#1
hey, looking to put some new humbuckers in my epi lp. the stock ones are starting to make me mad. i want something just a bit higher output than the standard stock ones on the guitar. i want that real vintage tone from the 70's and 80's (ZEPPELIN, GNR etc) .right now i've got 3 in mind but i'm open for suggestions and advice. i wouldn't mind something which allow for coil splitting/tapping in the future. right now i've got 3 in mind

- Alnico 2 pro
-Slash set
-59 PAF
- JB

I'm open for combinations. something a bit stronger on the bridge for that real bite and crunch and something nice and smooth for the neck
#3
People say Blackouts are nice, although I haven't had a chance to try them.
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#4
real vintage tone tends to mean lower output...

but vintage with a bit more output often has people recommending one of the customs, so maybe try one of those. with maybe a '59 in the neck.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#5
Same boat as the OP.

I'd settle on a 59' or alnico II pro in the bridge and a PG in the neck.
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#7
Pearly Gates for the neck for real vintage rock tones. '59 in the neck if you want something with a little bit more output. Despite its name the 59 really doesn't sound much like a classic PAF. The Seth Lover kind of does but it's a bit on the weak side.
59 in the bridge works well if you have the Pearly Gates in the neck. Or just another Pearly Gates. If you like your bridge pickups to really scream then go for the Custom or the confusingly named Custom Custom, they're kind of the same just the Custom has better bass and the Custom Custom has smoother, more classic highs.

Look at DiMarzio too. Their Air Classic and PAF 36th Anniversary could be just what you want. They're better for the bridge than any of the options from SD at least.
#8
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People say Blackouts are nice, although I haven't had a chance to try them.


ermmm no he wants a vintage rock kind of tone that distorts well, but with clarity, the Blackouts are designed for high gain br00tal metal, and standard metal tones, they are good pickups just not what this guy needs.

I put a JB in the bridge of my Epi Les Paul last week, it sound amazing, just what you are looking for, 70's rock and 80's metal/hard rock
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#9
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ermmm no he wants a vintage rock kind of tone that distorts well, but with clarity, the Blackouts are designed for high gain br00tal metal, and standard metal tones, they are good pickups just not what this guy need.

I put a JB in the bridge of my Epi Les Paul last week, it sound amazing, just what you are looking for

So is this the norm now, to spell "br00tal" with the two zeros when referring to metal? I'm just curious because it seems to be the thing to do nowadays.

I'm not offended, just wondering. Also noticed the popularity of "br00tz"
#10
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So is this the norm now, to spell "br00tal" with the two zeros when referring to metal? I'm just curious because it seems to be the thing to do nowadays.

I'm not offended, just wondering. Also noticed the popularity of "br00tz"

no its more of a joke aimed toward that particular genre of metal where you try too hard to be "br00tal", have "monster heavy breakdowns", "sikk death growls", lyrics about killing babies and over-the-top costumes

the only band that call pull this off is Dethklok
#11
ok gotcha. I wasn't sure if it was the official new title of something or not. Kinda like djent just came outta nowhere.
#13
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People say Blackouts are nice, although I haven't had a chance to try them.


i put blackouts in my tele! couldnt be happier!
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#14
yeah. i was planning a pearly gates or a 59 in the neck. output isn't really that much of a problem with the neck. the bridge i would like to be a bit crunchy but clear and have a decent harmonic response. just something with slightly higher output than the standard. are alnico II's slash sets too low, coz i know slash uses powerful amps which i don't have. I also play bluesy stuff too. The JB's seem alright too. As with Dimarzio i don't really like the cleans out of them. Don't know much about the custom customs :S
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So is this the norm now, to spell "br00tal" with the two zeros when referring to metal? I'm just curious because it seems to be the thing to do nowadays.

I'm not offended, just wondering. Also noticed the popularity of "br00tz"


also "br00talz"

i'd have said the jb was too hot, but that's just me. also can get a bit muddy in a lp. depends on what you want, of course- you could do worse than a jb, certainly, though if you ask me you can also do better.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#17
Seth Lovers are great pickups.
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#19
Don't overlook Gibson Burstbucker and Burstbucker Pro. You can't get any more classic than that. They are the original PAF pickups..
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ok gotcha. I wasn't sure if it was the official new title of something or not. Kinda like djent just came outta nowhere.

djent is onomatopoeia for hitting really low tuned strings hard, pushing them a little sharp. I'm talking 7 in drop G# and that range.


@OP: Pearly Gates set or maybe a Custom 5/59 set.

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no, not at all. You want something like the original? Try Lollars or something of that ilk.
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#22
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Don't overlook Gibson Burstbucker and Burstbucker Pro. You can't get any more classic than that. They are the original PAF pickups..


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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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Et tu, br00tz?
#23
i'd get a '59 in the neck and a pearly gates in the bridge if i was you.
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#24
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i'd get a '59 in the neck and a pearly gates in the bridge if i was you.
That would be a massive difference in power. The '59 is pretty much a Pearly Gates with a more powerful and brighter magnet in it. If anything you'd want it the other way around so the outputs would at least almost balance.