WCR Goodwood in a Les Paul!

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  1. papersoul

    papersoul Member

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    I just thought I should post a review of the Goodwood my LP Standard since everyone has been so great with advice over the past year. I know I drove a lot of people crazy with repetitive questions and for that I apologize. Everyone has been great and too patient with me. I went around and around with Roy and Jim till I finally installed the Goodwood bridge and man I struck gold. I learned just how hard it is to give recommendations with regards to pickups because you never know exactly how it will sound until you play it in your guitar......so the best thing I found was to take the recommendations and make a choice on a purchase and test it out in my guitar, at rehearsal and at gigs. Going forward, I promise to not ask repetitive questions and rather I will test something out for myself and report back. Hopefully this will be much more helpful to a lot of people on the forum.

    Anyway, for me LPs have a lot of natural punch and midrange and the highs can sometimes be edgy. A goodwood with it's tight bottom, natural mids and smooth highs seem to sit so well in my LP Standard which is a 2003 model. The Goodwood and all of Jim's p'ups seem to compress so well and so natural compared to many others I've tried including PRS, Gibson, Duncan, Dimarzio and Rio Grande. All of those others were decent offerings, but I knew it was a different league once the Goodwood was in place. The Goodwood, although rich and warm really stands out in the mix without any harsh tones which I find a hallmark of Jim's pickups - you can't make em sound harsh and they are all quiet. Juicy comes to mind a lot with Jim's pickups. I remember thinking the Rio BBQ had some harsh qualities which were gone wonce the Goodwood was installed. The Goodwood has a big, tight bas....but it still works in a Les Paul; just watch the EQ. The mids seems very even and natural to my ears and those highs are thick and creamy. She can get aggressive as you raise her close to the pickups and she tightens even more! Radius those pole pieces and raise her to about 2/32" and look out. With the right amp settings I can pull off Led Zep to Rush to Megadeth...blues....jazz...metal.... ..you name it.
    Cleans are rich and full.

    I also noticed a nice improvement when re-installing Roy's RS pots/caps. these components took it up a notch. I swear the caps made a difference even with everything on 10.......just more pure in tone.

    The Goodwood sounds very refined and rich, yet oh so versatile. It really is as good as it gets. For something hotter, the Shredder also was amazing in this LP.

    Hope this helps someone searching for a new pickup.
     
  2. Scott Peterson

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    I have long felt that the Goodwood is IMHO *the* pickup for me at least. Total satisfaction for well over a year and a half here in various guitars. Without a doubt my fave humbucker, bar none. Search, for me, over.

    Weird thing for me is that the pickup works its magic in every guitar I put it in - bolt-on chambered strat or set-neck solidbody - doesn't matter.
     
  3. Mr.Hanky

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    Same here, GW in the bridge Darkburst in the neck.
    The RS kits is the Les Paul enema, always works.

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    Rock on Wagner!!
     
  4. FiestaRed

    FiestaRed Gold Supporting Member

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    Any opinions on how a Goodwood would sound in a maple bodied strat with a brass bridge?

    -Mark
     
  5. papersoul

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    Sometomes you need something a bit hotter and brighter to cut a darke/warm guitar and that is why the Fillmore works better than the Goodwood in certain guitars. The Fillmore did work in my LP but with a 300k volume pot. The Goodwood is king in my LP with 500k pots.
     
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    I love Jim's pickups. The combination Mr. Hanky mentioned is gonna be my next buy.
     
  7. tiptone

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    I wouldn't know about better than the Goodwoods because I haven't tried them yet, but I swapped a pair of Fillmores into my Hamer Studio friday night and haven't been able to put it down since. I would have _never_ thought that a pickup this hot could sound this good clean, and the OD tones are just to die for. Is there anything wrong with buying another guitar just to have something to try the Darkburts in? ;)
     
  8. gleno

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    I have Goodwoods in a ultra lite, ash body Strat an it is incredible..I have Fillmores in a LP Standard, Crossroads in an LP..Goodwoods RULE!
     
  9. darkbluemurder

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    I have a set in a Swamp ash style guitar, swamp ash body with a one piece maple neck and a PRS stop tailpiece. The bridge PU is pure VH-1. Maple tends to be a bright wood if used for a body. The Goodwood bridge is a very fat sounding PU so it may balance the brightness of the maple in a good way. If you are looking for a WCR PU for this guitar which is close to a vintage output, the Goodwood could be it.
     
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    Man I want a set of these!!! Don't matter which one. What ever will get me closest to Pearly's Sound.
     
  11. GAT

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    I replaced a Fralin Unbucker bridge with a Goodwood in my Baker B1, perfect fat humbucker, not muddy, just fat. I love it. I'm going to put one in my Grosh Set Neck soon.
     
  12. keano

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    Are the new Goodwoods higher output then the fillmores?
     
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    No, lower output. The bridge is approximatley 10.5k, the neck is about 9k.

    I have the Godwood set in a Warmoth LP (bolt-on, 25.5 scale). It sounds great in all positions and very close to a LP, believe it or not. Both pickups sound very good in split mode, the neck has a very strat-y clean.
     

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