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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. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (22)
  • Good quality (19)
  • Functional (13)
  • Easy to use (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (12)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (7)
  • Rock (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (6)

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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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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

Best pickup I've used so far!

By Kylos

from Denver, colorado

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

    This pickup came loaded in the bridge of my LTD mh 401-fm (mahogany body) and I wasn't entirely sure how it would hold up to the progressive metal and rock I play given that it was designed for a hot blues sound but I after plugging in and running through some tones I was blown away! Having tried pickups from every major manufacturer I can honestly is by far the clearest, most articulate pickup I've used so far! It shines through high gain. I found on leads it gives a sharp attack that lets the highs really cut through without getting piercing or ice picky. On rhythms, it maintains just enough low end to give power chords a solid thump, but on more complex chord voicings it lets every note come through perfectly. It sounds great on cleans as well, but if you don't work your volume control you can find yourself with some light distortion.

     
    5.0

    Neck Position on Fender American Standard Telecaster

    By SirWozOfNJ

    from Mantua, NJ

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

        Replaced the pickups on my Fender American Standard Telecaster. SD SH-PG1 (neck) and STHR-1 (bridge). I also changed the pots to 500k.
        This setup works perfectly for my taste in tone.

         
        5.0

        Great tone

        By Jim

        from Haverhill

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        Pros

        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

          Really happy with the thick sound from the pickup. It is 100 times better than the stock humbucker on my American Strat. This is hands down the best improvement to my tone.

           
          5.0

          I would buy this again.

          By none

          from Manchester , Ohio

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          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup:

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

           
          5.0

          Smooth with some kick

          By P. Cook

          from Carlisle, PA

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          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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Go ahead

            By Zane

            from Arkansas

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

            Cons

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                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.

                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice pick up just not for me.

                By Gitfiddle76

                from Detroit

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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!

                 
                5.0

                Just, stop thinking and get it

                By Seminoles6615

                from Nashville

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                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.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful

                  By Aaronisradder

                  from Austin TX

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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:

                    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.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wow!

                    By ChristianMetal327

                    from Nashville, TN

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                    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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