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post Jan 22 2009, 01:29 AM
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Hi everybody,

I am looking into replacing the pickups in my new american strat deluxe, I want something a bit different than what the noiseless SCN pickups offer. I like the noiseless part, I just find I need something with a bit more bite and twang to it. I'm not looking for a metal pickups, I am looking for something that gives a hot strat sound without the noise, ie the closest I can get to texas specials but staying noiseless.
I have looked online and seen a lot of offerings form seymour duncan, dimarzio, and fender, I think I'm going to steer clear from the fender ones.
The ones I am looking at right are the following:
Dimarzio area 61 and 58
Dimarzio cruiser
Dimarzio chopper

There's a couple more dimarzio's that seem great and a few seymour duncans as well, you can see why I'm having a hard time figuring this out. And don't get me started on which pickup goes on which position wink.gif
I also plan on buying a mexican tele and want to put in some new pickups as well, with the same type of sound

Does anyone have any first hand or second hand knowledge of any of these pickups, or which one's really hotrod a strat but still sound like single coils? I know these are humbuckers but apparently they are supposed to sound like single coils.
Thanks for any help
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post Jan 22 2009, 01:44 AM
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I would stay with coils if you want a coil sound...

My advice: Spend some more money and get handmade coils like a set of bareknuckle pickups. Their pickups are made by hand and sound far superior to machinemade ones like Dimarzios etc...

bareknuckle coils are wax potted by hand which makes them totally noiseless and they are versitaile like hell. Check their site, ask in their forum or write a mail to the owner Tim and tell him which sound you want, he is always helpful!
I would suggest a set IRISH TOUR SET of coils, they are the bareknuckle version of the Texas specials I guess


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post Jan 22 2009, 09:25 PM
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+1 on the bareknuckles, amazing versatility and tone, I'm gonna get them for all of my guitars at some point.

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post Jan 23 2009, 01:14 AM
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Irish Tour Set sounds like the way to go IMO as well. If you can't find that particular set, regular Fender Texas Specials or even Vintage Set will make your strat nice and twangy.

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post Jan 23 2009, 06:28 PM
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I have to agree with everyone , those Bareknuckles or Fender Texas Specials are way to go definitly..

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