What pickups have knocked your socks off?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by doc, Dec 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM.

  1. Gookiecrunch

    Gookiecrunch Member

    Mar 14, 2016
    These guys right here.. not only are they great pickups for that nice clear woody tone... but... beyond amazing customer service
    So... heres a story about amazing customer service... virgil arlo strat pickups

    I sold a pair of my pickups on reverb, they sold in a matter of 1.5 hrs. For 370. The customer received them and for some reason the neck pickup didn't work. When they worked fine in my (fender) strat just before shipping. I would never sell something that was defective like that. The customer emailed me that the neck pick was bad. I corresponded with him and Virgil Arlo the manufacturer over the last 10 hrs. (Originally got the email last night at 10 pm) virgil arlo responded at 7 am this morning, and by 12 the issue had been resolved.
    They had a possible fix which was to resolder the points on the pickup just to make sure the connection didn't go bad.
    The customer tried that solution (hes and electrical something or other) so his soldering skills are good.(I assume lol) anyways that didn't resolve the ol voltmeter reading.
    These pickups are going on 2.5 years old now, well out of any normal warranty most any company has.
    Virgil Arlo are now sending them a brand new full set no questions asked. Sending them straight to the used buyer and also will cover any issues they have in the future like they bought them directly from them. That to me is unreal customer service and something that blows me away. I fully expected to have to at least buy a new neck pickup from them. But no they are covering everything including shipping. That's good customer service. I can't say enough good things about this company. All my dealings with them have simply been amazing.

    I'm not sure any of the pickup companies mentioned would do such a thing. Not saying they wouldn't but I'd have to experience it to believe it.
  2. zul

    zul Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    Original zexcoil SV5 (neck) and SVO5 (middle).
    I literally tried close to a hundred pups for that
    neck position over the years, pure and noiseless.

    I did stop looking at other pups after that,
    though I'm still searching for my left sock...
  3. koji

    koji Member

    Mar 11, 2019
    Reseda Prefecture
    A good guitar is a good guitar regardless of price point, country of origin etc.
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  4. GreatSatan

    GreatSatan Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    this is a fair point.
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  5. Noise Under The Floor

    Noise Under The Floor Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    "In the drag of this atmosphere" (Maryland)
    PRS 57/08 and 59/09 models. However that was solely in comparison to their own past pickups. Those models are such a vast improvement over what PRS was offering as far as pickups before, with the exception of the McCarty’s. My opinion of course YMMV.
  6. Bluesguy68

    Bluesguy68 Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Denver area
    for vintage Stratocaster my favorites are
    I really like the 61’ and 62’
    For warm classic Strat tones.
    And the 67’ and 69’ for a Jimi thing
  7. Yer Blues

    Yer Blues Member

    May 26, 2013
    When I first swapped pickups out almost 20 years ago there weren't a ton of options. I'd imagine you guys had even last options before that. Now there's so many if you're looking to make a swap that it's almost impossible to narrow it down.
  8. sxcustom

    sxcustom Member

    Dec 2, 2016
    Philly Suburbs
    My experience with Fishmans too. And the difference with clean tones is what really blew me away. I freaking love the cleans. My christmas gift to myself is to upgrade my #1 and #2 to Fluences.
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  9. mfolet

    mfolet Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    BG Pups Pickups HellaBucker Brian Mason Model are killer and the black hardware is nice too.These are fat,aggressive,and badass.
  10. MKB

    MKB Silver Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    The only pickups that have truly rocked my world were originals in early 60s Fenders, and a certain '64 ES-335 I got to play. They had a warm and detailed response I haven't heard in any new pickups.

    But the new ones that have made the biggest impression were the ones in my Charvel Guthrie Govan. Best coil taps I have ever heard. They also have power, clarity and character, and can do about any musical style very well.
  11. SlightlyGuitarded

    SlightlyGuitarded Member

    Jan 28, 2013
    Jumbo MFD's.
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  12. Buck Woodson

    Buck Woodson Member

    Jul 6, 2018
    I'd be more interested in knowing "What pickups have knocked your jocks off?".
  13. Jarick

    Jarick Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2006
    Saint Paul, MN
    Suhr Classic T Telecaster pickups have been great. Nice balance between a full tone and clarity with strong output and not harsh.

    Suhr Thornbuckers are also really nice...great clarity again without being harsh.

    Bareknuckle Mules were a surprise, in my PRS they added a nice low end push and really nice neck pickup tone.

