#1
I have an Ibanez SA 160 (HSS pick-up configuration) and I'm wanting to swap them out for better pickups. I like classic rock and blues tunes. What do you all recommend? I've heard good things about the Lollar Imperial Humbuckers...


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#2
Lollar makes great pickups. Almost can't go wrong with them.

I'd also recommend looking at Lace, Rio Grande, or Bareknuckle. Maybe custom makers like The Creamery or Vintage Vibe.

The question is, quality aside, what is your budget? All those makers kick ass, but they're pricey, and you might find that less expensive pickups might be good enough.
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#3
What kinda pedals? What kind of amp? And is there something you don't like about your pickups now?
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#4
Firstly, what amp/speakers are you playing through? They will make a lot more of a difference on your overall tone than pickups will.

For a good blues/classic rock sound, stick to a lower-medium output humbucker in the bridge. Maybe a Seymour Duncan '59 or Pearly Gates? I'm less knowledgeable on aftermarket single coils, since I mainly play humbucker-only guitars (And the stock single coils on nicer Fenders always sound good enough to me...), but someone else will be happy to chime in there, I'm sure!
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#6
As far as the single coil, check out the Seymour Duncan Cool Rail. I'm actually thinking about getting one for my Jackson Dinky for when I want to get that creamy, bluesy tone.
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As far as the single coil, check out the Seymour Duncan Cool Rail. I'm actually thinking about getting one for my Jackson Dinky for when I want to get that creamy, bluesy tone.


The Cool Rail is more of an open sounding pickup, very clean and clear. For 'creamy' and 'bluesy', the Little 59 is a better choice.
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#8
lollar has a good rep, but i haven't tried any

you want to decide if you want the single coils to match the output of the full humbucker, or the output of the split humbucker. once you decide that it makes things a lot easier.
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you want to decide if you want the single coils to match the output of the full humbucker, or the output of the split humbucker. once you decide that it makes things a lot easier.

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