Seymour Duncan SH-PG1b Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup - Gold Bridge

Moderate-output Bridge-position Humbucker - Gold
Seymour Duncan SH-PG1b Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup - Gold Bridge image 1
Seymour Duncan SH-PG1b Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup - Gold Bridge image 1
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Seymour Duncan Pickups - It's all about the tone!

The SH-PG Pearly Gates pickup was originally conceived to conjure tones similar to the pickups found in the venerable 1959 Les Paul Standard (the guitar that set the standard for blues guitar tone). And chock-full of tone it is! Described as "sweet but slightly rude," the SH-PG Pearly Gates pickup makes your amp come alive with the perfect blend of sustain and harmonics, not to mention a nice, bright top end. A versatile pickup, the SH-PG Pearly Gates can be paired with virtually any humbucker for a variety of tonal options.

Seymour Duncan SH-PG Pearly Gates at a Glance:
  • Sound
  • Complete setup

The SH-PG Pearly Gates pickup has a tone that can be characterized as warm, with a slightly hotter-than-vintage humbucker output. You've heard the SH-PG on everything from blues to classic and southern rock to modern rock, its versatility is the key to its success. Originally designed as a re-creation of the pickups in the '59 Les Paul Standard, the SH-PG mimics the tone that defined the raw, rebellious sound of Texas blues-rock. The Pearly Gates pickup is sweet but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that makes harmonics jump out of the guitar. It comes with a 4-conductor hookup cable to facilitate a variety of pickup-switching options.

Complete setup

The SH-PG Pearly Gates pickup is often used in both neck and bridge positions and can be used in the bridge with an APH-1 Alnico II Pro in the neck for smoother tones. A Pearly Gates pickup in the neck with a SH-11 Custom works well for heavier rock sounds from the bridge position. The SH-PG Pearly Gates pickup is great for brighter-toned instruments and works especially well with maple and ebony fingerboards. They also work great with hollow and semi-hollowbody guitars.

Seymour Duncan SH-PG Pearly Gates Features:
  • Humbucker
  • Standard spacing, Learn more...
  • Moderate output
  • Gold
  • Bridge Position
  • 4-conductor wire
  • Great for a variety of tones
Your tone begins with Seymour Duncan pickups! Why Choose Seymour Duncan?

Quite simply, it boils down to tone. Seymour Duncan has spent the majority of his life refining the art of creating pickups. Seymour Duncan is dedicated to getting the best tone possible from his pickups, from modern metal monsters to faithful reproductions of gems from the '50s and '60s. We know tone is important to you which is why we choose to carry Seymour Duncan pickups. With the massive amount of pickups available from Seymour Duncan, you're certain to find the sound you've been looking for.

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Position Bridge
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number 11102-49-Gc

Customer Reviews

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Pearly Gastes=Heavenly Sound!

Wife bought me a frost gold Squier J5 Tele for my 50th birthday (50=gold). Dropped a set of gold SD Pearly Gates in it. It was nice before, but now....just the neck PU. Crystal clear and sweet and the bridge has tons of attitude. The SD Pearly Gates turned a really nice guitar into one best I own. Don't let the Squier name fool you. Review the J5 your self. Then order one from Sweetwater along with some SD Pearly Gates. You will have to shave a couple thou off the neck cut out on the pick guard for the covers to fit. No big deal though.Sweetwater - shipped my order the very day I placed the order and I received it 2 days later. Can't beat it! SWEET!,,,,,WATER!
Music background: Country

sweet pickup for black beauty

Replaced old bridge on LP 3 pu black beauty custom and it's a new guitar. Great cleans and miss. Really punches out clear.

perfect tone for my application

Dropped this and a PG Neck pickup into an Ibanez Semi hollow Artcore AS93. Replaced the stock PUs. Crysal clear and nice full tone. Especially the neck PU. Picked up tne AS93 used at $200 below street price, and these PUs along with some locking heads turned it into a great guitar. Very pleased.
Music background: live and studio working musician
See also: Guitar Pickups, Seymour Duncan, Seymour Duncan Electric Guitar Pickups