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_tom_

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Cold Sweat bridge in SG?
« on: May 09, 2011, 03:52:43 PM »
Had an offer to swap my Pig 90 for a Cold Sweat pickup and wondering whether anyone's tried the CS in an SG (all mahogany)? First thought is it may be too bright/harsh. The current pickup is a 498T (AV magnet afaik) which to be honest I prefer to the Pig 90 in this particular guitar, just seems to suit it better. The kind of tone I seem to be going for now is kind of modern hard rock/metally but with a vintagey sort of vibe - similar to Every Time I Die although I don't expect that kind of fatness from an SG!

One thing I don't like about the Gibson pickups is that lead notes don't seem to sustain well and the harmonics don't really "jump out" - seems like harmonics are a CS strong point.
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Re: Cold Sweat bridge in SG?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2011, 04:09:55 PM »
I reckon it would work well Tom.  I had one in a Korina McCarty for a while, and they did 80s Ozzy/Dio gained stuff really well.  I found it a little 'clinical' when clean, but not harsh or spiky.  I just prefer a warmer clean tone.

I think PhillyQ has Cold Sweats in his PRS Mira and should be able to comment too?  They're actually my old pickups!  :lol:

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Re: Cold Sweat bridge in SG?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2011, 04:10:51 PM »
Yeah I very rarely play clean so that wouldn't be a problem, and if I do it's with the neck pickup anyway!

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Re: Cold Sweat bridge in SG?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2011, 04:25:18 PM »
I think PhillyQ has Cold Sweats in his PRS Mira and should be able to comment too?  They're actually my old pickups!  :lol:

They're not actually in my (Korina) Mira, yet, but they will be going in there one day.... honest!  :lol:

I have previously tried a set of Cold Sweats (borrowed from Hunter) in my Tokai SG, and I think they work extremely well.  The bridge pickup is tight and bright with a balanced (let's not say scooped) midrange so it doesn't do the muddy-in-mahogany thing at all.  But it's not too bright or harsh.

I think the relative lack of mids makes it better for crunch rhythm than singing leads - but if you get a CS neck as well(!), that's absolutely fantastic for lead playing.  As a set, they're perfect for an SG if you want to go hotter-than-vintage.
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Re: Cold Sweat bridge in SG?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2011, 12:58:31 PM »
I have a Cold Sweat in the bridge of that Ash bodied Strat I got from you Tom and I don't find it to be overy bright, so I'm sure it'd be fine in a Mahogany bodied SG :)
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Re: Cold Sweat bridge in SG?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2011, 08:16:04 AM »
I have a set in an all mahogany BC Rich Mockingbird and they sound really good in that
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