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Lace Sensor Gold VS Vinatge Noiseless Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by Clapton22, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Clapton22

    Clapton22 Strat-Talk Member

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    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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    paleus Strat-O-Master

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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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    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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    SunburstYummy Strat-Talker

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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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    I wanna get a blues, blues rock sound.
     
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    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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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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    platypibri Senior Stratmaster

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    I dunno, I'd take either one, or better yet, both.
     
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    I'd ideally have both but either can sound terrific.
     
  11. Clapton22

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    Its a hard choice, they both sound good.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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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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    fenderkev Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yeh had forgot about Steve. For being primarily a keyboard player, he's also one heck of a guitarist.:)


    YouTube - Steve Winwood - Dear Mr. Fantasy
     
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    Does steve use the preamp midboost like clapton?

    And what about Texas Specials?
     
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    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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    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 ,
    Danielle
     
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    I dont have a tube amp, so i'm not sure how it would sound.
     
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    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 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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