54 custom shop strat pickups?

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  1. buzzp

    buzzp Member

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    Thinking about picking some of these up (used in price, brand new in box), I remember reading good things about them.

    What can some of the current/past users tell me about em? I play into a Supro Dual Tone, play clean, dirty, and fuzzy.
     
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    Only thing, they really prefer an ash body.
     
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    I have an 80s MIJ body that is either basswood or alder... I'm almost positive it isn't ash.
     
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    I thought about picking up a set of these at one point too and a lot of reviews said these pickups were great for playing cleans but did not seem to bond with overdriven or dirty tones. I passed on them after I heard that from several reviewers.
     
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    Had them in an alder Strat for a while. Played through an all clean platform with a plethora of drives and loved it. Eventually moved on to a slightly hotter wound set of pickups, but I loved the CS 54s and found they took dirt just fine.
     
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    Beautiful clean sound but, I thought they were a little weak for overdrive tones.
     
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    Weak as in they aren't hot enough? Or like just not good at jangling overdrive
     
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    I had the 54s in an alder nitro finished body slab board neck. Through my 5e3 they were divine. Miss the guitar and the amp. But not the ex wife!
     
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    Big fan of the 54s here. I have them in an alder/rw partscaster and an Ash/mn Fender. I like them clean and overdriven. Full disclosure: I do have a Fralin baseplates on both of the bridge pickups, but them again I use them on lots of other brands as well.

    -db
     
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    ive got them in an alder body warmoth and i dig them. sounds great clean or with dirt through my dr. z... not sure why people say the set doesnt do dirt well. i got no plans on replacing them.
     
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    Life's too short.... If you can get the " used in price, new in box", you can always get your money back if you don't like them. Then you can make up your own mind if they're good with drive or not....
     
  12. buzzp

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    True story.
     
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    Not hot enough. I just felt that they were a little on the polite side.
     
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    I've got a set in an alder/RW partscaster. Wound to 5.8k, they're a bit softer than the 6.8k p/ups in my tele, making some of my drive pedals behave a bit differently. If you're not married to your amp and pedal settings, I'm pretty sure you could make them work for you.
     
  15. buzzp

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    I would like my pick ups a bit hotter than 5.8k as I love hitting the supro and getting it to break up without drive pedals
     
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    Are these the same as the ones in the 60th commemorative strat?
     

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