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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Strat Pickup set suggestions welcome..

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The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Jan 22nd, 2018 08:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi I'm Looking for sweeter tone from my Strat.
Currently have Hot Noiseless set in my HWY1 Strat and I'm a bit over them. I do want reverse wound middle, true single coils and aged white plastics, (to match with a parchment guard).
They're my only non negotiable's.

Open to all suggestions but wanted a complete set. (i.e. not mixing models and makes.)
Thanks. I cannot afford boutiquey stuff. Tonerider's are sort of close, but have no aged white options I believe. Maybe Wilkinson's? I dunno.

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Pueblo, Co

Pulu si bagumba!
Jan 22nd, 2018 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like Sullivan pups, SME is the brand name. Check YT for some sounds, he can do whatever you want and they run about 80 bucks a set. I have bought 3 sets for my strats and they are very nice.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Jan 22nd, 2018 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...Tonerider's are sort of close, but have no aged white options I believe..."

Aftermarket Strat pickup covers in any color you want are widely and easily available (amazon, eBay, Reverb, etc.). You just have to know what pole piece spacing your pickups are.

martin p.

Westbury NY

I am never unintentionally rude
Jan 22nd, 2018 10:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a set of American Standard pickups in my FSR Strat, and they are awesome, overflowing with stratfulness.
and you can probably get them used cheap.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jan 22nd, 2018 11:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

avsalesman, if you get a set of TR's (or other budget one's that only comes in white) shoot me an email.

I can help you out with the aged white covers.

Can't say more without breaking the rules :^)



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Jan 23rd, 2018 03:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Mick, may take you up on that



Jan 23rd, 2018 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

What do you not like about the Hot Noiseless?



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Jan 23rd, 2018 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

"What do you not like about the Hot Noiseless?"

I recently had the opportunity to A-B mine with an American standard loaded with Am Std PUPS Circa 2010 I believe (they are not noiseless) and I noticed a broader frequency range and generally they sounded (for want of a better adjective) more Musical.

Hard to define, but my HN PUPS sounded rather anemic by comparison.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jan 23rd, 2018 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

What pot values did you use with the HN's?

I have VN's and use the standard 250k pots. They sound very good to my ear and bright enough that I never considered going to the 1M (T) & 500K (V) that come with them. But that might make the difference with the Hot's. Dunno.

Also, have tried playing that strat using a compressor or EQ pedal?



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Jan 23rd, 2018 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for your suggestions Mick. I just used the standard pots 250k I believe. The HN's don't come with any pots anyway. They don't sound atrocious, but I think I can do better. May try those Toneriders.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jan 23rd, 2018 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

"May try those Toneriders."

I don't think you'd be disappointed. There's a range of models to choose from depending on the sound you're after. I've heard good things about the City Limits, but have only used the Classic Blues personally. (for strat that is)

The dealer with the best price is in Canberra. Checkout the TR dealer page for details.
I've dealt with that shop and Steve was great to deal with.

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Jan 24th, 2018 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Holy crap, I just got an email advertisement for Strat pre-loaded pickguards complete for $39.99. Lol.


LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Jan 24th, 2018 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Misunderstood. Deleted.

(This message was last edited by gdw3 at 03:59 PM, Jan 24th, 2018)

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 2nd, 2018 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Late to the party here but I've been enjoying The VanZandt PUs lately. The standard vintage and the blues set are outstanding. They may be hard to get in OZ.

IMO the hot noiseless lack a bit of mids. Pot changes really can't get that back.



Feb 3rd, 2018 11:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Custom Shop Fat Fifties!

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Hemet, SoCal

I detect the El Supremo
Feb 3rd, 2018 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

May I recommend that, before you pull the trigger, you check out Rumplestiltskin Custom Pickups. Aaron, who formed the company, is an FDRer. I have always been very satisfied with his offerings.


L. Nedmundo


Feb 8th, 2018 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

You could consider Lace Hot Golds, which are available with cream and mint covers. True single coils, with greatly reduced noise, and I think you can buy sets with a RWRP middle pickup. I've had a set for many years and think they're fantastic, but I recognize they don't completely duplicate traditional Strat tone. If you like Townshend's live tone with his old Clapton signature Strats that have Lace's original Gold Sensors, you'd probably dig the Hot Golds.

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 8th, 2018 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fender CS54s or Van Zandt Vintage +. I've tried a ton of them and these are my favorites.

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Praise him with the strings
Mar 1st, 2018 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know I'm late to the thread, but I have to second what JAFO said. Take a look at Rumplestiltskin pickups. I've been using them almost exclusively for the last 8 years or so. I built a lot of custom start and tele models for my customers. Aaron is great to work with, and you won't be disappointed! Good luck.


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Collin Fields
Apr 7th, 2018 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm almost positive that I have stumbled upon a set of pre-cbs american strat pickups. Two questions. 1) how can I positively identify them when there are no serial numbers or other markings? 2) is anyone in the market for them if they are indeed pre-cbs era?

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