Seymour Duncan SH-PG1b Pearly Gates Bridge Nickel Electric Guitar Pickup


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Seymour Duncan SH-PG1b Pearly Gates Bridge Electric Guitar Pickup

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The Seymour Duncan SH-PG1b appeared on our recommended list for Budget Guitar Pickups in 1 edition from December 2019 until November 2020 when it was removed due to us adopting a $100 price limit criterion for individual pickups.


Billy Gibbons of the band ZZ Top is the main catalyst for this pickup, since it is based on the bridge pickup of his '59 Gibson Les Paul.

Seymour Duncan looked into his pickup and developed his own version that reproduces the original's hotter output and Texas blues style trebly tone.

The pickup features Alnico 2 bar magnet, nickel silver bottom plate and 4-conductor lead wire for those who want split-coil functionality.

Interestingly, each Pearly Gates pickup are wound on a winding machine that were actually used by Gibson in their Kalamazoo, Michigan factory.


  • Position: Bridge
  • Magnet Material: Alnico 2
  • String Spacing: Standard (Les Paul)
  • Available Colors/Covers: 5 color options, 2 pickup cover colors
Although this used to be on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Electric Guitar Pickups.