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What's your favorite clean strat pickup set?

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  1. SlyStrat

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    Fender CS '54's.
     
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  2. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster

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    Rumpelstilskin “Miller’s Daughter” set.
    Awesome!
     
  3. slide13

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    Just put on some Fralin Vintage Hots in my ‘96 Strat Plus. I had some Texas Specials in there but never loved them. Kinda muddy, flat, and uneven from string to string and from pup to pup. Dropped in a loaded pickguard from Fralin including a baseplate on the bridge and wow! The guitar sings now, sounds so much better. I recently picked up a new Swart STR Tremolo and really liked it but felt it was just shy of being everything I wanted tone wise....turns out it was the pickups and these Fralin fixed that. Sounds so good now!

    Also, had a slight issue with my loaded pickguard where one tone control isn’t doing anything. Maybe something I did during install, maybe a bad pot, maybe something else. Either way, sent a quick email off about it to see if they had suggestions for what to check out (wiring isn’t my strong suit). Within a couple hours I received a call from Lindy Fralin himself explaining possible causes, apologizing, and offering to fix it if I wanted to return it or to help walk me through fixing it myself when I was ready to take it apart again. That is some damn good customer service!

    Very impressed both by the service and the sound quality!

    10/10, would buy again!
     
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  4. hexnut

    hexnut Strat-Talker

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    I like the pure 59s but that's just me.
     
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  5. Doug B

    Doug B Strat-Talker

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    Are you talking about the Microcoils with the neo magnets or the alnico magnets?

    Thanks.

    Doug
     
  6. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    Either... such subtle differences are insignificant...unless ya think so... it's like having to choose between Adrianna Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio to be stranded on a desert isle..... are they alike? Oh hell no, do ya care OH double hell no..

    rk
     
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  7. Doug B

    Doug B Strat-Talker

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    No, it's just my curiosity. Wondered why there would be the two different magnet choices if they are so similar. I have only heard Microcoils on Youtube, so it's kinda hard to judge.
     
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  8. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    American Standard/ Series (Fender pickups).
     
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    Single Malt Strat-Talker

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    Count me in as well. I've posted several times about the beauty of these pickups.
     
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  10. mojosman

    mojosman Strat-O-Master

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    D. Allen Tru-62 set. They just have “it”; whatever it is, they’ve got it!
     
  11. Frankg11

    Frankg11 Strat-Talker

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    My vote goes to EMG DG-20 pickup set. I have a set in my Strat. Almost too clean for me.
     
  12. Bach5G

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    I have a set of Rose Heritage (Alnico 2, no stagger) that keeping finding their way back into my guitars.
     
  13. franklyn13

    franklyn13 Strat-Talker

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  14. inra311

    inra311 Strat-Talker

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    That is not a Schecter F500T. It is a Schecter F500N (or F521N Telecaster pickup, I cannot see it properly in the pictures)

    The N stands for non-tapped (two wires) and the T for tapped (three wires). The N version does not correspond to any of the two turn counts of the T version but is somewhere between those.
     
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  15. franklyn13

    franklyn13 Strat-Talker

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    aren't tele neck pickups smaller?...this one here is tight in most pickguards (STRAT) ... I've had it in?
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  16. inra311

    inra311 Strat-Talker

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    Yes, of course. So it is the F500N. From the picture alone it was hard to tell. I once even bought an "F500T" on ebay and got the smaller Tele F521T pickup. Well, no reason to be upset as the Tele pickup is also a great and rare pickup and the price was a bargain.

    Do you know what the DC reading of your pickup is?
     
  17. franklyn13

    franklyn13 Strat-Talker

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  18. franklyn13

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    around 12.9 ish haven't checked...hold on I'll do it now!... 11.025ohms...I bought this brand new I think it was 1977 at Redbank Music Store in Redbank NJ...it was my 2nd aftermarket pickup I installed into my then new 76 strat hardtail...1st after market (only) at the time was my dimarzio fs1 (still using that 1 in another strat)
     
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  20. Funk McNasty

    Funk McNasty Strat-O-Master

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    I feel the same way about my Fender CS ‘69’s that I use in my 70’s reissue Strat. Bought 2 other sets of well known boutique brand pickups and didn’t find what I was looking for until i had the ‘69’s installed.

    Speaking of great clean pickups, the ‘69’s are it for me! Very nice clean tone with a nice round low-end. They are mid-scooped so they just come across very clean and sparkly.

    Also, Fender Pure Vintage ‘65’s are incredible pickups for clean work as well


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