Pickups Dilemma...

Discussion in 'Tonefreaks' started by noobyXD, Aug 26, 2017.

Which pickups you think are best for vintage sounding stuff...?

  1. Sheptone BK Set

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  2. BurstBucker 1/2 combo

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  3. BurstBucker 2/3 Combo

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  4. Seymor Duncan JB Set

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  5. Seymour Duncan 59

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  1. noobyXD

    noobyXD Member

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    Hello! I'm new to this forum so hi everyone! kek

    Anyways, I've recently acquired a 'vintage' Epiphone Les Paul MIJ made in the 90's (That's why the inverted comma cos it's not that old). Cleaned the guitar up and gave it a good polish and stuff. When I've gotten it, it came with Sheptone BK Set and to be it always sound quite compressed when I gunned it at high gain. Too compressed for my liking anyways. I always wanted it to open up more when I pushed it into High Gain cos I play mostly Blues Rock so yea...

    I'm looking at a few pickup selections but the one that stood out to me the most are the Gibson BurstBuckers (1 and 2 to be specific) but I've poked around and one had mentioned that the BK set is an upgrade over the BB. Not sure if it's 100% true or not because I've another Les Paul which is the more recent Epiphone Plustop that has Probucker which was suppose to be based on the BurstBuckers and I really love that sound slightly more. Tried several Traditional Les Paul that has BB 1/2 set and they sound nicer (to me anyways) than any of my two guitars.

    Any inputs would be nice... Should I swap it out for the BurstBucker or are there any similar set of pickups that may cost lesser because we all know Gibson stuff is expensive.

    Are there also any other pickup that will sound like the pickups that comes with the True Historic '59? Just curious.
     
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  2. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Hey brother,Welcome to the Forum!!! :welcome:


    While I dont have experience with the pickups you named,I do love to talk about pickups in general. So,Im going to hang back a bit while the other guys who do have these pickups chime in. I do have a question though....you are all about them blues rock tones? So,what amp are you using!?!? Believe it or not,you may not have to change the pickups......maybe just yer amp settings? And oh yaaaa,we are gonna need some pics:photos:


    Side Note: you are new here,so,heres a nudge too the real gold mine

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forum/pickups.24/
     
  3. scovell001

    scovell001 Senior Member

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    From my 'limited experience' with having owned an Epiphone and having talked/seen others who have Epiphones, the general conscensus seems to be towards Alnico II based pups of the lower wind variety. The pickups in a True Historic are Alnico III with a higher wnd if you can find some on the used market. If you could also find some 59 tribute pickups from a '14-'15 traditional, could be a good place to start - moving onto Seymour duncan & then looking at one of the specialist winders on here.
     
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  4. noobyXD

    noobyXD Member

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    Well, I'm currently using an Orange CR20 amp (the updated one) and it has serve me quite well despite it's small size and full analog setup. Though I'm looking for an upgrade to a Fender BassBreaker 15, the official distributor here always run out of stock every shipment so amp upgrade is on hold... My blues rock tone is normally the high-gain type so yea haha

    So you reckon BurstBucker is a good way to go? Sheptone BK set are alnico 5 and are considerably hotter pickups
     
  5. skelt101

    skelt101 Senior Member

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    If you're looking at Seymour Duncan pickups, you might want to consider a set of Seth Lovers or Pearly Gates. :cheers2:
     
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  6. Zoobiedood

    Zoobiedood Senior Member

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    The Seth Lovers are a great choice, and a certain improvement over what is in there.
     
  7. noobyXD

    noobyXD Member

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    How about the BurstBuckers? To me they sound what I'm looking for... Anyone have experience with the pickups mentioned as compared to them?
     
  8. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Burstbuckers are thick.....and not especially dynamic by comparison to what the typical PAF clone is.
    The Seths would kill them.
     
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    I read up the Seths... They seem quite hot tho... I'm more into the rumbly that seem to come out for fairly lower output pickups... Furthermore, both are alnico 2 pups too... Comparing the BurstBucker 1 and 2 instead of the Pro
     
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    Dolebludger Premium Member

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    I got a gently used Carvin/Kiesel guitar last December that had been fitted with Dimarzio Titan pups, and on that guitar they are great. Not too harsh, not too mellow, just sweet. Thinking about trying those pups on some of my other guitars.
     
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    Welcome to the forum bro! I'm fairly new here too but I've been reading it for a while just finally decided to start posting! Now I'm addicted! Hahaha
     
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    skelt101 Senior Member

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    I don't know about this. The Seth Lovers are vintage, i.e. low output, Alnico 2. Shouldn't be anymore "hot" than Burstbuckers.
     
  13. ARandall

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    Seths are not hot.....8.1k and 7.5k is right on the money. The BB's are fractionally hotter for the 2, and a lot hotter for the 3.....assuming of course you assume the fallacy that K=output.
    As I mentioned before, the wind is WAY more important to the way a pickup hits the amp than a magnet. You can wind thick mids pickups like the A2pro, or a raspy pickup like the Pearly Gates with an A2, or both the Antiquities and Seths with an A2 which are both a bit more hollow or bitey.....guess what, they're all different.
     
  14. noobyXD

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    Hmmm interesting... Well, looks like I'm gonna need to check out the Seths.

    I'm quite intrigue by the tones of Gary Moore and from my knowledge, he uses mainly the stock PAF that comes with his '59, Burstbucker 1 and 2 in his earlier signature model and Burstbucker pro in his later signature models. However, the tone that I want to try to get the essence of was the time he played in Montreux 2010. From what I've heard, the closest pickup to those tone was the Burstbucker 1 and 2 combo.

    If the Seths are made to sound more vintage then I see no harm picking up a set for myself. But I do wanna seek you guys opinion on this ^

    Currently, my choices are rendered down to:

    1) '59 Tribute Humbucker
    2) BurstBucker 1 and 2
    3) Seymour Duncan Seth
     
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    Deleted, because I missed you asked for cheaper than Burstbuckers. My bad.
     
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  16. ARandall

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    I think I'm going to go with the Seth Lover after much researching online. Thanks for all your input everyone! I do wanna try it out on a guitar 1st though... Anyone know what guitar comes stock with 'em?
     
  18. Zoobiedood

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    Yeah, Seths are not hot at all. Vintage PAF-types all the way. I think some Heritage thinlines come with them.
     

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