Replacement pickups for Strandberg Boden 7

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  1. Brandonparty

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    As the title says, I am looking for options for pickups that will work in my Boden 7 (Washburn). Please excuse me if this has been covered, but I did a search and couldn't find anything to help.

    Currently I have the Lace X tones which mount via 4 corner screws. These are cool pickups but I am hoping to get more of a vintagey type tone if possible. I am wondering which pickups have similar mounting (if any?) or which pickups don't have the outside dog-ear tab and will fit cleanly into the body of the guitar?

    Any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
     
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    I've been working on this for a bit as well.

    For starters, I don't think there's anything else (that I've found) that uses the 4 corner screw mounting. So you'll need a drill for any other pickups.

    The good news is that the Lace size is the same as the standard 7 string soapbars used by a lot of other manufacturers. A slight wrinkle is the slant of the pickups. Most standard 7 string pickups with pole pieces won't line up exactly with the strings. It's slight but can make a difference.

    My Boden OS came with the EMG 707x pickups, which (in my opinion) sounded great for metal and were rubbish for anything else. I replaced them with the EMG 59/66 set which is MUCH better in terms of overall tone and dynamics, but still not a home run. I'm still playing with the adjustment on these and may or may not keep them in. The pole pieces on the EMG 59/66 don't line up with the strings exactly but are easily close enough.

    That's good because I contacted EMG about getting a slanted set (since I know they make them for the Boden) and the price they gave me was utterly ridiculous. NOT an option!

    Other passive options: You can get the bareknuckle black hawks (a blade style pickup with no pole piece alignment issues) for about $400 for a set in the soapbar covers. I liked the demos/samples I've heard. Seymour duncan will build any of their 7 string pups (and possibly others) in a slant soapbar config for about the same price as the stock Bare Knuckles cost. That's through the custom shop so there's a 4-6 week lead time.

    So there you go.

    What didn't you like about the Lace pups (if you don't mind my asking).

    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback here! Glad to hear I am not the only Strandberg owner with this issue. Info on this subject is surprisingly difficult to track down.

    I have done a little research during the last week and spoke to the guys at BKP. They sent me a dimension drawing that matches well against the X-bar drawing, so the BKP will fit (as will the soapbar style EMGs etc).

    I find the Lace pickups to be much like your experience with the 707s - great with the distortion up, awesome at saturated lead sounds and chugging away, but to clean up, they sound flat and lifeless, which is a shame. I play my Broderick 7 and the Boden 7 back to back and the Dimarzio's in the Broderick just smoke these HARD! (Just my opinion in the basement)

    I am not sure if I am ready to pony up for the BKP since the Canadian dollar vs. the British pound is god awful right now. I may keep my eyes open for some soapbar BKPs (Blackhawks would be great) or I may venture to the EMG 57/66 set.
     
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    Sorry to revive this, but I just got a Boden OS7, and I'm thinking about what to switch pickups to. I'm not sure whether to get SD pegasus/sentient slanted or just reuse 57/66 set I have. What did you end up with?
     
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    I went with the 57/66 set, mainly because they were ridiculously easy to swap out with the 707x's. The slant on the Boden pickups is pretty minor (6 and 10 degrees if I remember right) so you don't really need a special set. Std pole piece spacing lines up fine. They sound pretty good. They are a bit noisier than most of my passive sets (not sure why on that one) but I tweaked the input noise gate on my fractal and got that under control. It is very usable. but not ideal.

    I'm still considering going with the pegasus/sentient set for a couple of reasons. I think passives will give you better dynamics in most cases. The 57/66 EMG set is much better that the stock pup's but still not as expressive as I'd like. I can't coil tap the 57/66 set. I'd love to replace the 3 way switch with a 5 way and get the tapped settings. More tone options is always better in my book.

    So, that's my $.02 (and it might be worth half of that :). I played it out this last weekend and it sounded good. I got several compliments on it. If you're not insanely picky and don't agonize over every little thing, the 57/66 will probably be great.
     
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    Well, I really do like the 57/66 in my other 7 string for high to mid gain. They can sound pretty clean and dynamic, just not single-coil bright. I also get weird feedback with some amp models (Spawn), for which I add a noise gate in axe. I tried to EQ the mids away for tweed sound, but could not.

    So, I wanted to be more versatile with this guitar and be able to get more dynamic clean sounds. I think it is set now, that I will have the Pegasus/Sentient slanted set. My ideal was actually custom slanted Juggernauts with brushed nickel soapbar covers from BKP, but the wait time and price seem higher. I'm planning on doing 3 way switch with push/pull coil split. I hope the Pegasus/Sentient do sound good split, I wasn't able to find any good sound clean sound clips, but the Juggernauts seem to have very nice mid/heights. I'll try to make some samples of SDs for this thread when I get them :)
     

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