Which pickups stood the test of time?

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  1. Adelbatross

    Adelbatross Tele-Meister

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    I really like Seymour Duncan for humbuckers, and Lollar for single coils. Favourites include: SD custom, Seth lover, JB, or Lollar Vintage Ts. I'd say Lollar makes the best Jazzmaster and P90s out there.
     
  2. Guitarteach

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    My best upgraded HB combo is a SD Jazz neck with an SD JB bridge that I put in a set neck over 25 years ago. They will not be getting replaced. Massively better than the originals and they seem to have opened up even more over the years too and sound more vintage now.

    A Bare Knuckle Holydiver bridge is in an Ibanez metal oriented S series guitar and is another pickup that I think is as good as it could be for an upgrade. The original ceramics were dark and lifeless in comparison.

    For stock pickups, Fender CS Fat 50's in a strat and the Broadcaster bridge in my Baja are all keepers. Spot on the sound that was in my head.

    I've got a few vintage guitars and of those the metal covered, dog ear P90s in an all original '64 Casino are the absolute standout pickups.

    Of the ones I have loved and lost, a '70's Bill Lawrence dual blade humbucker would be top of the heap. It was incredible.
     
  3. Ian

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    The Joe Barden "Gatton model/set" Telecaster pickups.
     
  4. tonejam

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    Dimarzio Airzone.
    Big fat PAF-ish tones, and when you split it, well, best single coil sound you're gonna get from a split pickup.
     
  5. swany

    swany Tele-Meister

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    pickups, never an issue

    I have Fred Stuart's blackguards, and though I've changed speakers, tubes, etc. through the years, the blackguards always sound great. No matter what type of music, they're always right.
    They get that upper midrange chime when you want it, or that chunky Rolling Stones sound when your playing that style.
    It's nice that pickups, (which can be a never ending search by so many), is never even on my mind, I love them.
     
  6. Georox

    Georox Friend of Leo's

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    Well that narrows it down:)
     
  7. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I don't think there's any such thing as 'standing the test of time' when it comes to instruments and musicians. Look at the P90. Ten years ago you seldom saw them, these days they're everywhere again. We're such a fad-driven bunch, trying to figure out what's hot and why is futile.
     
  8. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    I've had a Lollar El Rayo bucker in the neck of my Tele for close to five years now. Bright and spanky and beefy all at the same time. Very Strat-like but with more heft. The split coil is incredible - beautiful acoustic, airy type tones. I like this pickup so much I've been contemplating a custom build - a reverse Esquire with just that pup in the neck.
     
  9. Tony Done

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    I think in terms of pickups and amps as complementary pairs. Both my amps are bright and I use them clean-only and I only play slide on electrics. The pickups I've had and liked a long time are Gibson P100s :)mrgreen:) and SD Jazz. I also like the 1/4" iron slug/hot ceramic pickups in my very cheap Peavey. If I could only keep one guitar that would be it, for a few reasons, including the pickups.
     
  10. John Owen

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    At the risk of stating the obvious, I would say that original Fender tele pickups from the early 50's have stood the test of time. A whole lot of folks have spent a whole lot of time and money trying to re-create those for those of us who aren't lucky enough to lay our hands on the originals. Along those lines, I'll sign up as yet another Done Mare endorser. I have a set of his Hot Bakelites in one of my guitars and it's about as close to 'the real thing' as I have every experienced. I also have one of Don's Hayride bridge pickups in another guitar. That one makes me smile every time I fire it up too.
     
  11. WaylonFan76

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    For me it's the Seymour Duncan Antiquity bridge pickup.
     
  12. Bernie

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    The Duncan JB is a great hummer, as is the Seth Lover.

    For a Strat, I've had the same set of WL wound Van Zandt True Vintages for 20+ years. Bought and sold a bunch of Strats, always pulled them before I sold and put the same set of pickups in the next one. I haven't heard a better sounding Strat pickup than those VZs.

    For the Tele I've had a GVCG/Lollar staggered A3 set for 8 years. Really great sounding pickup, to me.

    For Gibsons the stock P90s sound fine to me, but I have been tempted by the clips of the Lollars I've heard.
     
  13. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Me too for Don Mare. Green Onions set in one, lone Hayride in another. I know that smile you mean. I've quit building guitars, have enough of them, but if I build a strat-type someday I'll hit him up again.
     
  14. brookdalebill

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    For the last ten years, the combination of TV Jones Superton (n) and Classic+ (br) has been my favorite.
     
  15. Coop47

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    I haven't tried as many as some people here, but I don't think I'll ever get tired of Don Mare Donocasters. They're simply how I want my Tele to sound. Actually even a little better than that.
     
  16. TheletterJ

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    I'm sure it's not the most popular opinion among purists, but I'm a bona fide Lace Sensor fanatic. I've been through a few varieties in my Strat and have settled on Blue - Gold - Silver (Bridge - Mid - Neck). This is the perfect compliment of tones for me. I like that they are powerful and sustain well but maintain that single coil clarity and Strat like qualities.

    I've got Twisted Teles in my Tele and I have thought about getting some Tele Lace Sensors to pop in there. I'm one of those guys who likes my guitars to sound the same but look different.
     
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    The only pickups I've ever tried were the latter-day Barden pickups and I wasn't all that thrilled with them. They didn't seem to have the same type of tone that Danny Gatton's original Barden pickups had (and, yes, I'm one that liked Gatton's "ice-pick" tone. I thought that the latter-day Barden's would give me that same thing but, they didn't. Maybe these originals that I've got will.
     
  18. sir humphrey

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    The ones I've kept are my Bare Knuckle Apaches, Seymour Duncan SSL-1 and APS 2 and Tonerider Pure Vintage.

    Many others have been and gone but these do it for me. The Bare Knuckles are in my main guitar, the Toneriders are in a spare but are really, really good value for money.
     
  19. barker

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    The Fender CS69's that come stock in the classic player strats are all I ever need for that classic strat sound.

    I don't have any other brand of guitars so I'm partial to single coil fender pickups ☺️
     
  20. Whoa Tele

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    Budz 542/Tall set for me
     
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