Bill Lawrence USA L-500 XL user reviews
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- Overall Opinion
- (Originally written by ozzy ozburne/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
I mounted it on a '87 Hamer Steve Stevens and I can reassure you that it sounds amazing. After lots of experiences with this excellent guitar: PRS HFS, Suhr dsh+, Prs #6 (excellent pickup, I wanted to keep it on this Hamer before I tested the XL500...), Gibson HBL (I love it), etc.
I find this pickup has a very close sound to the old Dirty Finger of my LP R7. Big sound, high output level, full sound with solid lows, compact mids and thick highs. With a CTS volume pot, a good condenser on the tone pot and a small modification (treble bleed, see Seymour Duncan's homepage) to have a progressive volume control, I get a typical Les Paul sound with a small and light guitar.
I own the two pickups that carry the same name (Bill Lawrence 500XL USA and Bill Lawrence 500XL Bill and Becky, I bought them on their website) and I compared them with the same amp and guitar.
I didn't do a research on the web to learn more about these pickups... I just play these pickups with my guitars. That's it.
I've been playing since 1992 and I have a good setup (NOS, VHT, Bogner). I mounted the pickup on my Les Paul.
The US version is a good pickup. It has a good punch but it sounds a bit too dry. It's perfect for distortion, IMO. Good pickup!
With the same guitar, the Bill and Becky is much warmer. It has the same power but it sounds more open and fuller, it has more dynamics and presence (especially during band rehearsals). The sound is clearer and more balanced and it simply cuts through better.
It's a powerful pickup without overdoing it (the US version tends to be more aggressive). It crunches very well because its mid range is perfect.
The Bill and Becky can do everything the USA can and much more.
I agree with the previous review. It's an excellent pickup. FYI the B and B version can be easily recognized by its logo.
Last remark: It's not true that you have to wait months for delivery. I bought my B and B two years ago. I wanted a Zebra 500XL but it wasn't available. Becky offered me the chrome version for the same price even though it's more expensive. B and B pickups are handcrafted in small quantities. I love it. That's why I chose NOS for my 2x12" cabinet.
I don't mind the wait (it was only one week)
- Overall Opinion
- I found this pickup in a local music store and paid $48 for it. I had heard good things about it on other guitar gear review pages and wanted to try one. I also own other pickups made by this company and knew that they make high quality products.
This pickup is brand new and is still made by the original company that first produced it 20+ years ago, Bill Lawrence Guitar Pickups company (www.billlawrenceusa.com), aka Bill Lawrence Products, previously known as Lawrence Sound Research and Lawrence Electro Sound. It says Bill Lawrence USA in white letters on the front and in raised letters on the back.
This is my first Bill Lawrence L-500XL and I've installed it in a home made two-pickup guitar. Im very impressed. I used it to replace a Schaller humbucker and the difference is amazing. The L-500XL is bright and full of harmonics every note just sparkles. The Schaller was bright sounding but not as musical as the L-500XL. This is the loudest pickup Ive ever owned but it is still very clear, not muddy. Ive been able to get screaming blues tones, jangly Beatles tones and singing Santana tones from it, depending on the amount of gain and compression applied. I can also get great Tele-like country lead tones. Combining this pickup with the neck pickup (single-bladed Bill Lawrence L-250) produces nice Les Paul-ish quack. The L-500XL has two blades instead of pole pieces, the blades are flat and signal response is very even from string to string. This guitar has never sounded better.
Ive read reviews of this pickup in which people complained that its too trebly. But the guitar Ive installed it in is very lightweight (just over 7 lbs) and has NO TONE POT, and I can still keep the treble under control I just turn down the treble on my amp. It is much brighter sounding than the HFS bridge pickup in my PRS CE-24, but is only about as trebly as the Schaller it replaced. Ive also read complaints about these pickups squealing, but I havent experienced that with this pickup. Hard to believe it could ever be microphonic because the coils are totally embedded in resin inside the covers.
There is nothing that I don't like about this pickup. It's great.
It's built like a rock. The coils are sealed inside the cover (just like the L-250's that I own, made by the same company). No chance of coils ever coming loose or getting broken.
I highly recommend this pickup to anyone looking for a high output bridge position humbucker with clean, sparkly tone.
This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
User reviews in other languages
- Overall Opinion
- buy in 2009
j'utilis before a "super distortion" Di Marzio, but nothing to do ....
+ the attack, power, harmonics .... grain Dfine well despite the output level ..
the-clear sound really bad, but I have not purchased it .. a crunch right now, seeing worse than EMG 81 and 85 I had in the past on an ESP. But there is a split is doing ...
clearly not dcu, especially in the United States bought the site "Bill and Beky" for 65 US dollars, so the real, not the United States labeled it ..
