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Recommended pick ups for a Gibson ES-335

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Hi everyone,

So I am very much in love with my new Gibson ES-335. I am wondering however if I should consider changing the pick ups at some point. I love the sound of this guitar as is but I figure it might sound even better if I switched the 57s' to Tim Shaw pickups (whenever I can afford to buy some). I wouldn't know how to change them myself but I know of more than one person who can show me how to do it so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Does anyone have any advice for me? Maybe you think there is another type of Gibson pickups that I should consider using? Any helpful comments from forum members would be appreciated, cheers.
 

Ruraltom

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I know they aren't Gibson, but I have had semi-hollows previously and currently with Lollar Imperials and think they're great in that style guitar. Sweet and lower-output, but can still scream without microphonic squeal.
 

Jon C

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I think 57s are very good in hollows & semis and I haven't taken them out of my holy grail '59 Historic (that several pros here have played and say is right up there w/ the real thing -- there is a line to buy it with the stock setup) in the 11 yrs. since I got it new.

So ... I'd do nothing especially if it's new. Play it for a year or several hundred hours and get to know it. The same folks (local pros & techs) who enable me swapping in other guits (e.g., 57s for Voodoo 59s in my R8) have said they'll cut my fingers off if I touch the 335 or 355 - both of which have 57s.
 
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I think 57s are very good in hollows & semis and I haven't taken them out of my holy grail '59 Historic (that several pros here have played and say is right up there w/ the real thing -- there is a line to buy it with the stock setup) in the 11 yrs. since I got it new.

So ... I'd do nothing especially if it's new. Play it for a year or several hundred hours and get to know it. The same folks (local pros & techs) who enable me swapping in other guits (e.g., 57s for Voodoo 59s in my R8) have said they'll cut my fingers off if I touch the 335 or 355 - both of which have 57s.
Thanks for that, I think it is the right way for me to go.
 

kracdown

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Thanks for that, I think it is the right way for me to go.
If you like the pickups, don't worry about changing them. The 57's didn't do it for me in my ES-339 but I had a really specific guitar tone i was going after. Anyway, if you want some suggestions i'd look at Wolfetone Dr. V's or Wolfetone Legends.
 

Tweed335

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I've put Lollars in my Tele, Strat, and LP, but I just can't justify taking out the 57's in my 335.

I thought the 57's sounded really muddy and inarticulate in my LP, but they compliment the 335 really well. Kinda odd considering the 335 is usually a darker (?) sounding tone IME.
 

johnfv

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...Lollar Imperials...they're great in that style guitar...
+1 The first Lollars I tried were in a friend's '80 335 and I thought they were a perfect match. I had my eyes open for a 335 to buy when I found a nice '81 347. I tried to give the stock "Dirty Fingers" pickups a chance but soon replaced them with Lollar Imperials - again a perfect match. Recently I picked up a '04 335, a big selling point was that it already had Lollar Imperials installed.
 

dspellman

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Hi everyone,

So I am very much in love with my new Gibson ES-335. I am wondering however if I should consider changing the pick ups at some point. I love the sound of this guitar as is but I figure it might sound even better if I switched the 57s' to Tim Shaw pickups (whenever I can afford to buy some). I wouldn't know how to change them myself but I know of more than one person who can show me how to do it so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Whatever they put in my '67s are excellent. I've never felt a need to swap them.

I really like '57s in LPs -- I've never really listened to them in a 335.
 

Hari Seldon

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Seymour Duncan Seth Lover PUs are among the first choice for 335-style guitars.
You will find many recommendations for them if you search the forum.
I put them in my Eastman T185, and it sounds just great.
 

buzzp

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Hi everyone,

So I am very much in love with my new Gibson ES-335. I am wondering however if I should consider changing the pick ups at some point. I love the sound of this guitar as is but I figure it might sound even better if I switched the 57s' to Tim Shaw pickups (whenever I can afford to buy some). I wouldn't know how to change them myself but I know of more than one person who can show me how to do it so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Does anyone have any advice for me? Maybe you think there is another type of Gibson pickups that I should consider using? Any helpful comments from forum members would be appreciated, cheers.

My advice-

If you love it's sound- don't start the chase. It doesn't end with the first set, or the second. I'm on my third and I'm beginning to wonder why I even started. 57's a great pickups on 335's- is there anything you don't like about the tone? Specifically the neck or bridge?

Also, IF you decide to go through with a pick-up change, wait till the "honeymoon phase" is over
 

wreckmark

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I just ordered a set of Imperials for my 2006 ES-355. I like the clean sound of the 57 Classics, but the dirty sound was a little harsh...
Hoping the Lollars will rectify this..
 






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