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  • Joe_Crow

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    • Jun 2013
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    Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

    I'm replacing the pickups on my old Yamaha Pacifica 012. I have a Jackson Soloist SL3 with Hot Rails and a JB humbucker, which is great for metal and hard rock, but I want the Pacifica to have a different sound.

    I'm looking for a pop rock sound. I'm thinking either SSL1s or Alnico II Pro APS-1s in the neck and middle positions and a 59/Custom Hybrid or Pearly Gates in the bridge position. Seymour Duncan recommends them for pop rock and classic rock.

    I also considered Classic Stacks, Darkbuckers, Little '59s, Custom Customs and Alnico II Pro APH-1.

    Any thoughts?

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        Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

        Have a look at this video

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        • LonePhantom

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          • May 2011
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          Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

          59/Custom Hybrid is a good choice, as is the Screamin' Demon I think.

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          • Joe_Crow

            Junior Member

            • Jun 2013
            • 3

            #4

            Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

            That video is great, thanks a lot. I'm not sure if the Screamin' Demon would actually fit. Thanks for the seconding on the 59/Custom Hybrid.

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            • Aceman

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              Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

              Not sure what a pop/rock sound is, but the A2P's would be distinctly different in the Pacifica.

              Might seriously consider a Jazz bridge.

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              • LonePhantom

                Toneologist

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                • Australia
                • May 2011
                • 670

                #6

                Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

                Originally posted by Joe_CrowView Post

                That video is great, thanks a lot. I'm not sure if the Screamin' Demon would actually fit. Thanks for the seconding on the 59/Custom Hybrid.

                What do you mean by fit? It you mean sound, you need to remember that the Screamin' Demon isn't a crazy high output pickup like the name may suggest to some. It's a PAF style moderate output pickup with plenty of articulation.

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                • ColeJustesen

                  Tone Member

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                  • Meridian, ID
                  • Mar 2011
                  • 324

                  #7

                  Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

                  I know you are probably looking for a set of Seymour Duncan pickups, but I have installed a set of Wilde pickups in 1990 Pacifica 512 and they sound great! I went with a 4.8H L600 and two L280 single coils. It works really well in the alder body. I also have a 1990 Pacifica 912 (which is an ash body) that came with some custom made DiMarzio pickups stock. They are in the realm of a PAF Pro for the bridge and HS2s for the single coils. This sounds great too!

                  Personally, I really like the low to mid output pickups for their articulation and less string pull so I would recommend something along there for the bridge. On another forum, one of the guys just got a Pacifica 812 that came with a SD '59 stock and SD single coils (I am not sure which) and he loves the way it sounds.

                  I would say stick with a PAF or an overwound PAF for the bridge for sure. I personally don't like 60 cycle hum, so I always choose stacked single coils. I haven't tried any of the offerings from SD except a Tele set. I had a Vintage Stack in the neck and it was sweet! I would say if there is something like that in the Strat layout, I would get that along with a lower output bridge humbucker. Maybe a '59/Classic Stack Plus/Classic Stack Plus setup would be nice...

                  Good luck! I was lucky in finding the Wilde pickups, they fit what I was looking for so I didn't have to keep swapping pickups out. Hopefully that is the case for you when you decide to buy!

                  Cole

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                  • Joe_Crow

                    Junior Member

                    • Jun 2013
                    • 3

                    #8

                    Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

                    It'll be rather difficult to find some Wildes for a good price in the UK unfortunately. I am considering Classic Stack Plus' however.

                    How different does the '59 humbucker sound from the '59 Custom? The website only has an example of the '59.

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                    • ColeJustesen

                      Tone Member

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                      • Meridian, ID
                      • Mar 2011
                      • 324

                      #9

                      Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

                      Originally posted by Joe_CrowView Post

                      It'll be rather difficult to find some Wildes for a good price in the UK unfortunately. I am considering Classic Stack Plus' however.

                      How different does the '59 humbucker sound from the '59 Custom? The website only has an example of the '59.

                      I have only heard the '59/Custom Hybrid in metal settings at it sounds really good. I have not heard it do other styles, but there seems to be some love for it.

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                      You can tell that pickup seems to have a tight attack and plenty of punch. I have considered getting this pickup, but I don't think it will fit the application I am looking for right now. This video seems to show off a good rock tone. As far as the Wilde pickups are concerned, I do believe they ship internationally. They are cheap for a small wind shop, cheaper than Seymour Duncan and DiMarzio (unless you get them second hand).

                      I hope this helps you out!

                      Cole

                      Budda Superdrive II 30, 45, V40, Baby Budda| H&K Duotone | Laney GH100L | Peters Halo/Hydra | Rivera M100 | |Rocktron Vendetta 100 | VHT Pittbull 100/CL]

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                      • ColeJustesen

                        Tone Member

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                        • Meridian, ID
                        • Mar 2011
                        • 324

                        #10

                        Re: Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica

                        This one is more metal:

                        Replacing the pickups on my Yamaha Pacifica Seymour Duncan User Group Forums (33)

                        This one shows off even more tightness and how punchy it is!

                        Cole

                        Budda Superdrive II 30, 45, V40, Baby Budda| H&K Duotone | Laney GH100L | Peters Halo/Hydra | Rivera M100 | |Rocktron Vendetta 100 | VHT Pittbull 100/CL]

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