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Fender HSS 'Player' Alnico Pickups..any experiences, thoughts?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Krackle, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Krackle

    Krackle Tele-Meister

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    Hi Folks, (posted this in the Strat subFrorum..didnt know there was a 'Pickups Only' section)

    there's a loaded pick guard in my area with a set of the Strat, HSS, Player Alnico Pickups in it..100 dollars

    Thinking about checking these out..i hear and read about folks liking these quite a bit..and of course..people hating them...something about the mids being too strong or stiff

    Wondering what you guys here can offer on this Player HSS set?

    ..Im really looking for a fairly 'strat' sounding set of up pickups..nothing to too hot and pickuos that have some organic quality to them..that is - not brittle or hard sounding..


    i bought a guitar on the cheap that has an HSS set of Dragonfire ceramics in it and they are sorta lifeless and very brittle sounding

    thanks.................
     
  2. htwheelz67

    htwheelz67 Tele-Meister

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    They are pretty much the same as the old Am std pickups except the humbucker has alnico 2 magnets now, they sound very good for stock pickups.
     
  3. wblynch

    wblynch Tele-Meister

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    I put an HSS Player set in my 2009 MIM Stratocaster to replace the stock ceramics. I felt the original pickups were too fizzy.

    the Player pickups are more mellow and articulate. I am surprised by the HB at the bridge. It’s very thin astounding for a humbucker. In my case there is no tone control for the bridge pickup.

    it is still unmistakably a Strat and has that signature quack. I actually like the Tex Mex SSS set in my brother’s Jimmy Vaughn Strat better.
     
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