Ash Strat Pickups?

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  1. KrisP

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    Can someone recommend pickups for a northern ash bodied American Standard.

    I currently have Texas Specials in it which are a little to harsh for my ears.

    I'm looking for a late 50's type of tone, chimey but no ice picks.

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  2. SFW

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    Duncan APS-1 Alnico IIs. Very sweet tone.
     
  3. straightblues

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    Call Don Mare. He knows how to get the early strat and tele tones. He could rewind those pickups for you and you could have something special. http://www.buckcannon.com/
     
  4. Road Runner

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    I put a set of Fender CS Fat-50s in an American Series Blonde Ash Strat. The pickup swap accomplished everything I was hoping to get out of it, less ice pick, smoother, but still chimes: exactly as you describe. I got my set off of Ebay for around $120 delivered, installed them myself, well worth the $$.

    Later, Jim
     
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    I second the CS Fat-50s.
     
  6. HarryJ

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    I agree with the alnico II ... softer attack

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  7. KrisP

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    Thanks for all the help guys. Someone also recommended Hamel 54's. Anyone else have experience with Hamels?

    I may look into the Fat 50's and Duncan a2's due to the cost.
     
  8. cvansickle

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    I've got the WCR SR set on my ash Strat, along with the RS Guitarworks 300k pots. Nothing harsh about this one!
     
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    I have an ash strat also and have found that the CS 69's lend to a nice sound .... JMO.
     
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    t3oi Silver Supporting Member

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    Love the tone in the Lite Ash Strat with these PUPs
     
  11. Curly

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    I have Duncan Antiquities, which are kinda like hand wound versions of the APSs with a hotter bridge.

    In any case, alnico 2 pickups match well with ash.
     
  12. dangerine49

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    Another vote for Alnico II's. I had a bright ash bodied CIJ Strat and a set of SD APS-1's mellowed it out beautifully.
     
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    Don't forget Lollar Blondes are alnico 2 also. Northern ash is a bright sounding wood and the 2's or a strat set that's slightly overwound will compensate for that.
     
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    Van Zandt True Vintage.
     
  15. Leftee

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    Another for A2.
     
  16. Mullet Kingdom

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    I've got two ash strats -- one has a set of Van Zant Blues strat pickups and the other has Duncan Antiquities. I'd recommend either. Additionally, if your guitar has a zinc bridge block, swapping it out for a steel block is a must.
     

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