So what pickup do you Esquire owners use?

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  1. jpervin

    jpervin Supporting Member

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    Looking for a pickup for an Esquire partscaster I've built to do the classic Esquire tone thing. I figure Don Mare would be the go-to guy for that, but he makes so many pickups, it's hard to decide which one.

    Anybody use a Mare in their Esquire?
    What about other brands?
     
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    clothwiring Supporting Member

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    I have an Area T in mine.
     
  3. Jed B

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    Mare super sport.......
     
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    Got 5......

    Don Mare SuperSport

    Don Mare Tweed Monster

    Don Mare Graf Airship 1 (Zep-O-Tone)

    Duncan 'lil '59

    Fender CS Nocaster


    lil 59 and Graf Airship are my faves but all are great.
     
  6. Southern ILL

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    DON MARES for Tele stuff here in So.Ill....

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    Never bought directly......snatch them when they rarely show up in the emporium and WTB ads have been a big help.

    But that gonna change really soon.....that Super Sport is a killa !!!
     
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    Not if I see them first! :D
     
  8. mikethedigimon

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    I use a kinman broadcaster
     
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    I have a Klein in mine.
     
  10. coldfingaz

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    I've got 3 Esquires:

    Harmonic Design S-90
    Lollar P90
    Lollar Vintage T

    They're all awesome & totally unique.

    Tons of great options depending on what you want. Definitely the most classic Esquire tones I'm getting are from the Vintage T.
     
  11. Southern ILL

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    Thats where they go.......

    Really,reaally lovin' the Super Sport !!!!
     
  12. jpervin

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    So many choices!!!:thud
    Wish I could buy and try them all!

    BTW, I should qualify that my Esquire is using a Tele Thinline body...if that makes any difference.
     
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    As mentioned above,the Fender CS Nocaster is a sweetie.
     
  14. JonnyAlright

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    +1 on the Klein.

    Email Chris if you need to run anything by him, he's quick to respond and really knows his pickups.

    Also, the entire process was exceptionally fast, I expected to wait quite a while for a handwound pickup, but I actually received mine in the mail only a couple of days after I ordered.

    And the sound... Incredible!
     
  15. Nashville Slim

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    I have three as well, using:

    Fralin Blues Special

    Duncan Broadcaster

    Harmonic Design S90

    And you know what will give them all a good run for the money? The cheap ol' no base plate havin' humble little Mexican 50s Classic stock pickup, not to mention the 52 RI bridge pickup, if you wanna be a fancy pants.
     
  16. Mike9

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    Don Mare Tweed Monster in mine
     
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    openG slidealicious Silver Supporting Member

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    i put in a Mare "Hot Bakelite"/ 50's Modified in mine and it sounds great !!...
     
  19. Dana Olsen

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    Don Mare and Nunley Wade both make multi tapped Esquire pickups - Don Mare's is the "Stingray", don't know what Nunley calls his.

    Multi tapped means they're wound hot, but have a couple coil taps (or winding taps) to a couple lower power positions, and 4 output wires. That way, on a 3 way switch you can use low power (more vintage low output, sweeter highs), a hotter version of vintage, and an overwound position for leads, and switch between them right at the guitar. It's incredible what tones you can get with this configuration, especially from a one pickup guitar.

    Both those guys make excellent pickups and stand behind their work.

    Thanks, Dana O.
     
  20. gkoelling

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    My Esquire has an alder body/rosewood fret board and a SD Broadcaster pickup. My best Tele's have Don Mare pickups but I'm real happy with the Duncan in the Esquire.
     

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