pickups for John Frusciante sound?

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  1. lttoler

    lttoler Senior Member

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    I have a Fender strat that I would like to change the pickups in. I am looking for the sound of John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I prefer 3 single coils and would like to stay with either Fender or Seymour Duncan brand wise. Anyone got any advice? Thanks!
     
  2. tfunster

    tfunster Gold Supporting Member

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    Bare Knuckle Pickups have a model called The Mother's Milk which is suppossed to nail the Frusciante tone. Haven't played them personally but I hear nothing but praise for this company.
     
  3. thesedaze

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    While not a pickup thing, it should be noted that he uses the MXR MicroAmp to increase the output of his pickups
     
  4. Mike Duncan

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    my Texas Specials seem to capture the sound, IMO.
     
  5. Mullet Kingdom

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    FWIW there are some guitar tracks on the Blood Sugar Sex Magic CD that were cut by mic-ing an unplugged strat.
     
  6. GaryMcT

    GaryMcT Gold Supporting Member

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    Not Fender or Duncan, but the Suhr v60lp's absolutely nail that tone. I put a couple of those along wth the Suhr backplate in my Anderson Drop Top and I've never been happier with my stratty tone.
     
  7. lbw

    lbw Member

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    Lindy Fralin Vintage Hots. Nothing says 'Strat' like them.
     
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    i thought it was just the one - 'funky monks'
     
  9. the_Chris

    the_Chris It's All Been Done Before Gold Supporting Member

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    John Frusciante has been using Seymour Duncan Antiquity singles for a long time, if you want his exact tone, that's the way to go.
     
  10. 88mm

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    I didn't know that.

    I thought he was a hardcore vintage freak about his guitars. It suprises me that he would use aftermarket pups in them. Learn something new everyday.
     
  11. gainiac

    gainiac Senior Member

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    I think judicious compression would be a big help in general as well............
     
  12. Monkey23

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    Yeah. The beginning, before the band kicks in, no?
     
  13. OhioEric

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    Mother's Milks are very nice. Get some of those and some vintage Marshalls and you're all set.
     
  14. buckwild

    buckwild Silver Supporting Member

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    I agree. I just put some Antiquities in my strat and they are awesome!!!! They nail the tone
     
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    JohnK24 Supporting Member

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    Curious, do you have the Hot Texas set or Surfer set ? I put the Hot Texas set in my 62 RI a few weeks ago and love them. Curious, did you find the 'sweet spot' for height adjustment yet ?

    J
     
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    is there any reference for this? website, interview, etc...
     
  17. mybusinessmy

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    If you go w/the Duncan Antiquities, my guess would be the Surfer (Anitiquity ll) singles. I would be suprised to find out that it was the Texas Hots (Anitiquity l). The Surfers are glassier, and have more chime and quack, which would sound more like that funk style, IMO.

    Those are some of the best True Singles around.
     
  18. buckwild

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    Not sure if I found the sweet spot but I had my local guitar tech fully set up my guitar and it sounds amazing. Texas hot in the neck and custom bridge. Still have the original FEnder americna in the middle but will soon replace with another texas hot.
     
  19. armanHammer

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    Completely disagree.

    I read somewhere that John also uses Fender noiseless pickups?
     
  20. buddastrat

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    I think some regular Fender vintage style pickups would do the trick. His sound is plinky vintage to me. Some of those old strats had a lot of thinness or plink to them. I'd put some .009's on and lower the action so you get some of that ratty tone in there. It's a cool strat sound.
     

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