Best Affordable Cabronita Pickup

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  1. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I’ve been thinking about doing another single-pickup guitar for a while, and now I have one to mod. I haven’t even tried the stock pickup yet, but it’s a Squier Bullet Special, and I’ve never met a cheap humbucker I’ve liked, so I’m making the assumption. Besides, a black uncovered HB just looks boring. I’m-a post my needs/wants, and you good people have at me, if you will.

    A) not expensive
    2) fits humbucker-sized hole in pickguard if possible
    III) black if possible
    Four) I’ve never liked super-hot pickups
    E) if humbucker, the ability to split would be nice (I may stick with volume only, but I have a push/pull if I go that route.

    Who knows, maybe I’ll like the stock pickup, and just put a funky cover on it and tell people it’s boutique. Stranger things have happened.
     
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  2. Dacious

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    The Cabronita pickup is a slight variation on a Gretsch Filtertron. It's not the same size as a humbucker. Genuine Filtertrons or the Fender equivalent are exxy compared to PAF types.

    If you want a cheap humbucker there's plenty on Fleabay. Secondhand genuine Gibson's of various types are there for grabs in nickel,. Chrome, black, gold or Artec or Wilkinson or no-names.
     
  3. tlsmack

    tlsmack Tele-Afflicted

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    GFS has a bunch of hum-sized Filtertron based pickups for under $40 bucks. I have not tried one, but have been happy with several other GFS pickups I have used.
    https://www.guitarfetish.com/Humbucker-Sized_c_578.html
    About halfway down the page you will see the "Retrotron" range, they look like a good option.
     
  4. blowtorch

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    I also have been very happy with lots of GFS pickups, including the tele Fatboy neck pup, their Surf90 Dream90 and Mean90 pickups, and a goldfoil.

    But all their filtertron copies sound like cheap generic humbuckers to me. I've not found them to provide the "snap" or twang that a real filtertron does

    Real filtertrons are not that expensive
     
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  5. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Look for a used Fender or Gretsch filtertron. Both are pretty nice pickups.
     
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  6. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I put a pair of GFS retrotron pickups in a semi-hollow a while back, and really liked the results. I don’t remember which set, though. One of the Nashvilles? I dunno. I was thinking about one of the 90s, or the gold foil (although I admit it’s the looks of the gold foil that attract me the most.)

    Are they the same dimensions as a typical HB?
     
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    ftbtx Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Do the Gretsch Blacktops differ from the Filtertron much?
     
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    kLyon Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Yes.
     
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    Best pickup name ever! In my hometown cabronita would be loosely translated as little bastard or little fkr lol. Having the feminine suffix makes it all the more inappropriate.
     
  10. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I have a couple "Gretschbuckers" you can have cheap if you PM me.
    Depending on how you adjust them, they can be Gretsch twangy or humbuckery meaty.
    A very versatile and unfairly-maligned (by Gretsch purests) pickup.
     
  11. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Just to clarify, filtertrons are NOT the same dimensions as buckers
     
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    I'm a huge fan of the Stooge-Mac Parsons Street humbuckers. They are fairly low power and can twang like a real PAF.
     
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    There are different kinds, Blacktop Filtertrons and Blacktops which are full size. They look similar at first glance.
     
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    gkterry Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    No they aren't. Sorry missed that detail. I believe GFS has some that are as others have previously mentioned.
     
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    get a Tonerider Alnico Classic ii or iv and a faux chrome cover
     
  16. bender66

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    I'm having a hard time understanding if you want a Tron type pickup or a HB that looks like one.

    I have A3 Giovanni Artec HB's that has those "Tron type looking covers" that sound pretty good. Low wind too. That whole Giovanni line is pretty good. I only picked that one because of you wanting a Filteron look.
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    I got a pair of Fidelitrons used for $30 ish recently.
     
  17. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I would prefer a Tron type pickup (I think), but would settle for a HB that looked like one, if it sounded OK. Or just didn’t look like a boring HB. I am just looking for something that suits the simple character of a one-pickup guitar like a Cabronita. I have a t style with Keystones, so something different would be good. Something less polite.
     
  18. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Reverend revtrons are pretty decent too.
     
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    vintage clubber Friend of Leo's

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    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    I had the same Squier as you and replaced the stock pickup with a SD P-Rails in an SD Triple-Shot ring. This give you series and parallel humbucker, P90, or single coil rail options, all with the switches on the Triple Shot and no body mods. I also replaced the single volume pot with a stacked pot so I have both volume and tone controls, again with no body mods. It came out so cool, useful, and nice that I am going to transfer the whole thing over to a custom single pickup Tele I'm building, put the Squier back to stock, and sell it! That's another nice thing about this - no permanent changes to the guitar are required.
    If the $100 or so for a P-Rails meets your "not expensive" requirement this is a good option for you.

    Cheers,
    Rex
     
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