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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by squierp, Mar 18, 2017.
CS 54s. no question in my mind
A TBX or no load can fix that "fat" problem real quick
Then we've all had it wrong all these years. Tone is neither in the hands or the gear. It's in the horn rims!!
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you got it. them glasses man.
I was lucky enough to have seen Buddy Holly, just before He was killed, and my vote would have to be Tex/Mex pickups, for that real Strat sound. Be sure to install some 250k pots and a 0.047uf cap.
You can't have Buddy Holly's tone. He took it with him. You can get close with just about any set of single coil pickups and Norman Petty as your sound engineer.
Don't forget that effects pedals were practically non existent when Buddy was playing.
Did they even have master volume amps back then?
Fender Strat and Fender Pro on most of the Clovis recordings.
He had a Magnatone amp, Guild acoustic and Ampex tape recorder at home later on.
Shh............ We better not say that too loud. There'll be a plethora of guitarists rushing to find "tone horn rims".
Even the echo was from a live chamber (a speaker and a microphone in an unused room over a garage).
There were some DeArmond tremolo stand alone units, and Ray Butts Echosonic amps, but pedals didn't exist at all.
I put these in my Classic 50's Strat. At the time I got them for under $100. Bought two sets.
They only made 1,954 sets of them.
Fender Custom Shop '54's...they take you back to that era. Really , anything with that vintage vibe would probably get you close...but you need an amp with the vibe of that era, too. Many will get you there, and most listeners will not know the difference if your close buy not exact.
I play in a Buddy Holly tribute band and these things are part of my tonal recipe: https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=strats&sub=vintage&pickup=apache
Alnico 3 etc. very cool pickups, they certainly do the job! Saying that, I was using CBS-spec pickups before these and they were still fine. A vintage-spec strat, an old school amp and lots of downstrokes when strumming seem to go a long way to that tone.
I did the same, can't remember if I have one or two extra ??
Anyway, they sound fantastic, bell-chime-quackers they are 4 sure !!!
Nope, Marshall invented the Master Volume in 1975.
97.4% of the time this is the correct answer to any 'what pickups to sound like' question.
Uh...I had a 73 Twin that had a master volume.
David Allen Tru Vintage 54's