Duane Allman tone in a pickup

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  1. Tomm Williams

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    Yes I know his tone was a combination of many other things but if you were to pick a set of replacement pickups for a LP with him in mind, what would be the likely candidates?
     
  2. MilwMark

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    Any vintage wind Humbucker.
     
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    you can find a pair of used Gibson Classic 57 PAF style humbuckers without much effort and they are very reasonably priced
    lots of people take them out of their Les Pauls and put boutique pickups in
    Duane actually had a couple of distinct sounds, his slide and his regular playing which were different from one another
    He accomplished this with touch, guitar volume and tone knobs, and the fact that he was playing big amps turned up loud
    Pickups are important in a guitar, no doubt about it But no pickup is going to make you sound like Duane. As you know, there are many factors

    Don't go down the rabbit hole, it's expensive


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  4. Chino

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    Jim Wagner makes a set of pickups called Dark Burst, supposed to sound just like Allman’s dark burst Les Paul. He’s been making them for years. Used to be called WCR pickups, now Jim Wagner pickups (same guy, changed the name). I have a set of his Filmore pickups on one of my guitars and they’re great - expensive though.
     
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    I think Sheptone makes a Blue Sky humbucker set, Zhangbucker has his Duane set, and I'm sure there are others.
     
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    I agree, Duane just knew how to divine tone out of Les Pauls ( and loud Marshalls with open backs), with his technique and real raw passion.

    A buddy of mine just got a ' 68 Super Reverb and he owns a '62 SG RI with Gibson '57 Classic PU's and when I dialed his Super to about 4, no pedals ( just at his home BBQ jam) and using guitar controls, that great Allman OD and shading was all there using the guitar controls.
    . It was loud, but I was knocked out by the tone this combo was producing. Super dynamic.
     
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    I don't see many references to WCR pickups, i have one in the neck of my LP (crossroads) and IMO a much better PU than the burstbucker that came out.
     
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    I heard the sound sample of the Crossroads PU on the website and it does sound exactly like Crossroads. So good!
     
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    Tone knobs on a Les Paul and combinations go a long way to get you where you want to be - sometimes just a small adjustment will get you home -
     
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    That youtube channel has enormous amount of good information about PAF (Duanne Pickups). Enjoy it.
     
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    .... don't forget about the huge impact pots and caps have on the tone. On these kinds of chases I start with pickup heights, then pots and caps, and then pickups. A single pot has a normal accepted factory tolerance spec range of 20%.... that's like an 8lb vs 10lb Les Paul and someone might complain.

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    I would think any 57 PAF type humbucker will get you in the ballpark. I personally like the Pearly Gates because of their variety of tones. They do the 57 sound but can get really tonally aggressive when required.
     
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    Actually, an 8lb vs. a 12lb because the spec is +/-20%, not just 20%.
     
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    Good advice...and funny, too!

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    I’m absolutely smitten with the PAF style pickup in the neck of my Mex FSR Tele. I don’t even remember the brand. Had it done at guitar center last summer, just before I discovered my go-to guitar/amp guy. They seemed to do a decent enough job though.

    And it sounds SO good. It can still sound twangy like a Tele when I want it to, but it can also wail. Warm, great definition. I’ve never sounded better.
     
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    One important point. Which Duanne sound have you in mind?

    ‘Cause Duanne used play live with 59 Les Paul, BUT in studio ballpark, much about his Stratocaster.
     
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