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Which bridge Duncan for a 2011 Les Paul 50's tribute sound?

fechart

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I loved the bridge pup of a friend's Les Paul from that year. He told me it was a 50's tribute. The guitar has no lacquer, just a natural finish.

I think it has a normal Alnico II Gibson pup, but not sure... I never owned a les paul, but I have an all mahogany Dean waiting for a pickup like that.

Must be Duncan. In my country you haven't much more options...
 

saf_1

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Must be a Duncan?? '59? Alnico Pro II, maybe? Pearly Gates? Sounds like you are looking for a medium output PAF type, although the pickup you heard - if a stock Gibson - was probably a ceramic magnet type, not an Alnico II. Duncan makes so many models... but I might go with one of those I listed. Your description is kind of vague, as there are so many things that could factor into the tone you heard/are looking for.
 

Ray

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I believe that 50's Tribute came with a 498T Hot Alnico V. Don't know what Duncan pickup would match, but you can try to match specs.
 

TrevorW

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I would try a Duncan JB. If you liked the 498t you'll love the JB and its a great pickup for mahogany body guitar.
 

fechart

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That's the guitar. The bridge pickup has not a lot of output, but it has a lot of definition. It's midrangey, warm but not fat. Great for EVH tones.
 

fechart

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I would try a Duncan JB. If you liked the 498t you'll love the JB and its a great pickup for mahogany body guitar.
Really? They say the JB is very nasal and has a lots of mids. Mahogany body + neck is very fat, with strong low midrange. I've also heard that the JB is not tight, kinda loose in the low end, which is not the case here.
 

Kostas

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I liked the JB (even for clean in split mode) with a 300k volume and 250k tone. It had all the upper frequencies I needed without being either shrill or muddy.

The 59 hybrid looks interesting for my taste.

 

fechart

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Found a buddy that has a JB in an alder body Jackson. Kinda different wood, but I'll give it a try.

I'll report later, Cheers
 

Mincer

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A JB will rock in an LP, but it is double the output of a vintage LP, with a spike in the high mids. Many rockers love them. If you like traditional LP tones (and only those will do), go with the Seth Lovers.
 

fechart

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A JB will rock in an LP, but it is double the output of a vintage LP, with a spike in the high mids. Many rockers love them. If you like traditional LP tones (and only those will do), go with the Seth Lovers.
Hey thanks! Im a few hours I'll be trying that JB. Not worried about the output, I don't want a vintage output. I want something Vanhalenish, I got an EVH Frankie but didn't work for me in mahogany. It's sitting there waiting for the perfect guitar...
 




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