    Still looking for a Goldilocks Strat pickup set...
  14. Gclef

    Gclef Member

    Mar 2, 2010
    I'll add the following

    Tonerider rebel 90s. Great price. It is a p90/single coil tone depending on knob settings. Boosting with a rat set low is super close to my humbucker guitars. I get a wide range of sounds in my ibby semi.

    Yamaha p90s. Really good for stock pickups. I have no need to change them.

    Dimarzio 36th neck. You all know about this one.

    Dimarzio air norton s. Sounds great in parallel as well. It makes my rg3xxv sound as fat as my ltd ec401v in the neck position.

    Harmonic design vintage plus neck pickup. I love the set, but LOVE the neck pickup. It is the best single coil neck sound I have come across.

    Lastly, I wanna give a shout out to the clapton midboost circuit. Teamed with the right pickups, there is not much you can't do with some singles and it.
  15. strumminsix

    strumminsix Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2006
    NW Burbs of Chi Town
  16. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2007
    @Ron Thorn 's staple top Tele spaced bridge GT-90 is an amazing pick-up design.
  17. darkinners

    darkinners Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    Hong Kong
    Not new and boutique. The Seymour Duncan Jazz neck pickup probably the overall the best pickup I ever used. The sound is so sweet and the price is so cheap.
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  18. hardrockindaddy

    hardrockindaddy Member

    May 19, 2008
    Brick, NJ
    1)1963 Gibson Pat # w/`50's Long Bar magnet .... Jeff Beck Blow by Blow Tone ... lost my job had to sell them...I took a bath
    1A) OTPG PAFs equal to Original Pat or even a good PAF set...yup lost $$$
    1B) `50's Gibson P90's...Bare Knuckles make the best P90's!
    1) JM Rolph `56 & `58 Strat Pickups...incredible
    1) JM Rolph `51 Tele Pickups..Incredible
    2) Stephens Design PAFs ..the guy is out there but his pickups are fantastic, I have these in my #1 Burst...but I would rather support Wizz
    2A) Wizz...his PAFS are just are excellent..had them in 3 replicas that were sold off
    3) JM Rolph PAFS `59 w/Alnico V...very strident and strong...but to my ear I like sweet PAF tone
    3A) Thorne Staple Pickups, Alnico V...excellent
    3B) Custom Wound Rickenbacker Pickups...I got these off of Facebook , way better than stock Rickenbacker pickups
    4)Holmes PAFs...very good
    5) Shepptones, original A2 great bang for your buck
    6) Peter Florence PAFs...good

    Looking back on my `78 Gibson Les Paul Standard...that was a great sounding set too

    Don't forget you're judging pickups against: type of amp, how it is set up: digital or tube, your choice of power & pre amp tubes, then your speakers. All of that makes your tone. Another thing don't get sucked in on spending ridiculous money on pickups.... Never again. Side note...a guy I know spent big money on a quad of pre-rola Celestion G12H30's...he got 18 months and the speakers died...now he has recones ... choose wisely.
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  19. Dexter.Sinister

    Dexter.Sinister Still breathing Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    South Florida
    Rolph '64 Strat set is atomically perfect for that sound (which I dig). Made many monies playing those pups in a bastardized '64 Strat.
    Shed Peter Green set is so good, I splashed it over many recordings and sessions. I need to dig that guitar back outta the vault...
    The original Pat#s in my '74 ES335TD (in my avatar, I think) suit that axe so well and also have paid for the guitar over and over.
    Tom Jones neckbucker is a sweet ride. My Chapin Slowburn Hawk sports this and (ding ding ding) also has paid for itself, as has this great guitar.

    Still seeking a truly great overwound pup. Greatly preferring less winds plus a booster when I need the muscle. But I surely wish not too.
  20. TP Parter

    TP Parter Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    I also bought what was afaik the first pair of pickups designed to split to either coil with mismatched coils. One coil built and wound to sound like a P90, the other wound to sound like a Strat style A5 pickup. The were custom built by Steve Kersting for my '71 LP Standard, and he then started offering them as his Dual Tone II humbuckers. This predated the Duncan P-Rails by a cpl years.

    They are awesome pickups, and do exactly as promised. Both coils on both pickups sound spectacular, and the guitar can cover a huge sonic spectrum.

    Outside of those and the Lace Sensors, I am pretty much a traditionalist, I love vintage to vintage hot wound single coils, Gibson P90's and Staples, Dearmonds/Dynasonics, some Filtertron types, PAF or overwound PAF types (love the 490R/498T combo, cut the mud with 500K pots and roll back the volume to open up their flexibility greatly).

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