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    Morse BFR pickup change WOW

    So I was searching for answers as to how to get my sound from this wonderful instrument. Took a while but I finally decided to put a set of Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups in it. The stock pickups just weren’t doing it for me. I’m mainly a blues player. I figured a set of PG’s would take this guitar over the top with the mahogany body and maple top. Boy was I right!! This thing sings!! I had them professionally installed. The tech balanced them and did a set up on the guitar. I can’t put it down!!


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    EBMM BFR Morse Dark Lord Tahitian Blue w/SD Pearly Gates pups S/N G79179 DOB 2/7/17
    EBMM AL HT Trans Walnut Rosewood Neck S/N G77991 DOB 9/16/16
    SBMM AX30-D Natural Quilt
    SBMM SUB AX4 Trans Red Quilt DiMarzio AXIS pups SD pots GOTOH GE1996T Trem
    EBMM - a guitar like no other.
    Even we mancave noodlers can appreciate the perfection that is an EBMM guitar.
    "one likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

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    Just remember to save those pickups! They were custom wound just for that BFR run.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Nice. I'm a fan of making it your own.

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    Good call on the PG pups!
    Those are what I put in my "ultimate AL" if you recall...and that's why it became my "ultimate"...



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    I’m happy that the Pearly Gates made the DL better for you.

    I didn’t know that the stock pickups were custom wound for this run. Are they the same pickups as the original Dark Lord run?

    2018 Axis - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord - Tahitian Blue
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Anniversary - Buttercream
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR - Pinkburst
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky)
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless
    1996 StingRay - 20th Anniversary

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    Curious, how did your installer 'balance' them? Adjust pole pieces, pickup heights?
    2016 Axis Super Sport Trans Gold w/ Maple Neck
    1997 Axis Sport HSS Kandy Lime w/ Maple Neck

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    Fwiw, I've been very happy with the set of Transition pickups I put in my old Morse. Same kind of deal- more of a classic humbucker set with some oomph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nervous View Post
    Curious, how did your installer 'balance' them? Adjust pole pieces, pickup heights?
    Both. The sound of this guitar with the PG's in it is ridiculous. I was seriously considering either push/pull pots or a 5-way switch to get some single coil type sounds out of it but held off for now. I still may at some point. I welcome thoughts on that as well - is one better than the other - not to derail my own thread .
    EBMM BFR Morse Dark Lord Tahitian Blue w/SD Pearly Gates pups S/N G79179 DOB 2/7/17
    EBMM AL HT Trans Walnut Rosewood Neck S/N G77991 DOB 9/16/16
    SBMM AX30-D Natural Quilt
    SBMM SUB AX4 Trans Red Quilt DiMarzio AXIS pups SD pots GOTOH GE1996T Trem
    EBMM - a guitar like no other.
    Even we mancave noodlers can appreciate the perfection that is an EBMM guitar.
    "one likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Just remember to save those pickups! They were custom wound just for that BFR run.
    I most certainly saved them.
    EBMM BFR Morse Dark Lord Tahitian Blue w/SD Pearly Gates pups S/N G79179 DOB 2/7/17
    EBMM AL HT Trans Walnut Rosewood Neck S/N G77991 DOB 9/16/16
    SBMM AX30-D Natural Quilt
    SBMM SUB AX4 Trans Red Quilt DiMarzio AXIS pups SD pots GOTOH GE1996T Trem
    EBMM - a guitar like no other.
    Even we mancave noodlers can appreciate the perfection that is an EBMM guitar.
    "one likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tollie View Post
    I’m happy that the Pearly Gates made the DL better for you.

    I didn’t know that the stock pickups were custom wound for this run. Are they the same pickups as the original Dark Lord run?
    I have been wondering the same thing since I purchased this wonderful instrument. Hopefully, Daniel from CS will chime in and give us the skinny.
    EBMM BFR Morse Dark Lord Tahitian Blue w/SD Pearly Gates pups S/N G79179 DOB 2/7/17
    EBMM AL HT Trans Walnut Rosewood Neck S/N G77991 DOB 9/16/16
    SBMM AX30-D Natural Quilt
    SBMM SUB AX4 Trans Red Quilt DiMarzio AXIS pups SD pots GOTOH GE1996T Trem
    EBMM - a guitar like no other.
    Even we mancave noodlers can appreciate the perfection that is an EBMM guitar.
    "one likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by edhalen View Post
    Both. The sound of this guitar with the PG's in it is ridiculous. I was seriously considering either push/pull pots or a 5-way switch to get some single coil type sounds out of it but held off for now. I still may at some point. I welcome thoughts on that as well - is one better than the other - not to derail my own thread .
    This AL has the P/P coil splits, which is very helpful / useful with the factory pups, but I don't even bother with it with the PG pups...
    Balls are Best!!

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