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Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by pohorsky, Aug 29, 2005.
What pickups are the best for Chicken pickin'?
I am not an authority
But I can do my share of chicken picken. A lightly wound bridge pick up is the normal preference. Usually one with a resistance below 8. I like em in the low 7's. The 6's are even better if you have the right rig.
A compressor can help, but it is not required.
A pro will tell you he can chicken pick with anything...and he is probably right. I just need a little more help than that. ha ha.
Light guage strings for me.
I agree with lower resistance, in the low 7's to high or even mid 6's. Compressor does help a little, for some people, but some sound great without it. It would depend on guitar/amp setup of course. Some amps naturally compress more than others anyways.
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I agree. A pickup from 6+ to 7+ k is best, and with raised or staggered magnets.
I prefer a "Broadcaster" style pickup myself from 7+ to 8+ k with flat, larger diameter magnets. I can get away with some chicken picking, but this kind of pickup is not ideal for that.
How good of a neck pickup is the Texas Tele vs. a Dimarzio Twang King, chicken pickin terms?
I wouldn't recommend the Texas Tele for what you're talking about. I have not had any experience with that Dimarzio.
I think the Dimarzio would be better than the Texas Special, but I don't know if it would really fill the bill completely for neck pickup Chicken Pickin'. Of course the guitar it's in will make a difference, so I could only say give it a try. It's not as dark as a Texas, and the guitar I had it in got a good bit of a Strat like chime to it!
The Texas Tele neck pickup stinks for chicken pick'n. I just got rid of mine due to it's lack of cluck and presence; it was WAAAAY too dark sounding and lacked the treble response. It also totally messed up the way the middle positon sounded.
I replaced it with a neck pickup from Vintage Vibe Guitars and couldn't be happier...I've finally got the snap and cluck I was looking for and my middle position sounds fantastic. I was also considering the Dimarzio Twang King but the Vintage Vibe was actually cheaper AND custom wound per request.
If I was unhappy with my bridge pickup I would have probably just bought a set from Vintage Vibe but I currently have a SD Broadcaster (one of the early 8.2K ones) and it sounds plenty twangy.
I prefer to pick my clunkers... Uh, I mean, "<u>cluckers</u>"... yeah, that's it... ;-) on Joe Barden pickups. But as alluded to above, chicken pickin' is really more about technique than it is about pickin' pickups... ;-) IMO, anyway. Best of luck, CS