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Bill LawrenceL500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • Improves sound (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Get tone for days with these!

If you are looking for the Dimebag, Nuno, or Chuck Schuldiner tone then look no further. They all used these and they are smoking hot! Fair warning in that they call for a...Read complete review

If you are looking for the Dimebag, Nuno, or Chuck Schuldiner tone then look no further. They all used these and they are smoking hot! Fair warning in that they call for a steady hand to keep under control due to the high gain, so a noise gate may be a wise investment, but overall the clarity, depth, and agressive nature of the tone is to die for!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hot? Not!

Leads are very bright, bite, shrill... Power chords are clear, but with a twang! No balls, At first I thought they were factory wired in parallel, they were not, they...Read complete review

Leads are very bright, bite, shrill... Power chords are clear, but with a twang! No balls, At first I thought they were factory wired in parallel, they were not, they were in series. They are definitely NOT high output. To get any saturated gain, I had to use an over drive/boost to get any sustain. My preference is more of a rounded top end with a little cry,or awww type sound when used with full blown distortion. This pup is also "thin" sounding. Could the magnets be defective? Doubt it and DC resistance from what I remember was either 14, or 16K ohms. Its ok if you like a shrill bite. A Duncan Custom SH-5 is more to my taste.This was used thru a marshall MP1, Boosted and tested with a Dyno Drive and a tech 21 plexi. Power amps were thru clean channel Crate tube heads. Vintage 30's for speakers. EQ's and outboard gear bypassed. This same set-up using GFS Dream 180's is amazing even though they are not high output pups. The power chords ROAR, have tons of sustain and are smooth as glass!Zero Mud, Zero twang.

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(6 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Bill Lawrence L500XL

By Blackvikingmetal

from Nelsonville, OH

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Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

I have one of these in the bridge position with the L500R in the neck. The are wired up with coil splits and a phase switch. The only good tone I can get out of the XL is with the selector in the middle position with the phase switch active. Nice clear sound like this but otherwise very dull and muddy. No clarity or chunk. The other XL I have was wired up in the bridge of a 80's LP copy again with the L500R in the neck. No splits or phase on this one. Same result. Very dull and muddy, no harmonics. But the L500R however is great in both positions. Great response range, great harmonics and really nice sustain and distortion.
I have had two of these in different guitars wired differently in each with the same dull result. I find the tone very muddy with little to no harmonic response.
Just like the L500R the build quality seems solid.
Not a bad price but better off staying away from the XL and go with the L500R.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just the tone I was looking for

By pettymusic

from Pensacola, FL

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Pros

  • Clarity
  • Dimebag-ish Tone
  • Smooth Highs Not Brittle

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

      After trying 2 different BKP bridge pickups for my PRS Tremonti SE, I decided to try this one since I am a fan of Dimebag's tone. I am blown away. Punchy, clear mids, & smooth singing highs. Not harsh sounding at all. If your like the chugga chugga style, you should try this pup.

      (4 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      dull dull and more dull

      By matt manthorne

      from ct.

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      Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

      i put this in my ibanez rg in the bridge position and was blown away with how horrible this thing sounded. there was no attack no gain and no harmonic responce what so ever. i play metal and have been tring to find that pantera kinda sound and this pickup is not the answer not even close. i put the stock inf 4 back in for now.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Get tone for days with these!

      By Ziltoid13

      from Nashville, TN

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      Pros

      • Awesome Tone
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Screws Aren't Universal

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

      If you are looking for the Dimebag, Nuno, or Chuck Schuldiner tone then look no further. They all used these and they are smoking hot! Fair warning in that they call for a steady hand to keep under control due to the high gain, so a noise gate may be a wise investment, but overall the clarity, depth, and agressive nature of the tone is to die for!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Hot Pickup

      By Rock hard

      from California

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Hot Pickup
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Limited Color Options

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        Excellent hot pickup. I play hard roçk and was looking for pickup to meet my needs. I was looking at other more expensive pickups but after research reading several good reviews, so I went for it. This pickup delivers. I installed it backwards so hotter rail is
        Inside. I'm very happy with this pickup, it really cuts through and has a pronounced sound.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best pick-up i had! Nice tone and very versatile!

        By 87247020

        from Manila, Philippines

        Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        It's a nice pick up coz it has this clarity and sustain needed for punchy rhythms and solos.
        I've been an Extreme fan or I should say Nuno in particular (haha!) so i decided to buy this one here in MF and install it to my Washburn N1 and i couldnt be more pleased with it's tone. I play Extreme songs a lot and i can get the exact tone that Nuno has! But the best thing about this pick up is it's versatility, in a way that it can adapt to any songs or tone that i have in mind no matter what guitar effects i use.
        I like the design of it and the quality is actually good. However, the "Bill Lawrence" print can easily be remove. It only took my nails to erased the print! But not a big deal anyways.
        Price is fair for a great pick up and for the fact that legendary Nuno Bettencourt still uses this one.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Hot? Not!

