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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by Lonn, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Looking for something low output and mellow. What am I looking for?
     
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  2. Warlag

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    What about a 60s style single coil? They say the 60s single coils were not as hot as 50s style.. maybe something like the alnico 2 Seymour Duncan single coils? A lot of people like the ssl1 pickups too, they are more of a 50s style though I believe.
     
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  3. DeMelo

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    Exactly. The 60s style are smoother.
     
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  4. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    Something A2 and low wind. It depends on your budget. There are tons of really great choices. Seymour Duncan has a lot to choose from.
     
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  5. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I had forgotten about Pribora pickups. I've had his Blues Classics and Red White sets. Going to go with one of those again I think, price can't be beat and they sound great.
     
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  6. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

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    Either the Five Two set, or the APS-2 set. Both feature some alnico II magnets, which are mellow and not as high-endy.
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

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    I have an older set of SD Antiquities that are pretty mellow.

    @Bodean is a another good option.
     
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  8. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth breathin' knuckle dragger Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fender Pure Vintage 65 Strat pickups are so creamy...I almost expect frusen glädjé to ooze out of the jack. They still have sparkle and a bit o' chime.


    and I agree @Bodean makes some sweet pickups. Also, I have never been disappointed in Antiquities...
     
  9. Antigua

    Antigua Senior Stratmaster

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    TBH, working the tone control will deliver better results than any pickup swap could. But if one is of the opinion that a weaker magnetic field delivers a more mellow tone (I think that's sometime true, sometimes not) lowering the pickup also serves to reduce the magnetic strength without a costly pickup swap.
     
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  10. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm a huge fan of tone controls and use both of them a lot. The biggest problem with this guitar is it's just wired in an odd way. The pots are 25k with caps and resistors to beef them up, and there's no tone to the neck pickup making it wildly trebly. I think wiring it up the "normal" way, adding the bridge tone mod and lowering the pickups a bit will be a good place to start.
     
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    How are the five-twos by Seymour Duncan anyway? I always got the vibe that they were like a mix of 50s and 60s style or somewhere in between.. is that so?
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Pickups low to the pickguard.
    A set of Indonesian Squier pickups that measure under 5kohms. Yes they have ceramic, but the last few years of those get more of the lower output 'springy sound' than many of the fancy brand pickups. Don't be frightened of ceramic, just set the pickups low.

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  13. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    Low wind, low output might not translate to "mellow".

    I would actually look into a stacked low output humbucker. You wouldn't get the woolly fat sound of a normal bucker, and you wouldn't get the thin spike of a low wind single.

    You would probably get something in the middle.... mellow
     
  14. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Along those lines I used to have a set of SD Classic Stacks that sounded really good. I had forgotten about those.
     
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    I am not sure I would describe them like that. They are more like 60s pickups with less high end on the 3 small strings. They solve what I don't like about most Strats.
     
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    Try GFS alnico ii. I know not everyone likes GFS but they are exactly what youre looking for.
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    These are mellow. I like them a lot.

    You can also get a lot of mileage out of the pots. 100k pots like in the 54 strat will sound pretty mellow no matter what pickups you use.
     
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    There you go. ;)
     
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