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    Default Best bridge pick ups for les paul

    I'm going to get an alnico pro 2 for the neck but I can't decide which bridge pickup to get. I was looking at the JB, sh-5, sh-14 and sh-11. I'm leaning towards the sh-11. I like the warm sounds of the alnico 2. Also Myles Kennedy uses it and I like his tone. I mainly play stuff like Guns n' roses,3 doors down, nirvana, Black sabbath/Ozzy and Black label Society.

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    WOW, you're gonna get a lot of different answers on this one, and they're all right! I use a Duncan Distortion in my Les Pauls. It works for me.
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    Default Re: Best bridge pick ups for les paul

    yeah i know everyone will have a different answer, but i want to see what people think about these pick ups

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    Stock Custom and a handful of magnets.
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    I've used the Duncan A2P, 59, Antiquity, and DEFINITELY the Brobucker (my favorite) with great success. Also the Dimarzio Super Distortion humbucker and the Mo'Joe (if you like hot pickups, my second fav). A few other brands as well, but these were the best.
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    IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:

    rosewood or ebony fretboard?

    lightened/chambered or solid body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metlking View Post
    WOW, you're gonna get a lot of different answers on this one, and they're all right! I use a Duncan Distortion in my Les Pauls. It works for me.
    +1 I use a DD in my other paul and it does Zakk Wylde very nicely.

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    Check the string spacing on the bridge to make sure you want standard spaced (SH) and not TB spaced.

    I'd go for the Duncan Custom in that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr. ad View Post
    IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:

    rosewood or ebony fretboard?

    lightened/chambered or solid body?
    solid body mahogany and rosewood fret board

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    Default Re: Best bridge pick ups for les paul

    does anyone know if the sh-11 with the alnico 2 gets muddy at high gain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike24121 View Post
    does anyone know if the sh-11 with the alnico 2 gets muddy at high gain
    It's thick, but the bottom is a tiny bit loose, and the high notes are the most buttery of the Customs. The Custom 5 is a great all around rock pickup for tight bottom, neutral mids, and crisp highs like a 59B. The Custom feels like it's got the most push in all frequencies. I find it tight, never muddy. The C5 is the least muddy, but it may have the tightest bottom end.

    It's most probable that your best option is to buy a Custom first, then if you don't love it, switch a few magnets around like the A5, A8, and A2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike24121 View Post
    does anyone know if the sh-11 with the alnico 2 gets muddy at high gain
    In a warm Les Paul it might.

    I have mine in a 1988 ESP Horizon. Maple neckthru w/ Ebony, long scale. The tone is 100% Judas Preist.

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    I wish I had enough Les Pauls to have four, maybe five, dozen different bridge pickups in them. There are probably at least that many that would be varying kinds of awesome.

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    i didn't dig the C5 in my LP but it's basically a semi-hollow with an ebony board; i loved the CC and demon in this one.
    in your case, the custom with some spare mags would be advisable; i've never heard of anyone not liking the DD in a lester either.

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    I liked the Distortion in my LP, but I thought the Custom was much better, and the Custom 8 was MUCH better. I don't think I've ever heard anyone say there wasn't one of the Custom family to their liking.

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    Default Re: Best bridge pick ups for les paul

    I'm rewriting because I read the original post.

    Anything with ceramic magnets would probably be too loud and too bright for a match with the Alnico II Pro.

    The SH-11 may have too much low end in a Les Paul. Low output Alnico II pickups can work, but a heavily wound one isn't what I would expect to be a good match.

    Go with an Alnico V or Alnico II pickup.

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    Default Re: Best bridge pick ups for les paul

    how would the alnico 2 pro sound if I put an alnico 8 magnet in it?

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    The A8 in an A2P might just be too much magnet, may be too heavy.

    "59UOA5, Pearly Gates, Screamin' Demon, P-90 (with UOA5/A5).

    These are the only logical choices to go with the A2Pn.
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    Default Re: Best bridge pick ups for les paul

    For the neck, I'd recommend a PGN instead, as it's not as likely to get muddy in an LP.

    In the bridge CC's are usually too dark and muffled in LP's. Not a good match. For a high output bridge PU, a C8 or JB2 would be my first choices. Both are warm PU's, and much better in an LP than a CC.

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