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Your favorite pickup type?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Binx, Aug 27, 2020.

Preferred Pickup

  1. Humbuckers

    26 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. Tele Singles

    53 vote(s)
    31.4%
  3. Strat singles

    12 vote(s)
    7.1%
  4. P90s

    33 vote(s)
    19.5%
  5. Mini humbuckers

    8 vote(s)
    4.7%
  6. Filtertrons

    7 vote(s)
    4.1%
  7. As Long as it Makes Noise I Don't Care

    11 vote(s)
    6.5%
  8. Something Else

    19 vote(s)
    11.2%
  1. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Well...this is how I think about that.
    ....if B.B.King played a Hondo....we’d all still know...
    “Hey that’s B.B.”
    and then....if B.B. handed the Hondo to Merle Travis
    we’d all say...”Hey that’s Merle, that’s the Ebenezer Kentucky sound.”
    and then if Merle handed the Hondo to Snooks Eaglin
    we’d all say “Hey that’s Snooks, that’s NOLA.”

    The best pickup is a working pickup.:D:D
     
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  2. Chuckboy

    Chuckboy Tele-Meister

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    Fave: P90's (Zhangbucker / David Plummer)
    Fave Humbuckers: Throbak KZ-115, Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers, Lindy Fralin, Jason Lollar
     
  3. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Afflicted

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    I gave my vote to P-90S because I am in that phase again. Of course, it really depends on what I need to hear in a given setting but P-90S usually get me there.
     
  4. Frankentronics

    Frankentronics TDPRI Member

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    I can't say that I have a favorite p'up type as it really depends on what kind of guitar they go on.

    However, I do have some p'ups in mind that I absolutely can't stand.

    At the top of the list are chrome plated dog ears, especially when they put them on an ES-335
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  5. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    +1.....^^^^^
     
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  6. Spooky88

    Spooky88 TDPRI Member

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    I recognize this as a post asking for type but for me it's about brand. I'm a homer for EMGs. Add a presence control on your tele set and you've got a humbucker sound from your single coils. It's pretty sweet. So active single coils it is.
     
  7. Prince1999

    Prince1999 Tele-Meister

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    I think Keith Urban, or Brad Paisley, or John Mayer or Stevie Ray Vaughn could make any pickup sound good. It's in the fingers, hands, touch, and mind, of the player and their learned techniques. I just know when I like the sound and tone when they play live. I'm there to hear them play live, seeing them is secondary.
     
  8. ChickenKiller

    ChickenKiller Tele-Holic

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    You an “Okie?”
     
  9. bbetancourt

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    Favourite PUs...
    tricky question if you ask for an absolute answer.

    Had a pair of Kinman 48 in my Tele when we were giggin regulary. Somewhat lifeless and nothing to write home about when used in series (4-way switch) but reasonable good sounding overall and zero hum in any configuration anwhere and anytime, which was my preference over the last 10% sound quality at that time.
    Now I use SD Quarterpounders in the same guitar. Buzzing like hell but a tone to die for. Crazy fat (P90-ish) at the bridge and nice and warm at the neck. Position 4 gives a nice boost (but hum will rattle the floorboards loose).
     
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  10. charlymusic

    charlymusic TDPRI Member

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    Different pickups for different styles of music IMO. I love them all, but my favourite is the Charlie Christion (made by Lollar) in the neck position. It's rich and full when played clean and works also well with (moderate) amp distortion. Between a P-90 and a PAF.
     

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  11. Jammin'John

    Jammin'John Friend of Leo's

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    P90's and Filtertrons. Strat shapes with Tele electronics !


    JJ
     
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  12. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    My P90 guitar is playing 90% of the tunes these days and attracts all the ‘great tone’ comments... so that’s how it is.

    Humbuckers are either clangy or wooly and strat/tele pickups run out of steam cranked.
     
  13. Lockback

    Lockback Tele-Meister

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    I voted for humbuckers but, frankly, it's totally situational.
    It depends on the song and the guitar and on the amp.
    My single favorite pickup is a Tele bridge, but I wouldn't want to use it on every kind of song. Yeah, you can fiddle with tone and zap it through a pedal or five, but I like it for country and pop stuff. Humbuckers for driving rock are hard to beat.
    I like all of them, actually, although I don't have one equipped with P90s yet. But to me it does depend on the song and the other accoutrement.
     
  14. thestratophile

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    Just put Cavalier Nocaster Holy Grail/Lion in my Tele/Broad/Nocaster project thang and ... oh my ... new fav PUs. Love AY 69s in one of my strats and burstbuckers in my Les Paul ... they're all gorgeous in their own right hard to choose really but playin new Cavs right now so current favourite I guess ... blimey, I'm such a tart!
     
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  15. thankyouguitar

    thankyouguitar Tele-Meister

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    Hot Rails type humbucker in a single coil amount of space. Got them in 4 of my electrics. FIRE! XD
     
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  16. NoTeleBob

    NoTeleBob Tele-Holic

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    Or the vise-versa of that coin... "Give me any guitars you want. In five minutes I'll make 'em all sound the same" -- Keef Richards

    To be fair, he clearly meant "I'll make them all sound like Keef.".

    I like mini-humbuckers - They do most of what a full size humi does with no muddy or excessive low-end, which is to say they are bright. Still working on making them sound like single coils... I know it can be done, just haven't figured out how :)
     
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  17. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    One P90 on a fat neck LP Jr (or clone) is the best solid body design ever imo.

    Filtertrons are nice too.
     
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  18. dogrocketp

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    Let me throw in a monkey wrench. For single coils, it’s the PRS 509 pickups in my DC3. They have the right amount of everything. For humbuckers, it’s 57/08 PRS pickups. And no, I’m not a cork sniffer.
     
  19. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Afflicted

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    Dearmond Dynasonics. The original ones.
     
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  20. Doctor Fauxcaster

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    Filter-trons with a coil tap or a 5 way strat switch- some very cool tones. I have both.
     
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