Battle of 63s

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  1. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    So I've been in a gear rabbit hole and have discovered that the 63 Strat tone is the tone for me, and three brands have caught my attention, fenders 57/62s which are reverse engineered from a 63 Strat and the other two contenders are Klein's 63 Strat pickups and Bareknuckle's 63 veneer pickups. The fenders are the lowest output at 5.6k followed by Bareknuckle at 5.8k in the neck and middle and 6.3k and finally Klein's at 6.1k in the neck, 6.2k in the middle and 6.0k in the neck. My question is which one would you pick and why?
     
  2. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

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    I've been happy with my 57/62's in my 1986 AVRI. I can't vouch for the other brand ones. Others may soon! I kind of judge sound by how much mid range the pickup delivers. I have two mid 70's Strats that sound "glassier" because they tend to be a little lower in the mid range and hence sound brighter. The 57/62 would be more balanced.
     
  3. Colestrat

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    How would you describe the 57/62s are they bright,glassy,warm,creamy?
     
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    SalvorHardin Strat-O-Master

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    What I'd be interested in,, is the Klein 63/61 set. I'm curious as to how well it matches the original sound of both years, and if they're worth it.
     
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  5. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    I'd love to hear a comparison I'm looking for real clear and glassy pickups and the Klein's sound amazing but so do the others.
     
  6. BluesForDan

    BluesForDan Strat-O-Master

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    whichever one's cheaper :D
     
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    Rudedawg Senior Stratmaster

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    thru what amp?
     
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  8. ChrisD

    ChrisD Senior Stratmaster

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    Not exactly what you are looking for but I have Klein 56's, Bareknuckle Apaches and I've had Fender 57/62's in the past. The Fender pickups are every bit as good as the other 2 brands. Don't let names or prices fool you, the 57/62 pickups are world class. IMO at least.
     
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  9. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    In reality a blues junior but in my slice of heaven a Twin or super
     
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  10. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    No way that’s crazy I was thinking of getting the apaches and the 56s too I just did 63s to be easier to compare but what’s your opinion on all the apaches and 56s and I love the 57/62s I’m trying to find a set a to play.
     
  11. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I have the Bareknuckle ‘63 Veneers in my #1 strat.
    When I received them they were all 6.0 k neck, middle, bridge according to the info that came with this actual set of pickups.......not an issue for me but thought I would mention it since you did.
    Anyway, I love them, they are very clear open and have nice “snap” for lack of a better word.....they are also just a touch on the fat side....without any icepick in the high end.
    I put a Callaham plate on the bridge pickup which I also really like....it adds just a little snarl to it.....but it was great without it.....I just happened to have the callaham plate so I put it on.
    It is a bit less vintage sounding with it but a great tone nonetheless.
    I spend most of my time on the neck pickup but have used all positions (especially the two out of phase positions) when recording solos etc for other people’s projects.
    I’ve probably had 5 sets of pickups in this Strat and I stopped looking when I put the ‘63s in.



    I kind of go through the positions on this jam.......hope this helps!
    This was through an amp sim not a real amp......sound much better into a real amp imho!
     
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  12. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    I've owned two sets of Kleins as well as the 57/62.

    I say get the 57/62. Both sets of Kleins became sterile sounding to me over time.

    And use a clean boost.
     
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  13. Colestrat

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    It sounds great! Love the playing too! I’m looking for the vintage sound but I appreciate all the information:)
     
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    My goal is to buy the 57/62s and the Klein’s later on and compare and how glassy and clear are the 57/62s?
     
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    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    These things can't be quantified or accurately described.

    57/62 is one of the most well-liked pickups on Strat Talk. Classic Strat sound. Glassy and clear also has a lot to do with your amp, but I think they are plenty glassy and clear.
     
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  16. Colestrat

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    Thanks for your input :)
     
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    Bladesg Funk Meister Silver Member

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    Have a look at Rocketfire Total 60s or Lollar Blackface
     
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  18. Antstrat

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    Want vintage sound glassy and clean, CS 69’s is the way to go.

    Don’t want to spend the money then the 57/62’s will be fine.

    So will Fat 50’s.

    See where I’m going with this?

    Don’t over research this stuff, don’t get too hung up on the ‘specs’. 5-6k, close enough. Take in the opinions offered then roll the dice and pick something.

    Bottom line is you really won’t know if you like brand X pickups until you install them, adjust height to taste and eq your amp.
     
  19. SalvorHardin

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    57-62 vs SSL-1. Anyone have comparisons?
     
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    I'd be interested in the answers to this question. I'm going to buy the SSL-1s unless I hear I should do otherwise. They're the only pickups mentioned in this thread that are RWRP while maintaining a vintage tone.
     
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