goldtop incoming and was curious about why there seems to be a bit of hate around about the burstbuckers? I don't think they sound that bad in the clips ive heard. Ive played an R7 with 57 classics and didn't love them and ive got a set of Fralin Pure PAFs waiting to go into the lester. But all in all what ive heard of the burstbuckers seemed OK.

Thoughts?
 

Jason_77

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For some people, they just don't fit in with what they trying to do but I think a lot of the hate on forums is because they're made by Gibson and not some dude in a shop in his garage. Yeah, yeah... typical internet response, I know. But I've used them in a LP and like them.
 

halcyon

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I found them underwhelming in my own R7 -- not bad, mind you, just not as good as pretty much any of the boutique PAFs that I've tried (Wolfetone, WCR, Bare Knuckle).
 

Rotten

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I had an R8 and an R7. They sounded fantastic in the R7, but not as good in the R8. Consequently, I'm not big on Internet generalizations. I would test them out for a long period of time.
 

Tom CT

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I would also give them a good long listen. And don't forget to adjust the height. The magic tone recipe might be in there just waiting to be discovered.
 

mike361

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Had a 3 in a lp, liked it a lot after I adjusted some of the poles, can't remember exactly what I did, but never looked back. I do have 57 classics in a lp I just bought and they are nice as well. If I had to choose, I'de pick the 57's. Thought the bb3 was more vintage sounding. It was also not waxed or potted.
 

dysorexia

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I think most things are an improvement over the 490 and 498 pickups they use. The 57 classics are meh at best. I would drop the fralins you mentioned in.
 

slider313

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If it sounds good, then it is good. That said, the woods will determine what sounds good as every guitar is a bit different.
 

hurtwoodec

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So I got the Fralins put in. They are pure PAF with a 5% overwind. Neck reads at 7.8ish and bridge at 8.3ish. They sound great btw much fuller and transparent than the BB1 or 2 FWIW. Great chime and definition.
 

rummy

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I have the Pure PAFs in my Les Paul Custom, too. They're my favorite PAF clones. Congrats.
 

majorminor

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Generally speaking the BB1 and BB2 are a lower wind brighter general sound. As are the new Custombuckers beginning on the 2013 models IMO. I like 'em both a lot compared to BB Pros and 57's in a Les Paul.
 






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