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Gold Lace Sensors

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by zimbo, Dec 13, 2020.

  1. zimbo

    zimbo Friend of Leo's

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    I've got an 89 Clapton start with the gold lace sensors and it's my number 1 guitar. The pickups sound fantastic. I had a 92 strat plus with gold lace sensors but I eventually sold it because the pickups sounded thin. They actually sounded thin from the beginning but I kept the guitar because it played good. Last week I saw a local deal for a 95 Clapton strat with gold lace sensors. The guitar was perfect but had never really been played. However the pickups sounded really thin compared to all my other strats.

    I may try to flip it but not sure yet. It's great eye candy. And yeah I raised the pickups up. In fact they were up when I got it so I suspect that may have been why the guy sold it. It seems like the later gold lace sensors are not as good as the early ones. Any opinions?
     
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  2. RobRiggs

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    If you’re after reducing the 60 cycle hum I’ve got the blue, silver and red lace sensors in my 2008 Strat. Best sounding of the four Stratocasters I currently own.
     
  3. Milspec

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    I find them to be pretty fat on my '94...every ear is different
     
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  4. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Yep, I have the blue silver red on my 93. I live on that middle silver pickup. It’s perfect.
     
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  5. Chuckster

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    I have triple Golds on my '89 Deluxe... by far, the best playing and sounding guitar in my collection.
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  6. Willie Johnson

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    I've got golds in my '87 MIK Strat; rewired it a few years ago with 500k pots (master volume/master tone) and reversed the bridge and middle wiring so that I get bridge and neck together instead of neck and middle. Sounds great. Yes, crank those pups up as high as they'll go without touching the strings. They're older ones, so maybe the relatively newer ones don't have the same chime, or maybe they have favorably drifted a bit over time.
     
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  7. rockdawg55

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    I have one of the first Strat Plus off the line in '87. The Golds in it are spectacular. Best sounding Strat I've ever played.
     
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    I've got the golds in my USA Buddy Guy strat. It has the same midboost circuit as your Clapton model. Mine is a '95, and has been my favorite electric guitar for years. It is much louder than a standard Strat. It is nice and clear without the boost on, and really ballsy with the midboost engaged.
     
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  9. Shnook

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    The original Gold Lace Sensors sound killer in my 95 Clapton Strat. Not thin at all.
     
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    I've found that it's best to use different sets (colors) for different positions.
     
  11. bonzo898

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    I can’t speak to the later years but the golds in my 89 plus sound amazing. I have them pretty high up. The only thing I didn’t love about the stock guitar was the plus neck but I put a roadworn 50’s neck on and now I love it. Old strat pluses are hidden gems IMO.
     

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  12. schmee

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    That's weird. My 98 EC Strat had them and they are fine. I had an old Strat Plus also a couple years ago and they were not thin either. Those older Laces looked different on the back than the newer ones though.
     
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  13. Henley

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    No experience with any newer Gold sensor's,. but my '93 US strat sounds good with it's stock G|B|R lace setup.
     
  14. alnicopu

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    I had that setup from an 84 strat plus and wish I had not sold them. Loved em.
     
  15. SRHmusic

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    I have a '91 or '92 Strat Plus Ultra with the red, blue, silver and it's great. (I tried a recently made set in another guitar and didn't like them at all. That new pickguard did not have the TBX tone control, though. Not sure if that would have helped or not. There's discussion on other forums about how the new ones aren't like those old ones, but the company disagrees. The new ones don't appear to be built the same way.)
     
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    Agree w/ Willie Johnson, make sure during setup someone didn't lower them similar to how you'd setup traditional single coil pickups. That could make them sound thin, raise them up close to the strings.
     
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