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6L6

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Apr 26th, 2017 02:21 PM        

I have a 1997 '57 Vintage RI Strat that I really love everything about except... the Tone.<br /> <br /> My Holy Grail for TONE is my 1960 Harmony Meteor with its hollow body and wonderful DeArmond "Gold Foil" pickups.<br /> <br /> Now, I know no solid body is ever going to sound like that, but I'd like to get as close to that FAT tone as possible. I play clean music, mostly 50/60's rockabilly stuff. My amp is a '72 Fender Deluxe Reverb.<br /> <br /> My guitar currently sports Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot pups. They're an improvement over the std pups, but far from the tone I'm seeking.<br /> <br /> Should I consider a stacked humbucker or...?<br /> <br /> Please help me out here. I love the guitar, but until I get the tone situation remedied, I won't be playing it and that's a shame.<br /> <br /> Thanks for your advice!<br /> <br /> 6



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Apr 26th, 2017 02:26 PM        

A pic of my '97 Strat:



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Apr 26th, 2017 02:35 PM        

I'll be the bad guy.<br /> <br /> Sell the Strat to someone who will appreciate it for what it is.<br /> Then buy a guitar that will do what you want.<br /> Another Harmony, a Gretsch, whatever.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />



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Apr 26th, 2017 02:39 PM        

I see that GFS makes Strat sized gold foils. It wouldn't be a route I'd take unless I had half a dozen Strats to mess around with.



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Apr 26th, 2017 02:42 PM        

Jeez, I don't know--but I'm looking forward to hearing the suggestions on this one...<br /> <br /> something like a P90 or a mini-humbucker in the neck position, or a filtertron-type, might be a good start...or something like an old Burns-type pup, like Brian May uses...<br /> <br /> I doubt if a regular strat-type pup would really get you there...<br /> <br /> In the meantime, check out this video--if you haven't seen it--of Ry Cooder talking about how he solved his Strat problem...<br /> <br /> (And if you're not up for some routing, a stacked Strat pup won't fit those vintage routes, either...)



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Apr 26th, 2017 06:54 PM        

My '93 looks the same. I don't know if this will help but I get a nice warm sound with the Fender VNs.



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Apr 26th, 2017 07:56 PM        

Nice looking Strat 6L6. <br /> <br /> I was going to be the "bad guy" but ejm beat me to it. I have a little different take though.<br /> <br /> It may be that your particular Strat, regardless of pups, just doesn't have the sound you're looking for. I've been down that road. I had a CS Strat that looked and played great; however I could never get the sound I wanted out of it. I swapped pups a couple of times and even tried a different neck. I concluded, after putting mucho dinero into that Strat, that there was just something about the body that didn't work tone wise.<br /> <br /> My #1 Strat sports single coil Fender pups and is s 100% stock. It is the best sounding electric guitar I've ever owned. I say find another Strat that sounds like you want it to sound. You're a Hank Marvin fan. You NEED a Strat. :-)<br /> <br /> All that said I wouldn't mind finding me a Harmony Meteor. <br /> <br />



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Apr 26th, 2017 10:22 PM        

"All that said I wouldn't mind finding me a Harmony Meteor..." <br /> <br /> Here ya go, Viera. I've played it and it KILLS!<br /> <br /> 6



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Apr 26th, 2017 10:28 PM        

This dude gets some nice tones with this '59 Meteor. It's even thicker when played through a Deluxe Reverb:



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Apr 26th, 2017 10:28 PM        

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Apr 26th, 2017 10:56 PM        

Dang you 6L6! I'm really happy with the guitars I have, but that Gryphon Meteor looks great. Very temping.......



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May 23rd, 2017 09:36 AM        

How can I get my Humvie to drive and handle like Prius?



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May 25th, 2017 06:53 AM        

I've read a lot of good things about the GF Gold Foils......but I don't think I'd screw around with THAT Strat, 6L6.<br /> <br /> But even if you went that route (pun very much intended), it still won't sound like a hollow-body Meteor.<br /> <br /> I'm going to join the "bad guys" and recommend shopping for something along the lines of another Harmony Meteor. Airline makes some similar recreations.<br /> <br /> FWIW, I've got a set of Fralin Vintage Hots in my homebrew Strat and while those pickups ARE hotter than the "Real 54s" I originally had in it, they are far from most folk's definition of a "hot" pickup. So I can definitely see where they might not be FAT enough for you, in this case.<br /> <br /> Here's an off-the-wall suggestion - how about a set of lipstick pickups in the Strat?<br /> Not Goldfoils and still not hollow, BUT they might get you into that old-school, vintage-y, garage-kinda tone. Just a thought I had....



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Oct 18th, 2017 07:15 AM        

"... I'd like to get as close to that FAT tone as possible. I play clean music, mostly 50/60's rockabilly stuff. My amp is a '72 Fender Deluxe Reverb. ..."<br /> <br /> 6L6, have you given any thought to Fender's Custom Shop Fat '50s?



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Nov 18th, 2017 02:32 PM        

Have not considered the Fat 50âs, Texican. Would love to hear anyoneâs experience with them!<br /> <br /> 6



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Nov 18th, 2017 06:52 PM        

Fat '50s are my favorite Fender Strat pickups. Most Strat pickups sound a little too "thin" to me. Fat '50s add just the right amount of beef without losing the Strat identity.



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Jan 22nd, 2018 10:30 PM        

Fulltone Fatboost?



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