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  1. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    I loved the Alnico IIs from GFS on one guitar. They really highlighted your articulation well. Shouldn't have sold it.
     
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  3. gonzo

    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

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    the cs9's list for 199

    the wilde microcoils list for 108


    the cs9's are noisy around bad lighting...

    the microcoils almost sound humbucking

    but whatever works, works.
     
  4. Dick Blackmore

    Dick Blackmore Senior Stratmaster

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    Wilde pickups. If they were 300$ a set they would still be the best. Bill Lawrence designs are still light years ahead of other pickup winders.
     
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    Antigua Senior Stratmaster

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    From a technical standpoint, the only manner in which a smaller coil can be quieter is with respect to electrostatic noise, where the noise is capacitive, because the coil has less overall surface area so it doesn't couple with the noise source as well. But when it comes to humbucking, or blocking electromagnetic noise, it's literally impossible for a single coil to both be quieter and otherwise achieve the same level of output, because string movement and EMI are the same animal. You can't get rid of one and keep the other. The exception to the rule would be if a pickup has a stronger magnetic field, it can achieve a better signal to noise ratio, but if you take it to far you get "stratitus", so there is a limit there as well, and it's usually met with AlNiCo 5 pole pieces.
     
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    Waiting on a set of rubustas myself. Can't wait until they show up!
     
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    IronSchef Senior Stratmaster

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    Rose Pickups - cannot say enough about this company. Hand-wound USA pickups for slightly more than the "Artec" (China) type pickups, and WAY cheaper than other "boutique" pickup makers.

    Seriously, I have never seen anyone post anything but 100% positive results w Rose pickups. Ken will even custom wind a set for you if you contact him prior to your order.

    I have 4 guitars w/ Rose pickups :)
     
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  8. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Senior Stratmaster

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    Axesrus are my one stop shop. Hand wound in the U.K. to order, custom jobs? No problem for less than dimarzio.
     
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    apm1991 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have this in my MIM Strat:

    https://www.riograndepickups.com/muy-macho-set

    Stelly/Muy Grande/Muy Grande says it cost $290, It came with the guitar I bought used from Guitar Center for $325

    I haven't really played any other strats, it sounds good to me.. Are these good pickups? As good as the Rose one's you speak of... Are these as good as MIA Strat pickups?
     
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    trapdoor2 Senior Stratmaster

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    I recently installed a set of Tone Emporium's pickups in my HSS strat. I'm very well pleased with them! Nice balance, great sound.

    Just received a set of Tele pickups from them yesterday. I'm a happy customer.

    https://www.toneemporium.com/
     
  11. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Rooooooose Roooooobustas!!!! :D
     
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    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

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    heh, i don't know about ANY of that!


    but, i do trust my ears.
     
  13. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Senior Stratmaster

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    You may laugh at this but the best aftermarket pickups are the ones people pull out of their guitars when they think they're not good enough.

    Plentiful, inexpensive and usually very good.
     
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    Check your local craigslist. That's where I got my pickups for a steal, and I'm constantly seeing other great deals on there.
     
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    axeman83 Strat-Talk Member

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    I'll second the tonerider pickups i got classic blues from north west guitars and have to say they are great. I also did a little research before buying and tonerider definitely had good reputation.
     
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    Doghouse_Riley Strat-Talker

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    In this case street and list are vastly different:
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148356&icep_item=122831117898

    I have nothing against Wildes. They are on my short list of pickups for future Strat builds. I have Bill Lawrence designed pickups in my #1 bass, a Fender Roscoe Beck 5 string. Best 5 string bass pickups ever, IMO.
     
  17. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't think you will be disappointed.It's not just a good tone they are very responsive to the fingers and feel.There's just some thing about them that makes playing even nicer :)

    Going from clean to Overdrive is a Joy,

     
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  18. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    I have a Robusta/Buff Beauty set in my guitar Strat...LLLLLLOOOOOOVVVVEE them.
     
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  19. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Senior Stratmaster

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    I would have liked to try the,"Rose" pickups but the OP is in the UK like myself and by the time the postage and Customs are applied the cost rockets up :(
     
  20. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    You might check out Alexander pribora then. He sells on eBay and his stuff is top notch too. As I did in add earlier post I have two sets in two of my strats. The blues classic set and the hot customs. The hot customs are really not much different than the Robusta/Buff Beauty set. Plus his shipping is normally free... and fast.
     
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