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Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Aug 22nd, 2017 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Epi LP standard and like the stock pups as far as humbuckers go but that said I find the neck pup too muddy. I've seen some reviews of the phat cat pup and would like to hear from some owners. I'm only interested in swapping out the neck pup if that will work. I'm looking to get more sparkle and tighter bottom.
thanks
t

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Aug 22nd, 2017 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have been installing 57's Classics in almost every Les Paul I own and have been very pleased with the results. All my 57's Classics with just 2 exceptions have been open coils and the other 2 mentioned are a chrome and one gold set.
The open coil sets have been the best sounding pickups I have installed. They get every desirable tone that you can dream from a Les Paul, but if I were to use a different brand, it would probably be the Seymour Duncan Slash Alnico 2's. These are the same design and I think it would be a great alternative to the price that the Gibson's command, and who better to buy them from, than the original designer!!
I use 500 k pots and orange drop .033 caps. None of mine are multi-wire pickups and just use the standard 2 wired pickups. Also, using the 50's wiring scheme to hook them up, because they do not lose any of their tone or power. Other wiring schemes seems to lose the complete aspect of these pickups and the tonality seems to be more muffled and not as snappy, which really surprised me. It took away the strong and clear lows and made it less defined, which really again, surprised me, but the suggestion made by Peegoo to try the 50's wiring scheme, really brought out the total spectrum of the strings when I changed to this setup. So, I have not been disappointed with that change have just varied the cap used with my Epiphone Dot and went with the .022 cap to get a little more brightness on the neck pickup. I'm smiling big time when I play any of these guitars and have had No Desire to want a change.
The End. ...... Woody

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Aug 22nd, 2017 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Do you have a link of this pup without the cover?
thanks

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 07:45 PM, Aug 22nd, 2017)

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Aug 24th, 2017 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry for the late reply, but for the most part, I have boughten my pickups many stores and Musicians Friend a long time ago. The last pair I got was from a guy who didn't install them in a custom build, the gold covered ones. He decided to go with some EMG'S 81/85 set, and gave them to me for the work. So, for the most part, you could reference a price point from an online dealer, then look around for them.
I have had these pickups for quite some time and they are my reference point for most passive humbuckers and also enjoy the Burstbucker Pros for a dark sounding guitar, like a Studio Les Paul without the maple cap. These are brighter sounding pickups and have good string to string balance. With bright sounding woods, like Alder, Ash, these would not be a good choice but for a solid mahogany guitar without the maple cap, they work exceptionally well.
So, the best I can do for you is to just describe the tonal traits of my pickups and the how they interact with the build woods used in a particular guitar with the scale length of that guitar.
I'm not limited to just these pickups, but I sure enjoy what I get from them.
Best regards, Woody

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