#1
I have this Gibson ES-137 Classic, which I've been debating either selling for a Jazzmaster or ES-335, or swapping out the pickups. Currently, its just sitting in it's case because I have it set up for 12's in C standard tuning, which i only use to play QOTSA songs (but now i have a whammy DT which actually works quite well!). I've been to lazy to get it set up for E standard, so I thought, why not get new pickups while I am at it. My SG had the same pickups, what ever those Gibson one's are called... they suck. I threw some Wolfetone Marshallheads into my SG, which has 4 push/pulls, coil tapping and in/out of phase. These pickups have alnico 5 magnets because I really wanted to get a good coil tapped sound. I think I should get other PAF type pickups in my ES-137, either an A2 neck A2 bridge, or A2 neck A5 bridge configuration. I don't want any coil taps or anything. Just great sounding PAF clones. My current ideas are:

Wolfetone Marshallheads with the Alnico 2 mod
Throbak MXV P.A.F. pickups

Those seem to be some good choices, though the Throbaks seem a bit over priced.

Or should i just sell my ES-137? I love the feel, but I love that Larry Carlton Mr. 335 Signature Gibson ES-335 sound. I've been wanting one of those for a while, and I am sure someday ill grab one, but for now, how can i get my ES-137 to sound even better?

Thanks
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#2
I've got a Marshallhead with the Alnico II magnet in the neck of my Les Paul and a V in the bridge. The II is definitely rounder in the attack and more vintage sounding. I think a set with IIs in both positions would be great for a 137. The pickup wire and the hotter output of the Marshallheads means they're significantly warmer than the usual PAF or hot PAF set.

I can't comment on the Throbaks, since they're twice as much and I can't really spend that much on a pickup set. The only insight I've got on them is that I tend to like hotter than vintage PAF spec pickups, especially for warmth in the neck position. The Throbaks would likely be too cold for my tastes.
#3
Quote by Roc8995
I've got a Marshallhead with the Alnico II magnet in the neck of my Les Paul and a V in the bridge. The II is definitely rounder in the attack and more vintage sounding. I think a set with IIs in both positions would be great for a 137. The pickup wire and the hotter output of the Marshallheads means they're significantly warmer than the usual PAF or hot PAF set.

I can't comment on the Throbaks, since they're twice as much and I can't really spend that much on a pickup set. The only insight I've got on them is that I tend to like hotter than vintage PAF spec pickups, especially for warmth in the neck position. The Throbaks would likely be too cold for my tastes.


Thats actually great advice. I want the warmer tones. My sound is extremely bass heavy and warm, so maybe I should go with my old friend Wolfe's pickups. But I would also love to try something else, if anyone knows.
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#4
AlNiCo II is definitely bassy, it's quite spongy with a slow attack as well. it's quite nice in both positions. I think the pickups in my semi hollow are AII for both positions, my les paul has a PAF interpretation with AII in the bridge. i went for AIII in the neck for the les paul, i would say it's woody and less spongy compared to an AII, but I haven't tried an AII in the neck of the exact guitar.
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#5
yeah i have heard that AII pickups sound especially good in hollowbody's. The stock pickup set calls for an AII in the neck and AV in the bridge.
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#6
Check out bgpickups. I like the smokestacks but he has several different models so there might be something you really like. All handwound by him for cheaper than Seymour Duncan pups
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#7
I don't know. they dont sound as good as the competitors, though that where the price comes in im sure.
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)