Affordable Pickups?

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  1. littlebadboy

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    This is my demo for Guitar Madness' Dirty Digits bridge humbucker and P94 neck pickup:



    The same above pickups in a full production environment:



    This is my Demo of D&D Research' Damask Metal bridge humbucker, they are a US based custom winder:

     
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  2. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    Q pickups on reverb seem to be gaining popularity. Lots of options, great price point generally. Rose pickups are another great choice for sub $150 for a set of 3. I hadn’t heard about Kens dad. He’s had a couple setbacks lately. Too bad.
     
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  3. IMadeYouReadThis

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    I didn't necessarily mean I don't like American pickups. It just wouldn't be a deal breaker to have them made overseas.
     
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    Geo Friend of Leo's

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    Along with Rose and Q you could get the Seymour Duncan Broadcaster set for $110 new then
    find a suitable used strat pickup.
     
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    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    Guitar Madness. Or be a big spender and check out GFS.
     
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  6. IMadeYouReadThis

    IMadeYouReadThis Tele-Meister

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    Seymour Duncan doesn't offer Alnico 3 (without going CS). I'm not particularly fond of the broadcaster sound. I love the Alnico 3/5 set found on early Nocaster era pickups, and want to loosely replicate that tone.
     
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  7. Antigua Tele

    Antigua Tele Friend of Leo's

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    There's not practical difference between AlNiCo 2, 3 and 4 in the application of guitar pickups. Maybe that's why, of the three, Seymour Duncan only ever uses AlNiCo 2. There's marketing value in touting AlNiCo 3 or 4 for historical accuracy, or just to be different, but as Seymour Duncan was one of the first major pickups makers, they tended to play it straight until competition heated up in the new century.
     
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    Another vote for Guitar Madness.
     
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  9. telemnemonics

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    For the bridge I'd go for a Fender OV Tele bridge pickup, which is/ was alnico 3 as requested, and IIRC around 7k for a not ice picky nice Tele sound.
    They may be out of production or renamed by Fender, but the OV should be new in box all over ebay for around or under $50.

    The bridge pup is most important IMO because so many are either ice pick or mud, or just kinda mediocre. The OV is high quality for a good price.
     
  10. Aaron1061

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    uh has no one seriously recommended cavalier pickups?
     
  11. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Highly recommended, but they don't meet the OP's cost criteria.
     
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  12. Lord_Ingipz

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    A fellow chicagoan! Those pickups sound great. The 57 alnico II's you recommended sold out before I got a chance to buy them.
     
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    One more vote for: Q-Pickups.
    Excellent craftsmanship within the given price range. Custom wound upon request.
     
  14. littlebadboy

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    Thanks! I ran the GM Dirty Digits bridge into the no-load position of a 1 Meg no-load pot and the GM P-94 into a 500k pot with no tone circuit. I thought it would shrill like heck! But, it turned out fine.

    You can seller to recommend something closer to it or ask when a new batch is coming! I grabbed the last GM Hot Alnico bridge (similar to an SD JB) before it runs out. Problem is, I don't have a guitar to put it in.
     
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    Jess Lourero, my winder, seldom over 60 American.
    Makes me side by side double coil single slot tele bridge pickups, filtertrons, mini buckers ect.
    Goggle the name, best value out there for real hand wounds.
     
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    I am very happy with Tonerider pickups in both a Tele and a Strat. Check them out. A bargain for the sound and quality.
     
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    https://www.ebay.ca/usr/q_pickups I just ordered a set of monster high output neck and bridge for a tele. Can't wait to receive them. They should completely change this guitar's sound. See old pickups in bottom photo. Dimarzio super distortion, GFS rails.

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    Check Buddha Pickups on Reverb. Tim wound me a set to my specs with mixed mags. They sound phenomenal. It was 75 shipped.

    Wait time was 8 weeks though, which for me, wasn't a big deal.

    Edit to add: It was for a set of strat pickups. Not tele. So I would imagine that what you're looking for would fall into the same range.
     
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