And the winner is...

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by TG, May 18, 2021.

  1. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

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    ...plain old Squier humbuckers off a Bullet Mustang.


    Over the years I have tried SO many different humbuckers, and I've owned various Gibson, Gretsches and PRS guitars.
    Loads of Duncan, Dimarzio and other replacement pickups.
    Nothing 'felt' right in the way single coils do, especially as I'm very much a plug in and play clean player.

    But, to my surprise, these basic Squier humbuckers that I bought off eBay for €25 are brilliant. I can even roll the volumes off and get different good sounds the way you can with P90s. No mush.
    My old Hello Kitty strat has the same sort of Squier pickup too and I've always liked it, but I didn't really think they'd be an upgrade on a Les Paul.
    I was going to sell on this Harley Benton, but I thought I'd take a chance with these cheap pups.
    Glad I did. Keeping it now.

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    aging_rocker Friend of Leo's

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    I tried a Bullet Mustang in a store a while ago, I liked the sound of the pickups, and I'm not a big fan of humbuckers usually.

    Nice looking LP there, TG:cool:
     
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    kbold Friend of Leo's

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    Life's full of unexpected surprises. They look good too.
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Congratulations!
     
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    Mr powers Tele-Meister

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    I have 2 Les Paul's and they both came with gross hi output ceramics so I'm not surprised.

    Edit: I find that the hi output ceramics are only good for one thing but very good at that one thing.
    Feel free to shoot my face of for saying that.
     
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    rigatele Tele-Afflicted

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    Those are ceramics, right?
     
  7. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

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    It's a Harley Benton SC450 Lemondrop.

    I've considered selling it a few times but the Missus loves the colour...which in person actually looks like lemon candy...so it's a permanent wall ornament. It plays really nice, isn't too heavy and it has a well designed neck join so upper fret access is easy. And now it sounds great too with a very wide tonal spectrum since rolling off the volumes actually cleans it up instead of going muddy.

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  8. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

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    I think so.
     
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    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Congratulation on listening with your ears rather than the odd conventional wisdom that is out there regarding pickups. I find I tend to like ceramic pickups more than alnicos. Now it still depends on how the pickup is put together but the ceramics give that edgy sound that I really like and I usually move them away from the strings a bit since the magnets are stronger. The ceramic single coil pickups in my Squier Bullet Tele are very much to my liking. I will keep them in there.
     
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    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    WTH? You drop “Hello Kitty Strat” and don’t post a picture?
     
  11. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

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    Here ye go...

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  12. twangking

    twangking Tele-Afflicted

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    I don't like humbuckers at all. The best humbuckers to me are p90s.
     
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    JL_LI Poster Extraordinaire

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    It’s funny how @TG talks about a Squier humbucker being an upgrade for a LP type. An upgrade is anything that makes a guitar sound better, to you! Sometimes the cheap seats are the best seats. You can see and hear everything.
     
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    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    The best humbuckers are not humbuckers? :confused::confused:
     
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    I meant what I said.
     
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