Micro sends SERIOUS .......
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- Its been 3 months since I have and I find it great, it is versatile, but still very powerful, I traded in OCCAZ with Seymour Duncan TB4 which were originally fitted on my guitar (Jackson Dinky DK2M Snow White), for sure, it has many more fishing, a bit less hot, it sounds more palm fatty mute.Je used on a skyscraper in alder and maple fingerboard, with a Marshall MG100DFX, pedal TN Extreme III and a MXR equalizer KFK1.La only thing I can blame him are the leads, I can not find enough fluids, even lowering the tone.Avec experience, I would do this choice because I prefer that TB4 for sure but we sii me about the exchange with a D-Activator or a drop Sonic, I would not say no.
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- ay is! I dove and it is finally the United States that I took. In fact I wanted a kit SD 59 'and BL L500-XL and as purchasing both at the same place, on a US sites decreases the note.
Bill on the site Lawrence.com it made me $ 82.50 with the port, the United States on eBay is $ 65 with the port and was able to take the 59 '($ 80 SD!) With no extra ment port. English is not my thing, the ebay transaction is simplicity itself. Cot aa time limit took just a week and I had a dcapsuleur SD and even a crank to tune the strings, they trade with states connaisent!
In addition to the price so I DCID is the Dime from Hell, it has a Bill Lawrence United States, (I Verify on photo) and as I ride my 333 in Dime rplica this choice c'tait the obviousness.
I tried the Bill but I scrape Lawrence.com 25 on this one and I t's not.
once the two pickups and soldering iron reus management APRS 1 / 2 hour I have my Dime lends to rush.
I play an Engl and it is the transfiguration. Bill Lawrence sends a bte is difficult dcrire, a mix of power and clarity of the rhythm in my razor and I finally Discoveries What is the tone of my guitar we fall in rhythm and open to the solo. Before j'tais while trying to push open the bottom for more acute.
The fate of Bill Lawrence and impressive levels of distortion with my basic SETTING THE I go out much stronger in a group, I had to fall;)
Frankly this story with the United States and microphones B & B is when even dgueu enough, I was damn good to be a scare for the 25 Gratt and not at all. For me it is a story of big money while a.
We are a group of scratch with Tone Zone, Invader, EMG, well my Bill Lawrence United States has sucit lusts, far from sweet and sour comments I read here or elsewhere. Bill Lawrence is sharp mtallique.
And say which is better makes me laugh is the comment "can do everything (and also the caf?), Warmer, more open" is not the same thing, try and choose, all these microphones is killing.
In the end this microphone is exceptional and the price is given.N / AN / AN / A
- Overall Opinion
- I bought from Micro Bill & Becky (and not so billlawrence.com Bill Lawrence United States). Dj unlike what people say dtracteurs microphones B & B, I got it in just three weeks (one week in the mail) a total cost of 60-70 euros. Yes yes, with 20 and some shipping costs, with the shipment is cheaper than the majority of the microphones found on the market.
I mount the day before yesterday on my Jackson (a Pro series RR3) to replace the Duncan Designed and miracle ... The sound is mconnaissable. DLIR is the total. Submitted highs are the mediums singing, serious when need be required is a Młoda dlicate s'chappe that this microphone, even with a heavy distortion with nag gain background.
Because yes, its output level is extremely lev (especially for a passive pickup!) But it is beautifully clean. Apart from some non-harmonic DSIR if awkward movement, no sound comes parasite gcher riffs that attempts to send.
What I like most is clearly the balance in terms of sound and its output level which allows for a standard potato with the same sound of the amp down trs. What I like least ... difficult to say. So far I have not found any major default, except that it is a micro Reserved a player who has a little finger and exprience (if you have big hands full of big fingers that grip the strings all the way, is going to make a hellish cacophony seen that the microphone is sensitive).
So far I had a Duncan Designed test, the base amount, and a DiMarzio Evolution, but I confess to playing mtal death or progressive styles that require a little finger and Sound s sometimes very prcises, Bill Lawrence Exceeds by far the Duncan and DiMarzio.
In addition to a, if we speak English properly, Becky provides technical advice and more useful places an order on the spot. Within minutes c'tait rgl she told me that I would have in three weeks and three weeks later, the veil in my mailbox. Level "customer service", I doubt that other brands do better;)
And to top it off, it does coast * NOTHING *. $ 82.50. It is (now 26 fvrier 2009) a total of 64 euros (63.86 for me). It is 40 euros less than any high-end microphones for the best sometimes.
