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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by drugo, Jun 23, 2018.
For high gain...hot noiseless..for everything else, fat 50's
Out of these pickups I like the 57/62 pickups the best.
I really like the CS 60’s pickups and I’ve got a set of Lollar Blondes that are great. Seymour Duncan pickups are fantastic and deserve a look here.
EMG SA, by far.
Followed by DiMarzio Areas, Fender A5 and N3/N4
The stock Eric Johnson pick ups are really nice, as are the Noiseless with Clapton boost.
Sticking with the Dovers from D. Allen. Really articulate, and they do a great job in letting me create the sound I hear in my head. Don't know any of the tech-spec about them, they just rock.
Sorry to see dissension in our little six string sandbox. Been such a positive place of fun and sharing for me, hate to think of it as needing to check into rehab. In fact ST was a Big part of what kept me sane when my wife past away and I was figuring out how to be a single daddy, how to keep on keeping on, and I hope this can be that for whoever needs that next. Yeah, it's just guitars, but that's creativity and generosity and joy. How bout it my friends, give each other a second chance?
My favorite Strat pickups are the Seymour Duncan SSL1's for the quintessential strat sound (at least in my mind). If I'm playing in a rock band, I use a Texas Special in the bridge position for a bit more hair.
Although not considered by the majority of people one of the "top strat pickups", I personally like the Fender Vintage Noiseless, as I find them versatile for clean and dirty tones and still stratty enough for my taste.
The basic A5 ones that came on American Standards before they changed to Fat 50’s (1990’s and early 2000’s).
I like Tex Mex too though but for other reasons.
No need for another one, it's been done here many many times in the past. But usually with a wider selection to choose from. And the answer is....!
....different for everyone, no real consensus, a variety of opinions. Well, who woulda thunk that?
Rose Pickups. Buff Beauty in the bridge + a Mojotone steel plate. Mariposa middle & neck. A3 magnets with flat pole pieces & cream covers...
I've got a bunch of Strats with different pickups and I like them all:
Stock Am Std pickups (1989)
Lace Golds (666 Strat Plus)
Lace Hot Golds
SD Classic Stacks
My ears seem to like many of the pickups mentioned here, but at the moment I am giving the ‘666’ Gold Lace in a ‘89 Strat Plus my attention.
What seems to make them a little bit more special is the TBX electronics.
So wiring and electronics have to be also considered.
With Fender pu's I only have experience with Texas Specials, Fat 50's and the Alnico V's used in the American Strats before they were called Am Std's. I'll choose anything other than Texas Specials again.
Out of the pickups on the list, I only have experience with:
Fat '50s - I like them
Texas Specials - I like them
Custom Shop '69 - I like them
I like each one for different reasons.
It's hard for anyone to say they have a favorite if they have not tried every pickup on the list, and I doubt many have.
I’ve been around this pickup thing since the early 70’s, working in repair/Luthier shops, & have had the opertunity to demo a lot of guitars & different pickups. Being sorta West-coast, I always endorsed & used,& installed a lot of Duncans. This was until I demoed pickups made by Rob DiStefano of Calavier pickups
Robs tele & STRAT hand crafted pickups, time after time, sound amazing. Fat-sweet-chimney-jangled- tight- sounding pickups are the reason I keep playing strats & tele’s!! Very quick response,& very reasonably priced!!!