        By MasterShredder

        from LI, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

            Leads are very bright, bite, shrill... Power chords are clear, but with a twang! No balls, At first I thought they were factory wired in parallel, they were not, they were in series. They are definitely NOT high output. To get any saturated gain, I had to use an over drive/boost to get any sustain. My preference is more of a rounded top end with a little cry,or awww type sound when used with full blown distortion. This pup is also "thin" sounding. Could the magnets be defective? Doubt it and DC resistance from what I remember was either 14, or 16K ohms. Its ok if you like a shrill bite. A Duncan Custom SH-5 is more to my taste.This was used thru a marshall MP1, Boosted and tested with a Dyno Drive and a tech 21 plexi. Power amps were thru clean channel Crate tube heads. Vintage 30's for speakers. EQ's and outboard gear bypassed. This same set-up using GFS Dream 180's is amazing even though they are not high output pups. The power chords ROAR, have tons of sustain and are smooth as glass!Zero Mud, Zero twang.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BETTER THAN THE REST

            By Bnajoben

            from Great Falls, MT

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            Pros

            • Awesome
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All the time
              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

              Put this thing in my Hamer Korena Standard. Way exceeded my expectations. I'm a blues player by nature but love me some metal from time to time. Dont buy this for metal. Buy it for everything. Sustain? CHECK. Tone? CHECK. Clarity? CHECK. Don't get other pick-ups with Dime's name on it. Get this one.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Best Humbucker

              By Barry

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                This pickup is amazing! I play everything from Hard Rock to Reggae to Country and it sounds great for it all. It's the most versatile sounding humbucker I've ever had. Here's the bottom line: it's just a great sounding pickup that has the full range sound..not muddy like a PAF style humbucker. It has great highs lows and mids. Also, the split and parallel wirings sound cool too!

                Get this pickup and throw away all the others! You won't be disappointed!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Tone, Clarity, and Output

                By Sherry Felsenfeld

                from So Cal

                Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                This pickup has it all! Try it for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
                This pickup has it all, Great Tone, Clarity, and Output. It's rare that you have all 3 in one pickup, you usually have to compromise, but not with the L500XL!
                Built Solid. Very Cool looking pickup!
                I can't believe the price with all that you get for it!

                (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                NOT a hot humbucker

                By Shredfester

                from Long Island

                About Me Professional Musician

                Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                I have been reading just how smokin hot this is. Well, the pups that this replaced must have been horrible. Very "brash" sounding with distortion. I did everything but stand on my head to get some roar outta this, but to no avail. I immediately removed it. very neutral on a clean channel. Others have stated the same as I have. Did some of us get pups with weak magnets? That will cause them to sound dead.Im Sorry Bill Lawrence, but my pup is pooped! I cannot in good conscience recommend this as a metal pup. It simply is not. Now, that being said, To all you metal heads out there, you will get a better result if you get more of a PUP with the character of a PAF. Just gently use an over drive before your distortion channel. Thats what I do, and I replaced my EMG's wired at 18 volts with GFS Fat Pats. Fat pats are not powerful, but with distortion they are better than Duncan Distortion or Duncan Custom. Yes, I tried them too!I picked up my over drives at Musicians friend. I will be getting another over drive from them shortly (they each sound a little different)MF has the best prices on Over drives. Check them out on youtube. Good Luck

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) first choice

                By PEPELRH

                from Lima, PERU

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                Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                if you appreciate the lead guitar of Extreme and the late Dimebag, this is their bridge pickup.
                clarity, punch and attack, all at your fingertips
                less expensive and classiest handmade, boutique humbucker
                unmatched at this price

                 
                5.0

                bill lawrence pick-up

                By earl

                from dayton,ky.

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                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                  Balanced.

                   
                  4.0

                  extremely good pickup for the price

                  By The Thunder God

                  from Texas

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • high gain
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                  • screws were unusable

                  Best Uses

                  • This was perfect for my practice guitar

                  Comments about Bill Lawrence L500XL Hot Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                  I wouldn't put this in my Gibson but I have a Fernandes that I practice on and this pickup was perfect. Its loud, high gain and I get all the harmonics of the expensive pickups. The only issue is that the clean sound of this pickup isn't real clear sounding but who cares if your going to just rock out anyways

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