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Old 02-06-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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Smile help me pick out some new pups

I need help picking out some new pups for my early 70's Epiphone "strat looking" 2 single coils pick-up giutar ..... its overwelming looking at all the different pick ups

I read FAQ's thing on pick-ups and was thinking something like a Alnico V for the neck and a single humbucker for the bridge ....does this sound about right for giving me a variety of sound choices ?? .............

what brand and model pickup do you suggest ?? .... open to idea's , play rock , blues and country western mainly , my amps are a 15W Line 6 practice amp and a big 1960's Kustom amp (not sure what model the Kustom is buts heavy SOB)




basically wanting to upgrade the stock pups to something better , don't mind spending some money but don't want to break the bank on this guitar , it is in perfect condition , I like the feel of the neck and action , just wanting to upgrade this ole axe thats been with me 30 years (lots of sentimental value here , I have nicer guitars but will never get rid of this one)......

you guy's are the best !! Thanks in advance , Eric

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Old 02-06-2013, 01:59 AM   #2
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Personally I'm biased towards Seymour Duncan's pickups cause well...they sound great to me. I'm guessing you don't want to rout anything for this guitar (ie. cut the body/pickguard). So for the bridge I'd go with a SD Rails pickup. I have the Hot Rails in my Strat and I love it. Then for the neck pickup go for a single coil pickup that's a lower output, more vintage-y sounding. That way you can get some pretty diverse tones with those two pickups. Hope this helps!
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:21 AM   #3
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What kind of tones are you looking for?

With what you've said, I'd probably get some Lace Alumitones. The "singlecoils" and "humbuckers" vary only in shape. They sound roughly the same- very clean, and NO hum. From that basis, you shape your tone with your pedals & amp.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:25 AM   #4
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Lace are my new favourite pickups. Get some Lace, they are amazing.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:45 AM   #5
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Go for Seymour Duncan.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:51 AM   #6
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You might also want to check out Railhammer (esp. the HyperVintage) and Tesla (exp. the OPUS) pickups, as well as a brand called Vintage Vibe.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:43 PM   #7
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thanks for all the suggestions , maybe I'll use this guitar as a test bed , I order a SD little 59er and a SD Duckbucker .... hopefully it will sound better than whats in it ,if I don't like them I'll change them out
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:44 PM   #8
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The SD '59 is one of my favorites from that company.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:47 PM   #9
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on GC they recomend two duckbuckers with the 59 , I only have one duckbucker with the 59 , that should work shouldn't it ??

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:00 AM   #10
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Just make sure you get one intended for the neck pickup and one intended for the bridge (I assume the 59 is the bridge) and you should be good to go.
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