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What pickups have knocked your socks off?

CanserDYI

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Fishman Fluence Moderns. I was sooooo against actives for so long, EMGs left a bad taste in my mouth.

My fishmans make me turn down guitars I would otherwise love just because I know a Fishman wouldnt fit the route.

Just soooo articulate. So much clarity and this almost "spring to life" feeling when you pluck the string.
 

kenoflife

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Ron Ellis tele broadcaster pickups....every time... for years. For everything on the tele, beefed up a little bit.
 

gretschplayer

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TV Jones Starwood Tele pickups are awesome. Tone wise, they're a cross between a Tele and a Strat, and they have the texture of a Filter'Tron.
 

Phil M

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I definitely haven’t tried them all and it’s certainly guitar-dependent, but the following:

WCR Godwood A2 in a R4 Oxblood Les Paul
WCR Godwood A8 in a R7 Les Paul
Peter Florance Voodoo ‘59 set in my red R8 (see pic below, this guitar is pretty perfect for me)

Honorable mention: Wolfetone Marshallheads are rock solid each time I’ve tried them.

 

Chad

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Surprised they haven't been mentioned (that I've seen) but Dimarzio 36th Anniv. Low output enough that they sound good with a variety of genres. A bit more mids than most PAF-ish pickups. Tight enough to still sound good with hard rock/metal. I use the DP223 in the bridge and the DP103 in the neck. Love that setup in 3 guitars.
 

milli vanilli

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JB and Jazz. Have them in a couple of my guitars, and while they are not the sexiest most obscure answer they sound fantastic, are responsive, and compliment each other so well that I don’t have to really think about changing my pickups lol.
 

mikefair

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Stewmac's Parsons Street PAFs. Not because they're cheap or good for the money, but because I don't think you could tell them apart from Seth Lovers or Antiquities or a bunch of other highly regarded PAF knockoffs. Oh, and they are cheap.
 

Jason Carter

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For PAF pickups - Suhr Thornbucker has been a favorite as well as a Duncan Seth Lover

For Strat pickups - Jim Rolph makes some great pickups
 

jimtalkbox

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Suhr V60LP (Strat Pickups)
Dimarzio Air Classics (Humbucker)
Seymour Duncan SP-90s (Regular Vintage Output P90s)
TV Jones TV Classics (Filtertron)
Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue (50's-ish Tele Bridge Pickup)

I've also been pretty impressed with the new-ish Dimarzio PG-13 Minihumbucker
 

Chris Scott

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I bought a really resonant brand-new 2015 CS '63 Tele last year from my old friend Dan Duehren...it damn near jumped outta my hands when I played a couple open chords, and I bought it on the strength of it's acoustic sound...never even plugged it in until I got back home.

It sounded ok, pretty bright though as it had a rather odd wiring scheme, along with a bright cap on the vol. pot so I tried it with a "conventional" Tele wiring scheme, and again, ok but not really doing the guitar any favors.

So I rolled 4 different sets through it (all well-known top-tier winders, just don't need to say who as it's subjective), and I was ready to just put it back to conventional wiring with the original pickups, when I thought shoot - let's just try one more set.

Klein '50 Nocaster set...they're the perfect compliment to this guitar, and dare I say it (dare...dare!) I will now put this instrument up against ANY rosewood-board Tele on the planet...alive, articulate, warm and full-bodied, so much so that I can play it straight-in with no pedals and play blissfully for hours.

First time I've ever had a set of pickups complete an electric guitar...:cool:
 
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You don't really need to justify yourself.
We don't all have the same means. We shouldn't feel guilty for treating ourselves.

Just be glad to enjoy them. ;)
Oh trust me I wasn’t at all justifying myself haha, I’m sure the guy who made the initial comment was kidding anyway. Just meant to say that I don’t bother paying $350 for a set of pickups when I can get a mint used set for $150 or less :)
 

mildew

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Q Pickups (handwound by a guy in Croatia, purchased off Ebay). By a long way the best sounding pickups i have had in my strat. Classic and characterful :)
 

Anacharsis

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Fitting into the "does something new" angle, I like Lace Aluma 90s. I'm going to put a pair in a Modern Player Thinline soon, because I love them in a guitar a pal of mine has.

Their wide, open sound works extremely well with modulation and analog-style delay that rolls off the highs on the repeats. They can also do crazy cool sounds with fuzz.
 




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