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If you're mostly or always play blues...

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by jbylake, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. jbylake

    jbylake Regular Dude Silver Member

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    If you primarily play blues and some blues rock, what S/S/S pickups do you use, and why? Thanks ahead,
    J.
     
  2. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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  3. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Strat-O-Master

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    I use a jazzmaster ha
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I use whatever guitar I feel like at the moment. My 1977 Stratocaster with original pickups, a partscaster with lipstick pickups, a Gibson SG with original humbuckers or a Peavey with active pickups.

    I don't sound bluesey on either but that's no fault of the pickups.
     
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    Cali Dude Strat-Talker

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    I have 2 choices. #1 is my Buddy Guy USA signature Strat. It has lace gold's, and a boost switch. #2 is my US G&L asat Z-3. I really enjoy both for similar stuff, however, I use the strat for more blues, and the G&L for Rock, Blues, and Country/Folk.
     
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    sadmoodyfrazier Senior Stratmaster

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    Tonerider Classic Blues, Tonerider Surfaris. On other guitars EMG Retroactive or PRS 85/15.
     
  7. stratmatt777

    stratmatt777 Strat-Talker

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    If you want it to sound like a stock 1960s strat you can't really go wrong with Fender Original '57/'62 pickups, as long as you are okay with single coils that hum.

    When I got mine several years back I found a new 3 pack on ebay for $93.

    Lincoln Brewster gets a nice no-buzz vintage strat sound from Dimarzio Area 61 and 58s, which are hum-cancelling.
     
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  8. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    The pickups it came with.....which is rare for me. But if they work for Robt. Cray why should I reinvent the wheel?
     
  9. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Most Honored Senior Member

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    1955 spec pups from Evilsheep.
     
  10. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Son House is spinning in his grave...
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I use whatever is on the guitar. Pickups either work or they don't.
     
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    Nick-O Senior Stratmaster

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    Yep, whatever guitar, if the blues are there it will sound right.
     
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    Trickster019 Strat-Talker

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    I plays the blues with everything. Last time I used a Malmsteen Strat.
    Why not.
     
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    MugHimself Strat-Talker

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    Tex mex with .047 cap on the bridge and a .022 shared for the neck and middle both tones 500k with a 250k volume pot (2 push pulls for neck on and series as well but that’s just for fun)
     
  15. SurfsUp

    SurfsUp Senior Stratmaster

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    I've always tipped my hat to those who show up at blues jams with guitars you'd never think to bring.

    80's pointy shredders for example. BC Rich Mockinbirds. Jackson's, Charvels. Ibanez. The brighter (as in neon) the better!
     
  16. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Pretty much this. I have 8 electric guitars, 2 basses, and I've only changed pickups on one guitar.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I think you have a Tele that would be perfect for blues. ;)
     
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    Agtronic Strat-O-Master

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    I love the stock pickups in my '99 American Standard Strat. I use mostly the neck, middle and bridge pickups.
     
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  19. Kerry Brown

    Kerry Brown Strat-O-Master

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    The blues is not about a certain tone. It is about a feeling or emotion.
     
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    stratomatt Strat-O-Master

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    In my stable I have a HSS Jackson Dinky. It has a pointy headstock and a floyd, and it's green. It sounds pretty good for blues. The neck and neck/middle are very strat sounding. It is also really fun and easy to play. Not sure I'd want to be seen with it in public though.
     
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