Revitalizing a dot

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  1. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    I was going to suggest the Seth lovers as well, but man I love those shawbuckers, and aside from YouTube I have no experience with the SLs.
     
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    GFS Retrotron pickups are HB sized pickups that emulate the Filtertron type pickups at a low cost. They aren't the best pickups on the market, but very good for the money and some woldn't use anything else. Here's a old video of a DOT with Retrotron Memphis pickups:
     
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    Toneriders are virtually the same as SD, but cheaper because they're made in China instead of California. The BYO Blizzard set is an even better deal than either.
     
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    I don't think you could go wrong with the Duncan "Hot Rod set"! Jazz in the neck and JB in the bridge. I may be biased, though, as that is how my Dot Studio is equipped. '59s might be a cool way to go too.
     
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    +1 on the Seth's. I love them in my Dot. Tried 57 Classics and liked them too , but the Seth's won out for me.
     
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    Yep. These threads always remind me of what a cornucopia of pickups (and other parts) are available these days. When I was young, Jimmy Page might change his pickups, but us mere mortals lived with whatever came in the guitar. Nonetheless, we stick with what we know and I've always been very pleased with Duncans from the time I had a '59 installed in the neck of my Dot many years ago.

    IMO, Seths are well suited to a semi-hollow like the Dot because, being unpotted, they're microphonic in a good way and add a pleasing (to my ears) mix of acoustic quality to the tone of the pickup itself. Being low wind Alnico 2 magnets helps as well. They really bring out the unique tone of the instrument. It all comes down to personal taste.
     
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    The choices are dizzying, but one thing to remember is that you really don't want to be playing pick-up roulette with a semi-hollow where you have to thread the whole harness through the f-hole . . .one rewire is really plenty, and lately I've been eyeing BB King models just for the rear access port.

    I "revitalized" my 339 bottom-feeding 2nd hand sales on feebay, SD jazz in the neck and JB in the bridge, both were minty and under $100 for both.
     
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    Retrotrons seem to be the perfect pickup to jam along with 70's porn soundtracks.
     
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    I have had this Washburn for about 17 years. It's OK, nothing to write home about. For one, the neck twisted on me, and cannot be straightened easily or cheaply. It's slight and does not affect the playability, but I probably will not be able to sell it. The hardware is also pretty cheap. There are better budget semi-hollowbodies out there, so I wouldn't recommend it. If I were to need another like this, I would go with something else, preferably one that has the pickup selector near the other controls, like a 335.

    On the plus side, the GFS pickups I have in it make it sound fantastic, and it's very pretty.
     
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    I think you are comparing apples with oranges. The lp is a completely different type of guitar to the dot, and it won't just be the pickups that are creating it's sound. Be careful you don't end up spending money in pursuit of the unachievable. The dot will never sound like the lp! Might be time to change guitars if you were so taken with the sound of the lp.

    I've wasted lots of money chasing the unachievable :(
     
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    I dont expect or want it to sound the same. I have just fallen out of love with the sound of the current setup thanks in no small part to the sound of the lp with burst buckers. Im slightly worried that going with another low wind a2 pickup like the bb will have it treading too close to the sonic territory of the lp, but the only ones that really have my interest at this point are seths, tone rider ac2, and byog blizzard of 59. That is unless I pull a 180 and go with a hb sized p90....
     
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    Or... you could do something really crazy... and throw some P-rails in there... especially if you can find the special SD mounting rings(triple shot I think...). That might be a cool way to go too.
     
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    P Rails with Triple Shot Rings are an excellent suggestion.
     
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    What have you been watching?
     
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    What was that all about?
     
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