What’s everyone current favorite pickups?

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  1. mr natural

    mr natural Friend of Leo's

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    Lollar blackface set in my parts Strat.
     
  2. paulblackford

    paulblackford Tele-Afflicted

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    My favorite setup is the Fender '62 Reissue bridge pickup, and a Bootstrap '54 Sparkle Strat pickup in the neck. Best I've had. I'll never swap these out.
     
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  4. naneek

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    I have an old 59 blues f-spaced humbucker in the neck of my pinecaster. I love it.
    I'm about to put a seymour duncan antiquity fender champion lap steel pickup in the bridge position for some classic bright lap steel / tele tones.

    (edit- I think 59 "blues" just means it came from a matched set of 59s. made in the early 90s but that probably makes no difference.)
     
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  5. David Barnett

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    I'm still in love with the Fred Stuart Black Guard pickup in my Esquire.
     
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    I see positive mention of Pure Vintage 64, is that the exact set that comes in the Fender American Original 60 Strat?
     
  7. Ronzo

    Ronzo Tele-Afflicted

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    • Bootstrap Palo Duros (in my Affinity BSB and my Sparkle Red Bullet)
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    • Fender CS ‘69, full set (In my white MIM)
    • Fender CS ‘69 neck + CS Fat ‘50s middle and bridge (in my black MIM)
    • Donlis A5 full HSS set (in my Squier sunburst)
    • Bootstrap ‘54 Vintage neck and middle + Vintage Clean humbucker (destined for my Aztec Gold/tort Bullet)
     
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    Not sure if I like the Fat Lion/Bakersfield Lion and SRV Tiger neck combo or the Nashville Lion, SRV Tiger middle and Lion King neck combo better?

    Both sound incredible. The FL/BL SRV Tiger in the middle position is wonderful.

    A lot of good choices out there in this day and age no matter what you choose.
     
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  9. Festofish

    Festofish Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Stock pups in my CV Jazzmaster and Vintera RW Tele Deluxe. Those are my dynamic duo. If I could only choose two of my collection…it’d be them.
     
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    I don't have a favorite winder. My various guitars have different combinations of Duncans, Lollars, Cavaliers, and original Gibson pickups. All are good, and so are many other brands.
     
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  12. El Tele Lobo

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    For jazz: Creamery Charlie Christian in my reverse-Esquire jazz tele.

    For sets: I have a set of Custom AlNiCo 3 Bootstraps: 7.4k bridge, 9k neck. Awesome.

    Also have a 9.5k A3 Bootstrap bridge paired with a Cavalier Fat Lion (A5). Really like those also. Both sets do country, blues and jazz very well and offer a lot of tonal options with a 4-way switch and active use of the volume and tone controls. Of course, I loved them before I got my hearing aids. Now I hear way to many overtones and highs...which I think is more of an issue with the hearing aids than the pickups or amp (5F1 with a 12" speaker). The hearing aids don't bug me as much with the Charlie, but generally, I take them out when I'm playing and I'm much happier.

    Love Bootstrap and Cavalier. Played several great pickups from both over the years. I had to order the Charlie from England but Jaime was fantastic to work with too. Reasonable prices all the way around too.
     
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  13. howardlo

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    I’m very happy with both the older Fender Original Vintage pickups (the ones that came in the brown box) that I have in one Tele and the newer Fender Original Tele pickups I have in another. They do sound a bit different (could just be the different guitars but both are alder) but both sound very good.

    My Thinline has the Fender Pure Vintage ‘64’s. OK, but don’t like them as well as the other two. I only play clean and am not really a fan of A5 pickups.
     
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    Vegetable Man Tele-Meister

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    Lollar Vintage T
     
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    Klein 52 tele set (with a nickel silver cover on the neck pickup).

    Sounds great, no plans to change anything (except maybe trying a firebird pickup in the neck).
     
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    I have no idea. Maybe folks here could tell me. I have a stock 2013 Fender Japan ‘52RI. I love this guitar as is.
     
  17. Willy-son

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    AV64 bridge, Seymour Duncan Set Lover neck. Magic in every position.
     
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    Dimarzio Twang King in bridge and neck of my 77 Tele. Bootstrap Extra Crispy in my Esquire build. Very happy with both. Are they my favorite? So far. For both guitars I don't feel the need to look for anything else.
     
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    Novak tele fat bridge
     
  20. Happy Enchilada

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    My Number One (old name - now tied for first place) is an MIM Player equipped with the SD "Hot Tele" set - 2 single coils - and I love the way it goes from mellow to head cuttin'.

    Linda Lou (who is rapidly eating Number One's lunch) has Bootstraps: Mean P90 neck and Pretzel bridge. P90 goes from pussycat to tiger when provoked, and bridge Pretzel is like (cliche alert) a Tele bridge pickup on steroids when I turn it up. Great combination.

    Bootstraps cost a fraction of price of SDs, and I like 'em just as well if not better. In fact, their P90 I like better than a SD Phat Cat I had in the neck of another Tele. So all in all, I vote BOOTSTRAP.

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    P.S. - Quilter is still here, Blues Cube Stage is currently on consignment at a local shop.
    Like the Roland, but I had to pick one, and the Quilter weighs about half what the Roland does.
     
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