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DanielRocker

Canada

Apr 1st, 2006 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't stand 60 cycle hum especially when playing live. I have Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups in my Highway One strat.

My 62 AVRI has Kinman AVn nioseless pus.

I love the the tone I get from both these guitars.

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Apr 2nd, 2006 04:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only hum I've ever had with my 57/62's is when I put my guitar next to my GNX4 power supply. I must be lucky, as my guitar isn't shielded. I've NEVER had any hum problems with any of my strats.

jiagap

Washington, USA

"can't we just settle this over a pint"
Mar 23rd, 2007 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Reviving an old thread....

I am new to understanding the nuances of pickups. I have a MIM strat with ceramic pups, and I have always liked it, but never knew any different. The other day I went into the local guitar store to try the new Princeton Recording Amp and the sales rep handed me a strat and said, go try it. At first plug in, I was amazed. I heard 3 dimensional complexities and clarities I never knew existed. I immediately just thought it was the amp. But was not sure. So i asked to play a few other strats and they did not have the same sound. So I asked him what was with that first strat. He said it was just a MIM guitar with 57/62 pickups - which he personally liked very well. I said, hmmmm, as I was unaware of these kinds of things. Now I did buy the Princeton Amp and took it home and played my strat through it, and it sounds great mind you, but not as great as it did with the 57/62 pickups. So I went to another guitar store that had the PRA and an Eric Johnson Strat which I was told had the 57/62 pups. I plugged it in, and that same sparkle and glassy 3-D sound was there. AMAZING. So I looked on line and see I can get a set of these for my MIM Strat for about $119. Thinking of doing it. Are they very difficult to install? Seems like a pretty nice upgrade with not alot of cost. Any thoughts from anyone?

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NH

Never met a Fender I didn't like
Mar 26th, 2007 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Go for it! If you have not ever swapped pickups in a Fender, I'd ask a tech to do it for you. They are not hard at all but the coils are potentially very exposed when being installed so better safe than sorry! Good luck.

carsten
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brown super/germany

soundslikehome
Mar 27th, 2007 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi jiagap!
yes, go for it!
its really not that hard to do. just take your time and be careful. have a close look at where the wires are supposed to go, perhaps make a sketch to be sure.
have you used a soldering iron before?
id mount the pus on the pickguard first. once theyre mounted there its hard to damage the coils.
cheers - C.

Rob Anderson

USA Oregon at heart

But it's aTELE!!!!!! HELLO!!!!!!!
Apr 11th, 2007 02:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While I don't own the Strat anymore I would highly recommend these pickups. It made a world of difference and ended my PUP quest.
Rob

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Apr 13th, 2007 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rob, Still pokin' around. Good to see :-). Hows life without a Strat?. Couldn't be that good, surely ;-)
Yep, 57/62's are great. They where my fist ever upgrade of an MIM Standard. The sound insanely fantastic through a Blues Jnr.

Rob Anderson

USA Oregon at heart

Twang?? Wha..? TWANG?????
May 12th, 2007 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow I never check here! Life Stratless is fine, I love them but they don't love me Teles work however. And it seems I have found a use for VN Strat pups, Tele neck position!
Rob

reverend mikey
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Omaha, USA

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May 25th, 2007 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you have them installed (or do it yourself) consider doing this: have both the middle and neck pickups hooked up to the middle tone conrol, and have the bridge pickup hooked up separately to the bottom tone control...much more versatility for controlling the bridge (although these pickups sound great in the bridge anyway, but for overdriven tones at the bridge, it's nice to be able to trun down the treble a little)...

...you'll thank me later!



SMark
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Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Jun 2nd, 2007 01:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Eric Johnson Strat has it's own pickups. They are not stock 57/62 pups as you were told. But you will get that vintage from either. Both sets are a far cry from the MIM ceramic pups, which are hotter and fatter.

To hear the exact 57/62 pups again, find and play a stock American Vintage '57 or '62 Reissue Strat. They come stock in both of those Strats.

lashing

Canada

Jul 3rd, 2007 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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CouchCommando

AZ, USA

95% of music is just showing up...
Jul 26th, 2007 10:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just got some Fat50s on ebay for 120, and I found them very easy to install. It was basically my first time with a soldering gun too.

Axis40

USA

John F.
Apr 17th, 2008 04:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Bluesking55,

Have you tried messing with the height of the pickup? You may take all the spikiness out o fit with just your screwdriver.

reverend mikey
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Omaha, USA

My guitar looks RIGHT in the mirror...
Apr 17th, 2008 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another easy solution is to hook the bridge pickup up to a tone control...either run a jumper so that the bottom control does both bridge and middle, or do the minor rewiring to put the bridge on the bottom one and the middle and neck on the middle knob/tone control. ALL my Strat's are set up this way.

Think Floyd
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Eastern PA

Dec 5th, 2008 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm joining the 57/62 club. My tech just intalled a set in my Strat, with a push/pull tone pot to add the bridge pup to the other pick-ups. First of all, I'm not used to having such bright pick-ups! Even the neck is bright, but the tone controls help. Very nice clean tone, and decent quack, too.

And, contrary to some reviews that I've read, these pups love distortion! I played them through a real '65 Twin Reverb (clean and with an OCD), a "boutique" '59 Bassman clone, and a Fender Prosonic (from clean to high gain). Everything sounded heavenly when the volume was cranked up a bit. Not so much at very low volume levels, but that's the nature of tube amps. I would be content with just a 15-20 watt version of the Prosonic and my Strat. It was a match made in Heaven, but the 60 watt Prosonic was just TOO loud!

Think Floyd
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Eastern PA

Dec 19th, 2008 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm enjoying these pups more and more. Last week I noticed that funky G string sound when using OD, so I lowered the pups a bit.

I just finished playing along with the radio and loved the tones I was getting. I don't have a tube amp right now, so I'm stuck using my little solid-state Kustom KGA16R with an 8" Celestion Super 8 speaker. My Strat and a Maxon OD808 into this amp at low volume (amp isn't very good when played loud) gave me such a sweet, smooth OD tone that I didn't want to stop playing.

reverend mikey
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Omaha, USA

My guitar looks RIGHT in the mirror...
Dec 20th, 2008 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, regarding the G string volume; if that polepiece cold be lowered a bit, it would really improve the versatility of these pickups. I'm afriad to try lowering it, cuz I've heard horror stories of breaking the wire in the coil...and I've heard that trying to file it down creates enough heat to mess with the pickup in other ways (the magnets? can't remember).

Anyway, otherwise a great, under-appreciated set of pickups.

Think Floyd
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Eastern PA

Dec 20th, 2008 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That high polepiece for the G string is the ONLY bad thing I can say about these pups, and lowering them pretty much takes care of it. Ideally, pick-ups would have polepieces that can be raised or lowered to suit the user.

Over the years I've had 3 Strats (MIM Standard, 2000 Texas Special, and 2003 American Series). Along with those stock pups I've also used SD '59 and PG+ humbuckers, Lace Holy Grails and Dimarzio Areas. These 57/62 pups sound better with OD (IMO) than any pup I've tried before. The Areas were nice, but were missing some sparkle, so I decided to go back to regular single coils. My only regret is that I wasted a lot of money over the years on pick-up changes!

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