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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Mixing pickup sets - advisable or no?

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

"Jai" pronounced "J"
May 19th, 2016 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Would it make sense to install just one noiseless pickup in a Strat along with two non-noiseless pups? The reason I ask is that I play only the middle pickup on my Strat 95% of the time but can be REALLY noisy under some circumstances. (60 cycle hum).

If changing out the full set to noiseless would make the most sense I'm willing to go that route, but if I could save money by just replacing the middle pickup with maybe a Mojotone 58 noiseless for example, that would be helpful.

The full set in it now are Seymour Duncan Surf Antiquity IIs and I'm happy with the tone, just not the excessive noise.


Te 52

Laws of Physics

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May 19th, 2016 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

You'd be trading two quiet positions and three noisy ones for one quiet position and four noisy ones, but that one quiet position would be the one you use the most.

It's a compromise/tradeoff that only you can decide on.

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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
May 19th, 2016 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've done it for years with my JV Strat, no regrets. For several years it was a Fender Hot Noiseless in the bridge, CS 69s' in middle & neck.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

May 19th, 2016 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

The only way is to try it.

There are no hard/fast rules when it comes to pickups.


different frogs

different times
May 25th, 2016 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a mix of noiseless and non-noiseless once. The output level between the two pickups was different enough that it bugged me, so I ended up going both of the same type.

It depends both on how the pickups work together, and how you feel about the results. You'd probably have to try it to discover those.



Jun 9th, 2016 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have three strats and have the same quandry; the best middle pup is on the 57/62 set guitar, best neck is on the CS 69 set guitar, and I like the bridge on the TS set guitar but I want to pass the other two guitars to my kid and just keep one strat and drop and switch all the pups into my number 1 in the order above. Notice how subjective this is because I am talking about my personal ears. No way to know whether you will like it unless you try it and experiment.

I am going to go with my own ears, adjust each mismatched pup height to try to get a balanced volume across the board, and let my kid worry about her two strats with miss-matched pups.......................

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