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Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup  White Neck

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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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      OVERVIEW

      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.

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

      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 75 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (66)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 2 Stars

         

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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

       

      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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      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

      Smooth with some kick

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      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.

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        5.0

        Go ahead

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        from Arkansas

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        Pros

        • 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.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice pick up just not for me.

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            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!

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            5.0

            Just, stop thinking and get it

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            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.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful

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              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.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow!

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                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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                  5.0

                  Serious Growl

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                  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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT BRIDGE HUMBUCKER

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                  from Guitarville, FL

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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:

                    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 

                    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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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Hott!!!

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                        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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