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  • Help me choose some pups for my new guitar???

    I just got my strat yesterday and the pickups are a little weak. So I am coming to you guys for some suggestions, as I am a bit of a noob to pickups. I play a wide variety of music from Brad Paisley/Keith Urban to Alice in Chains to some contemporay christian music. I was looking for some versatile pickups in a S-S-H guitar. I am looking looking for something that will give me a clean, clear, smooth neck tone and a nice sustainy, crunchy, pickup. I am preferably looking for hum free pups, but not a necessity.


    The set up I am looking at is Dimarzio Virtual Heavy Blues 2(N), Virtual Solo(m), and Tone Zone(B). Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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  • #2
    Off-hand, I'd suggest you PM Norcal_Gtr (AKA Bryan Gunsher of BG Pickups) and ask his opinion. His pickups get a lot of love around here and for damn good reason: you get a handwound set for less than what the big boys charge.
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    • #3
      I have had BG Pups before and they're good, but come on, they don't really do the same thing as the OP seems to want, which is noiseless high gain performance, apparently.
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      • #4
        I'm bias as hell so take that into consideration, but Bill Lawrence has great noiseless pickups for strats and they are very reasonably priced. The only knock I have (and it's actually something I like) is that the bridge pickup is a bit fuller and warmer than a stock single coil. It's not muddy or anything, but it's not ice picky. It's definitely not humbucker voiced so you may want to check out something like a little '59 or something.

        He's also got rail pickups that I liked a lot, but once again the sound isn't humbucker-ish, but for the neck and middle they do sound great. It's a bit more modern sounding than the L280s'.
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        • #5
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          • #6
            That might be too soon for a decision to swap pups.
            I though my EBMM's pickups were weak, but before long I found out that with proper EQ setting and amp setting, the pickups do just fine. (think Clapton to Rammstein).
            The bridge pickup is an alnico V pearlgates plus.

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            • #7
              What kind of strat and are you using and are you used to playing single coils.
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              • #8
                If price is no concern, I say Kinman.
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                • #9
                  What I would do -

                  Texas Special N & M
                  Bridge: Fender/Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Plus I much prefer the "Plus" version. It's been commonly used by Fender and I think it does a good job in both modes and works well with alder bodies.
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                  • #10
                    What I would do -

                    Texas Special N & M
                    Bridge: Fender/Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Plus I much prefer the "Plus" version. It's been commonly used by Fender and I think it does a good job in both modes and works well with alder bodies.


                    I think that would be a pretty versatile setup. I would really like to try it.

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                    • #11
                      I'd put 2 Kinman Woodstock singles in it and an Anderson humbucker.

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                      • #12
                        I have had BG Pups before and they're good, but come on, they don't really do the same thing as the OP seems to want, which is noiseless high gain performance, apparently.


                        Fair enough.

                        DiMarzios aren't bad but Kinman's definitely better, IMO. Get a couple of the Blues pickups and put them with a JB and you're good to go.
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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            Duncan JB with 2 Vintage Rails in the N/M....sound great in a guitar I have. The JB cleans up pretty well rolling off the volume.
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                            • #15
                              I'd just leave it alone and use something in your guitar chain to boost the gain. Maybe get a beefier amp. Most fender pups are very well balanced and sound better than generics. With the proper chain tweaking they can sound great. You get alot of guys bying fenders and fail to ever learn how to use that sound. then they mod it and never find that grest tone. The instrument is only half of the equasion. Pair it with a great amp and it cooks. If you want a fat sound buy a gibson with HB's.

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