Trying out Lollar Imperials in my R8

Vibroluxman

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Stopped by a local shop and they had a used set of Lollar Imperials at close to 50% off new after some dickering. Figured I should try them in my R8.



Currently have the stock BB1 and BB2 pickups in it. I really like them, though they’re a bit hot sounding compared to my other guitars. I’m really curious to see if there’s any or much of a difference with the lollars. The wiring was a bit of a mess, so I dropped it with my tech to have him sort it out and clean it up. Should have it back next week!
 

Kurt L

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High winds? Low winds?

Nice pickups either way, I think you’ll like ‘em. I have a high wind in my Forshage... despite the name it’s not a really high output pickup.
 

Vibroluxman

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High winds? Low winds?

Nice pickups either way, I think you’ll like ‘em. I have a high wind in my Forshage... despite the name it’s not a really high output pickup.
Neither high nor low, middle of the road regular.
 

the_Chris

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Beautiful pickups, they're keepers in my Hamer Mahogany HB Artist and I'm sure they'll sound great in your R8!
 

Mark Robinson

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I have nickel covered regulars in my 68 gold top. I prefer them to the burstbucker 1and 2 that preceded. It’s been many years now. I don’t remember why I did that, but I didn’t second guess, never looked back.

I have heard Fralin’s PAF versions sound amazing too. I also like The DiMarzio Master PAF pickups, a bit hotter.
 

Vibroluxman

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I have nickel covered regulars in my 68 gold top. I prefer them to the burstbucker 1and 2 that preceded. It’s been many years now. I don’t remember why I did that, but I didn’t second guess, never looked back.

I have heard Fralin’s PAF versions sound amazing too. I also like The DiMarzio Master PAF pickups, a bit hotter.
I had the Pure Pafs in my LP classic for close to a decade before I traded for my R8. Great pickup. A bit woofy in the neck. Very similar imo to SD Antiquities
 

RayBarbeeMusic

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Regular imperials are hotter than BBs, so if you find those hot, the lollars will be more so. You can always adjust distance from the strings.
 

bob-i

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I have a set in an Epi Sheraton. I have other higher end guitars but somehow I keep going back to the Sherry.
 
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I had a set in a Les Paul Custom for awhile. Stunningly beautiful and dimensional cleans for a humbucker. Super touch sensitive as well...which ended up being a double edged sword as they exposed my uneven and sloppy picking. I ended up swapping them out as they tended to lose attack and string definition when using higher gain (as many PAF types do), but I kept them and intend to put them into another guitar as soon as I find the right one.
 

Vibroluxman

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Regular imperials are hotter than BBs, so if you find those hot, the lollars will be more so. You can always adjust distance from the strings.
I dunno if they're hotter (they tested around the same or a bit lower for ohm's) but they're not as brash for distorted tones.
 




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