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Changing the pickups LS150F

 
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Xisco
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:45 am    Post subject: Changing the pickups LS150F Reply with quote

Been thinking an upgrade on a LS150F, to change the MKII for a Mojotone '59 Clone humbuckers. Is it really worth?
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Paladin2019
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all a matter of taste. Is it worth it to you? Nobody can really answer that.

I replaced mine with a set of Bareknuckle mules and I'm very happy with them.

One thing I would suggest is try adjusting the pickup height before you go buying replacements. This can have a dramatic effect on tone and hardly anyone seems to bother.
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Xisco
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right. The pickup height is a key element on tone. I was just wondering if a Mojotone '59 clone is better than a MKII PAF humbucker.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xisco wrote:
You're right. The pickup height is a key element on tone. I was just wondering if a Mojotone '59 clone is better than a MKII PAF humbucker.


In my opinion, the MKII's are pretty great pickups.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Marcus.
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Thomas/Sweden
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never found a reason to replace the MK II's. Adjust them first to see that they're perfectly good.
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Xisco
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the opposite, meanwhile nice pickups I do find a reason to change them, I find MKII a bit shrill on the top end. But I usually change pickups on my Tokais if the guitar is VG or excellent *58 Pretenders, Dr. V, Throback SLE/101 plus, Shed Paff Daddys.... I have a Duncan 59 MJ wind period correct 80' s set I am about to try in my Reborn LS80......
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with luis. On both my ES130 and LS150 I also found the MKII too bright and perhaps a little bit lacking in body. Now have Manlius Fat Diane's in the ES130 and Lollar Imperials in the LS150 and feel that both guitars have experienced a significant upgrade. However as others above have stated, I would first persevere with the MKII's as they are quality pickups in their own right.

As guitar players and collectors I often feel that we collectively are a marketing man's dream (!!) and are often a mite too hasty in throwing our cash around in the never ending guitar upgrade spiral... Also I am an acknowledged PAF pickup tart (have had experience of: Dimarzio PAF's, Seymour Duncan 59's, Fralins, Lollars, Manlius but my absolute favourite brand are Deacci ((formerly RD Pickups)) ).

Lots of info in this old thread: http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=14270&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=wizard&start=45
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Xisco
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Muchas gracias a Luis and thank you, mole man. Very useful information.
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