Ever change pickups only to change back?

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  1. chris m.

    chris m. Poster Extraordinaire

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    I had an H-H Strat with two Dimarzio Freds in it. Liked it, and the splitcoil sounds were good, too. But I wanted Strat quack. I ordered an HSH pickguard but an SSH pickguard showed up. Rather than send it back I wired it up with some Strat pickups I had in a drawer. It sounds good but I’m thinking I liked it better before. Maybe I’ll order an HSH guard or maybe I’ll just put it back like it was...
     
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    Yep. Replaced the stock humbuckers in my G&L Tribute Asat deluxe because I found them too dark. Put in some Toneriders and found them too bright with too little output - even though I like them in a different guitar.

    Put the originals back in the G&L and learned to like them ok. But I'd still prefer a little more sparkle in them. Darned good guitar, though.
     
  3. Zepfan

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    I had a Ibanez style guitar with a Aspen body. I put 2 old Mighty Mite HB's in it and it sounded great. Later I got a Basswood Strat body painted my favorite color and switched everything over. It didn't sound as good as it did before, just okay.
     
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    Yes, more times than I care to think about.
     
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  5. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    I replaced the neck and bridge pickups in my AmStd Strat with some DiMarzio Area pickups. They were ok but just didnt quite do it . Went back to stock but with a cap change. THAT was what it needed all along
     
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  6. AJBaker

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    With my tele I played the originals for a while, then tried two sets from a small boutique maker on the forum (good pickups), and then from a different set from a more well known boutique pickup maker. At that point it felt right: my telecaster was as good as it was going to get and I haven't changed anything since.

    On my Les Paul, I almost immediately installed a set of German paf copies I had lying about. Sounded perfect, haven't changed since.

    With my strat, I used the stock pickups for a while, then a boutique German set that was good, but not quite right, then I put two of the original pickups back, while keeping the German bridge pickup, and played that for a while. Then I tried a set from the same forum pickup maker, then back to the originals, then back to the forum guy's pickups after a few years...
    As you can tell, I haven't bonded with my strat in quite the same way.

    To me at least, pickups have a big impact on how musical a guitar feels. When it's right I feel it: it doesn't have to be a particular sound I want, but it has to be musical. Sometimes it takes some experimenting, including going back to what you had before, to figure out what you liked and didn't like...
     
  7. mgreene

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    Yep, had a FujiGen P90 gold top. I figured I couldnt go wrong with Lollars. The original japanese PUs sounded better to me and went back in.
     
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    Sure, it’s really the only way to make a comparison once we get past the clueless pickup buying and start getting really close to what we want.
    I recently pulled a 65 RI JM pickup from a Strat and dropped in a modern player pickup IIRC with the taller bobbin but about the same coil resistance.
    I’m not sure I like it as well and may swap back or it may go in the next JM routed thinline Tele build.
    Same deal where I was changing the guard and swapped the pickup too, figure once it’s apart I might as well change more than one thing.
    Here though I routed a blank guard for a single JM bridge pickup and single volume.
     
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    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I’m not sure I’ve ever left in any pickups that came in a guitar!
    My LP has the pickups I got it with but it was a a Deluxe later routed for full size HBs.
     
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    Yes. It was called the 80s.
     
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  11. Skydog1010

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    Yup
     
  12. fretWalkr

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    I put a Schecter tele replacement set in my '52 AVRI. These are drop-in ready with a neck PU mounted on a pickguard and bridge PU mounted with its own bridge. PUs are push pull giving me tele or P-90 output levels. I've used it since the 70s and it's has been on 3 gigging teles over the years. The Schecters still sound good I know them really well but I really wanted that 50s blackguard sound. So I put the stock PUs back in and I won't touch the AVRI PUs again. Other than a real vintage I don't think I could better than the stock PUs.
     
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    Sure.
     
  14. LutherBurger

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    Nope, no second chances here. If I dislike them enough to replace them, they're gone forever.
     
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    I have never changed pickups.

    :)
     
  16. Bartholomew3

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    Changed bridge pickup on a used Epiphone SG and it sounded worse than the original. A piece of junk balsa wood IMO but I needed something really light-weight due to a back injury.

    Sold it for $20 less than it cost me when my back problem cleared then sold the pickup and lost another $50 to move it out fast. Am back to my boat-anchor Les Paul Custom.
     
  17. chris m.

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    In my case I might go back because I loved the pickups but thought I’d prefer SSH over HH configuration.
     
  18. Tonetele

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    Yep! Am doing so soon. I built a " Blackie"out of two beat up strats from a pawnshop. i put Kent Armstrong ceramic magnets in it. The guitar sang and screamed, all good. Then put some Tonerider set in and now am going back to KA's pickups.
     
  19. Zepfan

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    Try a mini-toggle for series/parallel on the 2 singles first. I have a SSH type(HB bridge and single in middle and neck), didn't like the singles alone or together in parallel so I wired the 2 singles together in series as a HB and they sound awesome now. One of the best neck HB tones I've heard.
     
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