Pickup Wizard vs Don Mare

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  1. WJKIM

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    Hi, I've just ordered a Broadcaster set from "Pickup Wizard". I wonder how the Broadcaster pickups differ from PW and Don Mare. Are there any other boutique Broadcaster pups that sound extraordinary?

    And what's the difference between the early Broadcaster pups vs Tele pups? Tonally...
     
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  2. screamin eagle

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    Never heard of pickup wizard (and kind of a strange name), but Don Mare makes extraordinary pickups. His knowledge and experience with Fender pickups is right up there too.
     
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  3. WJKIM

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    you don't know about pickup wizard? I hear really really good reviews of theirs. Go on YouTube and listen.
     
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    I don’t know PW either but I do have Don Mare Hayrides for my Tele and White-0-Tones for my Strat. I can say that I love both sets and that Don is a pleasure to work with.
     
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    Got a set of Jazzmaster pickups from the Wiz a few years ago - excellent quality!
     
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    I've got a 1965-68 CBS Style Tele bridge pup from the Wiz and a set of Don Mare pups (Big Box neck +Hot BakeLites bridge). Those are 3 fantastic pups and you can't go wrong with either builder. The hardest part will be to choose the right pickup for your needs !

    I first thought that the wiz was lacking bass response but combined with a Lollar Regal it is just a perfect match for my '72 Tele Custom Partcaster !
     
  8. jwp333

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    Not knocking the Pickup Wizard, but the replacement pickup world has "name" builders and Mare is one of them, along with Duncan, Dimarzio, Lollar, Lawrence, Fralin, and more. They are all good, and maybe the Pickup Wizard is just as good as them, but I don't think he has the reputation of Don Mare and that may matter or may not matter in the decision, depends on the buyer.
     
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    It is hard for me to imagine a modern day pickup that sounds more like a Vintage pickup than one made by Don Mare

    Having said that, I haven't tried them all, and will certainly agree with "user error" as being a reason why I couldn't get a better sound out of a different pickup than Mare...

    I'll say this: you can really change tone by changing out speakers, strings, picks, amps, tubes in amps and especially players. All of that can sometimes lead to pickups being blamed for something else that is "off" in the signal chain. Heck, even the pickup settings themselves can cause drastic changes for better or worse depending on how they are set.

    What Don's pickups have, similar to Vintage pickups, is tremendous versatility.... A lot of pickups made today have one particular tone in general. It is what it is...Mare pickups have tons of variety within each pickup, and can sound dead on like a Vintage pickup if using the right amp, strings, pick attack etc

    Just my two cents
     
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    That summed it up pretty well. Dons’s pickups are really at the finish line. Not that others’ aren’t, but Don’s aren’t an approximation of a specific tone. They are THEE tone.
     
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    How were the PW broadcaster set?
     
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    I've had a Tapped hot broadcaster from Pickup Wizard and a Don Mare 0038. Both were exceptional bridge pickups.
     
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