Ditto. I put s set of Duncan antiquity buckers on a Firefly 335 style guitar. That $140 guitar seriously sounds like an old gibson now. Nobody believes me...
For me, it was replacing the stock '59/JB set in my Hamer with high wind Lollar Imperials. It became a totally different guitar. Great clean, slightly dirty, or overdriven. Very touch sensitive.
About twenty years or so ago, the bridge pickup on my ‘70 tele suddenly went dead. Like I was playing it, and all of a sudden no sound. It didn’t die a slow death, it just stopped. Checked wiring, all good. Checked the pickup with a meter, nothing. It was DEAD.
I had a gig that night and at the time it was my only electric guitar. I started calling around town to all the shops looking for a tele bridge pickup. Nobody had any. Wasn’t exactly a big demand around Cleveland, OH in those days for tele parts or pickups. Finally found one little mom and pop place that had an SD “Hot Stack Lead”. It was the only tele pickup available, so I ran over there to get it. I hated the way it looked, I was sure based on that that I would also hate the way it sounded, but I didn’t have a choice.
I put it in, strung ‘er up, and let ‘er rip, and never looked back. The SD Hot Stack Lead is to this day my all time favorite tele bridge pickup. And I long ago got over how they look. Every time I play a tele with a regular bridge pickup now, I wish it had one of those. I’ve tried all the noiseless varieties, single sized buckers like the little 59, and all kinds of other crazy stuff. Nothing comes close to the combination of twang and rock in the hot stack lead.
Well, I don’t dig traditional tele neck pickups, so anything but one of those. Lol. Seriously though, I like Strat neck pickups, or really clear and bright humbuckers. I think an EJ Custom or a TV Jones would be a real fun matchup.Wow, quite an endorsement! What neck pickup would you recommend with the hot stack bridge? Thanks...
I played a Strat with Fat 50s I was totally knocked out with the sound. Usually I will favor a pick up out of a group of three on a Strat, these three all sounded like they were great by themselves and played well with all the others. I believe it’s a sum of all the parts but they sounded so good as to keep that name “Fat 50s” on my radar, or whatever that saying is.Most of my Strats have been either AVRI or CS for the last 30 years. But when I picked up my 2014 American Standard, with Fat50's I was immediately surprised at how versatile those pickups are. I really don't think that they can be upgraded.