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what are your favorite pickups? not for each guitar or each different design... just your personal guitar, your style and your sound... what do you prefer? for neck and bridge? i gotta go with seymour duncan custom P-90 for bridge and seymour duncan vintage P-90 for neck spot... the best... those pickups rule

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EMG 81/85 combo.....I also like a seymour duncan jb in the bridge,but a good passive neck humbucker does not exist....

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EMG 81/85 combo.....I also like a seymour duncan jb in the bridge,but a good passive neck humbucker does not exist....

Are you being serious?

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EMG 81/85 combo.....I also like a seymour duncan jb in the bridge,but a good passive neck humbucker does not exist....

Are you being serious?

Knowing Wes, I'd say yes he is serious.

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I really like the DiMarzio PAF Classics in my Les Paul right now, and the smooth EMG-SA set in my Strat...

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I'm a passives guy, really; Duncan's '59s, or a Jazz/JB set (yes, boring, I know), or a nice set of P-90s will do me just fine.

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Are you being serious?

Yup...but remember this is an "opinion" topic.I have tried ALOT of neck pickups,and only the 85 suits me.I do like single coils in the neck....

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Personally, I can't stand EMGs. I think they're too steryl.

I have a pair of Bartolini HBs in my currnet main ax. They're great. I don't have too much experience with singles, so I can't comment on them.

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well i have to give a shout out to Bare Knuckle Pickups.. expensive, yes.. but they make my guitars sound so good i am almost using them exclusively. They do stock models so people know what to buy but its also a fully custom service so any model can come with a wide range of finishes, magnet types, polepiece , baseplates... anything really.

i recently wanted a humbucker for the Jake E Lee charvel replica i am building and the obvious answer would be Holdsworth humbucker from seymour duncans custom shop or at a push a JB which doesnt have the two rows of screw polepieces but is pretty close. A quick chat with Tim and he told me exactly which wire, magnets and windings the SD holdsworth has and the holdsworth pickup he made for me arrived two days later.. cant beat that for service

If you look at the product lines people tend to go straight for the high power stuff with names like warpig, nailbomb or sinner and these are all great pickups but as someone who deosnt always like high powered pickups i think where BKP really excell is with there vintage style stuff. I have a mule which is meant as the obligatory PAF style pickup and its truly amazing. My current favorite is a model they dont advertise called the manhattan which is an under wound (6k) humbucker sized P-90 thats sounds so clear and natural, voiced for jazz but capable of so much more

i also like SD's as well, quite fond of a JB/Jazz combo

I am not an EMG fan but its just horses for courses aint it

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For my money I can't go wrong with the SH6N- and SH6B from SD if I want passive.

For boutique I like Diesel pickups

For active I like the pups that Guitarheadz sells. I have one in my Warlock and it's got the best of the EMG and the livewires and doesn’t have their liabilities.

However, I get more people wanting my custom built pickups these days which is nice but it takes up a lot of time making them. I guess I make a pretty mean PAF and super distortion.

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Personally, I can't stand EMGs. I think they're too steryl.

For most of the super high-gain,intricate metal that I like,sterile is exactly what you want as a starting point....it keeps the bass notes from stepping all over the treble notes...

I do keep at least one guitar at all times with a jb at the bridge though,because for some stuff it sounds better with that "color" to it.

You should check out the emg singles though....they are not sterile at all,and neither is the 85 really...the 81 is the one that is made to be "sterile"(though I prefer the term "cutting"),because of what it is intended for.There is a reason so many metal guys use EMG after all...followed closely by the jb.

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Duncan Antiquities. A friend of mine turned me on to them, and after i got a set of humbuckers, he said he put the same in his 1962 ES-335 and liked them more than the original pickups. P-90s provide the sauce in my project, and i am more than happy.

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Single coils are my pickup of choice for the neck, and low resistance humbuckers for the bridge. I've never tried a P90 guitar though, so I might be in love with a new bridge pickup. Singles in the bridge sound too thin and wimpy for me.

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Well, I had a stock LP a few years back and I loved the bridge pickup, but I thought the neck pup was muddy for most things. I believe they were the 490 set gibson uses. I´ve read many people raving about Seymour Duncan´s and other PAF clones. For my first build I´m planning to do a Nighthawk type of setting: mini HB on the neck, middle single coil and bridge humbucker. I think that will make for a nice versatile guitar. But I guess it depends more on the type of sound you are after.

BTW, I can´t find GFS pickups here in Mexico and I´m very interested as I understand now how important are the pickups for the sound. Does anyone know if somehow I can hear them? Maybe on a clip or video? I´d probably buy SD´s versions somewhere down the road, but I´m struggling with a new job and tying to move out of my Dad´s place. I´d like a nice voiced guitar for rock and blues, but also some other tones (hence the mix). If anyone has a reply or suggestion, I´d be very grateful.

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Yeah, so, I'm not going to download a mystery zip file. Thanks, but no thanks.

Re: GFS, you can only get them direct from GuitarFetish, not much point looking in shops...

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Re: GFS, you can only get them direct from GuitarFetish, not much point looking in shops...

Thanks Mattia. I guess I´ll take the plunge as soon as I can afford it, because I´ve seen people here recommending them.

And well, I wouldn´t like to mess up those nice SD´s.

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I like Kent Armstrong,p90 and lip stick and lindy fralin ,p90,unbucker,and tele set...Here are the three guitars with them in them.

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff185/r...r/P5030001a.jpg

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff185/r...er/P5030002.jpg

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff185/r...ds/P1300921.jpg

They are very good pickups.

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It varies, and is quite a mystery to me. Sometimes you have a totally happening amp tone, then every pickup sounds great. Different pickups are like different spices then. That's usually when you're just screwing around. Then on another day, you are in recording mode and everything sounds like crap.

But I've been "there" with my Gibson P90 and P94, 2 early 80's hot Fender single coils that have this roar to 'em, like the tone of an added cranked 6V6 added to the amp (put a "baseplate" on one of 'em). My Duncan JBL has given me more dynamic tones than a typical bucker, and I once got this awesome tone from the flat chrome neck pickup on my '61 Kay (I think Dearmond made that pickup, if I remember my research correctly)

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I like fender noiseless sets and the texas sets most. Just love the twang factor. For humbuckers I'd have to go with Dimarzio Fred amd Dimarzio Paf spaced, a good combination of fatness, warmth, and the fred has some single coil snap and twang hidden in it's 2 coils!

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As a general rule, I'm with Joobsauce on the single-coil in the neck, low-ish output humbucker in the bridge thing. I'm also big on P-90s.

Even more than that, I like actual magnetic pole-pieces a la Fender single-coils, but Strat pickups and the like are all too skinny for me.

Which is why my favorite pickup period is the Fender Jazzmaster pickup.

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I'm waiting for a set of Curtis Novak pickups for my MIM Strat. I'll let you know. :D

For some reason I read that as Chuck Norris and thought it was another joke. :D

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