Lace Sensor bridge pickups

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  1. alexh4

    alexh4 Strat-Talk Member

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    I know there are some Lace users here, so I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with a Light Blue, regular Blue, Burgundy, or Purple in the bridge position?

    I'm wanting to make a 2 pickup build, and putting either a Silver or Light Blue in the neck, but I'm unsure about the bridge. Not interested in vintage/traditional Strat tones, looking for more for a P90/humbucker vibe, that isn't too harsh.
     
  2. Ace38

    Ace38 Senior Stratmaster

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    I've used a blue and a purple in the bridge as part of a 3 "same color" pickup setup, and I think the blue might most be what you're looking for, purple next. Haven't tried the other two but would like to one day.
     
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  3. SurfsUp

    SurfsUp Senior Stratmaster

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    +1 on the Blue in the bridge. The Blue in the neck on my 1993 Plus Deluxe is my favourite single coil......but we aren't talking neck position.

    I have the Blue in the bridge of my 1990 Plus Deluxe, and it's a total different beast than that in my '93. To the point you'd not even guess they were the same pickup!! I highly recommend it myself.
     
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    alexh4 Strat-Talk Member

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    Good to know. How did the Blue and Purple differ in the bridge other than the Blue having more output?
     
  5. alexh4

    alexh4 Strat-Talk Member

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    Interesting. Is it much brighter in the bridge?
     
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    The blue just seemed a little thicker to me. YMMV, but to me it seemed fuller.
     
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    SurfsUp Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes it is. In the neck, the Blue has this warm, mellow "smoky" tone which I love. It's thick, yet (IMO) not muddy. Some may gasp at this ~ but it's my go-to tone if I wanna TRY to jam alone to any SRV recordings. It's my favourite single coil pickup.

    In the bridge however, it's completely different, which is a good thing. Makes me want a full set, TBH.....just need a spare Strat lol.....it's not as mellow or smoky, brighter but not ear piercing. Not as hot as the Red (in the bridge of my '93) I dunno ~ I'm terrible at internet mumble jumble pickup jargon.......like Nike, Just Do It lol

    This thread reminds me, I have a first gen Blue Lace Sensor in a parts bin downstairs......hmmmmmm
     
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    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member

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    Second vote for Blue in the bridge - when I originally got my Plus Deluxe in 1994 I struggled with the neck (Blue) being to dark and the Bridge (Red) being too hot - I ended up moving the Silver to the neck, the Blue down to the bridge and dropped a Gold in the middle and it was the perfect set for me at that time.

    One important note - the guitar had a TBX tone control in the bridge, and that made a big difference in the tone - it gave the Blue the clarity and stratty sparkle it may have lacked otherwise - any future Lace purchases for me would definitely include a TBX.
     
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  9. alexh4

    alexh4 Strat-Talk Member

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    Has anyone tried a Light Blue in the bridge?
     
  10. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Senior Stratmaster

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    Never heard of a light blue or purple.

    All of mine are marked “fender lace sensor”

    I had one guitar that was fine with a blue in the bridge, but another needed a red. Silver or blue is fine in the neck, and since I drop middles low it doesn’t matter what’s there.
     
  11. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I think Lace (who makes the pickups) had a deal with Fender at the time for Fender to use them exclusively on their guitars for a number of years, hence the label "Fender Lace Sensor" at the time.
     
  12. AngelDeVille

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    yep and no pinks and chartreuse and lavenders at that time… fender stopped using them when they came up with their “noiseless” in the mid 90’s
     
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    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    Regular blue in the bridge is what I roll with. This one I move up close to the strings, the others are further back.