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  • What kind of pickups do you have in your Strats?

    I have a Jimmie Vaughan Strat with Tex Mex single coils. It sounds like a Strat, but when I've made pickup upgrades in the past I have always noticed an improved sound. Would something like Dimarzio's Area set be an upgrade? There are so many great Strat type sounds from a variety of musicians. Current Strat guys I like a lot are Eric Gales, Andy Timmons, Eric Johnson, Carl Verheyen, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Herring (although he has humbuckers in his Strats). Of course, these guys sound great playing anything.
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  • #2
    White ones

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    • Flatspotter
      Flatspotter commented
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      Kinmans in both.

    • xrleroyx
      xrleroyx commented
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      My first guitar was a USA strat, and is my main guitar still. Popped the 'guard off when I was 15 and found out that the pickups are these:

      http://www.vanzandtpu.com/pickups.html

      As for which ones? I'm thinking the vintage plus or blues. I'm not sure honestly as I don't really play blues and run my guitar either really clean with delay or under walls of fuzz.

  • #3
    Fender Texas Specials (full set in one, neck and middle in another), Duncan JB Jr (in the bridge of my partscaster), Fender 57/62 set (stock in my 60th Anniversary Commemorative Strat), and a stock Squier humbucker in my Bullet. I like them all and would never dream of changing them! Even the Squier!

    I used to have an MIM Standard Strat with GFS Premium Vintage Alnicos in there. They were quite nice - the same vibe as the 57/62, but not as glassy. I traded the guitar to fund another Gibson, since it got no play time next to my USA Strats.
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    <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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    • Strung_Out
      Strung_Out commented
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      Klein Jazzycats, they sound exactly how I picture a strat sounding.

  • #4
    I know a lot of people hate on them, but I love EMGs running on 18volt in a Strat.

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    • nuke_diver
      nuke_diver commented
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      BG V60's in a MIM strat. They made me fall in love with the middle position (compared to the stock ones)

  • #5
    Whatever came stock in an 86 AVRI. 57/62 or the equivalent back then. I tried a bunch of others and ended up coming back to the stock ones.

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    • fischman26
      fischman26 commented
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      Standard pups in my MIM and lace sensors in my Buddy Guy USA. I am too lazy to try different ones. Oh, and both sound pretty good.

       

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  • #6

    I have the stock pickups in my Hendrix VooDoo Strat. They sound cool but I had a set of Texas Specials in a Strat Plus ( I've since sold) that I liked a lot. I'm probably too lazy to change them in my VooDoo as I'm more of a 'bucker guy these days.

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    • #7
      Texas Specials, Tex Mex, Fralin Vintage, and the stock pickups in both the Squier CV50s and CV60s. I like the CV50s pickups a lot.
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      • DaleH
        DaleH commented
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        CS69, Lipstick, Tex Mex, Alnico III vintage set and looking for a set of SD alnico II pro flat APS2 for another strat. 


    • #8
      Kinman Woostock +

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      • #9

        PAC 904

         

         

        Four (yes, 4) single coil alnico 5 Yamaha pups made in Japan. The bridge double pup is no humbucker but two singles put into a humbucker size ring.

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        • Yer Blues
          Yer Blues commented
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          Thanks for the replies.  I'm kind of on the fence about paying extra for something like Kinmans, Fralins, or Lollars vs. Duncans or Dimarzios.  I really only have experience with Duncan's and have been very happy with them.  I really want to stay true to a Strat sound though, i.e. no humbuckers.

          I do like the guitar alot and it is very comfortable to play, so it may be worth investing in it.  I will talk to the bass player tomorrow at band practice and see if he is interested in swapping them out/showing me how to do it.  Nice guy and in passing he said he would do it.  I'm pretty sure he could swap out all the pots and stuff like that, too.  He recently got a 6 string bass with active pickups and preamps that he swapped out.


        • ugameus
          ugameus commented
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          Jkater wrote:

          PAC 904

           

           

          Four (yes, 4) single coil alnico 5 Yamaha pups made in Japan. The bridge double pup is no humbucker but two singles put into a humbucker size ring.


           

           

          I use BG Pups V60's.  Great pickups.  I am going to order one of his Hotrods at some point, which is two v60's mounted together for the bridge position, like the Yamaha above.  It will give me the traditional bridge/middle combo, plus a beefier bridge pickup using the Hotrod in parallel or series and I get to have a noise cancelling bridge/neck combo.  Win, win and win.

           

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      • #10
        Based on how good Fender, Duncan, and even GFS Strat pickups have been for me, I would be hesitant to spend double the money for the boutique guys.
        <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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        • #11
          Agreed. My Fralins sound great, but the stock pickups on my CV50s sound almost as good. I like the Tex Mex pickups, but only if the bridge is wired for tone control.
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          • #12
            I always wire the bridge to a tone. I leave the neck pickup without a tone, as I never use one there. It's useful on the other two pickups, though. If I had to have pickups share a tone, the neck and middle would be paired, and the bridge dedicated.
            <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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            • #13

              There's a company called Fender who make pretty good Strat pickups.

               

              If you can't get a good sound from either CS54s, CS69s or 57/62s then, buy a Les Paul

               

              Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

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              • #14
                @Ratae

                I completely agree with you. My 57/62 set sounds (to me) like what a Strat is "supposed" to sound like.

                @Yer Blues

                Hope they're everything you're looking for!
                <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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                • The Rover
                  The Rover commented
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                  In my black parts-o-caster I have a set of Fender Hot Noiseless. I got them because I thought that's what Jeff Beck uses, it turns out he doesn't, but I still like them. They've got a nice fat, even tone with a bit of a compressed sound. Kinda like EMGs but more dymanic. They can do clean, jangly stuff well, high gain, and everthing in between. They don't have a lot of quack and don't sound much like traditional Strat pups, but thats why I like them. They've got their own sound and I dig it.

                  My blue USA Strat has the Lollar Blackface set which were installed when I bought the guitar. These are the best Strat pickups in the world. No seriously, theyre the best Strat pups I have ever personally played by far. Glorious, I love them. I also installed a Fralin plate under the bridge position and it really works! I highly recommend these for anyone who thinks their bridge pup sounds too bright by itself. Best bridge-only Strat sound Ive ever played. Sounds fat and raunchy.


              • #15

                BG Phattys r

                Benson "Texas Style" handwounds

                GFS Lil'Killers

                Fender Tex-Mex

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