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  • Strat Pickup Advice

    I've had some Fender CS Fat 50s pickups in my 1993 MIM Strat for a few years now, and they're not exactly what I'm looking for...a little too "glassy" for my liking.

    The sound I want is warm and fat, but not muddy, while retaining a nice amount of "bite." They would also need to respond nicely with overdrive pedals and possibly a compressor. What are some pickups that would produce that general tone? Here are the ones that I'm looking at now:

    -SD Antiquity Texas Hot
    -Fender CS Custom '69 Strat
    -SD Alnico II Pro Flat
    -SD Quarter Pound Flat
    -SD Hot

    Thanks in advance!
    Phillip
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    Last edited by axiseffects; 11-17-2004, 06:06 PM.
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    Re: Strat Pickup Advice

    If you're willing to shell out the cash, the Texas Hots with the Custom bridge is a great combo and can do what you want. If you wanna save some cash, but get a simular tone, go with the APS-1's in the neck and middle with a Twangbanger in the bridge.
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    • #3
      Re: Strat Pickup Advice

      How about Di Marzio VV BLUES neck middle and VV SOLO bridge...........ive been thinkining about these for my strat for a fat sound...... maybe some others can give a review. Im looking for a that fatter latter day Hendrix sound.

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      • #4
        Re: Strat Pickup Advice

        Phillip,
        first of all, welcome

        I think Beandip nailed it ....

        if the Fat 50s are too glassy, and you're looking for fat and warm, then you'd probably like the Alnico 2 pickups

        I like alnico 2 pro flats with a Hot bridge, but several folks here like the twangbanger bridge as well

        the antiquities are an ultimate kind of strat pickup, when you're looking for that

        there's a wealth of info in the "vintage strat pickup" review thread in the Vault section
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        • #5
          Re: Strat Pickup Advice

          Originally posted by Curly
          Phillip,
          first of all, welcome

          I think Beandip nailed it ....

          if the Fat 50s are too glassy, and you're looking for fat and warm, then you'd probably like the Alnico 2 pickups

          I like alnico 2 pro flats with a Hot bridge, but several folks here like the twangbanger bridge as well

          the antiquities are an ultimate kind of strat pickup, when you're looking for that

          there's a wealth of info in the "vintage strat pickup" review thread in the Vault section
          Curly, the Alnico Pro II in the neck and middle and the Hot in the bridge sounds exactly what I'm looking for. My Strat also has an alder body, but the fingerboard on mine is maple, which should offer a slightly brighter attack. Are you still using 250K control pots and 0.047uF tone capacitors in your Lake Placid Blue Strat?

          Phillip
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          • #6
            Re: Strat Pickup Advice

            OK this one is too easy u have just explained the kinman blues set they work perfect with overdrive there warm and they sound awesome
            Gear: Carvin CT6 flame top(alnico 2 pro,JB), Strat scappoled fretboard(59,CC), Morgan monroe ovation knock-off, yamaha nylon acoustic,Boss super overdrive with TS-808 "silver" analogman mod, Boss DS-1 with keeley mod, Vox wah with true bypass mod, Fender Super Reverb 65.

            Originally Posted by Jeff_H
            The APH is like slipping into a tub of warm honey spashed with the silky essence of virgins.

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            • #7
              Re: Strat Pickup Advice

              Originally posted by axiseffects
              Curly, the Alnico Pro II in the neck and middle and the Hot in the bridge sounds exactly what I'm looking for. My Strat also has an alder body, but the fingerboard on mine is maple, which should offer a slightly brighter attack. Are you still using 250K control pots and 0.047uF tone capacitors in your Lake Placid Blue Strat?

              Phillip
              Phillip,

              my LPB strat is stock wiring: 250k pots, .022 cap (Orange Drop). I also have a jumper on the mid tone pot to the bridge pickup, so I can roll off a little high end on the bridge.
              that strat gets my favorite tone ... not exactly a vintage strat tone - it's fatter and warmer, less glassy - but it's still very much a strat, and gives me a great, usable bridge and bridge/ mid tone.
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              • #8
                Re: Strat Pickup Advice

                Originally posted by SINGTONE
                How about Di Marzio VV BLUES neck middle and VV SOLO bridge...........ive been thinkining about these for my strat for a fat sound...... maybe some others can give a review. Im looking for a that fatter latter day Hendrix sound.
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                I think that you'd really need a single coil that stuff, and that the VV blues would be almost too thick, but then again.........

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                • #9
                  Re: Strat Pickup Advice

                  I had a set of DiMarzio Virtual Vintages with the Solo on the bridge and I was really disappointed. I was sort of hoping for a noiseless Quarter Pound sort of tone but it was quite sharp and jagged sounding. Nothing even close to P-90 tone IMO. I take an HS-3 way before I'd take that VV Solo again.

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