#1
Hey guys,

I have an SG body that I need to make sound old. What are the best '59 or just vintage sounding humbuckers out there?

I've looked at

Gibson 57 Classic (4 conductor)
SD 59 (not sure which one)
SD Whole Lotta Humbucker
SD BonaBucker
Gibson Burstbucker or Burstbucker Pro

Thanks guys!
#3
Throbaks, Sheptones and Wolfetones are all great. Throbaks are the most accurate, but I dunno if that's for everyone.
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#7
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If you've got the cash (US$509.00 per pair), the general consensus is that ThrowBak makes the best:

http://www.throbak.com/2011/01/throbak-maximum-vintage-pickups-mxv.html


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#8
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If you've got the cash (US$509.00 per pair), the general consensus is that ThrowBak makes the best:


How is there a general consensus on pickups that cost more than most people’s guitars?
#9
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How is there a general consensus on pickups that cost more than most people’s guitars?


Over the years, a number of the trade publications - which routinely review gear that costs way more than any gigging musician can afford - have frequently concluded that the ThrowBak comes as close to nailing a true 1958-1960 Gibson P.A.F. as anyone has ever done. The tone, the construction, and even the appearance are scary in their accuracy. The things are practically handmade one at a time from the ground up, which accounts for their staggering price tag. They've turned up in a few very high-end custom-made Les Paul knockoffs for these reasons.
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#10
I think it's honestly a matter of opinion. If I'm right, the original PAFs also had individual variations and stuff. Personally I'd prolly go with the SD Whole Lotta, because Jeff from the Smashing Pumpkins uses them and sounds great.
#11
There isn't a specific model of pickup out there that can be called an example of THE Paf, simply because all PAFs made in the 50's/60's (watever) varied from each other. If you had two of the same models with you from that era, they would both sound different anyways because of the process involved in making them.

These days a lot of people are making PAF's, from major pickup manufactures to boutique builders. Each version is gonna be the builder's own take on a PAF they have with them or they heard that sounded good to them, so there will be difference in sound among all makers, it depends on whose sound you like.

If it were me, I'd go with Duncan Seth model or their SH1-59 model, both are good Paf style pickups available on a budget that you might call as vintage correct in build. Antiquities are also an option. Overall costs would probably be below $200 for a set
#12
Quote by mmolteratx
Throbaks, Sheptones and Wolfetones are all great. Throbaks are the most accurate, but I dunno if that's for everyone.


+1 to all of that.


but there are plenty of good "vintage sounding" pick ups.

do we have a budget?
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How is there a general consensus on pickups that cost more than most people’s guitars?

because they're good. it's a consensus. people who've tried them agree.
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#13
If you want inexpensive PAF's try rockfield SWV's select wound vintage found on b.c. rich mockingbird special and special x models
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Hey guys,

I have an SG body that I need to make sound old. What are the best '59 or just vintage sounding humbuckers out there?

I've looked at

Gibson 57 Classic (4 conductor)
SD 59 (not sure which one)
SD Whole Lotta Humbucker
SD BonaBucker
Gibson Burstbucker or Burstbucker Pro

Thanks guys!


Tom Holmes H455. Google it. I have one in my Jackson that I use for old Van Halen covers. The only other pickup that comes close IMO is a Mojave Amp Works PAF bridge pickup, but I don't think they're available new anymore. For a more reasonable price, the Seths would be a great choice.
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How is there a general consensus on pickups that cost more than most people’s guitars?


People interested in 100% accuracy to Burst specs generally aren't playing sub $500 guitars. Consensus among those who have played (or even own) original Bursts is that Throbak makes pretty much the most accurate (good) sets of PAFs that aren't unobtainium. Stephens and Tom Holmes have their proponents, but they're much harder to get hold of.

Aesthetically, the Throbaks are definitely the most accurate I've found. However, the Sheptone Tributes I had in another guitar when I got my Throbaks were equally killer, just a tad bit more high end bite. And they're half the price. The Wolfetones I had were good too, but the Sheps were more to my liking.

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Tom Holmes H455. Google it. I have one in my Jackson that I use for old Van Halen covers. The only other pickup that comes close IMO is a Mojave Amp Works PAF bridge pickup, but I don't think they're available new anymore. For a more reasonable price, the Seths would be a great choice.


Where'd you get the Tom Holmes? Super unobtainium even when I was looking a few years ago, even more so now.

EDIT: Ouch. Prices on used ones went up again...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOM-HOLMES-PICKUPS-HUMBUCKERS-H450-H455-/190957961066?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item2c75fb3f6a
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Quote by mmolteratx
People interested in 100% accuracy to Burst specs generally aren't playing sub $500 guitars. Consensus among those who have played (or even own) original Bursts is that Throbak makes pretty much the most accurate (good) sets of PAFs that aren't unobtainium. Stephens and Tom Holmes have their proponents, but they're much harder to get hold of.

Aesthetically, the Throbaks are definitely the most accurate I've found. However, the Sheptone Tributes I had in another guitar when I got my Throbaks were equally killer, just a tad bit more high end bite. And they're half the price. The Wolfetones I had were good too, but the Sheps were more to my liking.


Where'd you get the Tom Holmes? Super unobtainium even when I was looking a few years ago, even more so now.

EDIT: Ouch. Prices on used ones went up again...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOM-HOLMES-PICKUPS-HUMBUCKERS-H450-H455-/190957961066?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item2c75fb3f6a


HOLY CRAP, MATT! F#@kin A. I paid $250 for mine brand new in 2007. I just called Tom & ordered the pickup back then. Piece of cake. Had it 2 weeks later.
I really like the tone, but for $400 I'd part with it & get an EVH humbucker & a few nice bottles of whiskey
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Just got off the phone with (I believe) Tom Holmes' wife, & she said the wait for a set of pickups is about 9 months, but they may be able to process a single bridge pickup more quickly. The new H455 pickup is $220 without the gold or nickel cover. Tack on another $60-$80 with the cover.

Almost unobtainium....
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Just got off the phone with (I believe) Tom Holmes' wife, & she said the wait for a set of pickups is about 9 months, but they may be able to process a single bridge pickup more quickly. The new H455 pickup is $220 without the gold or nickel cover. Tack on another $60-$80 with the cover.

Almost unobtainium....


Ah, that explains it. Price is in line with the other high end replicas then. You mind sending me the number? Might be interested in trying out a set against the Throbaks.
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Ah, that explains it. Price is in line with the other high end replicas then. You mind sending me the number? Might be interested in trying out a set against the Throbaks.


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