High dollar pickups in a Low dollar guitar, your thoughts,,,

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  1. Shuster

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    Amen Brother!!
     
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    I upgraded an Ibanez AS73 with some GFS Ferrite Goldfoils, inexpensive pickups but definite improvement for my ears. Pickups are such a crapshoot, good luck to the OP!
     
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    A good guitar is a good guitar regardless of the name on the headstock or resale value. So if you have a guitar you like, go ahead & hot rod it.
     
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    Regardless of the value of the guitar, if you love how it feels then definitely install the pickups. If not...can’t polish a turd.
     
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    When I'm buying low dollar guitars I hope that when I crack open the pickguard I find high dollar pickups that I swap in cheap pickups and sell the high dollar pickups. If just lowly factory inexpensive pickups I leave them.

    I have found that swapping pots and caps does as much or more to the tone of a guitar as swapping pickups. I have tricks for too bright, too muddy, and so on that I stopped worrying about changing pickups unless I wanted a change in type of pickup like Strat to Lipsticks or Humbucker to a P90 in a small case.

    Getting the same pots and caps that are in $5,000 guitars only costs around $30.

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  6. palmerfralick

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    I'm guilty. Currently have Lollar Special T's in my CV body. Along with an Obsidian 4 way harness (bought used) and a Baja neck. Once you start down the parts caster road all rules and bets are off. If you like it who cares! I have even thought about the $500 Fender custom wound pick ups but I must stop. maybe
     
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  7. boredguy6060

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    With those huge F holes, it’s like Ibanez is begging you to upgrade the components. If you ever gutted and upgraded a semi hollow body you hoped for F holes this big, it makes the job so much easier.
     
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    I put a set of $250 custom wound Porter Anthem humbuckers in my $870 dollar PRS SE. So obscenely good I'm planning to have two more sets made. One for my Sheraton and one for my Epi ES-335 Pro. Starting with good, inexpensive guitars and bringing the pickups up to snuff is a very fulfilling thing.
     
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  9. Shuster

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    Never heard of those, I'll have to look them up!
     
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    I have had similar results with an epi I had. it was the Special 2 model with no cap and tune-o-matic bridge, the stock pickups really made that $35 flea market find sing. I swapped in a set of 57 classic pickups I had kicking around and it just was not happy. but it was worth a try:)
     
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    Go for it, if you like the guitar and it plays well then that's worth more than a dollar value. never money wasted if its a keeper
     
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    I upgraded my MiM tele with a set of Fender 64'pure drive pickups they were around $60 for the pair on ebay and they really woke up the guitar. Huge difference
     
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    Just received the guitar I bought the TVJones pickups for. The pickups are weeks out from being delivered. IMG_20190905_182741.jpg
     
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    I split the difference. Here's my Gretsch Electromatic w/ a cheap GFS in the neck and a more expensive TV Jones in the bridge.

    Gretsch.JPG
     
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    I sold the 73 strat pickups a couple of years ago for $450. They were in a 80's squire strat. Those Squire years were best and with these pickups, if I told you ,custom shop, you would believe.
     
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    Fender Squier Strat Pack, $89.00, Johnson Chinese factory, same size as US Strat. Swapped the stock pickups, with Fender CS Texas Specials and found them to be a good match. This was a father and son project and my son learned to solder.

    2008 Fender Road Worn 60s Strat, changed out the pick guard for a Fender CS Fat 50s loaded pickguard. The guitar is fun to play and has that Fender chime and handles gain very well.

    My experiences, have been positive.

    YMMV
     
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  17. Blue Bill

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    Dude, what are you waiting for? Slap the Fralins in and see how it sounds. You have nothing to lose. I replaced the pups in an $80 dollar pawn shop Squier Strat with a Fender set, it sounds glorious.
     
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    Thanks! I learned a lot from that guitar. That guitar became my #1 for a year. I put a Warmoth neck on it later. I’ve since built one from a cheapo GFS body that is currently the best sounding guitar I have ever held in my hands in my 43 years of guitar playing. I can’t put it down.
     
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    I loaded a pair of extra old Fender CS Texas Specials I had put away, into my Squier CV 60's Tele. I already loved the way the CV played and didn't mind the sound. I just needed this guitar to be my backup for my Fender Tele American Standard that I had loaded with CS Texas Specials over 20 years ago. Oh, yeah....the Texas Specials brought my CV exactly to where I had hoped they would. I'm actually playing the CV more than I do the AM Std now. It was a great swap. I wish I had done it sooner.
     
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  20. nocastermike

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    I would try it. Experiment with the cap as well.
     
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