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  1. Jace Nuzback

    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    What kind of guitar pickups are you guys in to?
    I've been playing for 35 years and have spent quite a bit of time and money
    trying different things over the years. For about the last 10 years I've settled
    on dual humbucker guitars. Currently I'm using:
    Motor City Pickups
    2nd Degree Blackbelts
    http://www.motorcitypickups.com/products/2Dblackbelt.php
    Detroiters
    http://www.motorcitypickups.com/products/detroiter.php

    3rd Power
    Mag Frag '77.
    This has been renamed Praxis+ Buckers now.
    http://3rdpower.com/product/magfrag-praxisplus-bucker/
     
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    On the subject of noiseless single-coils, i've tried a few due to some on-stage EMF interference and settled for lace-sensors.
    Even tried the "holy grail" model which were supposed to be "the dogs". Still prefer the sound of a regular PU as there is some compromise.
    Here's a little video for neck single coils i done (before i got the holy grails= models)
     
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    Vicenzajay Active Member

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    From a "Strat" perspective, I'm (personally) sold on Rocketfire pickups....Nick does fantastic work. They are not, however, noiseless in the sense that they are true single-coils for everyone of his options.

    For humbuckers, I really like Lollar and for a custom wound solution - Manlius.
     
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    Dagwin Well-Known Member

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    I recently replaced the stock pickups in a Vintage V100 les paul with the EMG HET SET. Quite nice and a good match for that guitar :)

    The guitar I play most is an Ibanez FR6UC which has bare knuckle aftermaths.
    Been craving to replace them with a bare knuckle warpig set but these are so damn expensive!
    To me, they seem the ultimate metal pickups (or at least I hope...).
     
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    I’m a Les Paul guy and I have a few PRS guitars as well.

    I generally play vintage hot PAF type humbuckers like Florance Voodoo 59s, WCR Goodwoods and Wolfetone Marshallheads. However, a couple of years ago I put BKP Nailbombs in one of my LPs. I wouldn’t want to use it for everything but it definitely makes certain jobs A LOT easier. At Friday’s gig, I used my ‘57 reissue with stock Burstbuckers for the 1st set and the ‘58 RI w/Nailbombs for the 2nd set (more dropped tunings).
     
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    I had a new build done from Retro Guitars. Chris put in his SoCal 79, all hand wound reads about 10.5. I love it, it's clear and articulate. I won't go back to my jbs or tone zones
     
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    Came back from pickup changing craze couple years ago when I noticed that I don't hear much differences between pickup brands when playing live, especially when using high gain sounds. Yeah, call me deaf if you want:)

    Since I have been using:
    Warmoth tele build - DiMarzio Area T's
    Fender partcaster strat - Suhr Thornbucker bridge and Suhr V70 middle and neck
    PRS McCarty SC 594 - stock 85/15 LT's
    PRS Standard 22 - stock Dragon II's
    Kramer American Standard I - Seymour Duncan Custom Custom
     
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    Been an EMG man since the early 90's, was using the 81/85 although I like the warmth of the 85 better than the 81, then went to the 81x/85x as they were not quite as compressed sounding and little more organic/raw. Then went to the 57/66 combo and fell in love. These are the best for PAF sounding and yet have enough gain/headroom to sound great on high gain as well. So have loaded my PRS Custom 24, my Les Paul Axcess with them and my LTD EC1001 came loaded with them already, with the new single coil tap on both front and back pups. My favorite pups... I also like the JB for the bridge but that was before EMG
     
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    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    Interesting. I was an EMG guy in the early 90's. Then I switched to Tom Anderson pickups for a LONG time.
    I tried a set of EMGs again about 10 years ago and while the feel and tone was familiar my tastes had changed
    and they weren't for me anymore. I've tried about every Seymour Duncan humbucker, a handful of Suhr's,
    Gibsons, Bare Knuckle, Railhammer, Lace Alumitones, Fishman Fluence Classics, Lollar Imprerials, and
    probably some others I don't remember! Since arriving at Motor City and 3rd Power I've been really happy!
    High quality pots, jacks and a proper treble bleed are necessary as well. I also don't use a tone knob.
    Volume only with a 250K pot which I find tames the treble in a nice way.
    All of my guitars are Basswood which I find to be a pretty neutral tone wood.
     
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    Slartibartfarst42 Senior Member

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    I've had LOTS of pickups over the years but never active pickups as they just don't seem to have the depth of tone you get from passives. They always feel like listening to a CD whereas passives feel more like listening to vinyl if that makes sense to anyone but me. If I had to go with actives, it would be the 57/66 set without a doubt.

    I've tried a few Seymour Duncan pickups but they've never really impressed me at all. The JB sounded fantastic in an alder guitar, distinctly average in a mahogany guitar and awful in a maple neckthru.

    DiMarzio were far better than Seymour Duncan in my experience. The Super Distortion and PAF Pro were both superb and for singlecoils I liked the Area pickups a lot.

    For a long time I used nothing but Bare Knuckles and I found the Crawlers, Holydivers, Miracle Man and Cold Sweats all superb. I didn't like the Nailbombs. I eventually left Bare Knuckle because I found something that was both better and cheaper.

    When I discovered Jaime at The Creamery in Manchester, my life changed as far as pickups are concerned. I simply won't use anything else now. From his stock designs, I've used a Classic '83 and a Double Six as bridge pickups and they're unbeatable. The Classic '83 is similar to the Bare Knuckle Holydiver in terms of the target tone but having tried both, the Holydiver doesn't come even close to as good as the Classic '83. I'd guess the Double Six is similar to the Juggernauts from Bare Knuckle but I can't imagine the Juggernauts being any better and they cost a lot more money than the Double Six pickups. In terms of neck pickups, I've used the Creamery '59 in a few different guitars and also a Creamery '87 for the Slash neck tone. The Creamery '87 is probably the best neck pickup I've ever used. The great thing about Jaime is that he only ever makes things to order so he'll build you whatever you want at no extra cost. Last year I asked him to make me an alnico 4 bridge pickup wound with 43AWG wire to a DC resistance of about 14K and it is exactly what I wanted. Despite only being alnico 4, it takes loads of gain while staying articulate and has a beautifully warm and rich tone. If you've never tried pickups from The Creamery before, I strongly urge you to check them out because they really are that good and you can buy a set for only a fraction more than one Bare Knuckle will cost you.
     
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    I use Fralin pickups in my guitars. Blues Specials in my Strat, Vintage Hots and an Unbucker in my Carvin and Pure PAF in my Washburn HB35. I love the tone and response they provide. All of mine are custom wound based on discussions with Lindy.
     
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