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Pickups for the Buddy Holly sound?

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

  1. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 13, 2012
    Here
    CS 54s. no question in my mind
     
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  2. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    33
    Sep 4, 2016
    Texas

    A TBX or no load can fix that "fat" problem real quick
     

  3. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter Vendor Member

    Age:
    44
    Oct 4, 2008
    Stratford,Ontario
    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!!:D
     
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  4. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    you got it. them glasses man.
     

  5. MrPoppa2

    MrPoppa2 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    75
    Apr 5, 2011
    Sun City, Az.
    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.
    ..........Poppa
     
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  6. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    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. ;)
     
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  7. banjaxed

    banjaxed Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    Liverpool UK
    Don't forget that effects pedals were practically non existent when Buddy was playing.
     

  8. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    Did they even have master volume amps back then?
     

  9. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    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.
     
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  10. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter Vendor Member

    Age:
    44
    Oct 4, 2008
    Stratford,Ontario
    Shh............ We better not say that too loud. There'll be a plethora of guitarists rushing to find "tone horn rims".:D
     
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  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    Even the echo was from a live chamber (a speaker and a microphone in an unused room over a garage).
     
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  12. fezz parka

    fezz parka Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    There were some DeArmond tremolo stand alone units, and Ray Butts Echosonic amps, but pedals didn't exist at all.
     
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  13. LongLiveRock54

    LongLiveRock54 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 21, 2010
    Heart of Dixie
    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.

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. PCollen

    PCollen Strat-O-Master

    803
    Feb 13, 2014
    Florida

    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.
     
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  15. jofish

    jofish Strat-O-Master

    556
    Aug 28, 2015
    Hull, UK
    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. :D
     
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  16. sjtalon

    sjtalon Senior Stratmaster

    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 !!!
     
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  17. Stratoholic

    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 30, 2010
    somewhere
    Nope, Marshall invented the Master Volume in 1975.
     
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  18. jstewart

    jstewart Strat-O-Master

    660
    Feb 10, 2013
    Toluca Lake
    97.4% of the time this is the correct answer to any 'what pickups to sound like' question.
     
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  19. fezz parka

    fezz parka Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Uh...I had a 73 Twin that had a master volume. :D
     
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  20. pauljo1963

    pauljo1963 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 30, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    David Allen Tru Vintage 54's