Fat Crunchy strat tone

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  1. Gtowngearhead

    Gtowngearhead Member

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    Pickups for blues, hard rock, and everything in between.. cleans should be good, but don't have to be stellar.. Would also like to stay sub $200 dollars for the set, and pickups must sound WARM...

    Any suggestions???

    Thanks guys
     
  2. jiml

    jiml Supporting Member

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    Used set of Lollar Specials.
     
  3. dankayaker

    dankayaker Supporting Member

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    I find the SCN pickups in my CS Strat do the crunch thing well . . . warm and rich but chunky too.
     
  4. Tidewater Custom Shop

    Tidewater Custom Shop Performance Enhancing Guitarworks Supporting Member

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    Warm? Try some Sheptone AB's. They're less than two bills new. Of the dozens of pickups I've tried, my Sheps will remain either in a guitar, or in my parts bin instead of the For Sale or Emporium threads. I typically use them in my 60's flavored Strats - they do great cleans, but warm drive is their charm, especially into a 5E3 or 6V6 amp, or even an EL34.
     
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    Sounds like you're loosely describing the sound of Fender Texas Specials. Not the greatest in the world, but still an excellent balance of tones from a beefier single coil set.
     
  7. DownByLaw

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    Suhr LPs. Great under rock gain levels. Fat without being muddy.

    Patrick
     
  8. Gtowngearhead

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    Can the sheps handle some distortion? Like a BSIAB2 circuit or somewhere in there? I was hesitant to pick up Fender CS69 pups or Klein S-5s cuz I wasn't sure if they would sound good when hit heavy... I get the feeling that I'm looking for some impossible set of pickups haha.
     
  9. stratman89

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    Lollar Blackface..............mmmmmmmmm!
     
  10. Tidewater Custom Shop

    Tidewater Custom Shop Performance Enhancing Guitarworks Supporting Member

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    I'm afraid I don't know what BSIAB2 is...

    Pedals I use to drive, when I use the Sheps, are a Keeley mod'd TS9, or a Keeley Fuzz Head. The Sheps never fail me, and always deliver the tone I want. YMMV
     
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    a bsiab 2 is 'brown sound in a box' and it's a diy project or kit from general guitar gadgets.
     
  12. cugel

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    my lollar blondes in good usagc alder body are impossible to get a bad sound of
    incredibly touch sensitive and yes, the bridge gets really fat and crunchy when needed
     
  13. Gtowngearhead

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    BSIAB2 is that marshall-y flavored pedal.. Cranked marshall in a can. Good to hear about the sheptones, and they are a great price..
     
  14. Gtowngearhead

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    Anyone else got any ideas? Sheptones are in line with Klein ups... What about BG pups?? Or any other offerings in that price range......
    Thanks guys.
     
  15. stevie65

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    Bareknuckle:s "Irish tour" maybe? Haven´t played them myself but i´m also (like you) started to look at a set that can replace my stock fender CS:s in my 65 strat. The Irish tour:s are getti´n good reviews...

    http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/ZS-irishtour.html
     
  16. Sterling#Sound

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    Ask about favorite pickups and expect to get 49 different answers.

    Here's mine: I use Bareknuckle Slow Hands, very warm, very transparent. Alnico 2's help.
     

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