Best pick ups for blues?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by ace5324, May 3, 2011.

  1. wrathfuldeity

    wrathfuldeity Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,064
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2011
    Location:
    Turdcaster, WA
    this...its easier to turn up the heat, than to get a hot one to warm-up.
     
  2. Teleterr

    Teleterr Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,327
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Location:
    Lewes De.
    Yes, lots of p/ups sound bluesy, but I do think hot p/ups do not.I love Duncan Hot For Tele and 1/4 Pounders , but I can't play blues w them.A cooler p/up of any kind works better.An exception might be a SH-14.It is fairly hot and very bluesey.
     
  3. bluesoverlord

    bluesoverlord TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    96
    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Location:
    Bismarck, ND
    Agreed. But it also depends on what type of blues. If you want a super clean 2/4 position Robert Cray sound you would go for a pup with clarity and fewer winds, like a '54 Fender CS etc. (all other things being equal). Plenty of boutique winders out there that can nail that sound. But if you want a "just breaking up growl" of SRV's number 1, that's an entirely different animal and one that has prompted tone quests galore. As stated before, everything contributes to the sound....your fingers, amp, strings (gauge, composition), guitar construction and composition ALONG with the pups.

    That being said, you are asking for recommendations...so, I'll put a plug in for Vintage Vibe P90's in strat size. I LOVE those pickups. Combine that with a Chromacaster switch from deaf Eddie and you have a chameleon of sound. :D
     
  4. Tonemonkey

    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    8,056
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Location:
    Back in South of England !!
    Mate

    The OP (May 11) had a Raptor plus, the zombie re-animator (EMando) has a MiM, so its his Q now..............I think! ;)
     
  5. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    13,310
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2007
    Location:
    Newbury, England

    Oh right ... :oops:

    Well then it's the ones you get in the MIM Fender Standard Telecaster then, they do not need changing at all. :D

    Sorted! :rolleyes:
     
  6. BlueTele

    BlueTele TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    29
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Location:
    California
    Hey man...I am several years late to this thread, but my response is "work on your playing skills." The answer to liking your tone is seldom one particular feature of your guitar (wood, fretboard wood, pickups, saddles, etc.). It is more about the flesh/density of your finger tips, the bone structure of your fingers, how the guitar resonates against your body. Think about it...back when all the Tele heroes played - and who we want to sound like - they played stock Telecasters with Fender stock pickups, usually through a tweed or blackface Fender amp, and without effects pedals like overdrive, etc. Just keep refining your technique and tone, and...play from the darkest, most painful corners of your soul. THAT is where blues tone comes from.
     
  7. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    25,735
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    Too bad we can't travel back in time and ask the OG blues guys what pickups they were using :p "Hey Robert Johnson, what pickups did you have in that Stella?"
     
    notmyusualuserid likes this.
  8. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    2,556
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2016
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    ...
     
  9. LtKojak

    LtKojak Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    191
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2013
    Location:
    Milano, Italy
    It's nice seeing somebody exercising his Miranda Rights... ;)
     
  10. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    25,735
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Rockdog

    Rockdog Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,094
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Location:
    Heart of the Commonwealth
    jr_kimbrough2.jpg
    Whenever I find myself asking what pickups (or gear in general), I listen to Junior Kimbrough. He just may cure your G.A.S. Junior didn't give a damn.
     
  12. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,442
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2007
    Location:
    Norfolk UK
    Blues is about feelings not pickups .You can play the blues on the hottest or coldest guitar .Only you can make the difference.
     
    rjtwangs likes this.
  13. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    7,253
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2013
    Location:
    Indiana
    whew, tough crowd on the ole OP

    if we assume that he plays just fine, that he has a tube amp with headroom, that he doesn't want to use pedals, that low-wind pickups might not be giving him the sound he's craving ... well, sure, maybe hotter pickups are the answer

    OP, going by your profile you appear to be living in an oil town in northern Alberta. I'm guessing there aren't many guitar stores up there where you can try things out

    I'm not a strat guy, but here are some ideas

    - rewire to put the two single coil pickups in series
    - put in a hotter humbucker, like a Seymour Duncan JB (16k)
    - replace the two single coils (6k's?) with hotter versions, like around 7k's
    - buy a boost or OD pedal
    - turn up
     
  14. rjtwangs

    rjtwangs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Age:
    71
    Posts:
    1,216
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    Reston, Virginia
    For the very best blues tone that YOU will ever get.....think about YOUR hands, that's where tone resides. I don't care how cheap that Peavy is, it's a hell of a lot better or at least equal to the guitars used by Hound Dog, Hubert S., Big Boy Cruddup and many others it's in YOUR hands.....ymmv simply one old man's opinion....


    RJ
     
    Rockdog likes this.
  15. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,791
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2017
    Location:
    York PA
    all my Gibby's do the blues well, mostly a vol and tone knob twist and you are there..but the p90 LP is nice and raunchy in comparison
     
  16. luckett

    luckett Banned

    Posts:
    3,614
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Location:
    .
    I'd recommend a good set pf worship pickups.
     
    Aaron1061 likes this.
  17. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    479
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2014
    Location:
    Paris, IL
    If you think new pickups are in order look no further than Cavalier Pickups. There are tone flavors suited for almost everyone's palette.
     
    El Tele Lobo likes this.
  18. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    48,511
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2009
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC, Canuckistan
    Wha?! Is this true for pedals as well? Has anyone told JHS?
     
  19. voodooblues

    voodooblues Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,157
    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2012
    Location:
    Berwyn, Il
    I wonder if the OP is even active on these boards any more.
     
  20. mthowlett

    mthowlett Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    110
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2013
    Location:
    louisville
    When I want to play blues, it never crosses my mind about which pickup is suitable. I just play blues. Look at what the greats played - dozens of different guitars. SRV sounded like SRV whether he was playing a Strat or a ES335. Same goes for Muddy, Johnny Winter, Jimi. The best blues pickups are the ones with which you play your best blues!
     
    El Tele Lobo likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.