Thanks Juan, so you would use 57s in the neck and bridge?I'm sure you'll get a lot of suggestions but mine is Gibson 57 Classics.
It does depend on what your musical style is though. I like the 57s because I like vintage output pickups through overdrive pedals and a cranked tube amp. The 57s are well wax potted to avoid microphonic squeal in a semi hollow, with overdrive at stage volume.
If you're a clean only or studio only you may not care about wax potting.
Edit. You may get more suggestions if you change the thread title to "What pickups for 335?"
Yes. I know Gibson has many PAF style pickups available but for me the 57s have always been a consistent winner. In truth I haven't even bothered to try many others as the 57s have never left me wanting more.Thanks Juan, so you would use 57s in the neck and bridge?
I do also like the 57 Classic Plus but it's meant specifically for the bridge position with it's extra winds. They're good for many things but are a tiny step away from that authentic original 335 sound. A very tiny step, but still.Invaders?
But seriously, I'd say to go with a set of Gibson 57 Classic Plus pickups and call it good. They're never a bad choice for that classic PAF tone at a very sane price.
I haven't owned a set and hear great things. However, the bridge is at 8.5k and they aren't wax potted (which could only be an issue dependent on use).Seth lovers are a wonderful choice for any 335
I remove all non wax potted pickups and either swap them out or pot them myself. But I get un-potted pickups for only clean/quiet playing.I’m so done with unpotted pickups.
They’re far from vintage-correct when they go microphonic and squeal uncontrollably.
Never had any issue with microphonics using 20w non master vols with unspotted paf types. Of course you will get some feed back standing directly infront of the cab facing it but it can be controlled. I imagine a 50 or 100w head through a 4x12 might of a different story depending on your volume.
Oh, well, let me tell you about an ice-pick-in-the-ear squeal as soon as you touch the volume knob.Of course you will get some feed back standing directly infront of the cab facing it but it can be controlled.
Of course it really does depend on how the OP plans to use them. This could be a non issue.Oh, well, let me tell you about an ice-pick-in-the-ear squeal as soon as you touch the volume knob.
You could be standing in another room.
Had this happen twice with Gibson pickups.
Early 80s Les Paul Custom
Early 2000s Black Beauty with BB3
I’m familiar with some pickups being quite sensitive to volume and feedback.
I’ve sent a couple to Lindy Fralin for potting, and it fixed it.
But these pickups were dead worthless.