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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Alnico II pu's (SD Antiquity Texas Hot) to tame bright guitar?

bmeredith

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Happiness is a warm tube amp
Dec 18th, 2015 09:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got an ash bodied, maple neck Strat with the "Custom 50's" Custom Shop pickups used on the Time Machine '56 Strats from a few years ago (NOT Fat 50's). I assume these pickups have Alnico V magnets, as that seems to be about all the Custom Shop uses (based on Fender's website).

I'm considering a pu swap to the SD Texas Hots, which have Alnico II magnets. From what I've read, this seems to be a good choice for taming an overly bright guitar, and probably more in line with what was commonly used in the 50's. Am I thinking right here?

edited: Here's the sound I'm looking for!

JD Simo with 50's Strat

(This message was last edited by bmeredith at 11:19 AM, Dec 18th, 2015)

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Dec 18th, 2015 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i'd make guitar faces like that too if I could play like that...;-0

..great stuff

before I did anything I'd check to see how that amp was set..... it should be considered as well

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Dec 18th, 2015 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The video linked is very much reminiscent of looks and tone of my partscaster that has Fralin Real 54's (Alnico III). I absolutely love these pickups in this guitar. I originally had Fralin Blues Specials but found the guitar to be a little strident and metallic. After installing the Real 54's a magical woodiness happened, at least to my ears. They are not "hot" pickups, but rip it up pretty good with the right amp settings/pedals.

bmeredith

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Dec 18th, 2015 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's what I'm looking for, littleuch. That "woody" sound. I'll look into the Real 54's.

Thanks.

littleuch
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Dec 18th, 2015 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I only caution that one man's woody is another another man's tinny.

That just sounds wrong :-p

But seriously, I will confess to trying a second set of Fralin Real 54s in another Strat and was surprised at the difference. That experience reaffirmed my belief that it really is a sum of all parts. But at least in this guitar they work wonderfully. I've seen people define that set as the "brightest" of all Fralins. That has not been my experience.

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Dec 18th, 2015 03:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My go to PU these days is the VanZandt blues set. Fairly hot, very well balanced. Excellent for players who know how to use the volume control on their guitar. The True-Vintage sets are very good too with more a 50 type tone, less hot.

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