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Old February 13th, 2010, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lace Sensor Gold VS Vinatge Noiseless Pickups

I want to upgrade my pups in my Mexican Strat, but I can't decide weather to get Fender Lace Sensor Gold or Fender Noiseless pickups.
So what is everyone's opinion? I'm leaning more toward the Lace sensor side, but I'm not sure.

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Old February 13th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had lace sensor golds they were ok. They do look cool. I switched them out for dimarzio area '58's and a '61. They are awesome.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What sort of sound do you want to get?

Look at the Fender Hot Noiseless if you want something a bit hotter and more modern sounding.
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Out of those two I'd say the Lace Sensors are better, just be sure that you like the look of them.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 08:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I wanna get a blues, blues rock sound.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 09:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I like Gold Lace Sensors best too. If you're going to use the mid boost, you only have to go on Youtube and listen to Clapton himself using the Lace, and then the Vintage Noiseless. IMHO its not hard to hear what sounds best. Phil Palmer uses the EC Strat with Lace pups too in the first video.



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Old February 13th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I actually thought the VN Pups sounded more organic. But the LS video was very windy so there was a weird "flanging" effect going on.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I dunno, I'd take either one, or better yet, both.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd ideally have both but either can sound terrific.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 01:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Its a hard choice, they both sound good.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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You know who else uses lace pups and has a great sound is Steve Winwood. Try checking some of his clips on u tube.

I have a set that I really like the sound of. They are supposed to do the 50s strat thing and they do it pretty well, but they do sound just slightly different from traditional alnico V magnets. Maybe a little softer and less bold than similar alnico Vs. they are kinda low output so you can expect a sweet, not agressive sound.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 04:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You know who else uses lace pups and has a great sound is Steve Winwood. Try checking some of his clips on u tube.
Yeh had forgot about Steve. For being primarily a keyboard player, he's also one heck of a guitarist.


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Does steve use the preamp midboost like clapton?

And what about Texas Specials?
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Old February 14th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Does steve use the preamp midboost like clapton?

And what about Texas Specials?
Yeh I think it's an EC signature he uses. If you're going to use a preamp boost, you'll have to use Noiseless pups. The 60 cycle hum with single coils would be too much.
Single coils do sound best though IMHO, especially clean.
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I'm sorta if'y on getting the midboost because idk if i wanna get rid of the two tone controls.
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Yeh I never fancied the mid boost either. Texas specials get a lot of mixed reactions on the forum, here's a thread about them. http://www.strat-talk.com/forum/pick...-specials.html
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Old February 14th, 2010, 08:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I think you only lose one tone control if you have the 25db mid boost ,
I have a Fender 1996 Ventures stratocaster, that came factory with gold lace sensors and all the Clapton active boost stuff , Its a great system , especially if you have a tube amp. The 25db boost really warms up the pre amp tube's like nothing else ,
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I dont have a tube amp, so i'm not sure how it would sound.
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Does steve use the preamp midboost like clapton?

And what about Texas Specials?

I don't think he does. I could be wrong. But the tone is a lot glassier than Clapton's. I was able to get similar sounds without a mid boost with lace pups on my strat. I know he uses a cyber twin amp, and assume he uses a preset for leads.

Texas Specials are not as sparkly as more traditional vintage pups. they have their uses. I had em in my lone star strat and it had large balls for sure.
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I dont have a tube amp, so i'm not sure how it would sound.
I would stick to the laces with a solid state amp. My reasoning, which you may discount, is that I have a very inexpensive solid state practice amp at home and the laces had a very good clean sound through it. However, with solid state I think you'll be sol for a good distorted tone nomatter which pups you choose
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