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Seymour Duncan SHPG1B Pearly Gates Bridge

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Product Description

The Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates was originally designed as a recreation of the pickups in the ’59 Les Paul® Standard that defined the raw, rebellious sound of Texas blues-rock.
The Pearly Gates is sweet, but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that make harmonics jump out of the guitar. Comes with four-conductor hookup cable.

Application
Warm, slightly-hotter-than-vintage humbucker. Great for blues, classic rock, southern rock, jam, and hard rock.

Complete Setup
Often used in both neck and bridge positions. Can be used in the bridge with an APH-1n Alnico II Pro in the neck for smoother tones; or, a Pearly Gates in the neck with an SH-11 Custom Custom for heavier rock sounds from the bridge position.

Guitars
For brighter toned instruments. Works especially well with maple and ebony fingerboards. Also works great with hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.

Players

  • Dickey Betts (neck & bridge)
  • Warren Haynes - Gov’t Mule (neck & bridge)
  • Howard Leese - Heart (neck & bridge)
  • Greg Martin - Kentucky Headhunters (neck & bridge)

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  805-964-9610 Warranty:  1 Year (if not altered)
Niloy from Portland, ME, niloy63@gmail.com
Overall Rating
General
Quality
Playability and Feel
Tone
Action
Finish
Reliability
Subject
My Favorite Neck Pickup in a Les Paul
General
Your general opinion of this product.
As the title says, this is without a doubt my favorite neck pickup in a Gibson Les Paul. I own other guitars that have very impressive neck pickups as well ('59, Jazz, Cool Rails, Vintage Rails, EMG 85, EMG 89), but they simply don't add up to the PGn on a Les Paul. I have it matched with a Duncan Custom (SH-5) in the bridge, which is in my humble opinion, a match made in Heaven for thick mahogany bodied guitars. I installed it in a Coil Split setup, and it handles the split VERY well. These are my favorite settings that I personally like to use the PGn with: (1) Split w/ Clean Channels: produces what I consider to be the best buttery cleans on a Les Paul. (2) Unsplit w/ High Gain: produces an incredible lead tone that makes the guitar sing! (3) Unsplit w/ Medium to Low Gain: priceless dirty blues crunch (along the lines of ZZ Top, obviously). I highly recommend this pickup, as it is EXTREMELY versatile, especially when split.
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Very well made. It is a Seymour Duncan p'up, afterall!
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
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Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
VERY versatile. Further explanation available in the "Overall" section.
Action
How was the action out of the box?
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Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
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Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
Been using it for only a month now, but I have no worries. Seymour Duncan p'ups typically don't have any problems, and their customer service is top notch!
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