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Les Paul pickups

Discussion in 'Backline' started by xTomx, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. xTomx

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    So last year I replaced the stock Classic 57 and 57+ pickups in my Gibson LP traditional because I wanted something a bit hotter.

    I put in a 496r and 500t and hate 'em. They're high output but just sound like cloudy, unclear crap with no attack. What would you guys recommend?
    I play hardcore and alternative rock stuff - lots of jazz chords and palm muted stuff.

    Ideally looking for something with clarity, not so fussed about high output anymore.
     
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    I'd recommend a Seymour Duncan TB5.
     
  5. xTomx

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    I've tried them but they seem really dark.

    I'm mostly after clarity and definition but not in a characterless EMG way.
     
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    This is relevant to my interests. I have an LP Classic with the 496/500 and I'm also looking for something similar to yourself.
     
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    what about the seymour duncan slash signature?
     
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    I have burstbucker pros in my LP standard and it sounds exactly like a les paul should sound.
    My eclipse custom has Duncan 59s in it which also sound amazing.
     
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    Hmm. Maybe you had the pickup too close to the strings? Dark is not how I would describe the TB5.
     
  10. xTomx

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    I'll definitely look into the pickups everyone's posted, I'm leaning towards the 498t if anybody has had experience with one?
     
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    Rex Rocker Call me Hugo!

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    FWIW, I've had the 498T/490R and found them to be waaaaaaaaaay too generic-sounding. Also kinda noisy and feedbacky. Quite honestly, I don't tend to like traditional PAF-style pickups. I didn't like the DiMarzio PAF 36th Anni nor the Duncan '59 because I find them all a bit too unaggressive and too smooth.

    I'd look into the Duncan Distortion if I were you. :)
     
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    Do you still have the 57s? If you didn't try them with 500k pots that would be my first port of call before buying any new sets of pickups. I find 500k pots open up the pickups a bit better than the standard 300k pots.

    As for Les Paul Bridge pickups, I like the BB3, 57+, and Duncan 59. The Gibson pickups have a bit more of a gritty midrange to me with the Duncan being smoother. I personally don't like high output pickups on my own hard tail instruments.
     
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    All of my Les Pauls get the Duncan JB / Jazz setup, and they all sound great. Note clarity, plenty of gain, and when I roll off the volume they clean up and stay clear.
     
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    Burstbuckers all the way!
     
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    I love duncan 59, burstbuckers and the original 498 too! btw, Fleshgod Apocalypse's Mafia Ep was recorded with a les paul studio with the stock 498, and it's brootal :D
     
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    My personal favorite tone was achieved with my Gibson 498t.
     
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    Think I'm risk the 498t, other dudes playing similar genre to mine seem pretty content with it.
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    Output really isn't an issue as it'll get boosted by a Fulltone OCD, comp and then twice on my head.
     
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    Bareknuckle warpig or nailbomb all day. I have them in my les pauls.
     

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