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Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup   

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The original custom Pearly Gates pickups were wound for the famous '59 Les Paul Standard that defined the raw, rebellious sound of Texas blues rock. ...Read More

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Transform your electric guitar into a fire-breathing man-eater!

The original custom Pearly Gates pickups were wound for the famous '59 Les Paul Standard that defined the raw, rebellious sound of Texas blues rock. Essentially a variation on the Patent Applied For sound, Seymour Duncan's Pearly Gates sound sweet, but is slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top that make harmonics jump out of the guitar.

FEATURES
  • Vintage design
  • Super hot output
  • Raw edge
  • Great sustain

Heaven can wait. Right now it's time to get down with one of the hottest pickups ever made. Order now and watch the sparks fly!

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Seymour DuncanSH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (19)
  • Good quality (18)
  • Functional (12)
  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (6)
  • Rock (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice pick up just not for me.

Nice pick up but just not for me. The output is too low. I want a pick up to scream when you kick on the overdrive and this thing does not. It's fat...Read complete review

Nice pick up but just not for me. The output is too low. I want a pick up to scream when you kick on the overdrive and this thing does not. It's fat warm and round. Buttery and vintage. just enough top end to cut through. I'm more of a JB or a Custom fan myself. I also enjoy the Hot Rails pickup. This pick up is simply lacking the output necessary to puch the amp into pure overdrive heaven. Where this thing really shines in my opinion is the clean tones. Very fat round buttery sound with just enough top end bite to make your guitar sound more like a classic Les Paul. For Jazz I think this thing is perfect. Also clean or semi dirty bluesy lead playing. This pickup excels at that. Traded it in for a Duncan Custom and I am much happier. If you want classic PAF tones with a buttery low end this is your pickup. If you want hot screaming searing burning madness look elsewhere. Hope this helps. Cheers!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

uh, okay...

Well, I would like to start by saying that Seymour Duncan puts a lot of care and quality into their pickups. But this pickup in particular just doesn't do it for me, at...Read complete review

Well, I would like to start by saying that Seymour Duncan puts a lot of care and quality into their pickups. But this pickup in particular just doesn't do it for me, at least for the price. Sure, it picks up a lot of harmonics, but I don't really feel any sensitivity to playing dynamics at all. It just seems like a very one-dimesional sound(sorry, Seymour!). It just seems that the tone is focused just on getting those high harmonics and nothing else, seeming to me very tonally sterile, just a lot of fuzz and high end. Then again, that's just me. Check the stuff out for yourself, it's really the only way you'll ever know.

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5.0

I would buy this again.

By none

from Manchester, Ohio

Verified Buyer

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

I put this bad boy on my slide Guitar, It really works great.

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5.0

Smooth with some kick

By P. Cook

from Carlisle, PA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

    Got this put in my Eclipse today and wow, big difference. It gives a lot of bass while still maintaining the clarity, smooth as silk. I never really use my neck pickup; that's about to change.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Go ahead

    By Zane

    from Arkansas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

        Great pickup. All around best pickup for the money. Lot of gain, sounds great when playing heavy distortion, and in a clean tone.

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        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice pick up just not for me.

        By Gitfiddle76

        from Detroit

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Classic
        • Fat
        • Round
        • Sustains
        • Vintage

        Cons

        • Not High Output

        Best Uses

        • To Get A Vintage Vibe

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

        Nice pick up but just not for me. The output is too low. I want a pick up to scream when you kick on the overdrive and this thing does not. It's fat warm and round. Buttery and vintage. just enough top end to cut through. I'm more of a JB or a Custom fan myself. I also enjoy the Hot Rails pickup. This pick up is simply lacking the output necessary to puch the amp into pure overdrive heaven. Where this thing really shines in my opinion is the clean tones. Very fat round buttery sound with just enough top end bite to make your guitar sound more like a classic Les Paul. For Jazz I think this thing is perfect. Also clean or semi dirty bluesy lead playing. This pickup excels at that. Traded it in for a Duncan Custom and I am much happier. If you want classic PAF tones with a buttery low end this is your pickup. If you want hot screaming searing burning madness look elsewhere. Hope this helps. Cheers!

