No. Just buy the Pearly Gates set, with calibrated bridge and neck. Great sounding set.
Anyone have experience with the Seth Lover/Pearly Gates? please chime in eh? This is for my brand new Sheraton II (think epi version of a 335)
I have used both models and they are actually very different variants on the PAF theme.
The Seth Lover has noticeably more mids than the Pearly Gates and is fuller and smoother sounding. It really sounds more like the type of sound you hear on the old ZZ Top recordings than the Pearly does. To my ears it captures the PAF vibe much better than the Pearly, but that’s just me. I have used Seths in both possessions and found that the Lovers can be a little muddy in the neck, but not too bad.
The Pearly Gates is a nice pickup in its own right though. I remember it having a more open and if you will a flat mid-range voice. In other words the mids weren’t pushy or honky at all. More open and clear sounding. The Pearly is a tad hotter and more cutting than the Seth and is probably a better choice for higher gain tones. I have not used a Pearly in the neck slot but I understand a lot of players do.
It is my understanding the Billy Gibbons used a Pearly Gates pickup when he recorded the lead lines for "My Head's in Mississippi"