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Old March 13th, 2013, 11:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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G&L MFD Pickups...

I have a beautiful G&L Legacy that I'm not in love with. Actually I am in love with everything but the sound-I really prefer the sound of MFD pickups and the Legacy is loaded with Alnicos. It was kind of a stupid impulse thing-I know I prefer a more aggressive tone but I heard one in the store and decided I really wanted that classic strat sound.
The classic strat sound is fine when I'm playing at home, but with the band I really like the added punch of the MFD's.
SO what say ye, should I modify the Legacy by switching to MFDs, sell it off and replace it with an S500, or suck it up and live with it?

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The S-500 also has a mini-toggle that gives you the bridge/neck and bridge/neck/middle combinations, if that's important to you.

G&L sells the MFDs for $99 apiece at their website. If you're really in love with everything but the pups, putting MFDs in might be the way to go.
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try used too!!

I bought used a G&l Classic rear pup for $35. Loves it!


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If you like MFD's, either find a used set or swap guitars, whatever ends up cheaper and easier. G&L necks vary, so if you like your neck, I'd suggest keeping the guitar.

I have an old SC-3 (1988) in the closet, with a neck that is just too small for me to be comfortable with and MFD's. As I recall, the pickups are nice and aggressive, but did not have the magical "juicy" sound that I tend to like in tele and strat pickups these days.

(I have also owned an ASAT Signature--which is like a Special, and an ASAT Classic, and I did not like the Classic pickups at all, went to tele pickups. I spent a number of years on the Guitars by Leo page as well.)

There is a specific character to MFD's that I find in things like Harmonic Designs Vintage Plus pickups (also with ceramic magnets underneath the pickup) and Bardens (which I don't like as they are too hot and sizzly). Even current MIM tele pickups are made using this construction.

If you want hotter pickups in the Legacy, consider that there are a lot of other choices. Something like a set of HD Vintage Plus's might really work well for you. I also like Rio Grande pickups a LOT.

Also, I have found that MFD's vary from year to year and set to set...kind of like Fender pickups from the old days.

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