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  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lower output for super clean stuff, I'd like to be able to roll back the tone a bit without getting muddy. What am I looking for?
     
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    Guitarmageddon Squier Freak Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fender 57/62's if you don't mind a little hum - but it can be alleviated with a '62 aluminum pickguard shield.....
     
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    Wayne Strat-Talker

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    Check out the American Vintage '65 pickups as seen in the Jimi Hendrix strat. They have enamel coated wire instead of formvar. Very distinctive sounding. You may or may not like.
     
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    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    The ones in the classic series 50's strat I have are like super low output. I love them. They are labeled as something generic like vintage style pickups though so no idea what they actually are.
     
  5. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've had all three of those sets and liked them all. Keep them coming.
     
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    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

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    My main strat has a set that came out of a year 2000 USA Standard strat and they are perfect to my ears..
     
  7. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    Budget? I'm a fan of 57/62's and I've played quite a few strats with CS '69's but if you want to spend a little more (ok a lot) I'd recommend Lollar Blondes. Seymour Duncan's Antiquity pickups are also really really good. In fact, Seymour Duncan has a lot of low output pickups with A2 magnets that I prefer as they're a little sweeter sounding to my ear.

    Lots of great choices out there- keep us posted (pun intended)!!! :)
     
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    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    I swapped out the cap in one of my strats to a .022. The lower capacatance rolls off the highs with out getting into the upper mids as much. Might want to consider that.
    I also have pickups with alnico 3 in a strat, certainly a mellower sound. Really nice
     
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  9. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I had forgotten about Pribora pickups out of Russia. Had one of their Blues Classic sets before and really liked it, and they're cheap so I ordered another set.
     
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    If you want brighter and less mud when turning down the tone, try a .033uf or .022uf cap instead of .047 - I find the 57/62's work best with .033
     
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    Morgenholz Strat-Talker

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    Fender: Agree that the 57/62 takes it for value. I personally prefer the CS 1960s for vintage mellow.
    IMO, the '65s and '69s are excellent but not as mellow (more HF response) and actually beg for a little OD.
    Aftermarket: Agree that A2 magnets have even more mellowness.
    Caveat: I do not swap out caps, so take all of the above with that limitation.
     
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    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like whatever they put in the mustangs

    they seem to be a perfect balance of lows and highs, with a nice output.
     
  13. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks all, went with Priboras. Ryan, I'll check what cap I'm running, thanks.
     
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    musicalmartin Strat-Talker

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    If its any hekp to anyone I put in a set of UK Maida Vale pickups(ebay) .Cheap made in the UK and a quirky A3 neck for blues and jazz,A4 middle and overwound a2 bridge .I play cleans finger picked and they are great .they also dirty up well and do sound like a strat should .
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd be careful with those Russian pickups. While you are playing and listening to them, they may be listening to YOU.:sneaky:
     
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    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fender CS 69's
     
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    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

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    Mellow ones I like are either the APS-1 or -2 set, or for noiseless, the STK-S4.
     
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    I have a pribora hot custom set laying around for my black strat. I even noticed the price of that set jumped from 62$ to 75$ after I bought it. Double win!
     
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    Seamus OReally Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    EMG X-Series. Roll the tone up and down, set the volume wherever you like, and they still sound clear. Lowest noise of any EMG pickup. I use them in my Zencaster, and they are amazingly versatile.
     
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