Pickups for Les Paul & Mary Ford

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  1. steam-powered

    steam-powered Member

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    Jun 24, 2012
    I play a lot of standards, same music on the old Les Paul & Mary Ford recordings. What pickups would come closest to this sound? PAF or humbucker sized P90s? Potted or unpotted (SD Antiquity)?

    Your help is much appreciated. I'm playing a chambered LP that has been stripped and polished, looks amazing!
  2. entresz

    entresz Senior Member

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    Oct 23, 2011
    No normal pickups will give you that sound. Les Paul, even back then was making his own pickups for those guitars. They were low impedance - super clean and quiet pickups. They were fitted in the Les Paul Personal/Professional/Recording guitars from the 1970's.

    You could try something like a Bill Lawrence (google: wilde pickups) L90- kind of PAF like with a more hifi top end, I use them in my Gibson L6-S. Here's a clip of my trio playing 'How High The Moon, ala Les Paul' using the Bill Lawrence p/ups;
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O8_wMeeX50]Entresz Trio- How High The Moon - YouTube[/ame]

    they are very nice pickups. I am wanting to get a Les Paul Recording nonetheless, as i've always loved the look and sound of those guitars.
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  3. LtKojak

    LtKojak Senior Member

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    Aug 26, 2009
    They performed in the early '50s, so P-90s.

    Seth Lover didn't apply for the patent just yet... ;)

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