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Pick up change

Discussion in 'Pickups - For Sale, Trade or Wanted' started by miveli, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. miveli

    miveli Strat-Talk Member

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    Dear all,
    I have MIA CBS 1974 Strat. Sound is bright with strong Treble and Bass, Missing Middle specter.
    Somehow i have trouble with blurred overdrive in tube amp...
    Maybe it is my imagination but i would like to sing on different way.

    Is there some recommendation for change? Custom shop? TEX-Mex?

    Milan
     
  2. mad axe man

    mad axe man Senior Stratmaster

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    what style of music do you play and what amp are you using? pics of the 74 too please
     
  3. 93-Strat

    93-Strat Strat-O-Master

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    Maybe a set of 57/62s, I think they have more mids and roundness to them.
     
  4. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    The pickups are literally the last thing you should change on the guitar.
    Value aside ('cause that's gonna go down if you start soldering around in that guitar), what you're describing is a problem that will persist if you put in similar pickups. There's only so many ways people can wind wire around magnet rods.
    More expensive pickups thus won't automatically make your sound better. You've listed expensive options, but they're nearly the same as most sets you get for half the money or less, because you mostly pay for the name there.

    Have you dialled in the amp from scratch?
    Have you changed pickup height?
    Have you tried a thicker gauge of strings?

    If the answer is yes, yes and yes and you still don't like where you are, get a 200 RSD EQ pedal and dial in the sound you want.

    If you're still set on changing pickups, try a set with Alnico 2 magnets. You'll most likely like it. Duncan APS-1s are the product of reference in that regard.
     
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  5. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Try changing pots and caps first before swapping pickups. Not as sexy as swapping pickups but often as effective (pickups, pots, caps are a system).

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