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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Stratafied, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Stratafied

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    Anyone like ceramic pickups?
     
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    Only if they're from 80s and 90s Fender Japan guitars....
     
  3. guitarface

    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    I don’t dislike them.
     
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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have a set from an N serial 1994 MIJ, just waiting for the right guitar for them:thumb:
     
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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    I know @Thrup'ny Bit is a fan.
     
  6. MartinoTJ

    MartinoTJ Strat-Talk Member

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    I really do. IMO the magnet bar attached underneath the pole pieces is giving them sort of a P90 flavor. The ceramic pickups have a bad reputation and are definitely not "vintage correct" but I found them more versatile than their counterparts in AlNiCo. Than being said there are different types and levels of quality for the ceramic pickup. I like when they are around wound at around 6-7 K.
     
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  7. jball85

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    Two ceramic pickups I like that happen to be cheap low shelf pickups.

    Squire Affinity Tele bridge pickup. Under high gain this thing has some thump and cut I just can't get with Alnico, although I did replace it with a vintage original. I replaced it because it would feedback excessively, and when run clean it wasn't very pleasing.

    90's Jackson JS-1 bridge pickup. This was the bridge pup from my first guitar, I'm assuming they're trying to make a cheap JB style pickup to put in these things. They succeeded. I still have this pickup sitting in a drawer, as I just repotted it. It screams.

    So, if I'm in a high gain mood then yes I like ceramic pickups.
     
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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    This is the DiMarzio SDS1-
    It has the ceramic magnet on the bottom, so it doesn’t fit in a vintage route.
    I changed the pole pieces to fillister screws, so it’s like a poor man’s Fralin Steel Pole.
    It sounds nothing like a typical strat bridge pickup- it’s very Fat.

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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A pickup either works or it doesn't. The rest is up to you.
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

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    I have Fralin SP43 pickups in my Telecaster which have ceramic bar magnets.
     
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    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Bass guitar ceramic pickups? Yeah!
     
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    Ceramics seem to show up in inexpensive guitars so I guess I’ve associated them with poor quality or as being inferior to Alnico

    after breaking in and hearing my Creamback speaker (Ceramic) I’ve been rethinking that as it’s awesome sounding.
     
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    Ears of the beholder, style of playing, attack of playing, amplifier settings, guitar setup, effects used, guitar type, body/neck wood, tone control's etc, etc
     
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    Yes, on both strats and teles if they are well designed, good pickups. I've also suffered really bad pickups that happened to have ceramic magnets, but I don't think that's why they were poor.
     
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    The trick is to use anything you want...but if you are asked tell them its alnico......take a guess if they believe it or not....;)
     
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    Most of my guitars have ceramic pups.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They're all pickups...
     
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    Yes. You have to know how to use them. Ceramics are hotter than those weak Alnico Vs. So if a player uses the regular Fender specs, designed for Alnico, then the pickup will be too close to the strings.

    If you get a MIM dual bar ceramic Strat pickup you need to get it close to the pickguard. 1/8th inch height difference in any pickup can go from good to bad. More people would use ceramic pickups if they set them by ear rather than from a spec sheet (made for a different product).

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    I prefer ceramic neck pickups in my strats.
     
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