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Antiquity II Surf or SSL-1's

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by BigToeify, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. BigToeify

    BigToeify Strat-Talk Member

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    I'm putting in a Twang Banger in my bridge position and wanted to hear whether the Antiquity II Surf or SSL-1's would better for neck and middle?
     

  2. Murphcaster

    Murphcaster Strat-O-Master

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    Oct 17, 2013
    Huntington, WV
    Either or. Can't go wrong with either one. I've played both (my #1 currently has the SSL-1 set) and both sound great and have that great sounding bell-like chime and sparkle. The SSL-1 may have just a bit more brightness in the top end but nothing that's extremely discernible.

    Just FYI, SSL-1s are very well liked not only on this site but in the guitar community as a whole and are around $35-$40 cheaper (per individual pickup) than the Antiquity II.
     
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  3. guitarface

    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 11, 2012
    New York
    Big are great. Probably just question of price.
     
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  4. BigToeify

    BigToeify Strat-Talk Member

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    If they are that close in sound money does become a factor.
     

  5. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Is there a difference between those two pickups?
     
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  6. stratistically

    stratistically Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I once put a set od SSL1s in a Classic Player and they stayed there until I sold the guitar. They are very nice pickups.
     
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  7. BigToeify

    BigToeify Strat-Talk Member

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    I talked to Duncan and they basically said the antiquities can be a bit brighter but it's not a noticeable difference. For me that was the answer. SSL-1's. saving myself some money too.
     

  8. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Good. That's the conclusion I reached a while ago. SSL-1s suit me just fine, I don't need them to be any brighter. Though I really should try some SSL-2s as well some time.
     
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  9. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    In my experience, the SSL-1s (or -2), are cleaner and brighter...sort of late 50s pickups. The Surfers are like early 60s pickups which were slightly warmer.
     
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  10. BigToeify

    BigToeify Strat-Talk Member

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    Thats kinda what i was thinking but the rep said the antiquities would be slightly brighter.
     

  11. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    That isn't my experience.
     
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  12. BigToeify

    BigToeify Strat-Talk Member

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    Then I misunderstood the rep. We were exchanging emails. So how are the SSL-1s paired up with the Twang Banger? I just ordered all three. Would the Antiquity surfer for neck and middle have been a better choice?
     

  13. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Perfect.
     
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  14. Nandocaster

    Nandocaster New Member!

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    God dammit, i have the set of 3 Antiquity Hot Texas at home. I haven't test them jet, are you saying that they are worst that a half price set of pickups??
     

  15. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think that the suggestion is that they are no better than equally good pickups that sell at a lower price point. And since most of my SSL-1s were bought used, from eBay, mine were lower priced still.
     

  16. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    Not at all. The SSL-1 is a great pickup that has the clean, clear, sound of late 50s Fenders. I mean, that tone is iconic. Beautiful. They are a great choice.

    Antiquity Texas Hots are like hotter SSL-1s with but they still have some stingy treble. Good for bigger strings into a Bassman with a Tube Screamer, or my favorite, an 805 Overdrive.
     
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