Introduction to me

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  1. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    my favorites are the Fender 69’s but I also really like Fat 50’s, Antiquities, Texas Specials, 57/62, and Lace Sensor golds.

    Last but not least the stock pu’s in your Strat are pretty good. Have you experimented with adjusting the height?

    For your Blues. Jr, have you tried this: turn both master and volume to zero, then turn the master all the way on and turn the volume in small increments. This will give you another tone from the amp. You might like it, might not but it’s easy and free.
     
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  2. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    Excellent! Keep it all fun!

    Kester 44 60/40 solder is the best on the planet.
     
  3. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    Thanks I’ve been through stuff but music will always have my back :)
     
  4. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    I run my Blues junior just like that with no mids and bass and treble at 6 and reverb at 3. And my pickups are flush with the pick guard still muddy to me but I can live with it :).
     
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  5. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    What’s your favorite pickup?
     
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    Stratman84 Strat-Talker

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    Keep the faith... Playing guitar and saxophone will make you a valuable member of a band once you have the time...

    Remember every time you pickup your guitar and play, your music teacher is with you. So smile and think of the good times... :thumb:
     
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  7. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    For a Strat? I love the Lace Sensor Holy Grail set. They have two coils per pickup and are technically a humbucker, but are arranged in a horizontal layout maintaining a fantastic Strat tone. All but hum / noise free.

    Not sure if they are in limited production or something, but seem harder to find at a reasonable price. They are $400 at the Lace Sensor site. I paid half that ~2 years ago at https://stratosphereparts.com/

    Also tried Seymour Duncan SSL-1s I had from an ill fated 1980 build I attempted. Pure classic Strat tone but have drawbacks; they are noisy with 60 Hz hum as any classic single coil pickups are and are anemic in between the pole pieces during string bends. The bridge pickup is rather ice-picky - also as many vintage correct pickups are.

    These are my opinions. Go read more!
     
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  8. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Strat-Talker

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    I have a set of 57/62’s. They are very nice pickups but the bridge was a little thin for my taste. The middle and neck are amazing. Currently I love the 60s Vintera pickups, they sell them as an aftermarket set for around $120 now.
     
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    I read a pretty simple trick that worked for me as a base point for getting the pickup heights correct; simply take a nickel and put it on each high and low E pole piece while pressing the 21st fret and raise them until the nickel touches the strings. Worked like a charm for me and then I just made minor adjustments to taste after that.
     
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  10. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    I think they sound good but I haven’t tried them yet sadly, I play neck and middle separately and I was just wondering when played clean how clear and articulate are they and are they bright or warm to you?
     
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    Welcome.
    You’ve made a good plan.
    Much power to you.
     
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  13. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm 59. Replacement (upgrade?) pickup paper magazine marketing was crude, limited, yet simple when I was 18. DiMarzio or Seymour Duncan. I fell for the DiMarzio humbucker marketing then. It was wrong.

    You have much to learn and are on a fantastic journey you do not yet fully realize. I really envy you ... :)

    Go slow and absorb. Don't believe everything you read.
     
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    Chmason85 Strat-Talker

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    I never play positions 2 or 4, just the individual pickups myself. The bridge was thin like I mentioned, but the neck and middle were very warm and clear when I had them installed. The neck pickup to me was particularly nice, so much that I built a pickguard using that in the neck with dimarzio area 61 and injector in the middle and bridge respectively. I recommend them but maybe a beefier bridge pickup.
     
  15. Colestrat

    Colestrat Strat-Talker

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    Hopefully I’ll play a guitar with a set in them and I’m looking for bright but maybe they will sound bright to me :).
     
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    Is the middle pickup smooth on the 57/62s?
     
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    Chmason85 Strat-Talker

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    Yes, they’re very smooth pickups in the middle and neck. I really do love the neck the most on those. They’re very clear which is nice, so the clean tones are classic strat; nice and chimey, bell like. If you want to use gain the lower output helps retain clarity. I prefer true single coils so I’m not bothered by the hum, but I do like to shield the inside of the guitar just to hear more of the pickup.
     
  18. Colestrat

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    Do you mean neck and middle separately for smooth?
     
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    Chmason85 Strat-Talker

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    Yes, I never use the in-between positions, don’t like them at all. Next time I’m under the hood doing anything I may just install a three way selector. I like the singles by themselves
     
  20. Colestrat

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    Congrats! You have just sold me to getting these sets :)
     
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