I like the Seymour Duncan '59 and the Gibson '57 Classic in my Les Pauls. Although not a humbucker, the Gibson P90 I have in my 2011 Goldtop Tribute Les Paul sounds fantastic as well (as does the bridge).
Sometimes I think I could put just about any pickup in some of my guitars and they would all sound great. Other guitars, not so - they really need that special pickup.
Weir Blueprint. Not sold separately. I have never played a more clear sounding pickup, clean, crunch, high gain, it can handle anything.
“The pickup is wired directly to the end pin output jack. There is no volume or tone control. For me, these things were always somewhere between a distraction and an annoyance. Once I started building my own guitars, they were the first thing to go.
The pickups we are currently offering are my own design, called the Blueprint. Electrically, they are a mini humbucker. Instead of traditional heavy Backplate and cover, they are shielded with copper foil using the principles developed by Ray Butts for the Filtertron. With the much thinner foil, and a very particular overlapping pattern, they are bright and articulate with no capacitance issues or eddy currents. They are packed into an ABS shell and encapsulated in urethane. They are dead quiet even with lots of gain and hands off the strings. String grounds are not needed.
The pickups are pressed into the body route with a fair amount of force and are extremely solid. This way the pickup senses the movement of the strings, and the vibration of the body relative to the strings. It’s one part of the rock-solid design and a big part of our signature sound. There are a couple of set screws installed from the back which sit under the pickup and allow you to set and change the closeness to the strings.”
+1 for Re-Wind PAF’s (although a fairly pricy option) …I just installed a set of the 1958 PAF’s in a Heritage H535 and the neck pup is wonderful! As @silvertonebetty said, the Seth Lover neck pup is nice too, as is the Sheptone Tribute.
But I do tend to agree w/ Grab, most neck humbuckers are sorta muddy to me as well unless I perform a really fast scale which sounds kinda cool w/ a neck pickup - otherwise I prefer a single coil there.
This Jackson pickup on my Monarkh. actually sounds very close to a bridge pickup in tone and output (16K). It's like putting the tone down to 7 on the bridge pickup except w/ more bottom end, so I like it.
I've been really digging the Fralin wide range humbucker in a tele I just put together. It's kind of everything you want in a tele neck pickup but so seldom ever receive.
Other than that, I am, and have always been, a big fan of 60's T-Top pickups.
It was a toss-up for me between the Lollar Imperial and the JS Moore '59, but the Vineham Vivid I installed in my 535 last night is pretty impressive - more clarity and bloom to it than the Seth Lover, although they're a great set. I'm going to hold off on a firm stance until I get my 50's wiring harness come.
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