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  • Surfers v.s. SSL-1

    Could someone explain the difference between th SSL-1s and the Surfers? Cause everyone's talking like "if you can afford Surfers, get them!"... So what's so special abou them?

    thanks

    7ender 7anboy.

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    Re: Surfers v.s. SSL-1

    First, you've got to ask yourself if you're even a vintage strat sound type of player.
    If you hate the sound of stock strat pickups, you won't like either, and should go for something that suits your musical style.

    If you DO love the vintage strat sound, and your ears can tell the difference between the different high end strat pickups, you'll know that the Surfers have a bit more complexity, depth, and sweetness to their sound, compared to SSL-1's. What you're paying for is period correct materials, which are made by a veteran, not an hourly employee. They come in a better package as well, which cost Duncan more money in presentation......complete with filter dust that simulates what a set of old pickups sitting in a 63 strat might look like over the course of 40 years.

    The simple answer is that they sound slightly better.....enough to justify the difference in price, to a discriminating ear.
    Originally posted by Boogie Bill
    I've got 60 guitars...but 49 trumpets is just...INSANITY! WTF!

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    • #3
      Re: Surfers v.s. SSL-1

      thanks... and say.. there aren't de-reliced Antiquities.. or? I mean the sound would be good for me, but I don't want a pup that just looks f***ed up...

      7ender 7anboy.

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      • #4
        Re: Surfers v.s. SSL-1

        they dont look damaged in any way, just old

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        • #5
          Re: Surfers v.s. SSL-1

          Originally posted by Kommerzbassist
          thanks... and say.. there aren't de-reliced Antiquities.. or? I mean the sound would be good for me, but I don't want a pup that just looks f***ed up...

          the Antiquity part not only applies to the look, but the tone as well...Antiquity pickups have aged magnets, so they sound like a 40 or 50 year old Strat pickup would today. As for the covers, they are not just a yellowed plastai...Antiquity Covers start out white and they become a lovely yellowed/cream colour. As for the sound...SSL-1's are great pickups, but the Surfers are made by hand by MJ in the Custom Shop and have a more complex tone, more personality, more depth, just MORE of what the SSL-1 have...not more output or more crunch, just more tone!
          If you just read a post by The Guy Who Invented Fire please understand that opinions change, mind sets change and as players our ears mature...not to mention our needs grow and change. With that in mind, today I may or may not agree with the post you just read!

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          • #6
            Re: Surfers v.s. SSL-1

            Yeah, but I actually wanted to kno wif there are like Antiquities with the sound, but without the old look...

            7ender 7anboy.

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            • #7
              Re: Surfers v.s. SSL-1

              Custom shop perhaps? Or use standard covers, hiding the aged look?
              '96 MIM Fender Strat: nck-APS1 + mid-APS1 Alnc II Pro Stg RwRp + brdg-Lil '59
              Korea Squire '97 Strat: The MIM's stock pups
              Epiphone '96 Sheraton: Stock 'buckers
              Samick Tele: Tele HotRails in bridge + stock neck

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              • #8
                Re: Surfers v.s. SSL-1

                Yeah, if you buy Surfers and don't want the vintage look, just use the stock white covers that came with the guitar. The only difference, then, is that the polepieces look grayer, and less shiny. Honestly, unless you're dedicated to the strat singles as your main sound most of the time, there's nothing wrong with SSL-1's.

                Even Lew will tell you that SSL-1's sound great in his best friend's strat.....just about equal to the strats he hears with Surfers in them.
                Originally posted by Boogie Bill
                I've got 60 guitars...but 49 trumpets is just...INSANITY! WTF!

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                • #9
                  Re: Surfers v.s. SSL-1

                  Hmm maybe I should just go with the ssl-1s, because they'll only be mid pups anyway and I dont use that pos so much... and... they just set down the price for them at my local dealer

                  or... maybe I'll do something completely different and wire in a SC HB...
                  Last edited by Kommerzbassist; 04-06-2005, 02:16 PM.

                  7ender 7anboy.

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