The Best Strat Replacement Pickups

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  1. djem

    djem Member

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    Here's the deal....

    I have a Fernandes '62 Strat copy that is a great playing guitar. I just wish the middle and neck p/ups had more of that Strat chimy, bell-like tone.

    If you only had one choice, what would you use as replacements?

    Your input will help me with my selection. Thanks in advance.

    dj
     
  2. el34power

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    You are going to have 1000 different replies:crazyguy

    I really like the Dimarzio Blue velvets in my Silhouette Special
     
  3. Matt F

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    I have been singing the praise of the Stephens Design pickups. Here is a link to the website http://www.sdpickups.com/ . I only have experience with the Texas Mojo strat set but they are awesome. Chimey, vintage tone with a decent amount of output without having too much midrange or being chunky. I LOVE them. /brings tears to my eyes

    Matt
     
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    Fender vintage noiseless or Rio Grande Vintage Tall Boys.
     
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  6. Melodic Dreamer

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    My thoughts exactly!
     
  7. stucker

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    Generally, a lower output pickup will give you more of the chimey, bell-like sound you are after. For example, I recently compared Fralin Vintage Hots and Blues Specials (slightly hotter output than vintage) in similar guitars. The Vintage Hots have more high end clarity to deliver the chimey tones you describe, while the Blues Specials have slightly more midrange punch and fattness (great for blues).

    Fralins are great but there other highly reputable brands mentioned on this site (Lollar, Suhr, etc.). I think there is a website (acme guitar works?) that allows you to listen to and compare some of these brands.
     
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    +1 on the Suhr V60LPs, stellar Strat tone. I've also heard great reports about the Rolphs though I haven't tried them. And I'm so impressed with the Jason Lollar P90s that I'm sure he also makes a sweet Strat set.
     
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  10. lgehrig4

    lgehrig4 Silver Supporting Member

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    Pickups I've Tried
    Van Zandt blues (probably my all time favorite)
    Fralin blues special
    Suhr v60lp


    Pickups I'd like to try
    Stephens Design
    Lollar (not sure which ones)
    Wagner SRs (no longer in production)
    Dimarzio Virtual Vintage (see HarryJ's posts)
     
  11. Igneous

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    duncan antiquities.
     
  12. nek

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    Sound better than original 60's Fender pickups.
     
  13. Doug

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    Add another vote for the V60-LP.
     
  14. GaryMcT

    GaryMcT Gold Supporting Member

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    Another +1. Amazing pickups.
     
  15. homerayvaughan

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    Whose's tone in particular do you like? What amps/ style of music? Some of those Fernandez strats are kind of heavy, so that may be a factor. That being said, I like my Fender Custom Shop '54's.
     
  16. homerayvaughan

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    Really?
    I have a '63 and '64 strat, and to me they sound a lot brighter than what I have. I tried a Suhr with 3 V60LP's, and they were nice, but I was not as blown away as I thought I'd be. I tried it through a Fargen Blackbird and i had the treble down to 10:00 and it was still pretty bright.
    my .02
     
  17. Seegs

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    Been through a lot of Strat pus and for chime articulation and bell I ended up going with Lollar Tweeds through a Fargen Dual Classic and or a Bad Cat Cub...perfect for Funk/Rnb rhythm and Blues playing...great great pus!!

    Chow,
    Seegs
     
  18. nek

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    Different guitars always sound different; don't ask me to explain that. I have a '64 strat with two pickguards; the original and another with Suhr V60LP's. I prefer the latter... Really.
     
  19. Boogie92801

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    I like Kinmans
     
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    I just installed Duncan Classic Stack +'s in a partscaster and I'm really pleased with them. Traditional sounding with no noise. I wired them up with an Allparts superswitch to tap the 2 and 4 positions for maximum quack. I also put the 2nd tone control on the bridge pickup ala EJ Strat. Checkem out!

    Tapp
     

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