Hi guys, I'm sure I'm the millionth dude to ask, "Hey what's the difference between the Alnico II Pro and the Alnico II Pro Slash Signature?", but I'm sort of curious if any of you guys who have owned both sets wouldn't happen to be able to shed some light on the difference between these two pups. I bought an APH 1 about a year ago and I stuck it into an Epi Les Paul Custom. I have been modding the balls out of this guitar for months, paycheck to paycheck, gibson tuners, tonepros AVR II bridge set, larger frets (my dad is a tech at a Guitarcenter, so I'm blessed to have some "free repairs" done) along with different pots installed. Lastly to change were the pickups. I first stuck a Pearly Gates in the bridge and I'll be stick that in every other humbucking guitar I'll ever get... for forever. It's a great bright sound, so I wanted a complement.
I'm big into classic rock, Aerosmith and stuff, so I had a friend recommend I try the APH 1. I knew from my own research that this was the same brand of pups Slash had in his LP copy in 1986. So I thought, well... Slash is pretty cool... and I knew off the bat that whether or not I bought a pickup that may or may not have been in his guitar, I certainly wouldn't ever sound like him... but the pup had to have been better than the stock Gibson Classic 57 copies they've been sticking in Epi's. It certainly was, right off the bat. I noticed that it had a much thicker sound to it than the 59 that I stuck in my other LP. This is the neck pup I'm talking about. The 59 is a great pup, but concerning the APH specifically, I noticed that it cleaned up greatly, while maintaining the girth in its sound. I also have noticed that when using my own amp, a Crate Vintage Club 50 tube combo (4 el84s) it can be difficult to work with this pup at times. I've noticed it's a darker sounding pickup. Concerning my own rig, it's a noticably darker tone, but it still maintains a good balance of its own special sound. It's great for playing blues, and with the tone knob rolled down it's got a beautiful woman tone.
I noticed the more and more I played on it, the similar it sounded to Slash's tone, and I thought... well... Slash is pretty cool.
Tell me about this Slash Signature pickup. Is it brighter than the APH 1? And if Slash actually had the Alnico II Pro from 1986 in his original setup, then are his signature pups really just a hipper version of what he originally had? Are the current APH 1's being sold similar to the ones in 1986, or are they just some completely different design changed over time? And if they are similar to the originals, then what's with the signature pickup? What else does it do?
I've seen that the numbers and measurements aren't identical to the two pickups, and upon scrutinizing the APH-1, APH-2, the Pearly Gates, and the SD59's, I notice they are all different and special in their own way. Concerning the Alnico II Pro sets (signature brand too) what makes these babies different from each other, and aside from, "Yeah dude it'll give you the Slash sound," what can I expect from a possible upgrade to a signature neck model? A brighter sound, hotter, warmer, darker? Having to choose between gas in the car or a better or similar pickup?
I appreciate any advice from you guys, as my curiousity cannot stay my wallet much longer. Keep rockin!!