I knew that Slash was/is using these pickups, so I bought them without trying them out. I was blown away when I heard my guitar after the pickups change. The pickups sounded better then I hoped they would. I needed about two days to find tone I wanted to have and to try out all the possibilities that they offer.
I would recommend them to everybody that loves blues and rock music.
Price: $166.00 Euro (new)
Where Obtained: Musik Produktiv
I replaced the stock pickups in my Epiphone Les Paul with new Seymour Duncan Alnico II pro humbucker pickups on both neck and bridge position. It has passive electronics and a four conductor wiring sistem.
I play blues, blues rock and old rock(Led Zeppelin) mostly. These pickups sound like they are made for these styles of music. I added coil split on my pickups and I have to say that the single coils sound great too. The single coil and humbucker combination, with the help of the tone and volume knobs on your guitar, gives you hundreds of possibilities to change your tone without using an effect.
They have a very warm sound and they are louder then the Epiphone stock pickups. They can't produce a metal sound but I don't care about that because I don't play metal.
I haven't used or heard the Gibson 57 Classic pickups, so I can't say witch of thoes are better.
I have them for about three moths now so I can't say if they have a long lifetime. But one thing is for sure, if the they would brake or my guitar got stolen, I would buy them again.
I looked at DiMarzio's (had very good reviews as well), EMG and Fender (Tex Mex). All had good and not as good reviews. The opinions are relative of course. The Seymour had good reviews with the understanding that it depends on what type of sound you are looking for (not for my heavy metal buddies), ideal for blues and rock. Honestly it came down to both a Dickie Betts interview in a guitar magazine last year when he said over the years, he keeps coming back to SD's because he was so happy with the tones and also the very consistent user reviews that swayed me.
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Seymour Duncan reseller
I bought 3 Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro pickups (single coil) for my strat (the middle is the reverse polarity/reverse wind - highly recommended). The strat is a '95 Mexican that I got cheap ($100) from a guy who decided he didn't want to play guitar. It didn't sound very good tone-wise and was not a gig guitar. I spend a couple hundred and had a Fender certified tech dial it in and the result was much improved sustain, but the tone was not great. I read that Dickie Betts only plays with Seymour Duncans and researched these pickups. I was turned on to the Alnico line and found a lot of positive reviews. People were raving about them. Once I put them in, it was night and day. I now use this guitar to gig and have had guys with American deluxe strats asking to try my guitar. I would say the tone is now as good or better than many of the Am. Deluxe strats I have played.
I play my strat through a Fender Cyber Twin and the combination of having a certified tech dial the guitar in (extremely important if you gig or the guitar just doesn't sound right) and the Seymour Duncan pickups is amazing. I play blues and rock and the tones I prefer could be compared to the tones acheived by Buddy Guy, Freddie King or Tommy Castro. Blistering for solos. Excellent for various rhythms.
I put them in during Thanksgiving, '01. So far I have played these very hard and they have been indestructable. All of my friends that play guitar have either bought Seymour Duncan or are saving up. The difference in tone was unbelievable.
I originally wanted a jb for my bridge position. I had one in a dot 335 at one time and liked it a lot. The Music store I went to didn't have any in stock, and so I started looking at other p/u's. I asked the salesman about this one and he pulled out a chart to make a comparison. They didn't really compare to each other, but the salesman told me about Alnico II magnets and how there is less string pull, like an old PAF Alnico V that is losing its magnetic pull. He said try it if you don't like it bring it back and i'll exchange it for the jb when we get one......I never took it back, in fact I bought 2 more later for my les paul!
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guzzardo Music
I use 1 in bridge position with jazz in neck for a poplar bodied guitar. I use 2 in an epiphone les paul(these have gold covers installed at seymour duncan). These are used to replace garbage installed at factory. They are humbuckers 4 wires, I split the coils of the 2 in les paul with push pull pots.
The Alnico II pros have to be my favorite pickups of all time. They aren't "dark" or "muddy" or "bright" or like an "icepick". They are perfect...for me. If you want a heavy metal pickup, don't waste your time or money on these. The only way I can describe the tone of these pickups is to say they are somewhere in between a les paul and a strat sound. Just go out and buy one and try it, If you don't like it you can always trade it for something else seymour duncan sells!
Haven't had ANY problems with these.