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MeatSteeple
Contributing Member

San Diego, USA

Ah, The Profundity Of It All
Jan 21st, 2004 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for this great link. I'm now convinced that the Fender 54's have the character I want, with the Holy Grails coming in a not-so-close second (which means I won't be buying them). All the others, to my ears, were not in the same class.

Great noodling, by the way.

SMark
Contributing Member

Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Jan 21st, 2004 11:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

SlyStrat...

YES!!!! What did I tell ya, huh?



TXSTRATMAN

Slovenia

JJ meets FZ
Jan 22nd, 2004 12:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

SMARK - thank you. This great work will help many of us to decide on which pickups we will place in our Strats or maybe leave it as it is. I have realized that the pickups in my Texas special Strat works for me great and will not change them. After a great live performance last weekend with my TXStrat - they are staying in there.
With next Strat - hmmm - Rio or Hot Golds, they are great sounding.

strummer2k

Dallas/TX

Jan 22nd, 2004 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Smark, forgive me if this is a stupid question, but does pickup stagger and neck radius make a difference? For instance, I have 12" radius on my Strat and I put the Delta Tones in there and I just can't seem to get the high end I used to with my old standard Fender pickups ('84 I believe). I know this is somewhat subjective (maybe alot), but with a flatter radius than Fender's standard 9.5" radius, should I stick to non-staggered pickups?


Shorelineman
Contributing Member

USA

Strats don't lie
Jan 22nd, 2004 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just one question. We're all the pups in the same guitar or different guitars? Hate to throw a monkey wrench in the experiment, but perhaps we're hearing differences in axes as well.


Shorelineman
Contributing Member

USA

Strats don't lie
Jan 22nd, 2004 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ooops. You explained the two guitar format in the first post. My bad.

ConchoBill
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Universe of Tejas

Bluz Cowboy
Jan 23rd, 2004 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am certainly glad to see that Mark has rated the Rio Tall Boys so high. It was a lucky accident for me that I bought a Tall Boy and Half Breed in 2000. (Note the Half Breed is very much like the Tall Boy, but the Tall Boy is so good it is hard to improve on). Normally, I have been the only person raving about them. It does give you some validation when THE GURU says he likes em too.

Now, as to the Tele Tall Boy, I don't like it as well.


tktmsa

USA

Ejohnson, RBlackmore, GMoore tones pleez
Jan 23rd, 2004 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmmm, the best gain tones to me are the grails, granted I find it difficult to find an single coil to sound good with the grind.

Mantic6t9

USA

Jan 28th, 2004 11:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have to vote for the Custom 54s... Those sound awesome.

2ndCity

USA

Jan 30th, 2004 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

SMark, you can make the worst pickups sound great, so it was hard for me to choose one. I like all of them.

http://www.lovepedal.com

jeffocaster1958

Great Northeast

Jeffocaster - The Stratomaster
Jan 30th, 2004 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

SMark- This is great. Thank you for doing what evidentely no one else has bothered to do. Can you sell this idea to Duncan? Fender? Fralin?

This will make lots of players happy guys....

SMark
Contributing Member

Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Feb 3rd, 2004 10:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanx folks! I have actually just looked around and noticed that I also have a boatload of speakers laying around here. So I may do this same routine but compare the tones from the various speakers instead. That could be pretty interesting too.



D.D.

Italia

Don't take me too seriously....
Feb 4th, 2004 03:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just listened to the clips and the most useful thing I can hear is the difference between "real" and "noiseless" single coils.

I find the Custom '54's the most authentic "Fender" sound (go figure!) and the Rio's the one I like best.

I think you could include some Kinman's and Bill Lawrences, if you could get your hands on them.

Found that Tallboy 'bucker yet? :-)



SMark
Contributing Member

Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Feb 4th, 2004 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

He he he... Nope. Not yet. There's a Warmoth parts guitar on eBay right now that has a pair of them, but I'm not much in the mood for buying a guitar because I want the pickups. Of course, I have done that many times before... And I just recently sold my last set of Kinmans, but I still have my BL 290/280 set sitting in the drawer. I probably should find myself an excuse to get a set of Kinman Woodstocks...

And I just had an FDP'er lend me a set of Bardens, so I will finally get a chance to weigh-in on them.

So many pickups... So little time...

stratdeluxer
Contributing Member

USA Florida

It's All About The Tone Really ;o)
Feb 4th, 2004 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hello SMark..Great tone and even better playing,but I never expect anything less from you my friend...How've ya been? I was spending way too much time over on the Duncan Forums but I'm back on the FDP again..

John

stratdeluxer
Contributing Member

USA Florida

It's All About The Tone Really ;o)
Feb 4th, 2004 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't listened to all of the gain samples but I like the CS 54s the best for great clean/vintage strat tones..The Tex mex pickups sounded nice also..

John

SMark
Contributing Member

Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Feb 8th, 2004 10:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey John,

I've been real busy. Just way too many projects going and I've had a good amount of down time just because I haven't felt real good lately. I'm planning a similar project like this one but with guitar speakers instead. I seem to have a boatload of speakers around here lately, and I can't possibly make use of them all. So I will load 'em all up and make recordings of each and keep the ones I like the most. Although, a couple are still pretty new so I need to make sure I get them broken-in before I record them. Should be fun though.

I haven't been over on the Duncan Forum since I sold my last set of Duncans. So many forums... So little time...

;^)


stratdeluxer
Contributing Member

USA Florida

It's All About The Tone Really ;o)
Feb 9th, 2004 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I haven't been over on the Duncan Forum since I sold my last set of Duncans. So many forums... So little time..."

I hear that Mark..Well.I got banned from the Duncan Forums after getting in very deep with an angry forum member...Evan Skopp got on to try to calm things down,things got very heated,I gave Evan some colorful metaphors after that,and got banned...Great learning experience for me,as I'll never allow myself to get banned from anything ever again! Live and learn..If someone wants to be negative and angry towards me for offering a service or help fine,but I'm going to just send them a smilely face and try to ignore them..It's a long story but I'm ok with the outcome really..Great to hear from you and the samples were excellent from you,as always buddy! ;o)

John

pakrbakr
Contributing Member

USA

FDP - The best of the net!
Feb 11th, 2004 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

What surprises me about the samples is how good they all sound, especially in the hands of such a fine artist.

In many ways it helps me get by my worst fits of GAS.



Lonely Raven

Wheaton, IL

The Lonely Raven
Feb 11th, 2004 09:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

SMark, I can tell which pickups you like, and it's
easy to tell the music moves you. You're playing
style subtly changes, and your skill seems to get
a good swing when you're playing something you
like.

I really liked listening to you play. Thank you
for the samples! They give me another option
besides Fralins for my Strat project!


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