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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Lace Hot Golds

oacikgoz

USA

Nov 19th, 2011 11:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, they do sound good!

I did this recording recently trying to match Blackmore's California Jam tone. Let me know what you think.

http://soundcloud.com/oacikgoz/mistreated

(This message was last edited by oacikgoz at 11:28 PM, Nov 19th, 2011)

oacikgoz

USA

Nov 20th, 2011 10:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought SMark would chime in since he's a Blackmore and Hot Gold fan. I guess he went missing :)

SMark

Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Nov 21st, 2011 02:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dude... You ROCK!


That was awesome. I'm in the process of loading my original set of Hot Golds into a new Strat. Can't wait to get it all finished. Amongst all the (gotta be over a hundred now...) sets of pickups I have tried in a Strat, the Hot Golds are still #1 with me. They give me that unmistakable Strat tone that I love so much.


I love that song too. I've played it so many times since it came out in 1974...




ejm

usa

Nov 21st, 2011 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"They give me that unmistakable Strat tone that I love so much."

Not trying to be a smartypants or anything, but why not just use real Strat pickups? What advantage do they have?

Don't get me wrong, as I'm not saying that the Hot Golds do not sound good. And please don't use the term "noiseless". The Hot Golds are/may be reduced noise, but they are not advertised as being noiseless.


9fingers
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Floe, WV

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Nov 21st, 2011 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Hot Golds reduce the majority of the single coil noise, which may or may not be important to the individual. More importantly, to some (self included) they have "everything Strat" in their tone plus some added fullness and sustain. Again, that may or may not be what the player is looking for. I love it, they flat out make it a bit more fun for me to play a Strat.

mystique1

N.Ireland

Nov 22nd, 2011 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

to some (self included) they have "everything Strat" in their tone plus some added fullness and sustain.

Well put!! They are in my top 2 all time favourite pups, the Golds in my Strat Plus being #1.

telegib

Canada

Nov 22nd, 2011 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love the LS Golds too.

SMark

Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Nov 23rd, 2011 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Not trying to be a smartypants or anything, but why not just use real Strat pickups? What advantage do they have?"


For me, the Hot Golds just sound better than most REAL Strat pickups. They just have a very huge sweet spot and are quite easy to dial-in. I'm not saying that everything else sounds BAD compared to Hot Golds. Only that the Hot Golds seem to always sound very, very good, and retain the best of that classic single coil Strat tone.

I still have a boatload of different Strat pickups that I happen to really like. The Hot Golds just happen to be at the top of that list.

(This message was last edited by SMark at 09:12 PM, Nov 23rd, 2011)

telegib

Canada

Nov 24th, 2011 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I mean't to say Hot Golds too. Well I actually like the regular Golds but I prefer the Hot Golds. They just give that little extra.

Quackerjack
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USA

Dec 17th, 2011 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hot Golds to me are the only noise-reduced pups that still keep the character of the start tone intact. In addition, they add something...some describe as compression, whatever it is, they sing.

Modal Magic
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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Dec 18th, 2011 03:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That "compression" to me makes them sound "processed" i.e. they seem too perfect.

Saying that, they are a good pup and I use my set quite regularly. They are VERY versatile and handle all sorts of playing situations very well. I just happen to prefer old school vintage staggered pups with all the negatives that a lot don’t like. The negatives add character :-)


Rob Jai

Northern California

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Dec 27th, 2011 11:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just put Lace Hot Golds in my Jimmy Vaughan Strat and while they sound good, the Tex Mex pups that came in it stock actually sounded GREAT!

After putting in some time with the Lace set, I'll be changing back to the originals.

Not sayin' Hot Golds are not great replacements for other stock pickups - they just aren't making me happy in this particular guitar.

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