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Unread 08-28-2004, 08:49 AM   #1
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What are the best pickups?

I noticed that there was no thread for this,so I made one.I personally like alnico-v P90s.

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Unread 08-28-2004, 08:51 AM   #2
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For me, the best ones that have worked are:

"Hi, come here often?"

"You got any raisins? How about a date?"

"Do you have a quarter? I promised I would call my mom as soon as I fell in love. "

"I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours? "

What I like most about these pickup lines of mine is how original they are.
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Unread 08-28-2004, 09:16 AM   #3
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There really aren't any "best" pickups, but I like Duncans and EMGs.
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Unread 08-28-2004, 09:24 AM   #4
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Dimarzio's ... particularly 's custom wound humbuckers ... their only availible on John's musicman guitars though. Dimarzio Blaze, Air Norton, and evolution among others are great also.

EMG's are great for killer gain and screaming pinch harmonics but their noisy.
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Unread 08-28-2004, 09:27 AM   #5
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EMG's are great for killer gain and screaming pinch harmonics but their noisy.
Seriously? I've always known EMG to be extremely quiet. In fact that was on of the reasons the Active pickup system was made in the first place. To make the signal clean and quiet...
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Seriously? I've always known EMG to be extremely quiet. In fact that was on of the reasons the Active pickup system was made in the first place. To make the signal clean and quiet...
Just my personal experience. I played a ZW set ( 85 & 81 ) and it sounded killer for the high gain stuff but it was still snap crackle popish ... maybe its just the extra volume and me being sloppy?
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Unread 08-28-2004, 09:44 AM   #7
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Maybe... Hum canceling usually doesn't work if you crank the gain and volume enough to hear the hum again.

Is it the amp maybe? Or maybe it was poor grounding or something.
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Maybe... Hum canceling usually doesn't work if you crank the gain and volume enough to hear the hum again.

Is it the amp maybe? Or maybe it was poor grounding or something.
I meant the extra volume of the active pickups.

I think it was through a marshall combo ( maybe a fender I don't remember )moderate volume ( music store ) and the gain was cranked
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Unread 08-28-2004, 01:55 PM   #9
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Um...

I'll guess Filter-Trons, HiLo-Trons, and DynaSonics.
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i think duncans sound good.
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Unread 08-28-2004, 07:08 PM   #12
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Do you mean in the broad sense, or specific models/brands?

In the broad sense, I love strat pickups on strats. Tele pickups sound very telecasterish on a tele. PAF type humbuckers sound great on Les Pauls. P-90's sound great on all mahogany guitars.

For common/popular brands of aftermarket replacement pickups, I would suggest Dimarzio over See-mores, simply because IMHO, they do a better job of describing what their pickups sound like. I have bought a few aftermarkets over the years, as an example I bought a Dimarzio PAF Pro (used, ebay) specifically for the neck position of one guitar in an attempt to reduce muddiness, and try to get a little more "woody" tone. I had spent quite some time reading about various models from many makers, dimarzio's and see mores in used but good shape are plentiful on ebay, so I ended up pretty much limiting myself to those. I will have to say that the PP did what they said it would do.

See-more just uses too many snake-oil sales techniques - their terminology and descriptions are awful - buttery mids, excuse me ??!!, smooth lows !!?? c'mon, if you can't do any better than that, you had better spend lots of money on marketing. Oh, yeah, you already did !! I think the one thing that disgusts me more than anything about them is the way they slip in this thing about a pickup combination that is "See-more's personal favorite". Judging by how many of these I see on ebay, they apparently outsell all of their other models by far. OK, his favorite for what kind of guitar? For what kind of music/tones/style ? If ANYONE should know better than recommending pickups universally irregardless of what kind of guitar they are going in, it should be a pickup eggs spurt !! Aside from that - has anyone heard 'ol See-more play guitar ??? Ever?? Does anyone have any idea what he would think sounds good?? I don't. IMHO, the descriptions used on SD's site are more corn-fusing than helpful for the most part. They may be wonderful products, but without any way to quantify...

GOOD pickup advice would sound more like "so and so model is good for the bridge position of an overly bright maple neck/alder body so and so, to fatten up the midrange a bit and reduce the icepicky tone" or " such and such model is good for darker-than-most all-mahogany set neck guitars; it has a bit more high end than most PAF types, and a bit of a resonance peak around 825hz, which adds clarity to the low strings and oomph to the treble strings..."


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Unread 08-29-2004, 12:04 AM   #13
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I like the Lindy Fralin Blues Specials I put in my Fender Strat. Alnico V's with a steel baseplate for the bridge pickup. They reduce some of the hum associated with single coils although they are not made to be noiseless. Can be a bit pricey, but worth every penny to me.
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Unread 08-30-2004, 03:30 PM   #14
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Don't know much about P90s, but I can tell you a lot about single coils.

My favorites are the Lindy Fralin Vintage Hots. I also love Seymour Duncan's Hot Rails for the bridge pickup (for distortion). The Fender custom wound 65s in my strat right now are great as well (hotter than most stock single coils) - I'm not taking these out!

Other great single coils I've had and recommend:
Fender CS 69s
Lindy Fralin Woodstocks
Fender American Series pups
Fender CS 54s

I've heard great things about (but haven't tried) - Van Zandts, Rio Grande pickups, OC Duff (just sent him a pickup to rewind), Voodoo pickups, JM Rolphs, Duncan antiquities, Jason Lollar, Fender 57/62s, Duncan SSL-1s.

Mixed reviews for the noiseless single coils:
Kinmans, Bill Lawrence - I wouldn't want to try them because I've heard too many stories of guys ripping them out of their strats literally 30-minutes after they installed them. I could see myself easily being one of those guys.

I've noticed EMGs seem to be pretty popular here at CGR. I've heard of them, but never tried them out. What style of music are they best for? Nobody really writes about them at fenderforum. Are they similar to Lace pickups?
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Unread 09-01-2004, 04:45 AM   #15
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I'm gonna put Gibson BurstBuckers Pro in my Epi...
...I've heard them and read tons of reviews as well from people that change from Dimarzios and Duncans to BurstBuckers Pro and they kick !
If not the best one of the best Buckers out there!!
And the great thing is that for some reason they reduce the price of this babies to around 100 $$$$!!

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