Pickup recommendations in a Les Paul Traditional for hard rock

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  1. ledvedder

    ledvedder Senior Member

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    I contacted Craig and he didn't recommedn the 6070. He recommended a v59/Whisky Burner combo.
     
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    Speaking of the 6070, what's different about T-Tops vs regular PAFs?
     
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    Brighter, punchier, better crunch and they still sound sweet when cleaned up. Still low enough output so you can have your amp/pedals do the crunching while letting sweet notes bloom within.
     
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    +1 on Vineham.

    Cheaper than Duncan and you will get a pickup tailored to what you want rather than taking a chance.
     
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    ledvedder Senior Member

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    Not really.
     
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    Ok, I was just offered a trade for a set of BB Pros. Will they be anything different than the 57s?
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    You can buy a new SD pup for $65USD?
     
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    ledvedder Senior Member

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    They're not $65.
     
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    Another vote for the Duncan SDHBs. Back in the day that was all I used. Any more I'm lazy and go with whatever comes stock.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    $80CDN=$65USD. I just bought one, with shipping, the total is $95CDN. Cheapest I can grab a new SD for is $115CDN +tax.
     
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    57's are better than BBPro's to me anyway...
    For me...they were muddy in the low, really high upper mids and high treble.

    That being said, I could adjust them and re-EQ the amp and get them to sound great, but that renders all my other guitars useless with those amp settings.

    I don't mind variation between guitars and pickups, infact I desire it, but BBPro's were just too far away from anything else I have to be viable.
     
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    Yes, I agree with the tried and true DiMarzio's Super Distortions. Perfect pickup for decades for more gain oriented rock. Also, if you can find one, a DP107, also known as the Megadrive.
    Personally my pickup of choice, is the infamous Lawrence XL500.
     
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    I used the Custom/'59 combo in various LP's for a while. Not what I use now (not because I dislike that combo), but the Custom is definitely not too much. Check out some of Michael Schenker's older tones and you'll see what I mean (he was a big user of the Duncan Custom).

    The Custom really is more a mid-output pickup and is fairly smooth with pretty tight lows and a slight high-mid peak. Much smoother than the JB. It will cut in a mix without ripping off your face and is definitely my favorite Duncan pickup.

    Nick
     
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    brianbzed Senior Member

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    A JB in your Paul will do the trick.....great all-around ROCK pickup that won't bust your wallet!
     
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    I swapped the control cavity with a 50s wiring kit. It seems better now.
     

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    I've got a set of 6070's that I still need to install in something, but I also want a Whisky Burner, too.

    And I've got a couple sets of ReWinds that are in need of being installed, too!
     
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    I've got the Custom in a Les Paul Studio. To my ears, it's like a hot PAF...just more balls. It definitely has a little more low end than the Bare Knuckle Black Dog I had in there earlier. Personally, I really like the Custom. You can always swap the magnet at a later time to make it a Custom Custom (Alnico II) or a Custom 5 (Alnico 5).
     
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