Discussion in 'Epiphone SG' started by TheSandman, Dec 29, 2019.
Anyone have any experience with those in their SG? How do they sound?
I have only ever tried the Pearly Gates, not sure how they compare to the 59’s exactly. But overall I am very impressed with Seymour Duncan.
I’ve got a Super Distortion in the bridge that I love.
59 in the neck, Pearly Gates in the bridge. Mahogany LOVES them!
I’ve got a ‘59 in the neck, as well.
I've got Seymour's favorite pairing.... the SH2N in the neck and the SH4JB in the Bridge and they are incredible in my SG. They can cover almost anything.
SDs are great, and altho I haven't played a set of 59s yet, Ola Englund recently got a strat with one in the bridge. Sounds a bit better for metal to my ears than the Custom 5. Lately I seem to be preferring PAF types for all types of music I play, unless I'm going for a very specific metal sound, like Max Cavalera, James Hetfield, etc.
One company's pickups I'd like to try out some time is Vineham. I want to put a set of their 6070s in my Epi SG, see how they sound for ye olde 70s classic rock. They're a small company, but maybe their pickups are great, idk.
I have one my Explorer (neck), and previously in a Soloist. The only neck pups I've liked better are the Custom buckers and Tim Shaw. They're a bit bright and trebly for a neck sound, but that's neither a criticism or a bad thing. Definitely not a muddy sounding pickup to my ear.
I might be weird, but ultimately I'd like to have an Epi LP for every set of PAF types (unless an SG would be better for a particular set) on the market to compare and contrast the sounds of them all with as little variation as possible. Maybe even a super strat type for every hot set.
I'm not quite sure what a lot of the sets would be best in, or what specific bands and songs used them. Like the SD Saturday Night Specials. Their video ad for them makes them sound pretty good, but I'm just not sure what they're specifically meant for.
Regardless, I seriously doubt '59s will disappoint you, from what I've heard, regardless of the genre you play most. There are plenty of videos out there showcasing the 59s. Here's a random one I found vs. 57 classics:
My SG Special has a set of S. Duncan '59 SH-1, they are very good humbuckers and those pickups love mahogany.
I have the whole set on my Gibson. These pickups are pure **** to me. Weak dull sounding. I can't see the time I'll be able to change them. 200 euros just thrown into the trash can.
What kind of music do you play with these pickups?
Classic PAFs so they'll be in the same tone family as every other PAF. Play all kinds of music with them. Medium output, so ride your volume knob at 7 for cleans & rhythm and push it to 10 for leads and crunch. Try all kinds of pickup heights adjustments to find the sweet spot.
hi. by chance do you have any sound samples of your guitar with those pickups?
Why don’t you pull them out and list them for sale? You probably get 75% of your investment back if there in good shape, especially if you have the packaging still. No point in having a set you hate.
You might want to change your description for the sake of the advert though…
nope. Sold it during Covid.
Have you thought about the SD WLH set?
My main objection to the 59 set is with the pickup's mid-scoop.
Recently bought a new Eastman ES-339 equivalent with the SD Jazz neck and 59 bridge. The bridge has a moderate mid-scoop. .... I've been adjusting the pickup height and the pole pieces, and I am experimenting to see how their heights influence the mids. If the adjustments don't work for me, I'll replace it with a Jazz bridge.
What works for me:
If I put a 59 in one of my SG's, it would be the neck pick up only, and I'd use a pickup that has less midscoop in the bridge:
59n ---- Jazz bridge
59n ---- WLH bridge
59n ---- 59/Custom*
* [ Incredible ] Has coils from the 59 bridge and a SH5 Custom. This pup will do the soft and bluesy/rocky thing, and will scream. It's a marriage of the pickups and gives their best without a downside.
Favorites for the SG:
WLH ---- Set
WLH ---- 59/Custom
and the Pearly Gates is a win-win combination!
I put SD Jazz Neck and 59/Custom Bridge into my Epi G-310, adjusted the pickup height and I absolutely love them. And the split coil tones are really nice too. Ultra clear clean tones on 7 or 8 and plenty of growl on 10. I used Mad Hatter Guitar Product Terminator pots.
Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1 are PAF humbuckers, they have a rich tone, high level, perfect for blues, metal, funk, etc ...
Pure PAF for great versatility/
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