When pick ups you generally don’t like all of a sudden sound great?

Lonn

Mod Admin
Staff member
Jul 6, 2014
18,252
Carmel IN
I love Tex-Mex telecaster pick ups. The strat versions, not so much. I’ve tried them three or four times because they’re cheap to buy but but I just never cared for them. Until today. The Deluxe Power Strat I picked up yesterday has an HSS set and they sound freaking awesome. Whatever. Things like this keep life exciting lol.
 

AntStrat

Dr. Stratster
May 6, 2019
12,968
US
Same with guitars, amps, pedal, etc.

Not in a good mood, things on your mind, even allergies and on and on.

Then you revisit and go "hmmm, this sounds really nice".

The opposite as well too. Having an absolute blast, everything sounds great.

Pick up where you left off the next day all settings are EXACTLY the same and for whatever reason everything sounds just ok.
 

Baelzebub

Dr. Stratster
Nov 1, 2019
14,333
State of Disbelief
Same with guitars, amps, pedal, etc.

Not in a good mood, things on your mind, even allergies and on and on.

Then you revisit and go "hmmm, this sounds really nice".

The opposite as well too. Having an absolute blast, everything sounds great.

Pick up where you left off the next day all settings are EXACTLY the same and for whatever reason everything sounds just ok.
Yeah...I keep having that problem with guitars.

I'm thinning the herd so I move one next to my desk every couple days that I'm thinking of listing so I can play it to be sure. I'll put one there and think this one has to go, but as often as not, it just sounds too good and goes back on the rack.

Sooner or later I'm going to get it whittled down, but it's taking some time.
 

AntStrat

Dr. Stratster
May 6, 2019
12,968
US
Yeah...I keep having that problem with guitars.

I'm thinning the herd so I move one next to my desk every couple days that I'm thinking of listing so I can play it to be sure. I'll put one there and think this one has to go, but as often as not, it just sounds too good and goes back on the rack.

Sooner or later I'm going to get it whittled down, but it's taking some time.
It's a deeeeeep soul searching process.
 

joebtone

Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Jan 26, 2022
1,555
Northwest US
I have put 500k pots on Fender V-Mod pickups and thought they sounded great.
I played a newer Fender guitar (exact model don’t remember) and the sales guy says they were V-Mod pickups and they sounded ...meh.
I assumed it had 250k pots.

So yeah, I tried 500k on a set I came across in...a separate life.

I can’t really can’t discern anything from this....
Just saying, it’s a pain trying to discern all the time.
👍

What is the bad smack on V-mods?
 

Butcher of Strats

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2022
1,155
Maine
I have put 500k pots on Fender V-Mod pickups and thought they sounded great.
I played a newer Fender guitar (exact model don’t remember) and the sales guy says they were V-Mod pickups and they sounded ...meh.
I assumed it had 250k pots.

So yeah, I tried 500k on a set I came across in...a separate life.

I can’t really can’t discern anything from this....
Just saying, it’s a pain trying to discern all the time.
👍

What is the bad smack on V-mods?
V Mods are different depending on guitar model.
I have a JM V Mod in a Strat i use daily and that got hate because it sounds more like a Strat meets Tele pickup than classic Jazzmaster.
Suits me fine!

Some guitars need a brighter or darker pickup or you can brighten a Fender SC with 500k pots if the whole assembly is a bit dark.
I often find a pickup sounds great in one guitar but lousy in another guitar.
 

joebtone

Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Jan 26, 2022
1,555
Northwest US
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V Mods are different depending on guitar model.
I have a JM V Mod in a Strat i use daily and that got hate because it sounds more like a Strat meets Tele pickup than classic Jazzmaster.
Suits me fine!

Some guitars need a brighter or darker pickup or you can brighten a Fender SC with 500k pots if the whole assembly is a bit dark.
I often find a pickup sounds great in one guitar but lousy in another guitar.
I just enforced you point I think.
All the discernment I don’t have...I place on trying them different instruments.
I have gotten to the point where I don’t think I hear the same from any day to the next.
Oh....sounding like old dude again.....🙄
 

PCollen

Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Feb 13, 2014
3,906
Florida
I love Tex-Mex telecaster pick ups. The strat versions, not so much. I’ve tried them three or four times because they’re cheap to buy but but I just never cared for them. Until today. The Deluxe Power Strat I picked up yesterday has an HSS set and they sound freaking awesome. Whatever. Things like this keep life exciting lol.
The Deluxe Power Strat has 500K volume control, 250K tone, and a Fishman bridge. Your other T-M equiped Strats probably had 250K volume control , no humbucker, and no Fishman bridge. Apples and oranges.
 

Murdog

Senior Stratmaster
Gold Supporting Member
May 7, 2021
1,378
U.S.A.
Whatever the reason.......as long as your like!
 
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Guy Incognito

Senior Stratmaster
May 14, 2019
3,848
Here and now
Yeah...I keep having that problem with guitars.

I'm thinning the herd so I move one next to my desk every couple days that I'm thinking of listing so I can play it to be sure. I'll put one there and think this one has to go, but as often as not, it just sounds too good and goes back on the rack.

Sooner or later I'm going to get it whittled down, but it's taking some time.
I keep saying I need to do that. I have way too many guitars. Certainly way too many of the same type (Strats and Teles).

I'm just so terrible at making cuts.
 
Y

yettoblaster

Guest
I didn’t care for the pickups in my first AmPro II.
Liked the Yosemite pickups in my Am Performer better.

Now I’m back to the AmPro II because I like the neck better.
Guess what? They sound fine!

Must be atmospherics.
 


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