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  1. J

    Throbak Koss-301

    I love talking gear! No worries Sol! The Pre-Ts were in a semi-hollow that was really bright. Same guitar had the Wizz, prior to installing the Pre-Ts. I was getting ear fatigue from the Wizz. In that guitar they had a big upper mid spike and it got grating on the ears. The Pre-Ts were fatter...
  2. J

    Throbak Koss-301

    PG-102 in a ‘81 Tokai LS-120 Koss-301 in a ‘80 Tokai LS-80 ER Custom in a ‘81 Tokai ES-100 the LS-120 is more balanced and leaner sounding than the LS-80, which has an overall fuller tone with a bigger low end. The ES-100 is bright and snappy. The LS-120 had Manlius Fat Dianes, the LS-80 had...
  3. J

    Strings

    Thomastik Infeld Blues Sliders are fantastic. The wound strings are wound with silk. Super smooth to the touch.
  4. J

    Throbak Koss-301

    I think they might possibly be my all time favorite set! They have such a sweet tone!
  5. J

    Throbak Koss-301

    Likewise, if you have any more questions, fire away!
  6. J

    Throbak Koss-301

    I currently own the Koss 301, PG-102 and ER Customs. I’ve also owned the Pre-Ts. All are/were in different guitars. The Koss set is the brightest, but not by much. I still wouldn’t consider them overly bright. Has bite, but the highs are not at all strident. Really nicely balanced. Less low...
  7. J

    Stephens design pickups versus throwbaks?

    I thought about going all PG-102 in my guitars. They all have different voices and decided to go with sets that would complement each voice. I feel like the sets I’ve chosen were a perfect match and really bring out the best out of each guitar or at least more of what I wanted to hear from each...
  8. J

    Stephens design pickups versus throwbaks?

    I’m a big fan of Throbak Pickups. I would never consider purchasing SD’s pickups with all of his questionable business practices. I also appreciate Jon’s dedication to authenticity and the smallest details.
  9. J

    Throbak Koss-301

    Holy s**t these sound amazing! I ordered the pre-repair set. I was concerned about the hotter neck pickup, but these balance beautifully and the neck is nice and clear. Not at all what I’ve know as A2 tone. None of the excess sponginess I’ve always associated with A2. Bright, open, woody and...
  10. J

    Throbak Koss-301

    I’ll let you know how the Koss set works out. Didn’t think about the neck...
  11. J

    Throbak Koss-301

    Any users? I have a set on order for a 1980 Tokai LS-80. I have Throbak PG-102 and ER Custom sets and love both of them. The LS-80 currently has OX4 Low Winds with Throbak UOA5 magnets and Throbak covers. I always felt there was a level of complexity that’s missing compared to my Throbaks, so...
  12. J

    Throbak ER Custom

    They’re fantastic! Lots of bark!
  13. J

    Throbak ER Custom

    Finally got the ER Customs installed in my Tokai semi-hollow. These really fit the bill. Smooth top end and a big, but not boomy low end. Nice, full midrange, but not honky. Sweet when you want it, but nice punch and grunt through a overdriven amp. They clean up beautifully as well, with VIPots...
  14. J

    Throbak ER Custom

    Well used, dirty greezes!
  15. J

    Throbak ER Custom

    Indeed he does! These will be my 3rd set. Owned a set of Pre-Ts...sold along with the guitar they were in and still own a set of PG-102s. There some extra special sauce with Jon’s pickups!
  16. J

    Which Alnico type is most midrange dominant?

    You can purchase magnets from Throbak and ReWind. ReWind sells magnets through EBay. Both sell a variety of almico types from A2, A3, A4 & A5, short and long. Throbaks are pricey, so I would try and narrow down what you think you are looking for. I believe oriented has a stronger charge. UOA5...
  17. J

    Throbak ER Custom

    Any ER Custom users? I have a set on order for my ‘81 Tokai ES100. From the website, these seemed to fit the bill. The guitar is pretty bright and snappy and I’ve been shopping for a pickup that would fatten up the tone a bit and balance out some of the natural highs. Currently has the stock...
  18. J

    Which Alnico type is most midrange dominant?

    Throbak magnets are manufactured to different specs than other brands/manufacturers. I’ve only used Throbak UOA5 and oriented A5. Oriented sounds much closer to the usual descriptions of A5. Big bass, crunchier, more strident highs. The UOA5s are magic and my favorite. Not nearly as low end...
  19. J

    Boutique PAF war: Holmes - Throbak - Ox4

    I’ve never used Holmes, but own Throbak PG-102, OX4 Low Winds(I swapped the A4 to UOA5) and have owned Shed, Wizz, Manlius, ReWind, WB, Fralin... The ReWinds were one of my favorite sets. So wish I had kept them. The OX4 with UOA5 are amazing as well. I also dislike their covers. My set has...
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