Really like Strat single coils that slam...

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  1. SteveGaines

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    The front of my amp. Love the Rio Grande Tallboys. Any other suggestions? Something that has meat to it but cleans up when you roll the volume back!

    Thanks!
     
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    Dimarzio Virtual solo or a Seymour Duncan lil 59 have some punch but clean up nice :aok
     
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    I'm probably in the minority here, but I've always liked Texas Specials.
     
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    The SSL-5/6 and Quarter Pounds will hit the amp really hard and clean up really well when you back off the volume pot.
     
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    There are so many flavors of Strat pickups out there these days it would be difficult to say what would be best as you're the only one that has your ears. Generally speaking though, the hotter the wind, the stronger the mids...but how much mids are too much for you? Only way to know is to kick some tires...but that can get expensive too.

    SRV was famous for amp front end slamming, but he used low output pickups juiced up with a Tube Screamer set for low gain but high volume. So, there's more than one way to get there. Thing is though, once you have a lot of mids coming from an overwound pickup, it's pretty difficult to adjust that after the fact. IMO, it's the voice of a pickup and how it works with the wood surrounding it is where the magic is...but, having all that come together with the first try is very unlikely. I went through about a dozen sets of pickups when I was seeking a good, mid '60's Fender Strat sound until I found what I was seeking. And, at around $200/set, it was getting expensive.

    Good luck in your tone quest ;).
     
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    Of my two Strats, the Dimarzio Areas work well for the noiseless needs, and I have actually been quite happy with the thicker tone from the 2008 American Standard pickups.
     
  8. Zexcoil

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    Try my Texas Blues Set.

    It's actually named after Anthony from TXBA, but it does what you want.

    Humcancelling, too.

    It's a fundamentally different design than anything else out there, so we can get to places in the tone/output spectrum that nobody else can. One of the implications of this is that our Stratty stuff tends to stay cleaner at higher output levels.
     
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    The pup signal is cleaner?!?
    Or the frequency spectrum does not drive the amp as hard due to less peakiness?
    OR?
     
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    wilblee Hack sans shame Gold Supporting Member

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    Kinman Big Nine-Os. Strat sized pickups voiced like P-90s with a smidgen more clarity - and noiseless to boot. Match it with their control harness and you get a master volume, master tone, and a blend knob that blends in the neck pickup in positions 1-3. The blend knob is also a push on/push off switch that switches between parallel and series in position 2. Very cool setup and killer sound.
     
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    Mostly, when I'm talking "peakiness" I'm talking about Q, the width of the resonant peak or really the efficiency of the inductor, not necessarily a "peaky signal". Higher Q pickups tend to be less "colored", or more Stratty - if you will. There's typically a loss of Q with output increases, and for example taking the same pole piece and packing on more winds will always result in a loss. I can use pole piece materials to get more output, and different voicings, without having to pack on more winds.

    For example I have a range of pickups from about 3.9 - 5.3 H that all use exactly the same wind.

    Of course I use winding levels to design voicings, too, but I have additional degrees of design freedom.
     
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    Slider Single Coils. Best single coils I have heard. Will grind with the best of them then clean up and sound like a bell when needed. Most under rated pickup ever.
     
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    Fender Tex Mex. $25-30 each new. About all I use anymore.
     
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    Duncan Surfers. Sounds like Steve Gaines to me.
     
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    You the man!
     
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    Van Zandt Vintage Plus, Damn...get 'em
     
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    Bare Knuckle Irish Tours are fantastic
     
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    if you want to kill your amp get BK Sinners
     
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    How much of the pickup actually has anything to do with slamming the front end?

    I.mean with OD pedals, volume pedals, using your guitar knob, distortions, EQs etc etc I figure the voice of the pickup kinda eh disappears a bit the amp is getting slammed anyways.
    I'm a noob though.

    Mine has stock MIM pickups, whatever they are and it sounds awesome.
     

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