Within most any vintage guitar community, you can’t throw a pick without hitting someone that knows about Brandonwound Pickups. They make vintage replica pickup lines for Fender and Gibson guitars. The T-Top bridge humbucker that comes with this set is the sort of attention to accuracy that I think of when I hear rumblings of a big pickup company feeling threatened by the boutique shops.
Just incredible craftsmanship. I mean, look at the detail in the T-Top bobbins…you will think you’re playing a pickup from the early 70s. The aging on the neck cover is a nice touch. Let’s not get anything confused with the “relic” fad…a properly aged pickup cover is the devil in the details to a PAF or vintage pickup connoisseur.
As part of the Jimmy Page series of reviews, I have been looking forward to checking out this set. They are installed in the same 2-hum guitar, using the same amp settings to ensure consistency.
The bridge has an open and lively character that lends itself to most any rock application with a nice punch in the low end that’s never too heavy, evenly-voiced mids and a sparkle in the highs that have plenty of presence to keep from being too sharp. I quickly found myself getting into classic 70s and 80s rock riffs, licks and tricks, before working into blues rock and even a little metal.
The covered neck pickup is a little warmer and laid back by comparison, with the right amount of bloom. It has a slightly throaty low end and highs with just enough bite. You’ll be right at home with your blues and blues-rock in the neck position.
It is very easy to get a full range of totally workable clean and dirty tones from both positions while in series wiring. Parallel wiring slides into a laid back vibe when dirty and warm ringing character in clean. Using a clean tone in split mode and there is chime and glass to spare. Overall, the JP#1 set has a complex voicing that features an attention to nuance.
Series – 7.86k
Split – 4.10k
Split – 3.76k
Parallel – 1.98k
Series – 8.07k
Split – 3.93k
Split – 4.14k
Parallel – 2.02k
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