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matrix
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:05 am    Post subject: PAF pickups Reply with quote

Which pickup you think is closest to the sound of classic PAF?

- Bare Knuckle The Mule
- SD Antiquity/SH1/ Seth Lover
- Lindy Fralin Pure PAF
- Gibson 57 Classic


What is your choice for bridge pickup?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:11 am    Post subject: Re: PAF pickups Reply with quote

matrix wrote:
Which pickup you think is closest to the sound of classic PAF?

- Bare Knuckle The Mule
- SD Antiquity/SH1/ Seth Lover
- Lindy Fralin Pure PAF
- Gibson 57 Classic


What is your choice for bridge pickup?


It's very subjective, they are all nice pickups, for a classic PAF I would pick a BK Stormy Monday over a Mule, I would also choose an RD Pickups P1 over any of them
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never heard RDs. I would like to have some bite on treble pickup.
I like early Whitesnake sound of Moody/Marsden or Warren Haynes.
I heard that Warren use Pearly Gates as bridge pickup.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seth Lovers
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would be good combination with SH-1n?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

matrix wrote:
I never heard RDs. I would like to have some bite on treble pickup.
I like early Whitesnake sound of Moody/Marsden or Warren Haynes.
I heard that Warren use Pearly Gates as bridge pickup.


A Pealy Gates is a great sounding pickup, but not 100% authentic PAF which is what you asked originally. The PG does have a bit more bite which might suit you.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those Lindy Fralin Pure PAF shure sound very very nice on youtube clips!
You might wanna check Sheptone pickups also I hear a lot of nice things aboth them.

p.s. Im also a seeker
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What pots would be better for SD SH-1 or PG? 500k or 250k? I have OD 0,022UF caps.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matrix wrote:
What pots would be better for SD SH-1 or PG? 500k or 250k? I have OD 0,022UF caps.


I always go with 500K pots on humbuckers...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matrix wrote:
What pots would be better for SD SH-1 or PG? 500k or 250k? I have OD 0,022UF caps.


It depends... if your guitar is fairly dark sounding get the 500k's... is it bright then go for 250k.

I personally like the combination SH-1/JB, but be sure you use 250k pots with the JB (the pickup is designed to use with 250k pots) or it can be too harsh. Heard the SH-1 and JB greatly benefit from a magnet swap, you might consider this as well. Have a search on the Mylespaul forum, there are tons of discussion about just this.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course the guitar is dark sounding it?s LP.
On my guitar I have 500k pots and then I will not change them.
But I would like to change my bridge pup ( JB). I have SD SH-1 on neck and I have a chance to buy Dry 1982. Would be a good combination with SH-1?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the main things about a PAF is the magnet and other things as well but the magnet is a big part.

There are stories of how Gibson ordered a lot of Alnico IV magnets for the original PAF's.

I tried a Tonerider Alnico IV Classic PAF that I thought was pretty good.

I thought that if it wasn't what I wanted then I could always try the Alnico IV magnet in my Maxon U-1000 and get it in the Dry Z ballpark but I'm just keeping the Tonerider as it is because it sounds pretty good to me.

Alnico II, III, IV and V will all be different.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to their website and clips are just amazing.
Are they really so cheap?? 27 BP?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought my Tonerider used so it was cheaper than the new prices.

I wasn't really expecting that much from the Tonerider but it turned out pretty good.
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