New pickup day (Lollars)!

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  1. JohnnyCrash

    JohnnyCrash Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    I have no idea why, but I had GFS minihumbuckers in my Gibson SG Standard. I installed them a few years ago... wait, I remember why, I had four push-pull pots for Jimmy Page wiring (which I never used) and the GFS had 4-conductors, AlNiCo mags, and claimed to sound vintagey.

    I couldn’t stand them, even though I’ve enjoyed some GFS pickups in other guitars in the past.

    So I’m now about to install a Lollar minihumbucker in the bridge and a Lollar “staple” P-90 in the neck.

    I was happy with the Lollar Charlie Christian pickup in one of my Telecasters (it pairs extremely well with a DiMarzio Pre B-1 [DP112] in the bridge).

    I’ll update y’all with the results (hopefully) tomorrow!

    Here’s a “before photo”:



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    JohnnyCrash Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    Here’s my Tele partscaster with the DiMarzio + Lollar combo... I recently put in a 4-way switch for the in-series option:



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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    Awesome I can’t wait to see that staple pickup I wonder what it’s like compared to a p-90
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    How do you like that Charlie Christian pickup?
    I’ve always been interested but have heard they are hard to balance with other pickups and they are loud
    Maybe the newer version corrects these issues
     
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    I’m a P-90 fiend!

    My main gigging guitar was this Les Paul Junior Lite (I threw a Gibson mini in the neck)... it’s still one of my favorite guitars:



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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    That’s a sweet junior I’ve had major gas over that exact style something about those small parallelogram inlays attracts me
     
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    They are very loud and clear.

    I originally had a ‘52 reissue pickup in the bridge (I originally built it as a one pickup Esquire), but I never gelled with it.

    It was very mismatched in output with the CC (I even had the CC at a very low pickup height).

    Now with the DiMarzio they match well. Almost like they were made for one another.

    The DiMarzio is often sold as a “high output” pickup, but I got it to tame the ice-pick highs and to add a bit of bass and midrange body to the classic twang.

    So the outputs match better now, but the old school vintage twang is there in spades.
     
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    To spread the pickup brand love (and share more guitar porn!)...

    I don’t discriminate. Cheap GFS to midrange DiMarzios to custom Seymours and now Lollars.

    My ES-135 was too dark (perhaps due to the balsa center block), so I put a Seymour Duncan Dynasonic in a humbucker casing in the bridge:



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    Lollar makes some fantastic pickups! I've really enjoyed the Lollar Vintage T bridge (yes, I said bridge, not neck) and my Lollar 50's low-wind P-90 in the neck position of one of my Les Pauls. I'd really like to try a staple P-90 myself, along with their repro of a Teisco gold foil. I'm betting that staple P-90 and mini humbucker will sound great!
     
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    Last night, after I finally got my four month old son to sleep, I pulled the old pickups and pots and installed them.

    Hopefully I’ll have time today to solder it all up.

    I’m going with the ‘50s Les Paul style wiring. I had treble bleed circuits before, but I never really play with the volume pots a lot... except to blend the neck in slightly (via ‘50s wiring) for fattening up solos. Standard wiring doesn’t allow for that same kind of dynamic interplay between pickups.



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    Let us know how it sounds good ! I'm curious how the Staple compares with the mini, I would be afraid it might overpower it. Also how the middle position sounds !?
     
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    OK...

    Wired them up, had a brain fart, figured it out, and now the verdict:

    The minihumbucker is awesome. Lots of harmonics when overdriven. Nice, snappy, and sparkly cleans. It can do a very rude Who or even hints of the Rickenbacker toaster pickup (an unexpected similarity). Great at snotty punk, even good at blistering metal.

    The staple pickup was LOUD. It’s also incredibly clear and bright, for a neck pickup — which is good since I hate muddy neck pickups. I lowered it a bit to get the outputs to match up a bit.

    The middle position is awesome for rock leads. It’s great for chiming clean chording. The ‘50s wiring enables some interplay and I really like it on some guitars (not all) for blending in the neck pickup to taste.

    I am a very happy camper! The GFS pickups and four push-pull switches (Jimmy Page wiring) just sounded one dimensional.



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    Here’s a better photo without the glare:



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    nic'o'caster Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Thanks for the details and photos. Very unique sounding and looking SG, congrats !
     
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