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    Just got myself an Eastman AR372 and want to swap yout the pups. I know it will never be an ES175 but, wich will get closest a set of 57's or SD antiquity's ?

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    There are many, many great pickup makers out there doing that type of pickup! Cost, like all gear, goes from relatively little to quite a lot!

    Besides SD, check out Amalfitano; JM Rolph; Lollar; Bare Knuckle; Porter; etc.

    Happy hunting!

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    From that selection the Antiquities. I have them in a 335 type (Heritage) and 57s in a 335. But both could work. Hard to go wrong.

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    I put a DiMarzio PAF 36th anniversary in my AR371 and could not be happier. Really captures the ES175 vibe.

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    Why don't you just get a feel for your new guitar and its pickups and find out if you may like what you hear?

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    Thnks Tomo, I have already played it a few hours and decided I want to make that move.

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    NIce list of course, I must say I already have a set of 57'S in an Ibanez AF95AYS that is destined to be dedicated to a Prog rock thing ( Early YES mainly )
    SO I wan wondering if I should leave the 57's there and get something ofr the 372 or Take the 57's and put PRails in the IB.

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    I have a Benedetto A6 on the shelf since two years, and I literally afraid of change my Eastman 371 pu to that, so love the current sound. It may improve, but what if not?

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    well, if not an improvement, just go back in seems non ?

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    If you slap in a new pickup and don't like it, change it back.

    However, before going through the hassle of changing out pickups, electronics, etc. I make a point of making sure I have tried all the possibilities I can in terms of pickup height, polepiece adjustment, high versus low capacitance cable to the amp, etc. At least 90% of the time that has done the trick, But I also enjoy experimenting with different pickups, pots and caps, etc. to tweak and tailor the sound so that in and of itself is a form of entertainment for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hebaton
    well, if not an improvement, just go back in seems non ?
    Exactly... but still this involves of change, maybe twice. And also the frustration of decide, which is far from an exact thing. One day I like more my solid state amp, month later my tube, For one tune I like the one, for other the opposite and so on.

    Also, I have a little irrational fear, that when changing back, I will not get back the exact sound I like noe.

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    I think there just might be medication for that :-)

    I do hate the work involved tough, no fun in the procedure for me, but I appreciate the result...when it is the wanted result...

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    There's another possibilty with the advantages of being able to apply it to several guitars / amps and not to have to dive into the electronics of a hollow body guitar:






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    Yep ! heard about that and heard people actually getting very good results with that sort of thing...
    But I am of the "less is more" school of thought when it comes to signal path.

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    There are many great pickup builders, but they are pretty expensive. I think Classic 57s are a relative cheap option to steer your Eastman towards a more Gibson-esque sound.

    I love them in my ES-333, they are very versatile and flexible and excel in many music styles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cunamara
    If you slap in a new pickup and don't like it, change it back.

    However, before going through the hassle of changing out pickups, electronics, etc. I make a point of making sure I have tried all the possibilities I can in terms of pickup height, polepiece adjustment, high versus low capacitance cable to the amp, etc. At least 90% of the time that has done the trick, But I also enjoy experimenting with different pickups, pots and caps, etc. to tweak and tailor the sound so that in and of itself is a form of entertainment for me.
    The easiest change (cable) grabbed my attention :-)
    Talking about reasonable lenght for room, say 3m how can I find out which cable to order online for low and and high capacity, so I can compare the difference?

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    THere are boutiques cable builders out there and beware of some "snake oil" at outrageaous prices but there are good quality cables that make a difference, Mogami gold is one I know and I am sure there are many others...