Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Pickup selection advice: Norton bridge, which neck pickup should i choose?
I had a Seymour Duncan '59 in the neck of a semi-hollowbody so that would probably be somewhat like a chambered guitar.
There was no issue with any brittle sounds and it got just the right amount of mids with just enough high end, too. It's a common pickup in a lot of OEM guitars and while affordable, it's rarely a bad choice. It's like a Gibson PAF of old but with more output and more mids and my best guess for a similar DiMarzio would be the DiMarzio PAF or 36th PAF.
That being said many of the 1957 through mid 1959 Gibson PAFs were basically wound the same but not in any standardized way so they all sounded different and didn't come into their own as a standardized entity with same amount of winds for all PAFs until later in 1959 and beyond.
That later 1959 PAF, and then the early 1960s PAFs are a common baseline from which you can either go with more highs, mids, or lows, or a combination of the above. Duncan and DiMarzio are experts in fine tuning this basic PAF design ad nauseum. If you want to do so but with something handmade, then there are the Fralins, Bardens, Bare Knuckles, and "The Creamery" humbuckers.
What a lot of people don't talk about as much besides the body and its density or type of wood is the neck. A big fat neck could change the way a pickup sounds adding more sustain and the 57s and 58s could have a fatter neck and 59 somewhat less with different angle to body, and then yet a different beast in thinner 1960 necks and beyond. While not as important as pickup, it's still a factor. But a bright maple neck, as found on some really high end Gibsons as seen on L5s or Super 400s, can tend to add high end to the included humbuckers. So when a person says it's a basic humbucker sound from a typical Les Paul, there are so many shades of grey so there's nothing better than buying different pickups for your specific guitar and swapping them out from time to time.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 02-25-2014 at 11:03 AM.