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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ES-335 style guitar pickups replacement ideas

I visited the Seymour Duncan page and it got me thinking about pickups. My current stock ones sound very good (Peavey) I'm simply curious what could I do different. (Screw you GAS or GIS in this case - guitar improvement syndrome!).
My JF1EX is all maple, rosewood fingerboard, tune-o-matic bridge with a stop tailpiece. Current pickups are 7.4 k (neck) and 12 k (bridge) DC. I play mostly with my fingers and while I really love the sound of p90's and "lipstick alnico" (Danelectro) pickups, I guess I need humbuckers some of the stuff I play. My only dilemma is that I play lot of open chords with distortion and I want them to be as "clear" as possible. I was looking at those Phat cats… Also I want to say that I wouldn't mind other Peavey pickups (like the p90's from Firenza f.e.)

What do you think?

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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd suggest TV Jones Classics, Classic +, or Supertrons.
You will probably need the English mounting bezels.
The are the perfect pickups for clarity and snarl, IMO.
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I'd suggest TV Jones Classics, Classic +, or Supertrons.
You will probably need the English mounting bezels.
The are the perfect pickups for clarity and snarl, IMO.
Thanks, I'm gonna look right at them!
Update: they do sound really nice. I think I liked the Classic Plus the most, but that one comes only in bridge.
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If you're thinking of going with Duncan, the Phat Cats are an excellent choice. I have a set of them in a 335 and they sound fantastic.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you're thinking of going with Duncan, the Phat Cats are an excellent choice. I have a set of them in a 335 and they sound fantastic.
Yeah Scott, they surely did inspire me. The thing I'm not sure about is the DC resistance is lower on PC than my stock bridge. What kind of impact is that going to have on my not super powerful overdrive channel on my Classic VTX?
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Old July 17th, 2013, 01:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you're thinking of going with Duncan, the Phat Cats are an excellent choice. I have a set of them in a 335 and they sound fantastic.
+ Probably that for your (p90) wishes..


wish you luck..............

ps..I hate working on hollow bodies..something always goes wrong when
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+ Probably that for your (p90) wishes..


wish you luck..............

ps..I hate working on hollow bodies..something always goes wrong when
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I use string with mine. When I'm ready I pull the string and the pot or whatever comes back out.
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+ Probably that for your (p90) wishes..


wish you luck..............

ps..I hate working on hollow bodies..something always goes wrong when
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Thanks, does it make any difference that JF1 is a semi-hollow?
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For Duncan Humbuckers:

Seth Lovers & Antiquities are great pickups - but on the vintage side of things. Bright, not that much output etc...

Alnico Pro II maybe just a tad fuller in the mids - great with distortion

59 is also great, but bright as well. the JB bridge humbucker is a great classic choice for what you are describing & generally is paired with a 59 in the neck.
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For Duncan Humbuckers:

Seth Lovers & Antiquities are great pickups - but on the vintage side of things. Bright, not that much output etc...

Alnico Pro II maybe just a tad fuller in the mids - great with distortion

59 is also great, but bright as well. the JB bridge humbucker is a great classic choice for what you are describing & generally is paired with a 59 in the neck.

Thanks for your input, I'll give all those a consideration.
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The Creamery pickups

Shed Pickups

I've got some Shed Vintage P90s which are unbelievable good.

I'm sure both winders do bucker size p90. the Creamery winds his own Wide Range style buckers which I've heard are far more articulate than regular HBs.
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The Creamery pickups

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I've got some Shed Vintage P90s which are unbelievable good.

I'm sure both winders do bucker size p90. the Creamery winds his own Wide Range style buckers which I've heard are far more articulate than regular HBs.
Thanks, I've checked his page and his work is definitely great. Lots of options on there as well…
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I put the Dimarzio Eric Johnson DP211 and DP212 pickups in my 335.

Holy Cow they are wonderful!!!! Eric Johnson told Dimarzio that he wanted a Les Paul humbucker pickup that sounded like a Gretsch Country Gentlemen. These pickups are just perfect for my 335... clean, crisp, jazzy, luscious, not hot which I love...

So yes I highly recommend the Dimarzio's DP211/DP212 pickups for any 335.
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And, since no one's mentioned them yet: GFS Mean 90s. I put one in the neck of my Ibanez AF75 hollowbody. Super clean and powerful and a great price.
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I put the Dimarzio Eric Johnson DP211 and DP212 pickups in my 335.

Holy Cow they are wonderful!!!! Eric Johnson told Dimarzio that he wanted a Les Paul humbucker pickup that sounded like a Gretsch Country Gentlemen. These pickups are just perfect for my 335... clean, crisp, jazzy, luscious, not hot which I love...

So yes I highly recommend the Dimarzio's DP211/DP212 pickups for any 335.
Thanks. What woods is your 335 made of? I'll check Eric Johnson's sound with LP. They seem very interesting, thanks
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And, since no one's mentioned them yet: GFS Mean 90s. I put one in the neck of my Ibanez AF75 hollowbody. Super clean and powerful and a great price.
Thanks, I'll look them up.
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I have both "Seth Lovers" and "Classic 59's" Really like both. Another cool feature that's available is the Duncan "Triple Shot pickup rings", when used with a 4 wire version you get many sound/tone options at the flick of a micro switch built into the ring. very easy wiring and very cool/versatile pickups!
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I have both "Seth Lovers" and "Classic 59's" Really like both. Another cool feature that's available is the Duncan "Triple Shot pickup rings", when used with a 4 wire version you get many sound/tone options at the flick of a micro switch built into the ring. very easy wiring and very cool/versatile pickups!
Thank you. That triple shot ring sounds very neat! SD has great service for sure.
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I put the Dimarzio Eric Johnson DP211 and DP212 pickups in my 335.

Holy Cow they are wonderful!!!! Eric Johnson told Dimarzio that he wanted a Les Paul humbucker pickup that sounded like a Gretsch Country Gentlemen. These pickups are just perfect for my 335... clean, crisp, jazzy, luscious, not hot which I love...

So yes I highly recommend the Dimarzio's DP211/DP212 pickups for any 335.
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Mine Seymour Duncan JB on the bridge and '59 on the neck..
Quite fantastic if u're into alternative rock, post-rock and a bit bluesy stuffs..

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