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Dec 22nd, 2018 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Any opinions?

I'm thinking of getting a new ES-339 or ES-335 Dot. Both come with MHS II humbuckers. I would prefer Classics 57's. Gibson claims the MHS pups where designed to be like PAFs but specifically for semi-hollow electrics.

The reviews I've read are all over the board. My guess is that they're probably just fine, but just wondering.

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Dec 31st, 2018 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've never played MHS pickups.

"designed to be like PAFs but specifically for semi-hollow electrics."

That means nothing, really, because original PAFs vary from pickup to pickup. Generally, PAFs are much lower in power than a typical humbucker. That's really all one can truthfully say about them beyond the parts they used to make them.

Visit a local GC or other shop that has Gibson guitars, and do some A/B testing between the MHS and 57C pickups. Remember that two guitars are not a good method of comparison; increase your chances of averaging your results by playing two or three guitars with MHS pickups, and two or three guitars with 57Cs.

You have to remember that manufacturers release updated products to stay afloat. It's why there are so many "true to the original PAF" pickup versions on the market. Heck, Gibson alone has the 57 Classic, the Burstbucker, the Custombucker, and several others that are supposed to be The Thing.

Which is the best one? Only your ears can tell you that.

I am not bashing Gibson here; I own several amazing Gibsons and love 'em. Just trying to provide some objective advice.

Edited to add: I have a Gibson ES3399 with 57 Classics and it it a tone beast. I've got no reason to switch out the pickups.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 07:09 PM, Dec 31st, 2018)

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Jan 1st, 2019 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I didn’t know Gibson offered these.

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Jan 1st, 2019 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Peegoo, good stuff.

I actually got me a new ES-339 with the MHS II humbuckers. So far I like them in that particular guitar. They sound much like the Classic 57's I had in a CS-336, at least as far as my memory goes. They do seem to be lower output than the humbuckers in my Epi Elite LP Standard.

I'll post a review on the guitar and pups after I've spent more time experimenting around.

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Jan 1st, 2019 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Low output is the key to great tone and versatility f om a pickup.

You can use a dirt pedal or a boost to heat up an amp. But there's no such thing as a Clean It Up pedal.

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Jan 1st, 2019 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

That would be a tonesuck pedal.

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Jan 3rd, 2019 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

When I need that sound,

this is what I use.

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