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    Looking to replace the pickups. I play classic rock, hard rock, jazz, country, and worship. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks Frank
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    • #3
      I'm of the opinion that the pickups in those are near perfect. I've owned 3.
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      • #4
        ^+1 well minus owning three. I just have the one.

        I suggest playing around with the adjustable pole pieces and height adjustment screws to hone in a sweet spot if you aren't happy with your current sound.
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        • #5
          I left the neck pickup alone in my Faded SG, but swapped the bridge for a Rio Grande BBQ Bucker. I can't explain the tone in any way other than pure rock and roll, and the sound I had been hearing in my head.
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          • #6
            I have the Classic +/Classic in my '61 RI, and they are the best buckers I have ever played. A close second are Duncan Alnico II Pro (non-Slash version). Both can be jangly, warm, give beautiful cleans, and sound great with dirt. I have Duncan JB/'59 combo in a couple of guitars and, while I like the the '59 in the neck, the JB tends to be very bright. I will probably change them out at some point.



            Unless you are playing uber-heavy-lucifer-death-post-modern-apocalypse-metal, pickups with alnico II magnets would work great.
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            • #7
              The stock ones in my '05 are perfectly fine. I raised the neck pickup, and lowered the bridge pickup, and have a good jazzy tone coupled with a Tele-esque vibe.
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              • #8
                The stock ones in my '05 are perfectly fine. I raised the neck pickup, and lowered the bridge pickup, and have a good jazzy tone coupled with a Tele-esque vibe.
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                • #9
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                  • #10
                    If you don't want to just do it right and get some BGs, then I suggest swapping the stock AlNiCo V magnet in there (that should be a 498T in the bridge, right?) for an AlNiCo VIII. It'll tame the harshness, take some of the boominess out of the low end, and fatten up the mids, as well as give you a bit more output.
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                    • #11
                      I play those genres and dig the stock pups i did change the height though

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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by Deadbeat Son
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                        I left the neck pickup alone in my Faded SG, but swapped the bridge...




                        The bridge pup for me left something to be desired when I had a faded. For ballsy PAF toan I would run a dimarzio 36th.
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                          Quote Originally Posted by GilmourD
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                          (that should be a 498T in the bridge, right?)




                          No, the faded SG has the 490R/490T combo in it.
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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by Deadbeat Son
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                            No, the faded SG has the 490R/490T combo in it.




                            Oh, that's right...



                            Those are basically T-Tops with the wrong magnet in them. If you get some roughcast A5 magnets in them you basically have T-Tops.



                            As it is, the neck pickup is VERY dark. The bridge is kinda blah.



                            I'd just talk to Bryan at BG-Pups.com and tell him what you have and what you want it to sound like. You couldn't go less wrong. The only problem is that every guitar you own after that will never measure up. LOL
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                            • #15
                              I like the 490 set in Faded SG's. I had it in one I used to own and it screamed. I replaced the wiring and it made it even better.



                              I later sold that guitar but got another Faded SG. That one I put in SD Alnico 2 Pro's to try something different. They're not super different from the 490's and are also really nice in that model guitar. I guess if you're not digging the current sound you probably want to go for a pickup that's more different than the A2P's.
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