New Gibson ES- 335 Satin Vintage Burst, Need Pickup Recommendations

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  1. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    ReWinds in me Lester. I soldered an original to the guitar gold cover to the neck ReWind pickup because Jimmy Page. I also like the visual balance.

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  2. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    hope I didn’t sound harsh, congrats on the new guitar and your research :thumb:
     
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  3. Mike Manhost67

    Mike Manhost67 Strat-Talker

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    Not harsh at all, and I really appreciate you took the time to reply. thx
     
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    bobalu Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Thank-you, didn't know that at all. Did Gibson actually call them "T-tops" then?
     
  5. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    Good question. I’d guess no. More likely it was a nickname bestowed upon the pickups sometime after.
     
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  6. nadzab

    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    That's a real beauty, congratulations. Don't assume the pickups need replacing, spend some time with them and decide for yourself - has anyone mentioned that yet? :)

    Totally agree with StratoMutt that adjusting the polepieces and overall height can make a huge difference as well...you might be surprised.

    At the end of the day, though, if you do decide to swap the stock pickups out, my recommendation is DiMarzio 36th Anniversaries. I never bonded with the Burstbucker Pros in my 2016 LP Standard, but the 36th Anniversaries really made the guitar come alive. Plus they’re available in double cream, which I have a weak spot for...
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  7. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I’d just play that beautiful thing! :cool:
     
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  8. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Strat-O-Master

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    Humbucker sized P90s
     
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    Bladesg Funk Meister Silver Member

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    I would give the stock pickups a chance for sure. If you decide you want to swap them out then I'd be looking at Wizz and OX4 Pickups
     
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    Rudedawg Senior Stratmaster

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    THIS! Play around with the pick up heights & your amp setting before swapping out pickups; especially on a semi hollow body as it's a pita..
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    Mansplaining to @fezz parka. LOL.
     
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    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    That's a seriously good looking guitar you have there.
     
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    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member

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    Congrats Mike, if you are in love with it, why change the pups?
     
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  14. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Play it for awhile before you go pickup shopping. You might find that whatever is in there actually does suit you. Sometimes the internet is full of " it "
     
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    Mike Manhost67 Strat-Talker

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    I've been a Fender guy for over 40 years and pretty much know my way around their guitars and single coil pickups. I was taking an old Tele to have some work done, and while I was waiting I saw this hanging on the wall.

    I did something I rarely do, bought a guitar on impulse (damn you Covid!) without any research based just on the look and feel of it. I just fell in love with it. Been a huge country, blues, soul, Larry Carlton guy, and only know the ES-335 from famous recordings I have, no first hand knowledge of actually playing them.

    When I got home, I started reading stuff like "I couldn't pull the pickups out fast enough", or people saying they returned the guitar due to the pickups, on various forms and YouTube videos.

    I love the sound, but it's my first foray into humbuckers, and Gibson, so was just trying to find more info on why some people don't like them, and what constitutes a great pickup for the classic ES-335.

    I have found the people on this and some of the other guitar sites really helpful, so just throwing these questions out into the universe and see what facts and opinions I get back.

    I want to thank everyone who responded, I love hearing all thoughts and opinions, and in no rush to mod or change the guitar, just trying to educate myself.
     
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    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member

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    She is beautiful for sure...
     
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    HNGD !

    Play it a while before you operate ;)
     
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  18. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    Was not my intent. I spent a lot of time speaking with James about both the PAF and the T-top. Also have read numerous posts from him on other forums.
     
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  19. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    I hope you enjoy it as is for many years to come. They are a true classic with a lot of great music played on them.

    I’m the opposite; I know Gibson and humbuckers far better. The Strat build of last year was a fine opportunity to learn Fender. I have far more to learn.
     
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    Congrats, 335’s are my personal favorite guitar. I’m currently looking for another myself.

    I’m a huge fan of the Gibson 57 Classic series of pick ups. Many seem to really like the new pickups coming in 335’s, I believe “Memphis”.