- Sep 12, 2014
Thanks again. Yes when I went into my current role I made the same argument about the current market...I agree...we should be dominating the Gibson-style pickup market. We still wind pickups just like we did in the 50s/60s using many of the original machines...we just haven't told the story. But before we got to pickups there were many other projects, artist-related and otherwise, that were more important from a brand perspective to complete. Now we're officially down the pickup rabbit hole and I would like to do a re-launch. Right now the priority is building the myriad of pickup styles for all our many products; soon we will establish capacity for the aftermarket as well. Same goes for parts. Lots of room to improve there.Hi Again Mat! I know on my `64 Block Inlay Reissue ES-335 I put in a set of Pat.#'s from a 1965 SG. I did swap out the short magnets with Throbak A-4's and those pickups sound just amazing compared to the Custombucker's. Custombuckers sound thin and wimpy to me. The 335 though is one of the best I've played new or old!
I did just get a Murphy Lab R-9, Light Aging. One of the best I've ever played including originals. I've probably played around 25-30 originals! I did drop-in a set of early T-Tops(with A-4 magnets)! I'm not keen on buying a set of original PAF's as they're more than the guitar cost me($8k). I do have one Original PAF and 7-8 early Pat.#'s with the same "PAF-type" bobbins and dual black leads on the coils.. In my opinion you guys should own the pickup market that Seth Lover created. You really shouldn't be playing catch-up. But I chalk that up to the previous owner who cared more about the almighty dollar than having stuff correct.
Regarding the Custombuckers, it's a bit like the quote about how talking about music is like dancing about architecture. Everyone has a different ear and sound in their head. I think Custombuckers are a really versatile option for a variety of playing styles. But an Alnico IV humbucker, I think most would agree, is perhaps less versatile. At least that's my takeaway. Doesn't mean it's not historically correct or anything short of amazing for certain styles. We will definitely be expanding our Alnico horizons for the previously mentioned project to provide all types of sonic options. Also an instrument like a Les Paul has a very different timbre than an SG or 335, so what sounds good in one does not always sound good in another. Good to have options. And that's why the current pickup aftermarket is so huge I'm sure.