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Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup White Bridge

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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
 
4.7

(based on 70 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (14)
  • Good quality (13)
  • Functional (9)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (8)
    • Practicing (8)
    • Back-up (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Freaking Sweet!!! Get it NOW!!!

    I put this in the neck position of my Gibson SG. My God, it turned my guitar in to a tone monster. It has such clarity for every note even when playing chords...Read complete review

    I put this in the neck position of my Gibson SG. My God, it turned my guitar in to a tone monster. It has such clarity for every note even when playing chords it resonates so beautifully. Sounds great when your amp starts to break up. I put a Seymour Duncan "59 in the bridge. I play through a Fender Super Sonic Twin 100 live and a Vox AC30 at home. You can not go wrong with these. I am beyond impressed.

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    Correct wiring for HSS strat...

    I just bought one of these pickups for my HSS strat... I am posting this to save you the frustration of Seymour Duncan's HSS wiring diagram on their website, which is completely...Read complete review

    I just bought one of these pickups for my HSS strat... I am posting this to save you the frustration of Seymour Duncan's HSS wiring diagram on their website, which is completely wrong. I wrote Seymour Duncan to ask for assistance, and got no reply... I give them an "F" for customer service... After 3 tries, I finally got the correct wiring.

    1) The HSS wiring diagram on SD's site says "If you have fender single coils, switch the black and green wires." DO NOT DO THIS.

    2) You do not tape off the red and white wires, you connect them to the 5 way as shown below.

    Here is the correct diagram which will save you lots of frustration:

    http://www.prosteelpickguards.com/downloads/1250450/HSS+1+VOL%2C+2+TONES%2C+5+WAY%2C+AUTO+SPLIT+HUMBUCKER.pdf

    Hopefully it will save you a lot of grief.

    As for the tone... pretty mediocre and muddy, like most SD pickups.

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    5.0

    Serious Growl

    By Ron09123

    from Washington DC

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    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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    1.0

    Correct wiring for HSS strat...

    By Pygmy Twilight

    from Reno NV

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          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

          I just bought one of these pickups for my HSS strat... I am posting this to save you the frustration of Seymour Duncan's HSS wiring diagram on their website, which is completely wrong. I wrote Seymour Duncan to ask for assistance, and got no reply... I give them an "F" for customer service... After 3 tries, I finally got the correct wiring.

          1) The HSS wiring diagram on SD's site says "If you have fender single coils, switch the black and green wires." DO NOT DO THIS.

          2) You do not tape off the red and white wires, you connect them to the 5 way as shown below.

          Here is the correct diagram which will save you lots of frustration:

          http://www.prosteelpickguards.com/downloads/1250450/HSS+1+VOL%2C+2+TONES%2C+5+WAY%2C+AUTO+SPLIT+HUMBUCKER.pdf

          Hopefully it will save you a lot of grief.

          As for the tone... pretty mediocre and muddy, like most SD pickups.

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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

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            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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                5.0

                Hott!!!

                By Eric

                from Copperas Cove, Texas

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

                  This pickup is considered moderate output, but I see that as a limited way to describe this pickup. To make a long story short, the mids in my Pearly Gates have a perfect balance! I can play Metal with this pickup if I wanted to and get any sound I want. Some people can't set an amp if they wanted to! Moderate Output is where its at if you want that guitar to sing!!!

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                  5.0

                  These are the

                  By musicman 1

                  from Logan WV

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Solos

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

                    I had never played any guitar with S-D pickups. I kept seeing all the hype and rave reviews about Seymour Duncan pickups and couldn't help but to wonder if a lot of it was over-exaggeration....Well, I ordered a set of Pearly Gates pickups and installed them in my Epi Les Paul Plus Top Pro and I'm absolutely blown away. Whether clean or dirty, low volume or screaming loud, these pickups shine. My guitar was pretty good to start with but they make my guitar sound as good as the much higher priced guitars out there. The tone is unbelievable. I will definitely be trying out more S D pickups.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    the sound i wanted

                    By Old Mr Gibson

                    from hartford,ct

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                    Pros

                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

                        the sound i wanted! i took out a SD "JB" bridge
                        pickup and put in the Pearly Gates, it's perfect.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent upgrade from stock

                        By Robbyg

                        from SE North Carolina

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                        Pros

                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound
                        • Performed As Described
                        • Well Made

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Makes A Good Guitar Great

                          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

                          I purchased this particular pick-up to upgrade a '97 American standard strat SSS to HSS. This '97 strat has the "greasebucket" tone circuit from factory, 250k pots and .022 cap stock, none of which I changed. Wired to NOT split,2nd position is full humbucker and middle. Any wiring diagram you need is on the interwebs at the touch of a button. Once installed and set properly, I (and keep in mind, I'm cheap) am extremely happy with this pickup. My main guitar is a stock 2004 American standard HSS with an S1 switch, and now my '97 just may move to the front of the line, especially with the combo of humbucker and the more bell-like singles that came in the '97 SSS vs. the Tex-Mex (I think)singles in the '04 HSS. This P/U is VERY versatile, and honestly has a decent clean sound while still having attitude, pinch harmonics, warmth and sweet singing sustain (with just a little hair :) ) when spank'd and crank'd. I can best describe it by saying "take the '04,and anything good about that guitar's H/B, take it to the next level". One thing thing I wouldn't recommend it for is uber-metal and other extreme gain genres...this definitely doesn't have that voice or gain. As for the price, I think this one is worth a little more, after all, a cheeseburger is just a bit more and a bit better than a hamburger. It's a great value!

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                          5.0

                          exactly what I expected

                          By arawn

                          from Southeast MO

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                          Pros

                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

                            perfect for blues or classic rock, just sounds amazing. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, it was well packaged, and in pristine condition. It had more than enough cable for any style of body. The only thing it didn't include was a new pickup mounting ring, but that is no big deal.

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                            3.0

                            OK sound

                            By Archer

                            from RI

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                            Pros

                            • Duncan Quality
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality

                            Cons

                            • Maybe A Little Noisy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

                              Put these in an older Les Paul to replace some DiMarzio PAF anniversary Pus.
                              Find them to be a little noisy despite shielded wiring.

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