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Warm pickups for Semi Hollow.....?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by DanHorse, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. DanHorse

    DanHorse Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Something that i havent seen discussed that much is what experienced semi hollow body guitar users like to use for pickups.

    Now, im going to be getting an Epiphone Sheraton soon to complement my Casino (lovely guitar) and id like some ideas for replacement pickups.

    Im not one of those who has a problem with Epi's pickups per se, i find the classics in the LP models ok, but one criticism i have is that they are a little scratchy and harsh in the top end.

    What im looking for is a nice even handed pup, good bass response, nice mid, sweet top. is that even possible to get? Alnico IIs can be warm but bass light, ie the SD AII, and have a middy sound - ie the SD Seth lover. Whereras the Alnico Vs are even handed but not great on the top end, typically not warm or sweet/smooth on the treble.

    So, sweet, warm, even response, any ideas? (and no mention of the SD 59! :facepalm way to bland and bright)

    Also, what are your particular favs and why! :)
     
  2. GCDEF

    GCDEF Supporting Member

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    57 classics

    FWIW, I have a 59 and a JB in my Heritage 535 and it sounds fantastic. Bland and bright are two adjectives I'd never consider describing its sound.
     
  3. DanHorse

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    GCDEF,

    thanks for the reply, I totally repsect your stance on the SDs, i should have added, the only time i have liked a 59 was hearing one in a heritage! you have a fine, fine guitar there friend!

    How would you describe the essence of the 57 classic? its alnico II i believe.

    Thanks!
     
  4. GCDEF

    GCDEF Supporting Member

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    I have then in a Les Paul and they're everything you associate with great Les Paul tone. Allman Brothers is in there as is pretty much every classic LP sound. They'll do the screaming Gary Moore thing too. To me, they're the perfect LP pickup.

    In an SG I had them in, smooth was the best way to describe them. Again, think Allman Brothers.

    They're the stock pickup in Gibson's 335 since 1992 I believe, and have that big, fat harmonically rich tone you look for in a semi-hollow.

    The 59/JB combination, particularly the JB is higher gain and not as bright as the 57s, but does harder rock really well. Cleans up nicely too. I'm usually not a JB fan, but it works really well in the 535.

    WCR makes some interesting looking stuff too but I've never used their pickups personally.
     
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    Lublin Senior Member

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    Jazz/JB for every guitar!!!
     
  7. mcdonaldkd

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    I put a set of WCR American Steele in mine. Really a very good all around pickup. Warm, articulate, etc...
     
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    57 classics, its just more warmth and depth than whats in there now.
     

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