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Throbak ER Custom

JLee

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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 Gotoh pickups with Throbak UOA5. They sound nice, but a little low end lite and thin.
 
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TM1

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Those should do the trick! Jon makes Great pickups!
 

JLee

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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!
 

renderit

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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!
Methinks it be the greezes he frys dem in after the special sauce is added.
 

JLee

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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. SO GLAD, these sound so good. I really didn’t want to have to do another pickup install on this guitar.
 

GotTheSilver

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Glad these worked out for you. I had a guitar that was too thin sounding. After some research, I tried an ER Custom in the bridge position. Indeed, it helped to fill in the midrange and make it a warmer sounding guitar.
 

57gold

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Throbaks are fine pickups, replaced the Lollars in these two instruments, the CL got the ERs and the I-35 got JW-102B Custom MXV, to try a different flavor.

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Johann Gustavsson also uses them in his instruments, lucky to have three of his masterpieces.
 

cmcald0

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Throbaks are fine pickups, replaced the Lollars in these two instruments, the CL got the ERs and the I-35 got JW-102B Custom MXV, to try a different flavor.

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AGt3qEx.jpg


Johann Gustavsson also uses them in his instruments, lucky to have three of his masterpieces.
I’m considering the throwback JW-102b’s, the Er Customs or Sle 101 plus for an Es 335. What is your opinion on the JW-102b’s in your I-35 and the differences between the JW’s and ER’s. Thanks
 

57gold

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Sorry, haven't stopped by for a while.

The ER bridge has a bit more drive with a bumped midrange focus and the neck pick up seems clearer (less warm) than the JW102b versions. Have the SLE 100 MXVs in a couple of Gustavssons, which are slightly lower output, more 1975-58 vintage sounding than the ERs, which remind me of 1959 double whites in a 345 I have and 355 I had from that year.

Believe that Throbak makes a version that replicates the early 1960s PAF/Pat Stickers found in the 1963-1964 period, as well.
 
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