Pickup ideas

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  1. alex1fly

    alex1fly Member

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    I've had my first SG (Gibson Future Tribute) now for 8 months, and with the help of this forum and a guitar buddy I've got it playing better than ever. Loving the rich resonance, full sound, clucky high end, and control setup. Definitely a keeper!

    So OF COURSE I'm already thinking of getting another one and putting different pickups in it for another set of tones.

    So my question is...

    If you had TWO SGs, and those were your only two guitars, what pickups would you put in each of them to get a maximum amount of musical tonality? PAFs in both? P90s? Actives? What about hotrod pickups like the JB?

    Any thoughts are appreciated!
     
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  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Already have two SG with my ideal pup combo.

    Neck: stock P-90
    Bridge: stacked humbucker in P-90 shell

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  3. mtsv

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    I have only one SG with 490R/498T, and I was just thinking to get new pickups for some more clarity, so I'm watching this thread for getting opinions...
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    P90 and wraparound baby !

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  5. Westernrider

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    The Jazz / JB is an incredible set. I've tried the JB and moved it around in several guitars. To me it has an upper mid push that annoyed me over time.

    I'll stay with Seymour Duncan suggestions.

    SG1
    Staying more traditional, I'd probably go with the WLH Set or the Pearly Gates set.
    Maybe also consider a 59 Set


    SG2

    Jazz or Sentient with the 59/Custom Hybrid

    Sentient / Pegasus* This is a great pickup set and these are not just metal pickups as they are clear and can cover wide range of sonic territory. Also. I would place the Sentient sound / output wise between the 59 and Jazz.

    59, Jazz, or Sentient / SH5 Custom

    Also ..... take the time to adjust the pickups and the amp to work at achieving your tone before you start swapping pick ups.
    Once you decide that the current pickups have to go ..... Best I can say is to know what you want in the sound dept to change and look to for pickups to correct the deficiency.
     
  6. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I have a 57 classic plus and 57 classic in my faded SG and a pair of 57 classics in my standard SG. I find a 57 classic in the neck position to be rather muddy, I have not figured out a good replacement other than possibly the burstbucker 1 like I have in my LP it sounds real bluesy nice not muddy at all in the neck. The 57 and 57+ sound really good in the bridge. Another thought is I have a 500 and 496 in another LP they are pretty hot but sound really good, I often wonder how they would sound in an SG for something different.
     
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  7. Felixq78

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    I'd keep one with P-90s and install a pair of humbuckers on the other. P-90s are highly underrated and PAFs are great as well.
     
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    I like mine with Dimarzio 36th anniversary paf (DP103 and DP223)
     
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  9. Hack

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    Watching thread contemplating changing out my 61' zebras
     
  10. Darryl Fisher

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    I agree with keeping one in P90s...I really miss my SG in the av...
     
  11. Westernrider

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    [ I have not figured out a good replacement other than possibly the burstbucker 1 like I have in my LP it sounds real bluesy nice not muddy at all in the neck. ]


    Maybe the SD 59 set or Pearly Gates set.
     
  12. catstudioguitars

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    I would have 490t/490r in one and a more open vintage PAF style in the other like a Lindy Fralin Pure PAF, Seymour Duncan Antiquity, or Seth Lover.
     
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    IMHO if you already own an SG with a pair of humbuckers that you like the tone,
    Get another SG with P-90s. The SG with P-90s is such a classic sound, this will
    provide an excellent addition to your Gibson tones.

    If you need something hotter, I suggest Gibson's Dirty Fingers for the bridge
    and Gibson's '57 Classic plus for the neck. Most people think of the Classic plus
    as a neck pickup, and it works beautifully for me in that position.
    BUT... the '57 Classic Plus makes an excellent neck p'up, and solves all the
    problems players report from their pickups in this position.

    Just my humble opinion, of course.
    For less expensive alternatives, try the Golden Age overwound pickups
    from StewMac. I put one of those in my Epiphone Wilshire bridge position
    and was delighted with the tones.
     
  14. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    You already have an SG Future Tribute, then why not get an SG Futura?

    Neck: P-90
    Bridge: Humbucker

    http://legacy.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2014/SG-Futura.aspx

    There's no rule that both pups in a guitar have to be the same type.

    I prefer a Humbucker at the bridge for hi gain use without 60 cycle hum and the sound of fat cleans provided by a single coil P-90 at the neck position.

    The SG Futura is what gave me the idea for the pup configuration in my current SG Classics posted earlier. I wanted to keep the guitars looking stock without having to rout the bridge pup cavity for a humbucker.

    A stacked humbucker stealthed out under a P-90 cover was the solution.

    Before I got my SG Classics, I experimented with a 2016 SG Special T by installing a P-90 at the neck position and keeping the Mini Humbucker at the bridge.

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  15. Keystone

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    This is the first guitar I ever bought. It's an 04 SG Special that has had a few upgrades. It currently has the Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues set. It went from stock to EMG 81/85, then to Pearly Gates, and finally, it is in this configuration. For my ears, this SD set is perfect.
     

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    Also, the Robby Krieger next to the Celtic has 57 Classics that have quite a bark to them.
     

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    My 2018 standard with the '61 in the neck and DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge nails all the tones that I need. The SD needs to be adjusted quite low to get the best tone, so there is some time setting it up.
     
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    Does anyone have dog-ear P90 pickup recommendations for a '65 SG Jr? I love playing this guitar, but it doesn't have quite enough high end in my opinion
     
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