Pickup recommendations in a Les Paul Traditional for hard rock

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  1. ledvedder

    ledvedder Member

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    Hi,
    I have a few posts going about this guitar, but I wanted to start a new thread specific to pickup recommendations. I'm looking for replacement pickups for the Les Paul Traditional. I play mostly rock, hard rock, some classic rock, and some heavier stuff (AIC, 90s Tool, etc). Nothing super heavy. I'm playing through either a Ceriatone Chupacabra (Jose modded 800 style head) or a DSL. No matter what tone I need, I always seem to drift towards that classic VH type of tone (think VH2). But, I'd still like some versatility. So far, there are a few pickups I've considered, but I wanted to get opinions from the masters.
     
  2. AussieDave

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    Hey Ledvedder
    I have very limited experience with pickups but I did replace my stock pups for Throbak 101mvx. The originals were thin at the bridge and muddy on the neck. I now have a well balanced pair of incredibly flexible pickups. I can play led zep,eagles,dire straits, rage against the machine and get all the tone I need. I have learnt that the amp is really the decider on your tone. I imagine the Ceriatone will pull some pretty full rock tones too. From my experience the magnets make a big diff on the base tone of a pick up but ultimately it’s always the amp.
    Good luck with your hunt.
     
  3. ledvedder

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    I'd rather not spend $500-$600 for a set of pickups.
     
  4. JLT73

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    WCR Godwoods
    Wolfetone Marshallhead
    Motor City Pickups 2nd Degree Black Belt
    Bare Knuckle Nailbombs
    Duncan Pegasus/Sentient
    Dimarzio Super Distortion/PAF Pro
     
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    elephantrider Senior Member

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    if you could find a set of mhd asylum pups, those would be a great option. not many
    to be found, but they seriously rock.

    otherwise, the tried and true seymour duncan's would be a good choice.
     
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  6. ledvedder

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    I looked up MHD Asylum. Apparently, this guy left MHD and started http://www.hwpickups.com/
     
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    ^ yup. hence my comment about being able to find a set of asylums. i'm not sure
    the mhd guy is even winding pups for hw any more...
     
  8. ledvedder

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    I sent an email asking if any of his pickups resemble the asylum.
     
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  9. ledvedder

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    I'm seeing a lot of recommendations for the Duncan Custom, as well as the Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker for a Les Paul. Any thoughts on these?

    As for the Custom, I've never played a ceramic magnet pickup because if always thought they'd be too hot. But lots of people say they work great in an LP.
     
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    This...
     
  11. Jymbopalyse

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    I just recently got a set of Vinehams 6070's T-Top clones for $160 CDN.

    http://www.vineham.com/humbucker_pickups.html


    I have them in my Epi Traditional Pro. and these pickups are PERFECT for hard rock!
    Craig Vineham winds an awesome pickup.

    Give Craig a call. Tell him what you are looking for. He will make sure you wind up with the pickup you are looking for, at a fraction of the cost.
     
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  12. ledvedder

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    Wow, that's only $125 US. Thanks, I'll reach out to him and see what he recommends.
     
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    He's a really easy guy to talk to.
    And knows his stuff.

    I don't think you will have a disappointed.
     
  14. 1all's Pub

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    Here’s a few I’ved tried that I think excel for relatively reasonable prices.

    Bare Knuckle Mules
    Bare Knuckle Riff Raffs
    DiMarzio 36th Annys
    DiMarzio Super Distortion* (w/ a 36th Anny neck)
    MojoTone 59 Clones
    Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Specials
    Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates
    Gibson 1959 Tributes

    *A note on the Super Distortion... if you’ve never given it a shot, do so. I know it’s a bit of a cliche’d pickup these days... especially in today’s saturated PAF clone market. But you might be surprised. The SuperD has been used by so many folks that its tone is very familiar and somehow seems “right” to the ears (at least to mine). I will always have at least one guitar with a SuperD in it... it’s just a very fun pickup to play through. ;)

    That said, the best pups I’ve come across in my tone quest thus far are the Bare Knuckle Mules—if you’re at all looking for something in the PAF range. Just awesome... especially unpotted... very dynamic and open sounding with tons of 3D texture. Warm, but not muddy, lows... strong mid-range crunch... and sweet highs. They do it all, IMO.
     
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    I'd add Bare Knuckle Rebel Yell pups to that list. And a Seymour Duncan 59/JB pair too. Both are great for hard rock.
     
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    I've never had much luck with the JB, but I've never had one in a Les Paul. Yes, I want the pickup to sound good for hard rock, but I'd also like some versatility for more classic tones.
     
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    A few folks have mentioned the SD Custom/Jazz combo. But again, I'm afraid the Custom would be too much with it's ceramic magnet. Maybe I'm wrong?
     
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    The Rebel Yells can straddle both up to a point. To my ears, they're more rock voiced than vintage voiced. BK's other offerings are well worth a look if you want to edge towards something more vintage voiced than the Rebel Yells.
     
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    The Custom/Jazz combo is remarkable in a Les Paul for hard rock. I like it a lot better than the JB/Jazz combo in a Les Paul. The Custom is really like a PAF but twice as loud- it doesn't have the ice picky-ness of most pickups based on ceramic magnets.
     
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    Vineham 6070


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