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Pickups for the Buddy Holly sound?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by squierp, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. squierp

    squierp Strat-Talk Member

    78
    Mar 15, 2017
    USA
    The Strat I'm gonna get needs a new pickup anyway, so I figured I might as well replace all of them. What pickups would be best to get Buddy Holly's tone?
     

  2. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

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    Apr 2, 2016
    Ohio

  3. squierp

    squierp Strat-Talk Member

    78
    Mar 15, 2017
    USA
    Probably up to $150
     

  4. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

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    37
    Apr 2, 2016
    Ohio
    I'd go with Fender 57/62 pickups. You can get them for about $100.
     
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  5. squierp

    squierp Strat-Talk Member

    78
    Mar 15, 2017
    USA
    Alright, thanks!
     
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  6. ripgtr

    ripgtr Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 16, 2012
    austin
    Low wind, alnico 5. early/mid 50s strats would be in the mid 5K ohm range.
    Pretty much anything that meets that spec will be close enough.
     
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  7. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter Vendor Member

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    Oct 4, 2008
    Stratford,Ontario
    Yep. There was nothing overly special about Buddy Holly's strats. Pretty much stock for the day. 57/62s are good but ,in general (and within your budget), any strat pickups meant to get the vintage 50s style of sound should do the job.
     
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  8. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

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    37
    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    The Fender Pure Vintage 56. If you can still get them...
     
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  9. Tazz3

    Tazz3 Strat-O-Master

    636
    Aug 28, 2013
    East islip ny.
    Pure vintage 56 they still sell them or have ken rose wind u a set for 65 bucks
     
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  10. squierp

    squierp Strat-Talk Member

    78
    Mar 15, 2017
    USA

  11. tubejockey

    tubejockey Strat-Talker

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    125
    Dec 1, 2016
    the Bozone
    Not questioning your judgment, but Holly died in 1959.
     

  12. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    37
    Apr 2, 2016
    Ohio
    I'm aware. My judgement has nothing to do with the day he died.

    But that has nothing to do with pickups that are affordable and will help somebody get that classic Fender sparkle like tone Buddy Holly had.
     

  13. fezz parka

    fezz parka Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    And this is relevant how? :D

    I'd go with 57/62's (1957 through 1962 for the chronologically challenged) .
     

  14. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    33
    Sep 4, 2016
    Texas
    I'd go with CS 69s and saw "screw it all, Im doing Jimi, Stevie Etc"
    just kidding, I would also go for the 57/62s They will get as close as you need them too.
    Even a regular MIA alnico V from the 90s will do it if you use the TBX and volume right.
     
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  15. railroadman

    railroadman Strat-O-Master

    866
    Feb 24, 2012
    N.J.
    Not for nothin', but from Fender's website:

    "Fender Original ’57/’62 Strat® single-coil pickups are reverse-engineered from a 1963 Stratocaster guitar."

    Great pickups, but, to my ear, a little fatter-sounding than what Mr. Holly was playing, if that's specifically what you're goin' for.

    Agree w/Cerb and Tazz3's suggestions of PV '56s- got a set, and I love 'em. Stratosphere has a set for $114.

    A little more than squierp's stated budget, but DAllen Tru '54s nail the Buddy Holly sound, and, as an added bonus, sound great dirtied up.
     

  16. gibsonsmu

    gibsonsmu Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2015
    Texas
    Hey - I think 1959 falls in there! Brilliant ;)
     
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  17. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    i think id pay more attention to the amp i was using if i wanted buddy hollys sound and not the pickups. but, everyone knows youll never get that sound no matter what amp or pickups you use unless you get a set of those glasses.
     

  18. fezz parka

    fezz parka Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Ah! I'm sensing a trip. Tall green plants. Rows and rows of them. :D
     
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  19. fezz parka

    fezz parka Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    FWIW, Strat pickups from the Buddy era had more turns than later mid 60's pickups. More turns, fatter sound. They also had the .195 OD mags. And...there were more than likely A3.
     
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