#1
Hi,

So I've had this guitar most of my life, can't decide on standard pick ups or going for a bit of fun with Lipsticks. I heard they're jangley? Will this limit the versatility of the instrument?

Also how important are the quality of the pots? Standard ones should suffice correct?

Thanks!
#3
They can be jangly, but they still have a bit of range to them. One of my favorite guitars from Godin right now is the Richmond Belmont, which is a HSS: the HB is a SD '59, the singlecoils are both SD lipsticks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAI0JUbO6Uo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KTWx-X30ok

FWIW, Tesla makes some nice lipstick pickups. And if you want something that may be a bit more flexible, consider Lace Alumitones.
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#4
I bought a Johnson strat knockoff as a place to put a set of GFS lipsticks. They're pretty reasonably-priced and frankly, they sound d**mned nice to my ears. If I could only afford one guitar, I'm not sure that I would go this route (unless all I played was surf music), but it's a lot of fun to get this one down from the wall for a different, slightly off-the-beaten-path sound.
#5
Thanks everyone for your input, looks like I'm going to go for some then but I haven't got a massive budget, I was looking at these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141080283072?var=440184121809&ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

I haven't read anything bad about them yet, going from stock squier it should still be a massive difference right?

Thanks again, I didn't expect such a good response.
#6
Stock pickups aren't necessarily bad. I don't know that pickup brand, so I can't weigh in on their quality.
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#7
Quote by blindcat
Thanks everyone for your input, looks like I'm going to go for some then but I haven't got a massive budget, I was looking at these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141080283072?var=440184121809&ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

I haven't read anything bad about them yet, going from stock squier it should still be a massive difference right?

Thanks again, I didn't expect such a good response.


depends on how you wanna define "massive" . different perhaps but not necessarily that much better.
#8
Quote by monwobobbo
depends on how you wanna define "massive" . different perhaps but not necessarily that much better.


agreed. especially if you're just replacing one set of cheap Chinese pickups with another set of cheap Chinese pickups.

I would recommend at least stepping up to some alnico magnets, such as:
http://www.eyguitarmusic.com/Lipstick-pickupvitage-size90mm-screws-mounting-hole-distanceChromeMagnetAlnico_p_1300.html

or

http://www.guitarfetish.com/GFS-Pro-Tube-Lipstick-Fits-Strat-CHROME-_c_188.html
Last edited by peskypesky at Feb 22, 2014,
#9
Quote by peskypesky
agreed. especially if you're just replacing one set of cheap Chinese pickups with another set of cheap Chinese pickups.

I would recommend at least stepping up to some alnico magnets, such as:
http://www.eyguitarmusic.com/Lipstick-pickupvitage-size90mm-screws-mounting-hole-distanceChromeMagnetAlnico_p_1300.html

or

http://www.guitarfetish.com/GFS-Pro-Tube-Lipstick-Fits-Strat-CHROME-_c_188.html


good advice. dirt cheap ceramic pups aren't the way to go if you want a "massive" improvement. probably not even if you want a slight improvement.
#11
Shall I just get regular secondhand MIM pick ups then for the price or hold out for more expensive Lipsticks?
#12
Quote by blindcat
Shall I just get regular secondhand MIM pick ups then for the price or hold out for more expensive Lipsticks?


Kind of hard to answer. Good-quality single-coils and good-quality lipsticks both sound good, but they're pretty different tones. It all depends on what you're looking for.
#13
I'm still not quite sure about that myself, I'm pretty amateur. I do like the idea of creating something more quirky and unique though.
#14
Quote by blindcat
I'm still not quite sure about that myself, I'm pretty amateur. I do like the idea of creating something more quirky and unique though.


I'm all for being unique but I think before investing money you need to have a clearer picture of what you are trying to accomplish. just changing pickups willy nilly won't help and may lead to results you didn't want and the result of an empty wallet. I undersrtand that as a new player that may be a tall order but give it some thought and then ask us the best way to go about doing it. great thing about these boards and I really wish I had this when I started to play back in the stone age (ok late 70s)
#15
Ok fair enough, thanks everyone for the help, I'm gradually collecting the bits I need and I will leave the picks ups last since it's most important ingredient to the mix
#16
If you want to put the cash towards it, the Antiquity Lipstick from Seymour Duncan is fantastic. I had that in the neck of my Nashville Tele. Great attack.
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#17
Is there anything a bit cheaper you would recommend but similar, I'm from the UK and they are £55 each here.