Strat pickups: do they matter when I'm going for Hendrix/Trower?

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  1. SlyStrat

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    My Strat tone:
    Marshall 50w NMV clone on 10.
    Wah, fuzz, univibe, maybe OD.
    I never play clean.
    I have so many extra things in my tone chain, do the pickups really matter?
    Right now I have Texas Specials in most of my Strats.
    I even like the stock pickups in my new MIM Standard Strat.
     
  2. Summa

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    Fender CS 69's or Sliders 69's
     
  3. Totally Bored

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    I don't think so just as long as they're vintage like and not super duper hot. Jimi used stock Fender pickups.
     
  4. drpoyer

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    no the tone is in your hands... the guitar and amp just get you closer.
     
  5. DonM

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    I would use pickups that were 6k or less with so many effects in the chain, you may want to lower the ones in the guitar now, just to brighten them and take out some unwanted drive?:rockin
     
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    Yes. So did Trower, so did Clapton, so did Beck, so did SRV, so did Knopfler, so did Nile Rodgers, so did {insert hero's name here}.
     
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    Aftermarket pickups didn't really even come to be until the 70's, and even then were very limited until they took off in the 80's.
     
  8. Mike9

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    Nunley Wade reverse stagger '69 set, Fralin "Woodstock" set, Kerry Learned '69s, Klein '69s, Don Mare Formvar '60s. Oh and you need a big headstock too don't forget. :beer
     
  9. SlyStrat

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    I'm NOT trying to copy their exact tone.
    I'm just giving it as an example
    With my volume on 10 and the effects, what does it matter which pickups I'm using?
    I do have the TS lowered down.
     
  10. gigs

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    The first thing I say to try is lowering the pickups, esp the neck and middle ones. Start as low as you can then move them up (little by little) until you get the tone you're looking for. 1/4 turn on the screwdriver makes a difference, to me anyway. Also, guitar volume is usually between 5-8 for me (approx) and a boost in front of the signal chain with the volume up and gain kinda down. 100W amp, clean with MV. With this setup, I can use the guitar volume and pick attack to add grit for solos and stuff I want to stand out.
     
  11. DiPa

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    pups do make a huge difference.
     
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    I have Linday Fralin's on my strat. They are good pickups. But just throwing in another set without doing the other adjustments would not be all that helpful, in my opinion.
     
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    Its not all that hard to get tones similar to the artists previously mentioned....

    Think about how options and accessories were fairly limited back then.

    All it takes is low output pickups (height almost level w. pickguard), .033-.1mfd cap, skinny frets and high string action. -A ton of practice can't hurt either...
     
  14. DiPa

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    Totally agree with you, the other adjustments are very critical as well.
     
  15. DonM

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    "stock pickups" prior to 64 were not like any "stock pickups" today,

    those Fender pre 64' were all hand wound, and you'll see them on ebay for hundreds each. mostly the infaltion is due to the value of the instruments, because the pickup can restore the instrument to full value, the price of the 50's tele bridge can fetch $1,500.00..
    The goals of most all hand winder boutique pickup makers is to offer players that real 100% 50's tone that they hear on those real 50's fenders ( the good ones ) as not all are equal, some were special some were not. a combo of the way they assembled ( matched up ) went together as a whole..etc..
    and then ad human hand guided pickup coils - that when done right are open and organic, alive and responsive to every touch and the tone is bigger, fuller, louder, and sustain is longer.. DM ,
     
  16. DiPa

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    Yeah, I go with Bare Knuckle pups for this reason.
    Heard the Fralin are great as well...
     
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    ^
    Keep in mind that this guy is selling pickups...
     
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    I have the Klein 69's and the Fender CS 69's in two different strats, both get you in that tone range easily. I think the Kleins are a hair less bright but the cs69 neck is awesome. I wire my bridge pickup so the tone control works.
     
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    For the op, no.
     
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    I have 4 MIM Standards.
    I replaced the stock ceramic bar pups with inexpensive sets.
    $60 Rose pups and $80 RH Factor sets.
    It makes them sound better.
     

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