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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by drugo, Jun 23, 2018.

what are your favorite pickups?

  1. Custom Shop Fat '50s Stratocaster

    8 vote(s)
    12.5%
  2. Fender Original ’57/’62 Strat

    12 vote(s)
    18.8%
  3. Pure Vintage '65 Strat

    7 vote(s)
    10.9%
  4. Pure Vintage '59 Strat

    8 vote(s)
    12.5%
  5. Custom Shop Fat '60s Stratocaster

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  6. Fender Texas Special™ Strat

    12 vote(s)
    18.8%
  7. Fender Tex-Mex™

    6 vote(s)
    9.4%
  8. Josefina Hand Wound Fat '50s Stratocaster

    3 vote(s)
    4.7%
  9. V-Mod Stratocaster® Pickup

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  10. Custom Shop Custom '69 Strat

    6 vote(s)
    9.4%
  1. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    For high gain...hot noiseless..for everything else, fat 50's
     
  2. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

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    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.
     
  3. TheDuck

    TheDuck Most Honored Senior Member

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    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.
     
  4. oatsoda

    oatsoda Puck of Paradox Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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?
     
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  5. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    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.
     
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  6. rich815

    rich815 Senior Stratmaster

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    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.
     
  7. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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?
     
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  8. chrimturn

    chrimturn Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yawn
     
  9. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Exactly! :cool:
     
  10. howlin

    howlin Strat-Talker

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    Rose Pickups. Buff Beauty in the bridge + a Mojotone steel plate. Mariposa middle & neck. A3 magnets with flat pole pieces & cream covers...
     
  11. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've got a bunch of Strats with different pickups and I like them all:

    Dimarzio Areas
    Stock Am Std pickups (1989)
    Fender '57/'62s
    Lace Golds (666 Strat Plus)
    Lace Hot Golds
    SD Classic Stacks
     
  12. Fender Phil

    Fender Phil Strat-Talker

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    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.
     
  13. gentlyweeping

    gentlyweeping Strat-Talker

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    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.
     
  14. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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.
     
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  15. Rich b in tempe

    Rich b in tempe Strat-Talker

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    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!!!
     
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