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What's your favorite clean strat pickup set?

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  1. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    Happy Friday! (At least here in the U.S.)

    The title kind of says it all, but what pickups do you all like for classic low output, 50s, bell-tone sounds? We talk a lot about dirty tones like SRV and Hendrix, but how about that beautiful, crystal clear sound?

    I've heard amazing things about the Don Mare Brown0Tones, Klein 1955 Epic Series, Fralin Real '54s and the Arcane Proto 54. But...I've never played any of those myself.

    I have the BK Irish Tours in my '59 AVRI. They're mind blowlingly amazing, but for my new '57 reissue I want to try something completely opposite from the Irish Tours.

    Thanks, all!
     
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    Guitarmageddon Canada Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fender 57/62's are my fave for sure!
     
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    I actually like the sound of the SC-101's clean. Comes through loud and crisp with a good string balance.
     
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    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Hard to pick. Currently, I'm getting to know the pups in my new AV65. The neck pickup is sweet but I like all three and in combination. Still playing around with the clean sounds.

    For me, I can always count on my Fender Lace Golds (orig version from the Strat Plus). I record with those often and if I'm not sure what guitar to take out with me, this is the one. I've recorded these clean through acoustic amps a bunch and love how it turned out.

    For a cool range of tonality that lets me get good, clean, throaty tones, I often go to my mk-guitar Schecter F500T clones. Those things are incredible and can give a very unique sound. They are tapped with three-way switching on each pup, so I can go cool-off-hot in any combination, and I use quite a few of the combinations. These pickups are particularly bell-like, which I love.

    What I look for in a clean pickup is the ability to better control my articulation and how it comes through the amp. I don't like pickups that smooth things over too much unless the song really calls for that.

    Finally, one set that I don't use often but when I do, really enjoy, are the Peavey Super Ferrite pickups in my old '87 Peavey Patriot. I don't really know how to describe them other than unique, at least in my limited experience.
     
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  5. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    My favourite set is not available as a "set".
    I have 2 AY Custom Shop '69s for the neck and middle and a slightly hotter Custom Shop '60s grey bottom for the bridge.
    I sorted through quite a few Fender grey bottoms to mate these up.

    I'm not familiar with the aftermarket options you mention except the Lindy's.
    The set of Fralins I have are a bit more mid dominant.
    I'm not convinced that buying pickups as a homogenous set is the ideal solution.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    While I have some fancier Fender Strats, a Squier Bullet Strat's neck pickup actually gives the best clean tone 'in spite of' the ceramic bar magnet along with a Washburn/Samick under wound (4kohm) middle pickup. (Gasp! Ceramic! How can that be?) Even a local pro player was surprised at the great tone when he tested it out. I eventually landed on internal capacitance as the deciding feature, high capacitance (typical of machine wound) gives muddy output while low internal capacitance (typical of hand-wound) gives brighter and cleaner output - like having a tone knob permanently engaged or disengaged.

    Don't forget that your controls contribute to the tone scape you seek. Pots and caps can vary 10-20% and they alter the resonant frequency of the system even when wide open. Some like to swap pickups until the output of the system sounds pleasing to them, I like to start with the cheap pots and caps and work up to the pickups. I rarely do pickup swaps now unless I'm looking for a dramatic style shift like humbuckers to P90s.


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  7. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    Bill Lawrence's MicroCoils... simply stunning... and at a price that defies belief...

    rk
     
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    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone!
     
  9. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    Hey, Ron. Do you have a specific pickup or selection of pickups you use as standard in your strat builds?
     
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    I have recently installed a set of Fender 57/62's in one of my Strats. I've spent a great deal on boutique Strat pickups in the past. They're all really great. But to my ears, you cannot beat a set of Fender 57/62's. They're fantastic. And they make me feel like a fool for all the money I've previously spent on others.
     
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    Fender 57/62
     
  12. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    avri 65's
    abby CS 69 hand wound
    57/62
    fat 50s
     
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    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    My default is my custom wound pickups... but if you prefer any other's it's nada problem..however it does increase the cost by whatever their cost it..

    Ron
     
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    Custom Shop 54
     
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    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    Thanks, Ron! I was actually the person you were just emailing with about the hardtail build. Thanks, again for your help!
     
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    bchaffin72 A hapless Yeoman.............. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well, my own, if I do say so myself.............:D

    Outside of my general fascination with pickups, it was my desire to experiment and find my own clean sounds that led me to start building pickups.
     
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    Bladesg Senior Stratmaster

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    Best clean strat pickups I've played are the Klein Jazzy Cats.
     
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    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    Do you have a website? I see the link to your FB page, but I don't have FB. Thanks!
     
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    Low wind (7500 turns) A5, 42 awg. for Strats.
    For Telecasters:
    Bridge 8000 turns, A3, 42 awg.
    Neck, 7500 turns, A5(tall .688), 42 awg. Nickel silver cover.
    Buckers, low wind 42 awg(DCR under 8k) , A2.
     
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    Clean for jazz, 69's. clean for surf, 62's.
     
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