Gibson 57 Classic vs. Seymour Duncan APH 2N

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Slash neck is less muffled. I found a distinct tonal shift to clarity early on, and it was when the recording shifted to the Duncan. The only time I couldn't tell the clarity shift was in the middle of some full chords.

It sort of fits with what I found in my short sojourn with the 57's. They have the right sort of tonal ballpark but fall down in the small details.
 

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Prefer the SD's. Tonally in the same ballpark, but the fog lifts when the SD's are used. Thanks for the demo, looking to replace the 57's in mine, I really like them but recently something has seemed lacking.

Oh, and nice playing!
 

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Nice demo!
Yeah similar, but like said the Duncans are more detailed and clear. I'd take the Duncans over the 57s any day.
 

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Can't say which one i like more,, love them both, two of my favorite picups alltime!:thumb:
btw: on demo, both guitars have exactly the same pots, caps, wiring and strings..
 

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The 57s sound more life-like and 3D and less muffled than the Duncans.
 

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btw: on demo, both guitars have exactly the same pots, caps, wiring and strings..
Thanks for the post !! I preferred the A2's. They seemed just a little clearer, a little more defined. Were the tone/volume setting similar between the two pickups, or did you have to re-dial in your settings to make them sound similar?

I just installed 57's on my Epi Custom and was thinking of putting the APH 2N in my Trad-Pro. My plan is to keep the best of these two and then start looking at hotter-output pickups like a JB, Pearly Gates or Sat Night Special. I haven't found much love for the hotter Gibby pu's.
 

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Were the tone/volume setting similar between the two pickups, or did you have to re-dial in your settings to make them sound similar?
Used exactly the same settings, tone/vol to 10, on both guitars, and didn't made any change to recording settings, while changing guitars. I have 500k CTS pots, 022 caps and 50's wiring on both guitars.
 

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The mids of the Duncan sounded better to me. The Gibson were lacking something in the mids and it is more apparent on the chords.
 


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