- Feb 12, 2013
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those who have owned or played a guitar with them... what’s your thoughts?
Part of what you are describing is the SG itself, they generally have more midrange and are more punchy than a Les Paul. That being said, the '61 humbuckers with their Alnico V magnets are typically going to have more punch than the '57 Classics with their Alnico II magnets. The '57 Classics have a smoother sound to them. I really like both pickups but the '61s are staying in my SG as long as I own it.I have just bought a 2018 SG with the 61 pick-ups, and I have to say I am very impressed!
Previously I tried a 2019 SG with the 490T and 490R pick-ups, and didn't like the tone at all - sort of flat and boxy! The 61s sound MUCH better to my ears!
I was considering replacing the 61s with Classic 57 and 57+ (same as in my Les Paul) - but having just had a band practice with the SG, I have to say they sounded awesome - very full, and prominent in the mix, so I may well leave them in....
I think the 61s are very punchy in the mid-range, with an upper mid push as well. The 57s by comparison sound almost scooped!
I think the 57s are still the ultimate for articulateness and clarity, but the 61 have more punch! - better for rock?
Definitely sounds like there is something wrong with the pickup and/or wiring. You said when you swapped the bridge/neck pickups the same pickup still did that so it sounds like the pickup is faulty. An easy way to tell would be with a multi-meter, it should measure in the 7.5k range with that pickup. I would return it to where you purchased it and have it fixed under warranty.What y’all describe the neck pickup to be a typical humbucker generally speaking ?
Picked up a ‘19 SG ‘61 and the neck sounds like it’s in single coil mode (despite it not being push pull pots) and it has a hum like a single coil. Flip it to the bridge and there a noticeable bump in volume and no hum. I checked the wiring and swapped them around to rule out the PCB. I ordered a replacement from Stratosphere to see if I’m crazy and it’s supposed to sound that way or I have a dud neck pickup
Sounds like a good solution - let us know how it turns out?Well I ordered it online and an exchange would be painless and free but I really like this one. The fretboard is nice and dark.. looks almost like ebony. I did check the neck pickup output and it was lower than the bridge but not drastically lower.. for $80 I’m having a factory takeout pickup sent to me.. I would spend at least half that in gas bringing it to a local Gibson dealer.. warranty should fix it but I live out in the country and it’s much quicker and more convenient for me to take this route.