strat pickups: lollar vs. hamel

drjoel

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just installed a long, long awaited set of hamel staggered alnico 5 pups in a '60 relic and they are killer. silky and ass kicking at the same time. i was a little surprised at how much better they sound then the time machine pups. so now i wanna get new pups for a '56 relic. anybody have experience with lollar strat pups? i know GVCG is using a custom set. anybody have these and care to comment on tone?
another set of hamels is the obvious choice but i don't want to wait and also wanna try something different. thanks for your time.
 

mrfjones

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those clips were great, but i really liked the fralins blues specials better than all the lollars. both great sounds don't get me wrong. i would like to hear some of those hamels too
 

KLB

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Originally posted by tonemandan
where can you get hamel pups?

Dan
Dan,
How's the L'pool suiting you?

Contact "Ron Ellis" <t2ellis@pacbell.net> for Hamel pickups. Ron is the sales agent. There may be a long wait. Alan Hamel's wife passed away unexpectedly a few months ago and production had stopped for a while. I don't know if he is back making them yet. There is a LONG waiting list. He is best known for his Tele set.

I am digging the Hamel '54 set in the Morgaine. I finally rewired it to move the bottom tone control to the bridge pickup, and put the middle on the neck tone. I was surprised to find a pair of vintage Sprague .022mf "bumblebee" caps in there!

- Ken
 

ricoh

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Doc.... The DT has Lollars. They are flat pole type and more refined than the time machine series. The flat pole set up makes them less spikey and smoother sounding. I also just put a set of Snake Oil strings on the DT. Now that's a revelation!!!!!!! I didn't think the hype surrounding them could be true. How could a set of strings make that big a difference. Big difference!!!!
Give me a call
Rico
 

KLB

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You know, we have multiple "Holy Grail" pickups available to us nowadays. I can be happy with a variety of different pickup brands and types.

The law of diminishing returns certainly applies...

Cheers,
Ken
 

tonemandan

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Originally posted by KLB
Dan,
How's the L'pool suiting you?

Contact "Ron Ellis" <t2ellis@pacbell.net> for Hamel pickups. Ron is the sales agent. There may be a long wait. Alan Hamel's wife passed away unexpectedly a few months ago and production had stopped for a while. I don't know if he is back making them yet. There is a LONG waiting list. He is best known for his Tele set.

I am digging the Hamel '54 set in the Morgaine. I finally rewired it to move the bottom tone control to the bridge pickup, and put the middle on the neck tone. I was surprised to find a pair of vintage Sprague .022mf "bumblebee" caps in there!

- Ken
Hi Ken

Thanks for the info. I'd like to try his Tele pickups.

Your Morgaine strat is still haunting me. Between that guitar and the Suhr Tele and the Grosh set neck you have the coolest guitars I've ever seen.

The 'Pool is here! It got here yesterday and I'm now "burning it in" as it's maker suggests. Will be doing a little experimenting with tubes. It sounds great but that's never stopped us from trying to make it sound better has it?


:rolleyes: ;)

Dan
 

skydog

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I've never played Hamel's, I'm sure they're fine. I do currently have a Lollar loaded Strat (Specials) and love the way they cover "all the bases".
 




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