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    Default Have you ever tried the StewMac PUs?

    I am working on my first ever build from a plain block of wood and wanted to know if anyone had used these?

    If you have;
    What did you try?
    Was the quality of the PU good?
    How did it sound?
    Was it comparable to another PU?
    Were they worth the money or should I spend a little more?


    Iím not going for a specific sound, just a humbucker. Curious to see if anyone has tried them on here.

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    Default Re: Have you ever tried the StewMac PUs?

    with the price of duncans on the used market, id go for those over a stew mac pup

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    Default Re: Have you ever tried the StewMac PUs?

    +1 on what Jeremy said. Keep an eye on Reverb and eBay as well as the for sale page here. If your patient youíll bump into a killer deal. To me, hunting down the various parts and pieces Iím looking for is a good amount of the fun when doing a build.


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    Default Re: Have you ever tried the StewMac PUs?

    I used a Golden Age humbucker in the neck position of my first scratch-built guitar. It was fine, had good sustain and overall sound, but after I bought it I realized it was an import pickup. In my mind that put it on par with a GFS or GM pickup only priced higher. I replaced it when I decided to go for cream pickups and did not keep it since it did not dazzle me.
    I would either buy cheaper OR spend a bit more for Dimarzio & Duncan. That's what my guitar ended up with eventually. (I say "eventually" because I changed the neck pickup three or four times & bridge four or five times getting everything "just right." It was s great education in how much pickups do and don't change the sound of a guitar. Went through some Carvin, Duncan, Wilde/Lawrence, and Dimarzios. Sold each one as it was replaced. No regrets.)

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    Default Re: Have you ever tried the StewMac PUs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Locher View Post
    I used a Golden Age humbucker in the neck position of my first scratch-built guitar. It was fine, had good sustain and overall sound, but after I bought it I realized it was an import pickup. In my mind that put it on par with a GFS or GM pickup only priced higher. I replaced it when I decided to go for cream pickups and did not keep it since it did not dazzle me.
    I would either buy cheaper OR spend a bit more for Dimarzio & Duncan. That's what my guitar ended up with eventually. (I say "eventually" because I changed the neck pickup three or four times & bridge four or five times getting everything "just right." It was s great education in how much pickups do and don't change the sound of a guitar. Went through some Carvin, Duncan, Wilde/Lawrence, and Dimarzios. Sold each one as it was replaced. No regrets.)

    Thatís sad to hear that they donít make their own pickups. I was hoping that they were making them. Iíll be going with a Duncan Set knowing that I would be paying 50 for an import pickup thatís the same as any other 20 pickup.

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    Default Re: Have you ever tried the StewMac PUs?

    ^ Well, you can't assume every import pickup is identical.......I mean is every USA pickup identical.

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    Default Re: Have you ever tried the StewMac PUs?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexR View Post
    ^ Well, you can't assume every import pickup is identical.......I mean is every USA pickup identical.
    Not identical, but probably on the same level in terms of value (as opposed to price).

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    Default Re: Have you ever tried the StewMac PUs?

    For example, Guild's pickups nowadays are also imported from Korea and they are not cheap.

    https://shop.guildguitars.com/produc...v=e71bc9c013d9

    But for 95 bucks I would expect a pickup that sounds great. Not decent (like this) but really, great. For example, I got me this set:

    https://www.axesrus.co.uk/Axesrus-Ea...0-early50s.htm

    and this p90 set is by far the best p90 I have ever heard in my life. Ever.

    Better made, better tone, better price. My point is that import for a premium price is weird and doesn't automatically mean it's great.

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