#1
I've been looking for an upgrade for my Mexican Strat stock pickups... Like the way my Strat sound but for the music I'm playing, I feel that I could get better using other pickups

I was considering Fender CS 69 pickups paired with an SSL-5 bridge pickup (Gilmour influenced here).

What are you guys thoughts and opinions and what are your favourite Single Coil Pickups for Strats
Fender Standard Stratocaster MIM 2011 with David Gilmour Neck Pickup Switch Mod

Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro 2015 with Peter Green Mod

1999 Japanese Epiphone Les Paul Standard LP-80 with Peter Green Mod
#2
well it really depends on what you want. for starters giving us an idea of what music you are looking to cover would help. with Gilmour it depends on what era you are referring to as he has gone through a few pickups. stock pups in MIMs are ceramic which tend to be a little hotter than older strat pickups. if you are looking for the vintage strat chime than alnico pickups are what you want. there are tons of them though so a better idea of what you are after would help. 
#3
I like the stock Fat 50's my AmSt came with. Lots out there these days to choose from depending on goals. Gilmour's CS-Strat has SSL-5 bridge, Custom wound middle and a Fat 50's neck. The SSL-5 is a good beefed up bridge pup (imo). Duncans SSL-1's are a nice all around vintage vibed set, guys Frusciante use them. I guess it's all up to how far away you want to get from the classic alnico strat tone.
#4
Quote by noobyXD
Like the way my Strat sound but for the music I'm playing, I feel that I could get better using other pickups


Changing pickups won't make you better.
When you get to the point where you make crappy pickups sound *good*, it's a different story.
#5
dspellman The pickups have serve me very well for the past few years I owned them. But the sound I'm going for; something more chimer and a warmer sound, would fit better changing pickups. Come on... Who doesn't know changing pickup won't make you a better player LOL.

monwobobbo For my strat I'm aiming for the On An Island tour -esk sound... Really love the fatness just oozing out from the strat. The stock pups sounds good for strat but if i'm aiming for the fatness sound, it makes more sense to change the stock pickups.
Fender Standard Stratocaster MIM 2011 with David Gilmour Neck Pickup Switch Mod

Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro 2015 with Peter Green Mod

1999 Japanese Epiphone Les Paul Standard LP-80 with Peter Green Mod
#7
I have to ask - through what amp?
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Fender MIM Strat

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Laney IronHeart IRT-Studio
Peavey Vypyr 30
Peavey ReValver Amp Sims
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#8
Quote by monwobobbo
noobyXDnot a clue what you are talking about. Would that be a 3 hour tour?


I'm thinking this:
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#9
look into this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/fender-pre-amp-mid-boost-kit-25-db

i decided to try it on my strat before i swapped pickups, and i am glad i did. really woke it up, and gave me a ton of options. overall simple install, and $60 is cheaper than ONE pickup.

my signature has a link about it on my blog if you are interested.

if you don't get the preamp, i would FOR SURE get a TBX thingy. they are pretty cool.
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#11
monwobobbo something like these [url="(Invalid video video code)]
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For Echoes it'll be the 1st solo after the verses and the ending jam


trashedlostfdup The 'Eric Clapton' mid boost thing. From what I've heard, if i don't get noiseless pickup for those, it could get quite noisy especially if you drive it.

metalmingee Orange Crush 20 though I'm looking to upgrade to a Bassbreaker 15
Fender Standard Stratocaster MIM 2011 with David Gilmour Neck Pickup Switch Mod

Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro 2015 with Peter Green Mod

1999 Japanese Epiphone Les Paul Standard LP-80 with Peter Green Mod
#12
I have a Strat with a set of Andersen M-Series pickups. It has a bit more of a midrange quality, and can definitely do the Gilmour sound. However reviled due to their noiselessness, though, I find the Fishman Fluence pickups in one of my other Strats can span the widest variety of tones. They have a treble boost option that I wired to a switch, instead of choosing permanently one way or the other. Very nice and versatile pickups.
Various Strats
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Fessenden SD-10 pedal steel
Koch Studiotone XL
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1958 National lap steel
Eastman El Rey 1
#13
Vulcan

Nice to hear about someone's personal,experiences with the Fluence pickups. More to tell?
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#14
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Vulcan

Nice to hear about someone's personal,experiences with the Fluence pickups.  More to tell?  

Well, not much to say except I really like them. I have tried Kinman and Lace, and neither nailed the Hendrix clean tone and various others quite like the Fishmans.
Various Strats
PRS SC245 (2007)
Fessenden SD-10 pedal steel
Koch Studiotone XL
Mesa Boogie Express 5:25+
1958 National lap steel
Eastman El Rey 1
#15
Vulcan Would like to try out those pickups but sadly in the country I lived, the guitar stores here mostly stock Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, Fender and Gibson. To a certain extend shur, EMGs and Bareknuckle... Getting pickups online can get quite expensive so yea...
Fender Standard Stratocaster MIM 2011 with David Gilmour Neck Pickup Switch Mod

Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro 2015 with Peter Green Mod

1999 Japanese Epiphone Les Paul Standard LP-80 with Peter Green Mod
#16
Well, think of it as an investment in your tone. I've never bought pickups in a store, only online: the ones I've wanted were never available locally, and I live in a big American city.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#17
Lose the Crush and find your tone.  New PUs won't take you where you want to go but the right amp will.  The right amp will likely affect your tone 30%.  The right PUs might affect your tone 3%.  Time to refocus your search.

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