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Well a while ago I acquired a Epi DOT. While it sounded very good, I went and replaced the stock pickups with Gibson Classic '57s. The DOT is now my #1 guitar. I love this thing.

Tonight I decided to swap the stock pickups in my Gibson LP Studio with the stock Dot pickups. God what a difference. It sounds much more dynamic and clear than with the LP pickups. I've had this LP for around 10 years and it's been a sleeper till now.

The stock LP pickups are much hotter than the stock Dot pickups witch are in fact Epi's Classic 57's so I guess I've just learned that I prefer low output pickups.

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On a side note, the Dot's pickups are nickel and all the hardware on my LP are gold. So i'll probably swap the pickups for gold Classic '57s or something similar some time.

Tone Emporium has a gold 59 set for 115$, maybe i'll try those.
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Studios come with very hot pickups. Younger me loved them, older me puts in hot PAFs.
 
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@zurn, Is "Tone Emporium" one of our group members?
I mean, hey, good to buy Canadian, better to help a fellow GC'er.


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You could just swap pickup covers and pole screws if the spacing is the same

The 498T 490R combo is not for everyone
But there are ways to make them sound better
 

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There are all kinds of PAF style aftermarket pus out there. My initial reaction to your thread was...if you like Gibson Classic 57s you'll LOVE Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. I have a 335 knockoff with Seth Lovers and they're just incredible imo...and I've had an LP with 57s previously.
 

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There are all kinds of PAF style aftermarket pus out there. My initial reaction to your thread was...if you like Gibson Classic 57s you'll LOVE Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. I have a 335 knockoff with Seth Lovers and they're just incredible imo...and I've had an LP with 57s previously.
I find the Classic 57's a little dark in the neck, are Seth Lovers a little brighter?
 

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It's hard to say for sure because the semi hollow is brighter to begin with and I haven't AB'd the pickups in the same guitar.

I CAN say definitively that the Seth Lovers are WAY more responsive, allowing you to add growl simply by using a combination of attack and guitar volume knob if your amp is dialed in right (on the edge of breakup with guitar volume at 7 ish). You can go from clean to growl in the blink of an eye....
 

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I'd make sure my neck volume pot is 500K first
 
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I have a D'Angelico 2DH. I almost sold it, I replaced the original Kent Armstrong pickups with Gibson Classic 57's. Now I love it and I will not let it go.


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I find the Classic 57's a little dark in the neck, are Seth Lovers a little brighter?
Absolutely, Seths have loads of clarity without being harsh.

57s are great in SGs but can be a little too compressed in a Les Paul.
 
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