Strat pickups for optimal "quack"

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  1. omfg51

    omfg51 Member

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    What are some good strat pickups for getting really good "quacky" tones? I really love these tones, and on my strat they sound real good, but I'm wondering if there is a particular set that shines in this area? I really like the Fender noiseless pickpus, any others?
     
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    The Fender CS 54 and CS 57/62 have a great quack in the 2 and 4 positions. I own the 57/62s and love them. They sound great and they're reasonably priced.
     
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    Sweet I'm going to go look them up now!!
     
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    Right now in the mid and neck, I have seymour duncan custom stack pickups. They sound great, and are really versatile. My bridge is a JB jr and I'm a little disappointed by it.
     
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    Those 57/62's sound fantastic!! Particularly the bridge.
     
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    Yeah, I'd say the CS54s, the 57/62s the Duncan Antiquities would be my top three choices. Having said that, in general, these are not the brightest strat pickups but that's largely what I like about them.

    Just below those three, I'd put the Duncan SSL1s or 2sd and the Fralin Vintage Hots and those are brighter sounding sets.
     
  7. robertkoa

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    Some stacked Humbuckers quack like crazy in Parallel ( the 2 coils of the stack in Parallel to each other ).
     
  8. whiteop

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    Add Dimarzio Areas to the list.
     
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    That's because it's a humbucker in reality. No quack.
     
  10. Zingeroo

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    I've never heard a pickup set with more clarity and resultant "quack" than the Bill Lawrence Keystone line.
     
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    The Dimarzio Area models do a damn good Fender impression while keeping the noise down. I agree that many 2 coil pickups sound more "Fenderish" if wired in parallel. The Duncan Hot Rails (wired in parallel) is one of my favorite bridge pups...
     
  12. Rod

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    The guitarfetish true coil noiseless have great quack, no noise and are $89 for the set of 3
     
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    Speaking of GFS, another set that I'd put in the same sentence as the CS54s and the Duncan Antiquities are the GFS Premium Alnico IIs. I've since sold them, but had all three sets at the same time and would be very happy with any one of those sets in my main strat.
     
  14. Britishampfan

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    I had always heard that the quack you hear is from the pickup distance in position on the body.

    I lower my middle pickup very low and it seems to have more quack and does`nt get in the way.
     
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    Bill Lawrence"s.... I have the noisless L200, neck and middle, 290 on the Bridge, the best
    quack I ever heard.... and will not break your Bank Acc......the best Fender-ish sound from them...
     
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    so pretty much any strat pu quack? maybe it's about the position of the pu & not what they are ;)
     
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    Yes, however some have nicer quack than others.
     
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    I've found the better quack comes with not too much difference in the DC Resistance between the 3 pickups IMO. I try to keep them with .4K -.5K of each other such as 5.8K - 5.85K - 5.9K neck to bridge. When there's a large gap between the pups the sound becomes clucky instead of quacky and vocal.
     
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    I'm a fan of the 57/62's also, great vintage type tone/quack.
     
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    I'm very partial to CS 54s. Amazing quack-like sounds. Currently building up an old mid-'90s TexMex Strat that will get a set of those.
     

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