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Discussion in 'Pickups' started by Thor Oliversen, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Thor Oliversen

    Thor Oliversen New Member

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    Hi guys, my first post here :-)

    As a guitar player I guess I'm probably best described as a blues/funk/soul kind of guy...

    I'm experiencing some serious G.A.S. at the moment - dribbling over some SG standards. I wonder what year did they decide to go from PAF's to 490R and 498T ? I once had a 2006 SG Standard with the latter, that I felt was a bit "flat" in sound compared to my other Gibson's (ES-335, 2001 and Les Paul, G0) with PAF's / buckers. So I'm now looking for some vintage models with PAF's as I imagine they will be more to my taste...

    Any thoughts about what you prefer?
     
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    Sound-wise you could just put a set of PAF style pickups in a later SG. A lot of companies make them. Bare Knuckle for example have the Stormy Monday and Mule pickups which are based on PAFs.
     
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    I got my SG with the stock pups and although they were good and I could definitely understand people who love them, they were not "there" for me. So, I changed them for a while (luckily I had a good luthier friend who had a lot of pups in his arsenal and he let me use each set for a while until I decided which I really wanted), after trying a some classics like dimarzio and seymour duncan, and even some more fancy bareknuckles I ended up with mojotone Classic 59PAFs with alnico IV magnets. I really liked basically all the other PAF style pups I've tried, but the mojotones really got me, although I dont dare to say they are better, its just that I liked them more.

    From my experience I would recommend (not necessarily in that order):

    *mojotones classic 59Paf
    *bareknucles Mule
    *SD Seth lovers
    *Gibson 57 and 57+
    *Dimarzio Anniversary (cant remember what number haha).



    Good luck in your tone journey!
     
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  8. Thor Oliversen

    Thor Oliversen New Member

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    Thanks for good thoughts on pickups guys. I just became owner of a Derek Trucks 2015 signature SG :-) Got a sweat deal on a demo used guitar today. I loved it from the first touch. Plugged it into a Hotrod Deville 212 in the store. It has a neck that plays like butter and a really great tone. And I can dig that fancy piece of maestro left from the vibrola. I think it looks great.
     
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    Congrats, man! The Derek Trucks signatures are sweet guitars. My 2014 is my main guitar. I love the '57 Classics, and I love the lyre cover. I have added a angel wing pickguard to mine though. Simply because I think it looks great. Post picks, please!
     
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    I'm curious about what is an angel wing pick guard. Can you post a pic? Sorry for my ignorance
     
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    Ah, just a name for the small pickguard used on SGs (as opposed to the large one called a batwing).

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    It's the early style '61-'66 style as found on the '61 Reissues.
     
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    This was a DT 2015 SG Real PAF pickups. 2015 SG 001.JPG
     
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    Nice guitar. Where did you get hold of that Vibrola? Am thinking of adding one myself... Does it hold the tuning well? And did you notice a change in tone after you installed it?
     
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    Tell you the truth it's a back up guitar I don't play it much. what I have discovered through the years is let the new guitar set in the case for 2-10 years and the wood stabilizes. My main player is a 1965 SG standard and a 1962 Fender Esquire.

    Esquire 001.JPG 1965 SG 001.JPG
     
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    With those to beauties in your Arsenal that would be an easy choice :-) They must be awesome to play.
     
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    Why are angels only allowed one wing when bats get two? Seems a little unfair...
     
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    Personally, I'm a fan of changing out the stock pots and the caps before deciding to swap out the pickups. A lot of the Gibson stock electronics put a bottleneck on the sound. I typically go with pots around 500k and paper in oil or orange drop caps.

    For pickups, I like ThroBak ER-Custom MXV or a set of '57 Classic Plus (bridge) / '57 Classic (neck).

    It really depends on the sound you're going for.
     
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    Wow, that is a beauty. Welcome Thor!
     
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    I'm running Custom Buckers in one of my SG Standards. Absolutely love the tone.
     

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