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Don Mare or Kinman?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by nixpix, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. nixpix

    nixpix Tele-Meister

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    I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on a top notch set of pickups for my '62 AV Tele. Which would you choose; Mare or Kinman? Hum-free is not a priority, but clarity, dynamic response, and tone are. I want versatility for blues, classic rock, country, jazz, and pop sounds. I'm playing through a Dr. Z Carmen Ghia clean or w/ OD pedals.

    Oh, and feel free to offer other recommendations!
     
  2. red57strat

    red57strat Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Wow! Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum!

    If noise is not a concern, get real single coils.
     
  3. robt57

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    Yes, Kinman or Mare, it stuck me the same way as you.

    Not dissing the OP.
     
  4. graphs

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    I concur.

    Don's pickups are the business, do yourself a favour and get some. You will not regret it!
     
  5. nixpix

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    No offense taken, I apparently have a lot to learn between these two makers! I guess Don's are the real deal whereas Kinman is a modern take on pickups?
     
  6. JamonHamon

    JamonHamon Friend of Leo's

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    My 60s Kinman avn60b and Mark 2 Strat Pickups is in the drawer

    My Joe Bardens are in the drawer and are way better then Kinmans

    My Don Mare Pickups are wow the best sounding pickups on the planet

    Don is Making me a new set of Tweed Monster Bridge and a new "Tall Neck Secret Weapon" for my Fender 52ri Thin Skin
     
  7. woodman

    woodman Grand Wazoo @ The Woodshed Gold Supporter

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    like tone? try Don's.
     
  8. nixpix

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    You guys are too informative...and quick! I think I'll go for the Super Sports for versatility. What do you think?
     
  9. castpolymer

    castpolymer Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have a set of Don Mare Broadcaster's and just ordered a set of his Led Zepo's for a new build. His Broadcaster pickups are the best sounding pickups I own ( I have 11 Teles ). Great tone for classic rock ( especially if you use a 4 way switch ). Great customer service too ( this is huge with custom wound pickups ). I have no experience with Kinman pickups ( so I can't comment ).
     
  10. newtwanger

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    I have 2 Mare bridges (Esquires) one hot Supersport (almost a tweed monster) and one Graf Airship One. It is eerie that he can get exactly the Zep 1 tone using only a pickup. It's not "ya, that's kinda similar" it's bang on. Add a yardbox pedal or britbender and you are Page. A pessimist may go so far as to say that anything I play on that Esquire sounds like a Zep tune but I would take it as a compliment :D. The Supersport is more versatile since is sounds great but has far less of a "signature sound". Don is king.
     
  11. Johnny J

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    DON MARE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. graphs

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    I have Don's Green Onions set with "The Stretch" neck pickup up option. They are the best telecaster pickups I've owned!

    When I get another tele I want to try the Super Sport set as well.
     
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    Where do Budz fit into a Mare/Budz opinion poll?? Just curious...
     
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    +1 for mare ,
     
  15. Jaxson612

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    Don Mare da' man!
     
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    Ditto for Don!
     
  17. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    I replaced a set of Fender OV's with a set on Don Mare Supersports. The OV's were good, great for the money. The Supersports are just plain excellent, not coming out.
     
  18. Ricko

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    I've never tried Don's pickups (though I'd love to), but I will sing the praises of Budz Purebreds. I picked up a used pair for my Highway 1 Tele, and I love them. They are hotter than stock pickups, but don't lose that "teleness". I've barely touched my other guitars since installing them. There are some sound clips on the Budz website, but they really don't do them justice.

    Best of luck in your search,

    Rick
     
  19. Muddybuchfan

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    "My Don Mare Pickups are wow the best sounding pickups on the planet"

    This is true, sounds like my 53 Tele dead on. Thank you Don Mare!!!!!
     
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    Just browsing this thread, I noticed that Don Mare seems to have quite a few pickups with exotic names - Supersport, Graf Airship One, Green Onions.
     
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