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Mark Knopfler Strat tone - which pickups?

cber1517

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Hey guys and gals,

First, here is what I have currently. Set neck Showmaster strat, rosewood fingerboard, wired with Seymour Duncan Cool Rails in the neck/middle and Hot Rails in the bridge. These are set up as coil-tapped also. This is a very diverse set up which is great but in single coil mode these don't have the vintage cluck and chime ala Mark Knopfler I would like in the 2nd and 4th positions.

For reference, I use a compressor, clean boost, and low gain OD when I want a little dirt - see my set up below.

I want vintage Strat tones like Mark Knopfler but don't want to spend a fortune on pickups. I hear great things about Bill Lawrence L280's as far as quality and price but are there other ones I should explore?

Thanks!
 

big mike

Cathode biased
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The set neck is killing your 'knopfler' tones.

Most good sets should get you there...I'd probably use Duncan SSL1's or Fender Custom Shop 54's on a budget. Good strat tones in both those sets. Nice clean and plucky.
 

cber1517

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The set neck is killing your 'knopfler' tones.

Most good sets should get you there...I'd probably use Duncan SSL1's or Fender Custom Shop 54's on a budget. Good strat tones in both those sets. Nice clean and plucky.
Thanks, Mike. I wondered about the set neck. This guitar does not sound like a standard Strat but I thought changing pickups would help. I know it will get me closer but I do enjoy the sustain of a set neck.

Please keep 'em coming guys!
 

JPF

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I'm probably not supposed to, but my MIM Strat with active EMG SAs absolutely nails it. Squish the signal with my Juicer and play through either a Velocette or a Multitone and I'm a happy camper.

I'm convinced that it doesn't take oodles of money and a strictly vintage or purist selection of gear to get close to the "Dire Straits" and "Communiqué" benchmark tones.

The technique, on the other hand...
 

Han Solo

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As Mike suggested both the Duncan's and the CS'54 are good affordable options. I slightly prefer the CS'54.
 

Tele71

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I've been told that Mark was using Duncan vintage strat pickups in the Schecters he uses or used to use on the road during the eighties. The Alchemy(s) videos. I had a set installed in one of my strats and bingo it's all there. Gotta use the fingers though.
 




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