Help me find the perfect strat pickups

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Jeremy A, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Jeremy A

    Jeremy A Member

    Messages:
    717
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    I'm about to buy a Fender American Standard Strat. I want to install some pickups that will give me a fat, full, warm, thick tone. I love midrange as well. What pickups would be best for me? The Lace Sensor Chrome Domes look perfect for my needs. Is there anything better? Lollar, Dimarzio??? Thanks!
     
  2. Kelly

    Kelly Member

    Messages:
    2,696
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Location:
    NC
  3. tylerfreak

    tylerfreak Member

    Messages:
    1,366
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
  4. jpervin

    jpervin Member

    Messages:
    6,837
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Location:
    Frazer, PA
    Are you looking for Hendrix, SRV, Mayer, etc. tones?

    Klein has a variety of pickups that produce a variety of tones...

    http://www.kleinpickups.com/
     
  5. Jeremy A

    Jeremy A Member

    Messages:
    717
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    I'm actually not trying to copy anyone's tone. I'm going for more of what I like, which is thick, warm, and midrangey. There are so many pickup brands out there. Are there any that will do what I'm looking for best? Or will there just be some that I can't go wrong with?
     
  6. Jim S

    Jim S Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    14,184
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2002
    Location:
    Incline Village, NV (Lake Tahoe )
    The pickups you don't have.
     
  7. bek

    bek Member

    Messages:
    1,350
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Location:
    California
    Contact Pete Biltoft at VintageVibe and tell him what you want. He'll do it, fast and as cheap as you could expect custom-made pickups to be (which means less expensive than most). The packaging and the pickups themselves are like jewels in boxes. His documentation is excellent and I believe he guarantees satisfaction.
     
  8. Scooter Burbank

    Scooter Burbank Member

    Messages:
    1,911
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    Location:
    Tinseltown
    So true.
     
  9. omfg51

    omfg51 Member

    Messages:
    2,912
    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2011
    I'm gonna say the Fender Fat 50's set. They are described exactly as you said; fat, warm, and full. Very good midrange, and very punchy. Great quack in the 2 and 4 positions too. Can't go wrong.
     
  10. nrandall85

    nrandall85 Member

    Messages:
    2,255
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Location:
    Buffalo, NY
    I LOVE the Dimarzio Areas. Definitely worth checking out.
     
  11. arcduelist

    arcduelist Member

    Messages:
    103
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    warm and midrangy? i don't think vintage style pickups would suit you well. when i think of warm and midrangy, it reminds me of stacked single coils. try dimarzios.
     
  12. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

    Messages:
    15,574
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    After tinkering with Strats & pickups for a lot of years, the best thick & midrangey Strat pickups I've heard were Fender MIJ pickups that have a bar magnet on their bottom...they almost sound like P90's. I typically would replace these stock pickups for one's with more of a vintage type sound but would occasionally leave the original bottom bar magnet pickup in the bridge position for additional warmth & drive from that position. No need to spend big money for the thick & midrangey Strat tone...you should be able to find a set of these Fender bottom bar magnet pickups very inexpensively.
     
  13. shg

    shg Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,219
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2004
    Lace Hot Golds
     
  14. Jeremy A

    Jeremy A Member

    Messages:
    717
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    I've narrowed it down to the Fralin Blues Specials and the Lollar Special S Series pups. Which would be better/how are they different?
     

Share This Page