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Strat sized pickups, super versatile, near noiseless?

Gasp100

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Any recommendations? I'd really love P90 tones with no NOISE in a strat shape (who wouldn't) but what I am willing to try is a set of strat pups that are VERY quiet and very versatile. I'm done with the standard strat bridge pup... too tiny and brash for me (yes, even with the tone knob connected)!
My go to strat bridge pup has been the Dimarzio Virtual Solo (nice) but I want to try something else. Isn't there a prail or something, but strat sized?
 

Blue4Now

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I am about to install a dimarzio air norton s in the bridge of my mark jenny strat build, I will let you know after i have it but I am hoping for a result as you describe.
 

kevinhifi

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Try out a set of the G&L Legacy Special dual-blades. No noise and nice sound. Not a traditional Stratty bridge pickup sound. Nice and balanced.
 

smallbutmighty

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I just put a DiMarzio Pro Track in the bridge position of my mexi-strat. Fantastic pickup for a guy like me (and you) that hates the strat bridge position.
 

JaySwear

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I am about to install a dimarzio air norton s in the bridge of my mark jenny strat build, I will let you know after i have it but I am hoping for a result as you describe.
i put a full size air norton in my strat in the bridge position and it's really amazing. clear as glass on the clean channel. i'm surprised you don't hear about air nortons in the bridges of guitars more often! i think you'll like the single if it really is close in sound to the full version
 

Blue4Now

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i put a full size air norton in my strat in the bridge position and it's really amazing. clear as glass on the clean channel. i'm surprised you don't hear about air nortons in the bridges of guitars more often! i think you'll like the single if it really is close in sound to the full version

ahhhhhhh this is very encouraging, clear is actully exactly what I was hopeing for, thanks.
 

Gasp100

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Cool ideas, might be hard to track down G&L dual blades though... keep em coming. Although, I did see a decent price on a sent of Kinman's in the emporiums... are they all noiseless style?
 

ducatisteve

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I think that Lace Sensors are kind of the classic go-to solution for this type of problem. There are a few different models and can be quite versatile. The DiMarzio Area's have been getting a lot of love around here too, but sound more like a traditional Strat, if that's what you're looking for.
 

smallbutmighty

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FWIW, and I know I'm in the minority, I HATED the DiMarzio Area's....and I tried four different kinds. To me they were a zingy, plasticy, fake version of a real single-coil. I must admit they were were dead quite, however...but so what.

The DiMarzio blade pickups I have tried have all been great, OTOH. Like I said, I'm really loving the ProTrack right now. It's got a great humbuckerish tone on it's own, and when split w/ a single-coil in the middle (DiMarzio True Velvet) it still has plenty of quack.

YMMV.
 

Gasp100

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FWIW, and I know I'm in the minority, I HATED the DiMarzio Area's....and I tried four different kinds. To me they were a zingy, plasticy, fake version of a real single-coil. I must admit they were were dead quite, however...but so what.

The DiMarzio blade pickups I have tried have all been great, OTOH. Like I said, I'm really loving the ProTrack right now. It's got a great humbuckerish tone on it's own, and when split w/ a single-coil in the middle (DiMarzio True Velvet) it still has plenty of quack.

YMMV.
I hear what you are saying to a certain extent and agree in some instances. I liked the '61, did not like the '67 in the middle -- way too thin/brittle/harsh imho -- the virtual solo was pretty cool but I do agree overall it's a little hi-fi sounding and is clearly geared towards getting as close to a strat sound as possible.
I will have to look at the blade models and see what looks cool. Also, the Lace Sensors.
 

landru64

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i always liked the 2.1 and 2.2 versions of the dimarzio virtual vintages.... the areas are more pure strat to my ears... and less versatile in this way. maybe see if you can find some of the old ones used. after a couple of years with the areas, i wished i had kept my 2.1s and 2.2s
 

Lespaulsignature 74

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Although they are not noisless, the Fralin SP43 bridge pickup is described as having P90 tone and output. I have them in the bridge on both of my Strats but I have the Suhr SSCBP system so there is very little hum at all.
 

9fingers

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Lace Burgundy, Purple & Red (and 13.2K Hot Gold bridge) are all different degrees of what I think you may be seeking. Strat size, noise reduced (a lot but but not noiseLESS).
They are actual single coils.
 

shane8

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I just put a DiMarzio Pro Track in the bridge position of my mexi-strat. Fantastic pickup for a guy like me (and you) that hates the strat bridge position.
i've been using one for a coupla years - they sound like well a strat sized hb but ceramic mags give them heaps of attack - i <3 'em - not tried the air norton S but the specks look close to the pro track - these are the only 2 pu i'd put in a strat bridge but they ain't for everyone - ymmv
 




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