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Seth Lover neck/Pearly Gates bridge?

dman11

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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)
 

fishlog

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I have a SL for my Bridge and just got another pair for both bridge and neck in double cream.

Have not installed the SL in the neck yet but the zebra one I have in the bridge of my Les Paul is the best pick up I have ever used. Classic Rock all the way.

The Zebra one I have for my bridge will be up for sale soon if your interested. The neck SL may be up for sale too if I end up going with what I already have in there (57 Classic, which is my second favorite pickup to date behind the Seth Lover).
 

serviviente7

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beckerman said:
Um, no. Get the neck version though.

OP - the pearly gates set is awesome, easily Seymour Duncans best pickups without going custom shop.
U mean get the bridge version?
 

fishlog

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I finally put my new Double Cream Seth Lovers in (One in the Bridge and one in the neck).

The one in the Neck replaced a 57 Classic. The Classic was good in the Neck but too woofy and bassy. The SL certainly sounds brighter, clearer, more airy and defined with some excellent harmonic overtones that the 57 lacked. Highly recommend on in the neck and for that matter the Bridge where it really kicks some butt.
 

fossilfuel

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I have a PG in a mahogany guitar, great bridge pickup.

I have a set of SL in a semi-hollowbody, fantastic pairing.
 

beckerman

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No. Just buy the Pearly Gates set, with calibrated bridge and neck. Great sounding set.

correct. I interpreted the other post to instruct you to buy a bridge version and place it in the neck. I was trying to state the, yes, the PG is great in that position but there is a neck version and to get that instead.
 

earwax

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So did you ever put pickups in your Sheraton II? I am interested because I have a pearly gates in the bridge. I like it because I can get some nice bright tones out of it. My neck pickup is still stock and kind of terrible. I think I would like to put a PG in the neck. I like clean tones. I use delay and play U2, Radiohead and some ambient stuff.
 

SteveGaines

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Seth Lover, 59 or Jazz in the Neck...I tired a Pearly Gates in my Les Paul once and didn't like it when it was using Seymour's stuff. I went back to a JB.
 

Daka3

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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)
This is the exact combo that I just installed in an Epi Korina V. I don't know how they'd work in a semi-hollowbody, but after one gig and an entire day in the studio, I have to say that they're pretty sweet in the V. The Seth really is airy and woody and all that, and being unpotted, it's also a bit microphonic. I have yet to find that it's a problem, though, and I've played loudly and with quite a large amount of gain without squealing problems. OK, some squealing, but controllable. Check this video for reference, lots of it is on the neck pickup, and lots of it is with the JH-F1 fuzz on:



The PG in the bridge - well, I can see it be an acquired taste, with all the highs and high-mids that this unit has. I dig it. It certainly spells R-A-W-K, that's for sure. I have the '59/JB combo in my other V, and this set is just as good, it might have even more edge, more attitude to it, even if the PG is lower output than the JB.

YMMW and all that, but I'm predicting lots of happiness and use with these to pickups - in a rock setting. The Seth too, is especially nice with a clean sound, I might add.
 

MCG

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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".

MCG
 

karma1

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I put a Seth Lover in the neck of my Les Paul and I'm very happy with it. Much better tone, clarity, and note articulation than the stock 490r. I haven't had much experience with the Pearly Gates other than the one my friend had in the bridge of his Strat. It was a bit bright and harsh, but I wouldn't judge it overall by that guitar. I know a lot of people like them.
 

SteveGaines

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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"

MCG
There is NO TELLING what Billy used on that record..Or even IF it was Billy..Lots of mystery surround the REV in the studio AND on the stage. It's marketing ploy..."HYPE".
 




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