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Tom Holmes PAFs - landed !

78tsubaki

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I would love to ge a set for sure!

But putting them in a sub $2k super strat would be overkill yeah?
I have one in a Grosh RC that I bought 8 years ago for less than $2000.00.
I would have to say the answer to your question is no.
Putting one of these in a good guitar can make it great regardless of the original price of the guitar.
 

lv

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Guys, how do these compare to some of the other PAF style pickups? Especially interested to know how they compare to Lollar low wind imperials.

Thanks
 

Chrissy

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I had Holmes 450/455 in my Les Paul for about 5 years before swapping in a set of Dr Vintage a few months ago. The Holmes are fat, juicy and rich. The bridge is great but the neck pickup sometimes left me wanting more clarity on the wound strings. The Dr Vintage are clearer in the neck which I'm enjoying a lot. They have a bit more bite/sizzle (nice pleasant highs). The trade off is a little less fatness on single notes.

Since I have changed hardware (Faber ABR and lightweight alu TP/spacers replacing Tone Pros hardware plus Dr Vintage electronics kit) I should in all fairness A/B the Holmes one more time as they have a richness that is very addictive. If the mods I did in the meantime are partly reponsible for the clarity I now have, who knows... ;)

Chris

PS I've only had standard wind Lollars and they went in a different guitar (NR Firebird) so hard to compare I'm afraid.
 

JackButler

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Chrissy,
Funny, I am trying to get rid of Dr V's for something else!
I think my guitar has tonepros upgrades, does that make ir brighter?
 

NWOBHM

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I'd like to know how they compare with the Lollars myself. I love those. O.K., Before anyone laughs, I brought it up a couple years ago about some Holmes pups being made in Japan and got no real answer. I keep seeing them pop up on ebay, there not cheap either they were in the 300.00 and up range anyone heard these?
 

ultra

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I'd like to know how they compare with the Lollars myself. I love those. O.K., Before anyone laughs, I brought it up a couple years ago about some Holmes pups being made in Japan and got no real answer. I keep seeing them pop up on ebay, there not cheap either they were in the 300.00 and up range anyone heard these?

Apart from the number of pickups I have received from Tom (and still love),
I did buy some MIJ Holmes J450/J453/J455 pickups and they are very very good. At the moment, I have set of J450/453s in a Les Paul and they compare very favorably with the US made Holmes in my R9. I hope that helps. Oh, also, the covers are as cool as Tom's.
 

ultra

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To be honest, not really. They were in different guitars so that needs to be taken into consideration but the Japanese versions display all the hallmarks of the US ones. There just seems to be a little more mojo with Tom's.

You would certainly be very happy with the J set IMHO.
 

Chrissy

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Chrissy,
Funny, I am trying to get rid of Dr V's for something else!
I think my guitar has tonepros upgrades, does that make ir brighter?
Well, I would say the Tonepros actually gives a litte bit more fundamental and a few less overtones than the Faber I now have (which is an ABR with brass saddles and an alu tailpiece that has spacers that couple with the guitar body. For want of a better word the Faber sounds woodier than the Tone Pros onmy Les Paul.

Chris

PS So you found the Dr Vs too bright???
 

zion

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Alright, finally rectified my wiring dilemma and popped the Holmes set in. ShaZam! That's what I was looking for. So warm, I may have to take off my shirt to keep playing them (not pretty). I'm going to have to give them some serious time before I pass an educated judgement, but initial impressions are superb. Very round sounding and the different positions seem to not be such radical differences which I've heard on some pickups. I've got to go hit'em some more...
 




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