Which pickups for a Les Paul Custom?

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  1. 67Mopar

    67Mopar Well-Known Member

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    I not a fan of the 498T/490R set. I'm thinking either Dimarzio 36th Anniversary bridge w/Bluesbucker neck, SD Antiquity, WIZZ, Lindy Fralin Pure PAF, or Wolfetone Dr. Vintage. Any advice? I'm not a heavy metal guy... 70's arena rock all the way.
     
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    Im still using some DiMarzio PAFs from high school ....so when the 36th Anni came along ,I went for it .....have the 36th Anni in maybe 5 guitars , Love it , even though DiMarzio has given no love back ......I just go for the regular wind version ,DP103. I tried the hotter one DP223 , but I think I like the other better
    My humbucking Custom has a Duncan 59 that Ive had for about 35 years . Tried a bunch of other pickups in there ,but went back to the Duncan
     
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    Kinkless Tetrode Well-Known Member

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    Don't overlook the DMZ Air Classic for consideration. Very good, but not a lot people know about it.
     
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    67Mopar Well-Known Member

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    You're not using the DP223 in the bridge position?
     
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    Madfinger Well-Known Member

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    I like the o'l 70's sound TV Jones Classics deliver to Les Paul style guitars myself. A Tokai Love Rock with Classics to go with the SV20H as soon as funds permit here.
     
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    Yeah , I have it in 4 guitars that I can think of , but the last couple 36's I bought were DP103.
    I found em a little more "open" ...?? Just a little less grindy

    I have 4 from the 70s/ early 80s , when they just made the DP103 ,in various winds from 7.5 to 8.5. They're the ones I really like
     
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    I’ve had about a half dozen in my R7 Custom, favs are WCR American Steele but Antiquities were great as well.
     
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    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    36 annys are good too, would have no issues putting them in another one of my LPs
     
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    I'd go with a Gibson Burstbucker 1 and 2, thats totally what you want for an LP. :yesway:
     
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    I have BB 1&2 in my Traditional and I think they pull off that 70's arena rock thing very good.
    I also have 490/498 in a couple Studios and I would agree they are not good for a 70's arena type thing. Better suited for hard rock/metal IMHO.
     
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    I used a Gibson Angus Young PU.
     
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    67Mopar Well-Known Member

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    I may just go with 2 x DP103's then. I'm curious about the Bluesbucker bridge as well. P90's are my favorite pickups. If the BB actually sounds like a P90 without the hum, I'd like to check it out.
     
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    67Mopar Well-Known Member

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    I considered them, but read that the neck pup can get muddy... I definitely don't want that. The last set of Gibson pickups I purchased were cooked, literally! The bobbins were warped, I suspect do to heat from waxing? The only reason I found out about it, was because I was installing Alnico IV magnets.
     
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    Hmm... I dig Angus Young tone. :)
     
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    Muddy no way, theyre anything but muddy, great bluesy neck tones very articulate.
     
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    Alnico II or V? I need a low wind to use with my AC15. That amp does not like humbuckers! Well, not the 498T anyway. Loves the mini humbuckers and P90's.
     
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    The screw spacing is a little off for a LP but it works just fine.
    Higher output, low noise low microphonic, seems crunchier in the highs than other PUs. I like it.
     
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    Don't be put off by the name, but the best neck pup I have come across is the SD Jazz. It also splits well for some tele tones. Combine it with a SD 59 or George Lynch (screamin' demon) and they pair up very well. I have the Jazz in 3 guitars (x2 Martyn Booths and a Les Paul) sounds good in all of them. I keep the pup low in the guitar and bring the polepieces up by ear to keep that fluty clarity I like for neck pup noodling.
    I did this palaver with my old '87 LPC (heavy and relatively dead acoustically) so your trials and results might be different.
    The other pups I can't sell are a pair of SD Antiquities, just can't decide on a good home for them. If it wasn't such a faf I would try out in my 335 that has 57s in it.
     
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    A2. Go find a guitar with BB 1 and 2 and try it.
     

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