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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by coolidge, Jan 6, 2021.
That's what I thought.
Canterbury, Kent, England.
They are great, £80 per set. Bargain!
Having 15 Strats with various SSS sets and not hearing a significant enough difference in any, I appreciate the absence of noise in the Fender Vintage Noiseless.
I think they were made in the UK at one time - Kent? I guess they were small and just got bigger as so often happens and the guys outsourced the work.
I have a Strat with Dimarzio True Velvets in the neck and middle and an FS-1 in the bridge. For ME, I've never heard a better set of pickups. I won't use terms like chime or bell or whatever. I like them because they're clean and clear when i want them to be and they get dirty just fine as well. Not sure what else I'd want from a set of pickups.
I just did a pickup swap (not really an upgrade, per se) from Custom Shop '69s to Fender Vintage '59s.
The '69s are a slightly hotter pickup and more mid-forward in their sound - very quintessential 60s strat sound - a great pickup.
The '59s are less output, more sparkly and have more sonic detail and nuance than the '69s. I actually like the '59s better but I am currently after more of a John Mayer ballad tone (Gravity, for example)
I would recommend either of those two, if you want to stay Fender, depending on what you are playing.
An interesting exercise, perhaps for reference is to watch which Strats Mayer uses, in his Where the Light Is concert movie, for which songs. More ballad and softer songs tend to be the black strat (big dippers I believe) while some of the more aggressive and punchy strat songs are done with the Hendrix Monterey strat.
Just some thoughts and suggestions. Happy Hunting.
SD SSL-1’s or Antiquities
Fender 50’s, 57/62’s 65’s or 69’s
myself I prefer SSL-1’s and 69’s
Tone Specific 59'Blues...most over looked pups I'm aware of.
It's all personal preference, and I like the G&L CLF-100s. They are in the vein of a vintage slightly-hot.