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My Favorite Neck Pickup in a Les Paul
By: Niloy from Portland, ME,      Submitted: 5/13/2013

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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? N/A 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? N/A Finish How did the stain or paint job look? N/A 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!