Kicking off the series of Jimmy Page-themed pickups is this finely crafted set from ReWind. Let’s start with the official description from the ReWind site:
“Part way through 1972 something significant changed in the biggest sound of rock n’ roll. An overwound PAF in the neck and a hot T-Top in the bridge of a Les Paul opened the ears of the world to a wonderfully complex combination of sounds. The thick, rich, sustain heavy bridge pickup replaces the more open and airy PAF style pickup of the JPPre72 set. Made authentically with Poly wire, and wound to exacting patterns replicating those meticulously studied from actual vintage examples”
Right away, I found this set to be more than expected. As a very versatile set of pickups, the JPPost72 set handled any style and era of rock that I threw it’s way. I even have to admit that it’s the first set of pickups in a very long while that got me to go beyond my standard amp settings to really see what could be done.
The bridge pickup has a raw vibe that makes you want to play with your guitar slung down to your knees, belting out the big open chords and powerful riffs known to bring arenas to their feet. Yet, when on a clean amp setting, it can be airy a chimney in full series mode. It responds very well to different picking styles and subtlety in fretting-hand finger movement. Lows are precise and punchy, the mids snarl with authority, and the highs are edgy and sweet.
The neck pickup is the more surprising of the set. While a lot of players find a PAF-ish neck to be ideal, some of them have been hit-or-miss for my purposes. However…this neck pickup has a unique complexity to the voicing that lends itself to a bit of a convergence of qualities not always found in a neck model. It’s a little warm and full…yet it’s a little bright and articulate. A very nice blend of good qualities.
At full blast, this set covers a LOT of ground. Classic rock, blues rock, hard rock, and even on into more aggressive rock styles. Going into split or parallel mode or dialing down the volume knob and you’re getting into some really nuanced jazzy and more traditional blues territories. Both pickups together in parallel mode is a fun backing rhythm sound.
series – 8.23k
split – 4.98k
split – 3.25k
parallel – 1.97k
Unoriented Alnico 5, 2.5″, degaussed
series – 7.75k
split – 4.04k
split – 3.76k
parallel – 1.95k
Alnico 5, short 2.33″, strong
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