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Hey guys! I’m interested in changeing the pickups on my Gibson Les Paul Signature T. I currently have the Seymour Duncan Slash set in it at the moment. I don’t mind the bridge pickup but I really don’t like the neck pickup. It’s too muddy or muffled and dark sounding. So I planned on getting a new set for it. I’m looking for a nice PAF set. I bought a Seymour Duncan 59 for the neck but didn’t put it in yet to try... I mostly got it cause it was on sale for a real good price and knew I could have use for it eventually regardless. So I was thinking it would be cool to find some good Canadian pickup creators to look at and hear and eventually pick a set. I was hopeing you guys could list some good company’s for me to check out! I figured a lot of others here would be interested and seeing some Canadian companies too. I also plan on getting a set of single coils for a strat in the near future too and I think it would be cool to Canadian up these American guitars. Lol
 
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^ beat me to it (linky > Home)

Good pickups and very well priced. Never used any of his PAFs or full size humbuckers, but I have had a few of his Tele pups and Firebird minihumbuckers, and they were ace.
 
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I've tried the Vivid Humbucker in the neck of my Tele and it has a sweet sound, too. On top of that, I have his Nocaster Tele pickups in my Tele right now, plus I've tried the Broadcaster in combo with the Vivid and also with a Firebird style mini in the neck. All sounded really good. It's tough to go wrong with Craig's pickups, in my experience.
 

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Also try Mike Smyth at MJS Custom Pickups in Mississauga, Ontario. But be warned... he loves to talk! Set aside an hour. :)

ps his main endorsee is Rik Emmett of Triumph fame. So, the guy KNOWS how to do humbuckers for a Les Paul!
 

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I also hear nothing but good about the Pickup Wizard in Ontario. Sorry I don't know how he is with humbuckers, but his tele pickups are considered top notch.
 

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I didn’t know Sigil was Canadian and I hear a lot of good things about their pickups... I was looking on their site and what’s the difference between their session pickups and the vintage ones besides price? I really like what I’ve been reading on vineham pickups so far too. I’m gonna start checking threw some of the other brands mentioned now. This is a big help and plus it could be cool to have a list of some Canadian companies!
 

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I have rebuilt Casino pickups by Craig Vineham. I really like them.
 

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J S Moore - J S Moore Custom Guitar Pickups - Home - has been around a long time. I bought a set of P90s from him 10 years ago. They very good replacements for the overpowered Seymour Duncans that were in the Hamer P90 Special I had at the time.
 
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I’ve never used the session pickups. Here’s what web site says.

Bluesman Session Series | Sigil Pickups

Depending on how much I’d be willing to spend I’d have no qualms about going with the sessions. Talk to Dave. Tell him what you have, what you like, and what you don’t. I’ve used the Chicago Bluesman and the Lips Signature set. The Chicago Bluesman nailed the dirty blues sound I was looking for. I put them in an Explorer. The Lips Signature are the most versatile pickups I’ve used. They react really well to adjustments of the guitar volume and tone. I mostly play in open jams so I never know what songs and genres I’ll be playing. They handle it all with aplomb. I’ve had them in a V, an SG, an Epiphone Les Paul, and right now in an Epiphone Dot. They are absolutely awesome in the Dot although the bridge needs the tone backed off to five or it’s a little shrill. They really react well to high gain. There is a reason they have been in a few guitars. I like them so well that I won’t let them go.

All that said I had a Slash Signature Les Paul. I really liked the Slash SDs. Have you tried adjusting the pickup height? The Slash SDs are some of the nicest sounding pickups I’ve tried.
 

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The 59 is an A5 magnet vs. the A2 in the slash, so it should be brighter.

Captain Obvious here, but have you tried lowering the neck pickup? That should improve the clarity somewhat. You can also adjust the polepieces for string-to-string balance.

Also make sure you have 500k pots in there.
 

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I’ve tried adjusting pickup height and that a while ago and it did help them out.. but to be honest when I do adjust height I always have a trickier time with the neck pickup for some reason.. so I might give it another try to be honest. Like I said the bridge pickup I like but i usually like getting matching sets and plus It’s not a 4 conductor either and am considering the jimmy page wiring for some extra versatility.
 
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OP, you're not alone. I have the exact same problem with my Slash Pups in my Standard.., I find the bridge to sounds great but the neck is too muddy and overpowering. I've tried lowering the pup and raising the bridge but I still can't even them out.

I contacted Craig at Vineham and actually just received a Vivid PAF Clone from him. He recommended that pickup for the neck to brighten it up a bit. I won't have time to put it in the guitar for a while but I hope it's the cure I'm looking for. Check out his site, Craig is top notch, I've ordered several pickups from him and they all sound amazing!
 
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Before you replace pickups try this... invert your thinking.

With neck pickup selected, dial
In your amp/pedal tone with the clarity you desire with the neck pickup. After achieving that, select the bridge pickup and roll back the tone knob on the guitar for the bridge pickup to bleed away the extraneous treble dialed in to favour the neck pickup. You’ll end up clarity on the neck pickup and a fatter bridge tone as bonus.

Clueing in to this was a major revelation for me and halted my pursuit to find a neck pickup that isn’t muddy.

If one insists on running their volume and tone controls on “10” and favouring their amp/pedal tone to the bridge pickup, you’ll always end up with a muddy neck pickup... so save your cash.
 
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