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        5.0

        Just, stop thinking and get it

        By Seminoles6615

        from Nashville

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Versatile
        • Verstaile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Country
          • Pop
          • Rock

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

          Installed this into my strat, and just wow. Removed the middle middle pickup and added a 4-way, and I just couldn't believe the tone I heard. Crisp, responsive, and clear. The only downfall is NOTHING. I highly recommend this pickup if you play multiple genres and really need something versatile.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful

          By Aaronisradder

          from Austin TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

            5 stars, 70 reviews and counting. That says more than I can. I put these pickups in my epiphone les paul custom and they brough it to life. The clean sound isnt 100% there but when you over drive it a little or deactivate a coil with a push-pull you forget all about it. I can get my cleans to sound how I want without every thinking about it again but my tone is set to 5 for the neck pickup. I love these pickups regardless. I'm very glad I bought them.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wow!

            By ChristianMetal327

            from Nashville, TN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

              I recently purchased a PRS SE Zach Myers. The stock pups were actually pretty good, and I thought about leaving them, but I kept hearing how good Seymour Duncan pups were. So, I decided to get a Pearly Gates bridge pup since I didn't want too much output with a semi hollow and it get all boomy and produce unwanted feedback but I still wanted some snarl under gain.

              Well, like I said, I thought the stock pups were pretty good...until I used the Pearly Gates bridge!!! It sounded so great it made the stock neck pup I left in sound like garbage. The Pearly Gates sounds very bell-like and articulate with good note separation and character on cleans, and keeps the articulation and character under high gain but adds a fabulous growl and snarl that never gets muddy. It isn't a crazy hot doom metal pup though. It is a moderate output pup that does superb cleans, jazz, blues, classic rock, hair metal, and modern hard rock amazingly!! If the latter is what you are seeking, buy one and get a Duncan neck pup while you are at it and you will love your guitar all over again!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Serious Growl

              By Ron09123

              from Washington DC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

              Just put a pair in my 2012 Les Paul. I had S/D Hot Rodded set and Pro II Slash p/u's before, but they just seems kind of lacking. The Pearly Gates are very articulate, you can hear each note on any chord. The output seems hotter than what is rated too, making pinch harmonics really squeal, but still controllable. But what I really love is turning the volume up and hearing that deep growl/bite. They easily drive my amp to breaking up. Perfect for rock (AC/DC), southern rock (Skynyrd), or you can turn them down a bit and still get a nice clean, yet full sound. Best P/U's I have had, and they arrived a day ahead of schedule.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT BRIDGE HUMBUCKER

              By Jammer456789887

              from Guitarville, FL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

                I put the Pearly Gates at the bridge of my Modern Player Telecaster, and like the reviewer below said: "Very pleased." Very, very thick but defined tone. Really roars-great both clean, overdriven, and scorching distortion/lead tones. Also, it's powerful but not totally out of whack with the other pickups, so the position 2 (quack) still sounds good and there is not a huge increase in volume, but there is some increase. Basically this pickup at the bridge is like a "skip to lead" switch some guitars have and now it's just an awesome guitar. I thought the Modern Player Tele's stock humbucker sounded pretty good, but I'm now a believer in Duncan pickups (this was my first "mod")--it sounds 20 times better now.

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                5.0

                Incredibly good tone - Buy these pickups

                By JonBear

                from Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

                    Replaced the decent but mild pu's on an older Sheraton II with these. Brought out incredible overtones and harmonics in my now favorite ax. Hotter output added sustain that just never ends. S-D website and enclosed instructions made wiring a breeze. No new rings required. They look as fantastic as they sound. Yup! They cook. They clean house. I'm going to marry them both!

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