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Dennis Manuel


From:
Hixon, B.C., Canada
Post Posted 7 Dec 2017 2:59 pm     Reply with quote

I want to change the pickups on a Mullen G2. Don't know if a BL 705, BL 710 or Telonics 409 is the best choice. Any recommendations?
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Morton Kellas


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Chazy, NY, Zephyrhills, Fl USA 1
Post Posted 9 Dec 2017 6:50 am     Reply with quote

Stay with the stock Mullen pickup, you won't get any better sound by changing the pickup. Other HB pickups will be quieter if this is what you are after. I find the 705 is very hot and can't be lowered enough in the G2 cavity for my taste. The 710 is a good pickup but it won't sound like your single coil, close but not the same. The 409 would be my choice if I wanted to change for whatever reason, due to the ability to fine tune each string, which is a job in itself. Remember, many favorite steel tunes were recorded with a single coil pickup. I chased my tail trying different pickups and always went back to the stock Mullen single coil for my G2. This is only my opinion, others may disagree, although I don't think Boo Miller or Tommy White will, Herby Wallace always liked the stock Mullen pickup in his steel as well. Good luck
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ajm


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Los Angeles
Post Posted 9 Dec 2017 7:46 am     Reply with quote

Why do you want to change the pickup?
Just for fun or an experiment?
Don't like the sound of the current one?
Noise issues?
Other?
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Roger Crawford


From:
McDonough, GA USA
Post Posted 9 Dec 2017 9:32 am     Reply with quote

I have a Mullen single coil in my SD10 G2 and 705s in my D10 G2. I get what I'm looking for with each. Every time I think about swapping the single coil, I play it and like it so much I just can't bring myself to do it.
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Tom Dillon


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La Mesa, California, USA
Post Posted 9 Dec 2017 10:55 am     Reply with quote

If it were me, I'd probably just stay with the stock pickup, but...

If you want to hear what the Lawrence 705, 710 and Telonics 409 sound like on the same guitar, Mickey Adams did that comparison, along with a few other pickups, on the E9 neck on a new MSA Legend guitar in this recent video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1aIqkcjwys

That should give you an idea how they sound relative to each other even if you'd be putting them on a different instrument. They all sound good to me.

He also demos several pickups on the C6 neck on the same guitar here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcUmiMF4etU&list=UU09ngx93B2t1rPM_yw8I3AQ&index=5
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Mickey Adams


From:
Bandera Texas
Post Posted 10 Dec 2017 10:06 am     Reply with quote

705, and a Lil Izzy is my choice for a G2..
The Izzy has a pretty profound effect on the low mids/bass
Separation... JMHO
At MSA... we have the solution to this dilemma..Smile..
I love my 409, but last night, I swapped out to the 705 (during a song) and HELLO!
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Damir Besic


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Nashville,TN.
Post Posted 10 Dec 2017 1:50 pm     Reply with quote

I love Mullen stock pick ups, that is a perfect combination between guitar and pick up.... I would never use anything other then a stock pick ups in Mullen ...
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Dennis Manuel


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Hixon, B.C., Canada
Post Posted 11 Dec 2017 9:18 am     Reply with quote

Thanks so much for all your replies. The steel guitar forum has a way of bringing the world to my home. Merry Christmas to all and the very best in 2018.
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