If I were offered to return to rear, I would resume the same DEFINITIONS.N / AN / AN / A
- Overall Opinion
- Edit of 15.12.2008:
Installed on a Hamer Steve Stevens 87, I concur, this microphone is great. After numerous tests to know that dug most excellent violin (PRS HFS, Suhr DSH +, Prs # 6 (excellent microphone, I was reluctant to leave it on the Hamer until I installed the XL500 ...) , Gibson HBL (I love Pout), ... etc. ...).
It sounds so very very close to the old Dirty Finger I have on my LP R7, a tad looser than he was. This is not a defect, just a feature. Big sound, a high output, very full, solid bass, midrange and treble very compact thick. Coupled with a volume knob CTS, good capacity sutra of the tone knob and a small treble bleed mod style (see Seymour Duncan website) for a very soft volume, and I typed a big sound on a small Les Paul guitar any light.
An excellent microphone, to order from Bill and Becky.
So get me to risk the wrath of some afiens I owned, and therefore able to compare on the same amp, same guitar and same game (mine!) Both pickups that share the same name: Bill Lawrence 500XL The United States and Bill Lawrence 500XL Bill and Becky, purchased on their website. And one would address to Becky herself, please.
I said: I have not done research on the net about the history of these microphones, untangled owners, lawsuits, rumors about who uses what in show bizzzzzzzzz if Bettencourt shaves armpits etc.. ... I only play these pickups on my guitars. Point.
I play since 1992 on the correct gear (NOS, VHT, Bogner). I installed the mic on my LP.
Outside legal controversy and / or audiofanzienne, which do not interest me, neither one nor the other, I concluded that the United States is a good microphone, punchy, a bit dry (but typed the coup) and built for saturation (I think). Good point micro.
A similar scraper, the Bill and Becky is much warmer, just as powerful, but more "open", more dynamic, fuller and much more in this repeat: it is objectively clearer and more balanced, we hear more simply, even if the config rehearsal vary.
It is a powerful micro but not showy (as the United States would this trend - again it could be one), and capable of great cruncher, because the mediums are ... nickel.
Personally, the Bill and Becky, can largely do what offers the United States, and more. The reverse is not true. For me, there's no photo.
So I agree with the previous opinion. An excellent microphone. On B and B, there is no logo on the top of the microphone for info.
Last thing: the months of waiting times on the Bill and Becky, this is not true. I bought mine two years ago, I wanted a zebra 500XL was not available. Becky asked me to avoid waiting while the chrome model at the same price, which is normally more expensive. In passing, I note that the B and B, crafts, small quantities and trade together. J'adooooore. That's why I chose for my 2x12 NOS.
I preferred to wait ... one week. And so he arrived with a week late. Otherwise, it's starting pay.N / AN / AN / A
- Overall Opinion
- - I use it for more than 2 ½ years.
I used a long L500XL United States Bill Lawrence (home http://www.billlawrenceusa.com ) I really liked a lot .. A huge potato, harmonics powerful and precise .. despite its overall dryness due to lack of upper midrange and treble really very noisy. Other details: If metal, it did well, he was sorely lacking in finesse to the sounds, say, more 'calm' (clean / crunch / blues).
Then before all the good we said the 'real' L500XL (that of Bill Lawrence himself, I say 'real' because they are the ones used Nuno, I could check my eyes in his last concert) I wanted to try the famous "Bill & Becky L500-XL (sold http://www.BillLawrence.com .)
Well I was not disappointed: the sound of Pornograffitti (Extreme and in general)! An extremely balanced microphone (mediums extremely singing), one in the bass fishing .. In short, a big potato for a particularly pleasant to the ear!
He has another quality big: It reacts very well to volume knob, from the big rage in the most subtle crunch ... And, something I never imagined before: I use it even in its clear!
Clearly, to play the big metal that spot, then yes, the L500 'United States' may be the case (even if Bill & Becky does, and even better). on the other hand, any other style, the Bill & Becky is way ahead! really far!
In short .. controversial or not .. I do not care to know a completely legally owned the name Bill Lawrence, etc. ... what matters is the sound, and there, my choice is clearly: Bill & Becky 100%!
The value for money is simply amazing: It's honestly the best mic I've experienced in 20 years ... Far ahead of the Seymour Duncan or Dimarzio! And it costs only 40Euros (in bulk order to decrease a little for shipping)!
I have installed on 6 of my guitars, it is to say!
So, yes, I do it again this choice without hesitation!
Small detail: The United States uses magnets L500 ceramics while the Bill & Becky uses Alnico magnets ... Bill even said it to him has absolutely no influence on the sound, and all these stories of Ceramic Cold / Hot Alnico is just bla bla .. marketting Given his experience and his genius (as it takes to get laid in such a micro!) I tend to believe. But hey .. again .. I tape, what matters is the sound! ;)N / AN / AN / A
- Overall Opinion
- Bill Lawrence L-500XL original produced by Bill Lawrence United States, it is described above!
