Which of these pickups would you choose for your Les Paul?

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  1. lgehrig4

    lgehrig4 Silver Supporting Member

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    Just like the squirrels busily work to gather nuts for winter, I too am working feverishly (behind my wife's back) trying to round out my gear collection for the winter. I am through with amps (for now) and my focus has turned to my Les Paul and which pickups to try next. I have done all the research I can and listened to enough clips so your answers here will provide the final push in helping me make a decision..... :confused:

    BTW, I suck at guitar, but I enjoy playing and collecting. Here is the info that you will need.

    The guitar:
    Gibson Les Paul Standard honeyburst

    The sounds I'm after:
    Zeppelin I & II
    Clapton (Beano & Cream)
    VH (I & II)
    Warren Haynes
    G&R

    The Amps:
    Budda SD 30
    VHT Pittbull 50 ST
    Rockytop 18 Watt Combo
    Dr. Z Maz 38 Sr
    Bogner Shiva
    Marshall JMP 50 MKII (on the way :dude )

    The pickup choices:
    VooDoo 59's
    WCR Crossroads, Darkbursts
    Lollar Imperials
    Wolftone Marshallheads


    So in your opinion which of these pickups will best give me what I am looking for? Price is no concern here. Please be as descriptive as possible. I know these are all good pup, but there has to be some small differences that differientiate themselves from one another.


    Once this is squared away we need to get to work on my strat.. :AOK


    Thanks!
    Jeff
     
  2. GCDEF

    GCDEF Supporting Member

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    WCRs have a great reputation and the clips sound really good.

    That said, I have an R7 with BB1 and BB2 and to me it sounds exactly like a goold, old Les Paul should.
     
  3. cnardone

    cnardone Supporting Member

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    I might be totally wrong but wasn't LZ 1 done on a Tele?

    cmn
     
  4. lgehrig4

    lgehrig4 Silver Supporting Member

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    I think you're right. I'm probably thinking more II

    Let's talk songs instead...
    Heartbreaker
    Moby Dick
    The Lemon Song
    Rock & Roll
    Black Dog
    His tone on the live CDs
     
  5. Mr.Hanky

    Mr.Hanky Supporting Member

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    LZ 1 was done on a Tele.

    WCR's darkbursts are really hard to beat in a LP. I have one and a goodwood in my R7 and it is killer.
    Jim is de mein!
     
  6. Scumback Speakers

    Scumback Speakers Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd tell you to go with the a slightly weaker neck pickup, like the Crossroads neck and the Goodwood bridge, rather than the Darkburst neck for that tone you're looking for. I have the GW in my 68 Custom, it kills, but either the DB neck or the CR neck should get you where you want to go.
     
  7. Don L

    Don L Member

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    Those are all good choices. I'd also add the Rolphs.
     
  8. r9player

    r9player Silver Supporting Member

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    Man I have a set of Rolphs I am just dying to put in a SC haha but I haven't landed a suitable SC yet.

    All said and done, the WCRs are great pick ups.

    Personally I love Seymour Duncan '59s in a Single Cut (as well as burstbuckers but they are a little brighter)
     
  9. King Ceramic

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    Those WCR Goodwoods have a kinda lying name. They are really some BAD boys...my favorites out of all of them. My partner just got another one from Jim recently, a Goodwood + (wound a little more yet).
    Killer......:dude
     
  10. lgehrig4

    lgehrig4 Silver Supporting Member

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    R7 :confused: SC HaHa :confused: .............please speak newbie :)
     
  11. illinimax

    illinimax Gold Supporting Member

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    '57 Les Paul Goldtop Historic reissue

    An R8 = 1958, R9 = 1959, etc ...
     
  12. ungarn

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    Rio Grande Texas (neck) and BBQ (bridge)...meaty and musical...not distorted high output...love 'em in my Les Paul Standard...

    Good luck,

    -Thad
     
  13. AaeCee

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    Peter Florance was among the earlier of the really great 'boutique' 59 sound replacements, and still among the best. They are thick and bloomy (is that a real word?), and so I'm told, very consistent. I have an alnico III neck, and alnico V bridge as he recommends, and it sounds like all those great LP recordings (Bloomfield, Clapton, etc.) we know and love. Don't know WCR, but my original source for the Voodoos likes them, so I'm sure they're excellent as well. I can say confidently though, that the Voodoos are clearly a superior product. AC
     
  14. JDW3

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    What happened to all the glowing Timbucker reviews of last year? Do the Timbuckers pale in comparison to the WCRs, etc...?
     
  15. Hackubus

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    Tims are just so hard to get anymore what with the waiting list, they aren't a realistic choice I think. They're great p'ups, as are all of these p'ups.
     
  16. AtomEve

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    Personally, to get all that your gonna need more than one guitar and one amp............never mind the pups!

    But I would suggest the WCRs with no hesitation. Whichever model. Quality made and sound great

    Good luck.:dude


    Bryan:dude
     
  17. Souled Out

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    GOODWOODS my favorite all time pick up. You won't be to stop playing once you have have them. Hours go by and just can't stop!
     
  18. rockinlespaul

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    Damn man...you gotta watch the emporium. I'm always selling nice pups there.
    Just sold a '59 Voodoo for 90 bucks.
    I do have Tim Whites(timbucker)first EdA wind for sale, with letter of provenance. Not cheap though...

    Other than those I HIGHLY recommend Wolfetone and WCR.

    Wolfes caretaker wind is the ****!:dude
     
  19. lgehrig4

    lgehrig4 Silver Supporting Member

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    I ended up buying a WCR Darkburst Bridge and Crossroads neck as well as an RS kit. I should be fine with this :D
     
  20. Yossi

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    How do you like it?
    I was thinking about the Darkburst neck and the Goodwoods bridge, but the Crossroads +, for the neck is also a strong choice.

    Yossi
     

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