CS 69's vs. EJ stock pickups

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  1. Luciano

    Luciano Member

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    I'm looking for that Hendrix clean tone and I think the CS 69's pickups is the set to get it. I mean, clear, transparent highs and thumping lows.
    But I really like the specifications of the Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster.
    Can someone compare CS 69's with EJ stock pickups?
    Thanx
     
  2. levelfrets

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    I don't think custom shop 69's have a reverse wound middle pup. Might be a prob with the 5-way.
     
  3. Luciano

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    no reverse wound middle pickup and no problem using the set with 5 way switch
     
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    Yeah you can use a 5-way but those pickups weren't designed around that. They are meant to be used with a 3-way switch. On a 5-way you won't have much use for positions 2 and 4 because they will sound out of phase and also hum with CS 69's. :horse
     
  5. Luciano

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    They will hum like on positions 1, 3 and 5, and without the reverse middle pickup you can get a better quack tone (brighter) on positions 2 and 4.
    No problem with 5 switch.
     
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    Singles hum anyway. Both of my strats have pickups without a reverse wound middle pickup and I have zero problems using the 2&4 positions with a 5-way switch.

    When single coil pickups are wired out-of-phase the 2&4 positions sound bright and tinny. That can be corrected by reversing the lead wires. Reverse polarity has no effect on this in my experience.

    What's the story with CS '69s? :confused:
     
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    My experience as well.
     
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    I own an E.J Strat, and those are the best sounding pickups I have ever heard. Over any Custom Shop as well. I played a 69 Strat at Guitar Center, and those pickups did sound nice though.
     
  9. Luciano

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    I just read in another forum that the EJ pickups are a mix of CS 69 and CS54.
    Any comments?
     
  10. Luciano

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    I would like to read some comparison betweem CS69 and EJ stock pickups.

    They sound alike?
     
  11. Luciano

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    They sound alike? Can you give us more details?
     
  12. Mooncusser

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    I have been using CS '69's for years and most of what I play is Hendrix.
    One thing is sure, you won't be dissapointed w/ the '69's!
     
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    I own an E.J. and the paper that came with it states that the neck pickup is based on the '54 pickup with oversize Alnico 3 magnets. The middle pickup, based on a '63 pickup and the bridge uses Alnico 5 magnets voiced to be hotter without sacrificing sparkle.
     
  14. pjwill

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    IMHO...If your looking for crystaline, bell-like tones, that are light in the mids and heavy in the upper and lower register...go with the CS 69s...hands down.

    I have played EJ Strats and they will not get you to the tones of the 69s.

    I miss my CS '69 Relic Strat and am in the process of replacing Lollars in my Nash to try to get those '69 tones back.
     
  15. Luciano

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    Are the CS69 harsh?

    What value are you using for tone cap with your CS69 pickups?
     
  16. Luciano

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    It seems like the EJ pickups are darker than CS69. Is it true?
     
  17. Luciano

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    Yes, I'm looking for crystaline, bell-like tones, that are light in the mids and heavy in the lower register but not harsh in the highs.

    I also would like to have that fat and sweet over drive tone like Gilmour. Do you think I can get it with the CS 69?
     
  18. Mooncusser

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    Trust me here,
    If you are looking for crystaline, bell-like tones, that are light in the mids and heavy in the lower register, do yourself a favor..get the CS '69'
    I have two guitars fitted with them and they deliver what your looking for.
    Don't worry about the OD.........
    I play a ton of Hendrix and Floyd, and you can get all of those tones just about spot on with the right OD and fuzz pedals.
    Good luck,
    Mass
     

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