02-01-2013 08:30 AM
02-01-2013 08:55 AM
I would take a look at the GFS Retrotrons or the Dream 180. They are less expensive than the SL's. But the SL is a great PAF. It's not very jangly. This is a case where GFS offers solutions that others don't.
02-01-2013 10:41 AM
02-01-2013 03:20 PM
Seems I remember hearing of a double lipstick pickup that fits in the PAF cutout? Anyone ?
02-01-2013 03:58 PM
Just saw GFS had the Double lipstick pickups. The retrotron memphis had the best sounding clips though. But the are out nof stock ! Damn!
02-01-2013 09:55 PM
The 12 strings will give you plenty of jangle no matter what pickups you use. I would go ahead and try the Seth Lovers and spend some money on a good compressor if you don't have one. I have an older Aphex Punch Factory that I've had ever since I saw one on Johnny A's pedalboard. I asked him about it and he said he uses it on everything. Very transparent, subtle and effective. If you want Roger McGuinn-style compression, you'll have to go with a more aggressive unit.
My Epiphone Elitist Riviera 12 has a set of Gibson NY Mini humbuckers and they work really well. Lots of upper mids. What kind of amp are you using? I always think of Vox when I think of 12 stringers, but both my Rick and Epi sound best through my Tweed Deluxe with just a bit of dirt that pokes its head out when you hit the strings hard.
02-01-2013 10:01 PM
02-01-2013 11:01 PM
Or how about a pair of these from GFS. Again, I can't personally recommend them, having never heard them, but according to the description, they might just be perfect!
02-02-2013 04:21 AM
02-02-2013 09:07 AM - edited 02-02-2013 09:12 AM
I'm not as knowledgeable as the forum members above regarding recommendations for pickups, but I can tell you what I'm going to do to my Dean Boca that I purchased a couple of years ago.
I decided to install single coil pickups to get that "vintage" sound and have purchased from GFS the following:
A) (2) 4.9K Neck Position Pro-Tube Lipstick Chrome. According to GFS these fit a Strat mounts with no mods.
B) (2) Humbucker Rout adapter ring- Fits Strat pickup- Straight- THREE COLORS (these enable you to mount a strat pickup into a standard Humbucker route. I got the angled ones instead of the straight.
This will be my first pickup swap, but I'm looking forward to doing it. For your information the Dean Humbuckers are 2 wire and they use those mini connectors. The hardest part for me so far has been fishing out the wiring as the Dean Bocas are semi hollow bodied. I should have the project completed in about 2 weeks time and I'll post my results and maybe some clips of not so good playing.
02-02-2013 09:57 AM
02-02-2013 11:38 AM
02-02-2013 04:09 PM
DocJeffery, Hows that Epi 12? Looks sweet. Just checked the Web and it seems that model isn't made anymore. As for the gold Memphis retrotron's, I'd get them but I don't think they'll go with the rest of the chrome hardware. I may not have a choice though since the memphis chrome bridge is out of stock.
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