59/09's into my Custom 22--I think I'm good now

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Going Modal, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    Over the weekend I installed some 59/09 pickups into my '18 Custom 22, replacing the 85/15 pickups that were in there. I think the 59/09's are much better suited for my all-around bluesy/rock styles.

    I wasn't interested in changing the switching patterns, or even the look of the pickups (they're still uncovered black squabbins, like the stock ones) but had grown a little weary of the "modern" sound of the 85/15's that were in there. I do think the 85/15's are decent pickups--in fact, the clarity on the neck pickup has been entirely refreshing compared to any other neck humbucker, period. But those pickups are probably much better suited for tight high-gain sounds; and, alas my style is more bluesy classic rock & such. (So then why did I even buy a Custom 22 then? Umm... have you seen one? And played one? My lord, they're so nicely designed & built.)

    Anyways, the 59/09's are definitely more-typical overwound-but-not-"hot" PAF-style pickups that I'm used to. And I think they complement this thinner-bodied guitar quite well (I consider it more SG-like compared to my thicker-bodied McCarty 58 with 57/08's, which is more LP-like). I'm happy with the swap so far--which itself makes me happy, too, because fiddling around with a soldering knife and all those tiny pickup wires was stressin' me out!
     
  2. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Sounds like you made the right choice with the pups, great job. Was toying with the idea to get a set of those to put in an SE, going completely from descriptions and reviews, as they seemed to be exactly what I wanted in a pup that would be different from any of my others.
     
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  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Nice. I put a 59/09 - 57/08 combo in my 2008 Cu22. Couldn’t be happier.
     

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