#1
Hey all,

After a fairly long period of dormancy, it appears GAS has returned...it can never truly be contained, can it!?

As the title suggests, I have a Gibson SG that I think I'd like to swap the bridge pickup in. It currently has a pair of '57 classics. Great pickups for sure (I especially like them in the neck), but I think I'd like something with just a bit more bark and bite in the bridge - It can get just a tad bit too spongey and muddled for my taste under a fair amount of gain (And I'd like just a tad more tightness and brightness). Looking for a bridge pickup that can handle everything from clean, slapback delay filled rockabilly style riffs, up to hard rock/early hair metal and punk levels of gain. Not looking for a super hot metal pickup, as I have other guitars for that - versatility is key here!

I was thinking maybe a Burstbucker, or maybe a JB, but would like to hear other opinions.

Amps are a Fender Bassman, ENGL Fireball, and eventually, something Marshall-y as a third amp.

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#2
If you want something less mushy, Burstbuckers aren't the way to go for sure. Burstbuckers are low gain, vintage, mushy sounding pickups.


If you want something a bit hotter and a bit tighter, maybe something like a Duncan SH5 would be worth a look. JB's are nice too but quite a bit brighter compared to something like a '57 classic.
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PAF Pro, no?
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PAF Pro, no?
I have one in the neck position of a Jackson DK2M I own, and think it's a great pickup for metal/shred neck pickup leads, but how does it handle the vintage-ish stuff as a bridge pickup? Plus, how does it fare in a mahogany, set-neck guitar, versus an alder, bolt on neck guitar?
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I have a duncan Custom 5 in the bridge of my LTD Viper and it is a very versatile pickup. Great for 80's hair metal tone but is also good for blues and classic rock tones. Slightly lower output than the JB.
#7
Perhaps a RailHammer Chisel or HyperVintage. They also just recently introduced the Alnico Grande, which lies somewhere between.

http://www.railhammer.com/alnico_grande_bridge.html
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#8
I really like the JB- Something about it just feels 'Alive' and responsive to me- But the Pearly gates bridge is pretty sweet too. Maybe too classic for you though-
#9
I concur on the JB. A more modern, articulate PU designed for 80s tone. I have one in my 335 and it might be too modern for this axe.
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#11
A JB is, a good choice. Very articulate pup.
But check out http://riograndepickups.com/
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Quote by firemetal666
I have a duncan Custom 5 in the bridge of my LTD Viper and it is a very versatile pickup. Great for 80's hair metal tone but is also good for blues and classic rock tones. Slightly lower output than the JB.
This sounds very much like what I'm looking for. I just might have to give it a try

Does your Viper have a mahogany, or basswood body?
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This sounds very much like what I'm looking for. I just might have to give it a try

Does your Viper have a mahogany, or basswood body?


LTD's have basswood but don't worry too much about that.
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#15
You can't go wrong with the Duncan SH4 Jeff Beck model. I have several and they are great pups, especially the custom shop Maricela Juarez hand wound version.
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
Perhaps a RailHammer Chisel or HyperVintage. They also just recently introduced the Alnico Grande, which lies somewhere between.

http://www.railhammer.com/alnico_grande_bridge.html


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#17
The JB can do it, although it has more upper mids (think 80s hard rock). For more versatility, I'd suggest the Custom. It is open, has plenty of output, and the low end remains tight.
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Quote by FlightofIcarus
This sounds very much like what I'm looking for. I just might have to give it a try

Does your Viper have a mahogany, or basswood body?


I have the Viper 1000 deluxe. It's mahogany body and neck, ebony board.
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Quote by FlightofIcarus
I have one in the neck position of a Jackson DK2M I own, and think it's a great pickup for metal/shred neck pickup leads, but how does it handle the vintage-ish stuff as a bridge pickup? Plus, how does it fare in a mahogany, set-neck guitar, versus an alder, bolt on neck guitar?


no clue, i have it in an ibanez

but i'd say the bass isn't super-tight. but it is pretty clear-sounding, and pretty bright.

jb doesn't have a super-tight bass to my ears, either. and wouldn't be my pick for lower gain stuff either.

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#20
I'm reviving this thread!

I'm curious if anyone here has experience with Wolfetone pickups? I've been eyeballing them since they're very local to me (as in no shipping local). Thinking of possibly going that route for a bridge pup in the SG now.

As far as mass produced stuff goes, can anyone compare the 57 classic plus to the regular 57 in output/tightness? FWIW, I recently picked up a Gibby Flying V w/Burstbucker Pros in it, and think those totally rock (Not sure why a lot of folks hate them so much). I do occasionally spot decent deals on used Gibson pups, but would spend my money on something like Wolfetone before paying what a brand new Gibson pup goes for.
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