January 22nd, 2006, 12:11 PM
I just picked up a Squier 51 yesterday & one of the first things to go will probably be the humbucker that came in it. It's just to shrill sounding & i'd prefer something that offers the tone of an old Gibson PAF & of course the cheaper the better. Any recommendations?
January 22nd, 2006, 12:42 PM
the Rio Grande pickups. They make a bunch of different ones, but I think you'd be happy with one of theirs!
January 22nd, 2006, 01:29 PM
The first thing I did when I got my Squier 51 is a pickup swap. I found a couple used pickups that seemed to be complementary in their output range, and when I installed them, they sounded tremendous. The bridge humbucker is a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom, and the neck pickup is a Dimarzio stacked humbucker. Total cost of the swap = $65. You might want to check the Duncan website for descriptions of their humbuckers and then go from there.
January 22nd, 2006, 04:14 PM
Quite a few '51 owners have been known to pop in GFS pickups.
-You certainly can't complain about the price...
GFS Humbuckers (http://store.guitarfetish.com/humbuckers.html)
GFS "Retrotron" Series (http://store.guitarfetish.com/vintagestyle.html)
January 23rd, 2006, 06:14 PM
Check out the Squier '51 Modders forum at http://www.instituteofnoise.com/squier51/forum/default.asp. Lots of good info, lots of different pickups.
Personally, I went with the GFS Bigmouth in the bridge, and am very happy with it. I'm using it for mostly lead-type stuff and it's got a great tone for that. Very fat and full, brightish and clear, mid rangey without being honky.
January 23rd, 2006, 07:08 PM
Before you do anything try lowering the stock one. Put the bass side barely above the pickup ring and the treble side about an eighth to a quarter of an inch below it.
I tried a few GLS pickups in mine and I went back to the lowered stock one.
January 24th, 2006, 07:41 AM
Thanks for the replies guys. I think i'll try lowering it first & see what happens.