Seymour Duncan SHPG1 Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup

Designed to replicate the raw tone of the '59 Les Paul humbuckers, this pickup delivers great sustain and bright harmonics.
Originally designed as a recreation of the pickups in the '59 Les Paul Standard that defined the raw, rebellious sound of Texas blues-rock. The Pearly Gates is sweet, but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that make harmonics jump out of the guitar. Comes with four-conductor hookup cable.

Complete setup: Often used in both neck and bridge positions. Can
be used in the bridge with an APH-1n Alnico II Pro in the neck for smoother tones; or, a Pearly Gates in the neck with an SH-11 Custom Custom for heavier rock sounds from the bridge position.

Guitars: For brighter toned instruments. Works especially well with maple and ebony fingerboards. Also works great with hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.

Players: Dickey Betts (neck & bridge), Warren Haynes/ Gov't Mule (neck & bridge), Howard Leese / Heart (neck & bridge), Greg Martin / Kentucky Headhunters (neck & bridge)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black, SHPG1B, Bridge
Shipping Weight: 0.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SEY SHPG1B
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 805-964-9610
(11 ratings)
Submitted April 25, 2006 by a customer from
"Tone on the Range!"
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This is the soundI want for my Les Paul if something were to happen to it I would replace it with the same pickup.
I have had this pickup in a Fender Lonestar Strat and now in my Gibson Les Paul. I replaced it in the Strat with a Tone Zone because I wanted a litlle more bottom end. But I really like it in the bridge postion of my Paul.
Medium output,Alnico II, Humbucker, 4 wire hook up and adjustable poles. It is also available in many colors or with chrome or gold covers. Mine is Black.
Ease of Use
It's a pickup!
I can not detect any flaws.
A little higher priced than some of their other pickups. I guess Billy Gibbons has to get his share. But then again there is only vauge referances to him and his guitar a.k.a. Pearly Gates in the promo. so maybe not.
Manufacturer Support
Never had to deal with them but have not heard anything negitive either. I believe S.D. to be a good company.
The Wow Factor
Great sound in a Paul very versital good for many styles. Great all round pickup!
Musical Background:
Musical Style:
Blues, Classic Rock & Country
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