FDP Forum / Mixing pickup sets - advisable or no?/ 6 messages in thread.

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Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

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

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). <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> The full set in it now are Seymour Duncan Surf Antiquity IIs and I'm happy with the tone, just not the excessive noise.<br /> <br /> Opinions?

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
May 19th, 2016 12:41 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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        

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        

The only way is to try it. <br /> <br /> There are no hard/fast rules when it comes to pickups.<br /> <br />


different frogs

different times
May 25th, 2016 05:34 PM        

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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br />



Jun 9th, 2016 01:03 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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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