Building first partscaster - looking for pup recommendations

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Miseria, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2010
    If I had limited gear and a $300 pickup budget for a Tele, I'd spend $100 on used pickups and the other $200 on a really good speaker, or some division of funds along those lines, like maybe put the extra $200 into a better amp if I was running a $500 amp.

    IMO before one spends $300 on two pickups one needs to spend over $1000 on the amp, assuming fair market values.
    a nice SFTR would save on the amp cost if you like mid scoop tones, or a hobby built 18w TMB if you like more Brutish tones.

    While I'm not trying to put a dollar value on a great amp, I'm emphatically stating that great pickups need a great amp to shine, and mediocre pickups (which in general don't have as much corner cutting in manufacture as mediocre amps do) will shine brighter through a great amp than will great pickups shine through a run of the mill or mediocre amp.
  2. Miseria

    Miseria TDPRI Member

    Mar 10, 2019
    Thanks again all for the suggestions. I ended up ordering the Cavalier Nashville/Lion King. LOVED the demos and seemed like a great value compared with the some of the others.

    I'll be sure to report back once the build is done (parts aren't here yet). Should be nice though, got a nice roasted flame maple neck (1 5/8) and seafoam green alder body :) Getting excited.
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  3. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Even if the additional brightness is not by a large degree, that's fine. I like the open top primarily for the aesthetic and it sounds great!
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