Mount in the bridge position on my Washburn Culprit I bought two months ago.
The former owner was reversed as Mount Dime.
For heavy mtal the heavy rhythmic, this microphone is FABULOUS!
I play dropC #, hard rock / mtal / thrash, it is IDAL, powerful, great for rhythm, the palm mute.
This micro has a EQ with bass, mdiums low, not too much treble.
This last point is important for those like me who use distos ultimate style Mtal Boss MT-2 or Zone-2 XT Xtorsion. They are really used to the point that I can back up the gain without being pt treble.
I bought a deuxime I'll get on my other guitar gives standard. Purchased in the US currently has cost 50 including shipping.
Wiring the Schematic is here: http://www.billlawrenceusa.com/
The polmique of true and false
A polmique Stril has been ongoing since that Willi Stich, the ing that these microphones Designed for beginners in the 80's, has resumed its activity in the US and since 1999 via its website sells handicraft production under the Bill Lawrence dnomination precisely.
Except that Bill Lawrence is a factory that produces the L-500XL continuously since 1979. Willi Stich Quitt Bill Lawrence in 1984 after a personal bankruptcy and its associated EZ Wajcman a pong that debt, he runs only from the factory.
The United States Bill Lawrence stamp on the back of pickups since 1982.
Although the plant produces Bill Lawrence since 1979 that these micro Designed Stich has, from its site BillLawrence.com Stich has launched a campaign calling them false dnigrement.
Darell Dimebag used them and was able dmontrer all their qualities. Dime has also used the microphones to Stich, who makes excellent homemade microphones. Stich of the problem is its got immodr to speak ill of his former socity once the money from the sale in his pocket.
The socity Bill Lawrence Stich United States continued to infringement of the trademark Bill Lawrence.
Since May 2007, a stop of Justice prohibits anyone other than http://www.billlawrenceusa.com/ to sell the trademark "Bill Lawrence" musical in the United States.
Stich does not have the capacity to mass produce, so it's factory Bil Lawrence United States team that signed The models in Washburn. If you want to buy the excellent micro Stich expect several months of waiting.
Selling Bill Lawrence
Mag and a lot of eBay to sell US Bill Lawrence, one can buy other micro port group, for example the set of legendary Dime: Bill Lawrence 500XL / the Seymour Duncan 59 '
So I ordered a second Bill Lawrence L-500XL United States, the same since their Fast Fashion in 1979.N / AN / AN / A
- Overall Opinion
- Rcup 'of my opinion of 25/04/2004
Micro bridge cramique bars sacr high output.
I install and test diffrent two guitars, a Lag basswood and alder Jackson. All happily typing on a TriAxis and 2:90, followed by a pathtique 1960A.
Well, a course, but it's better said, it is not clear are versatile and are pretty devastating: I russi cruncher do badly, depending on the scope of mdiator, the o rglages identical EMG 81 is a clean home clean, and even sometimes a X2N be polite.
In clean, lots of treble, midrange and low bass. And too much gain to be versatile. In short, both play clean with the micro neck (config H / H).
Saturated in the same bumps in EQ, Obviously, that clean. Again, normment gain. I got too. The sound tends to lose precision in mchamment, a slime. We must reduce the gain for rcuprer copiously in precision. In the saturated grain resembles a DiMarzio X2N precisely, which also tends bavouiller.
Dtail fun: even cutting the bass on my pramp, cabinet making my hand, it saturates in these frquences!
The sound is not too cold for a raisin bread (not like a DiMarzio Evolution for example, which I think is a real iceberg).
To laugh, then I test on my old Marshall JCM900 4102
B'en l if I see finally intrt a microphone high gain: a is a little more potato when you have an amp with asthma
Finally, I did not feel any diffrence blatant as wood utiliss ... the same sound and the same grain almost feature for feature. It's a shame.
In short, I do not keep this microphone in my config, its grain I do not like (trend boiled trs sound fast). It does not have that hungry in the mds makes me vibrate (the Duncan Dimebucker and Distortion, DiMarzio Fred and Steve's Special). A buy for an old amp rveiller not violent. Or just to say that history has a microphone that sends so many mV (the arms room and horn portire cuccaracha ...).
Addition of 25/05/2004: To be ordered directly on the site of Bill Lawrence (http://www.billlawrence.com/Pages/Ordering.htm), $ 50 + $ 28 shipping, which makes us the max with 90 Euros brokerage and duties ... Cheap and Original Bill Lawrence! And they come with a mounting diagram quite funny, a photocopy of a handmade Schma leve
And complete information for the most twisted cblages are on the forum (http://pub123.ezboard.com/fguitarsbyfenderfrm8) trs active Bill LawrenceN / AN / AN / A
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