Greetings from Brazil!!! ciao. However, the most effective and inexpensive way of dealing with the problem is to eliminate as many nearby electrical components as possible and turn away from the source. Tonewise, they’re quite similar with a transparent clean tone and a fairly low output, as vintage single coils did have. Using an mxr compressor, BYOC triangular and DOD delay (it was a free gift and will be upgraded later), I have come very close. Ok, so this will be the last thing about pickups for a while. Unbelievable magic!! Would you recommend to change the pickups for David’s tone? Thoughts? I was thinking of building my own Signature Esquire model in the near future and was interested on what your thoughts on Tele pickups might be. I have his Vintage Hots in my Strat, and they are the quietest single coils I’ve ever owned, but the tone is pure ’69 Fender! My favourite solo tones are: Louder than words, Raise my rent, Comfortably numb especially in pulse, Live in Gdansk Echoes, A great day for freedomI, The Division Bell’s What do you want from me. Would these three make a good set? I recently bought a new black Fender Stratocaster American Vintage 57. you probably want to keep it low. – Bjorn]. I still don`t like the pickup cover sitting on top of the pickup wires and having the lower part of the pickup windings exposed because of the raised cover, but who am I to question Seymour…. If you ask me, I would say that the Black Strat pickup combo is the most versatile. I’m thinking of buying an alternative set for Gilmour tones. Thank you so much for your help Arpeggio2/Outro: Neck. I’ve been visiting your site for some years now and really wanted to thank you for everything you have provided. Thanks, Hamish, [Any vintage model. Maybe a Fat 50s or TexMex in the neck. The EMGs are OK but you really need to engage the active tone controls for them to sound good, I think. Hey Bjorn, i just got a 1991 Fender American standard telecaster with a PAF neck pickup in hope to get a similar “dogs” like sound. So, have you played this pedal, and how does the fuzz stack up against the Fuzz Face? Its a schecter diamond series 006 Deluxe. I don’t have any experience with the models you’re referring to but they should go well with the guitar and also provide a nice basis for your Gilmour tones. Perhaps a bit more open sounding with a slightly rounded top. There is a picture of the invoice from SD for pickups dated July 1979 — this is when DG changed from the Dimarzio FS-1 in the bridge position to the SD SSL-5 which has remained and is used in the Custom Shop signature model. Arcane bucker at 9K with some Fender 60's pickups which are 6K ohms. Just saw this, very very late. It’s all about taste but also the fact that the Squiers are cheaper for a reason. So I finally tried a set of cs54 which I bought long time ago but never really liked them. [There will be a significant difference anyway. Maybe a Texas Special. Whether or not you should detox the rig is entirely up to you. Gilmour tones: #0001 Strat. Based on both the sound and specs of David’s 71 pickups I would go for Fender Custom Shop 69 or similar from other brands. Fender Custom Shop Tex/Mex Once again, no insult intended, as you can’t review what you haven’t played, but there has to be a way to get a set to you. Comparable in sound to the D.Allen 54s but QUIET! I believe Jimi used a germanium Fuzz Face, then a germanium Octavio, as he liked to call it. I’m not sure if he continued to stack another fuzz in fron when it went to silicon. Even if you have not personally used this particular setup, could you please give me your thoughts on the specs? I’ve heard great things about the Fender CS 69’s (especially the neck position) but I’m afraid the tone would be too ice-picky with the ash body. Sebastiano, [If you like the way to guitar plays and sound then there’s really no need to upgrade it. Hughes and Kettner 18 watt tubemiester and a two rock studio pro 35, [Sorry for my late reply. In that case the True Velvet would be a good choice. Output? I’m planning on swapping the bridge pickup on my Eric Johnson Strat with a Seymour Duncan SSL-5 to chase the Wall/Final Cut tones (also just ordered a Skreddy P19 and a Mooer ElecLady to that same end–thanks so much for your reviews of those!). Take a look at Fralins site, just Google it. [I agree with you there, Jason. Thanks in advance. I like the sound of the bridge and neck pick ups together. I also write my own songs with my own tone being looked for! I canâ€™t find one! Chears Bjorn There are lots of part dealers out there. Thank you. The guitar sounds way better. do you have an idea about how would sound? Orange drop capacitors has a tighter sound probably better for 80s rock tones and perhaps more multipurpose. Very musical ,and respond nice when you dig in. Pickups, although important, is just one factor of the tone. Thanks for this article. Depends on what amp and pedals you use but personally, I prefer the more vintage sounds of the Black Strat. Two weeks ago, I bought a second-hand Laney L20 head with a Masrhall Haze matching cab. – Bjorn]. I hope you have the same or similar impressions that I have about this pickups set. There are lots of tbhings you can do to reduce that noise. I have been on a mission for almost 2 years to get Bjorn a set of Fralin pickups, but until I spent a couple of days hanging out in Lindy’s shop, it kept getting lost in the absence of us talking about it. Is there a good combo of pickups you can recommend? You might also want to look into a delay unit and perhaps a bit more versatile distortion pedal, like the OCD. Kinda flat, no soul in it. You’re the best. Again, I’m not sure if the DG Strats has that. Is it something about the pickups or could be related to something else like pots, capacitor, wiring, etc? What is your opinion on the “HSS” strat ? That’s what I’m going to go with, I meant SSL-5 in bridge. – Bjorn], Hey Bjorn, I did some research. Hi, Bjorn. Arpeggio1 (missing Sax Solo): Bridge But I have a kinda silly question: if you could choose just one set of pups, having in mind a gilmourish tone (let’s say… from More to Pompeii or DSOTM)…. I put new strings on. – Bjorn]. Been a huge fan of Gilmourish.com for a while now and I’ve recently started building up my equipment and I’m wondering what the best pickup/combo is best for a Meddle-Wish you were here Gilmour tone? The SSL5 is a bit too hot and dark for the neck and middle for my taste. I make customizations on my Fender based on the Black Strat and sounds great for me. Recommended. The bridge and neck seem good, although I’d like something a bit more “meaty” and I’d like more punch in the bridge. I wrote to Dave Allen about my situation and this was his response. Dear Bjorn, please which pick-ups would you recommend for the Telecasters? It had EMG and Crown picups with separate outputs. Not as HI/FI as the Fralins, but they do something different. Depending on how hot the pickups are (magnet strength, number of windings) you need to adjust the distance accordingly. It took me all of five minutes, without the head settings in hand, to get the absolute perfect delay for the Echoes Arpeggio at the end of the space jam, right before it goes into the third verse, and it was dead on, just like pompeii, or meddle. Some don’t. SSL-5 on the bridge swells the high-mid frequency quite a bit. BIG MISTAKE. I have tried using a Boss G7 equaliser with the Passive pick ups to boost the low mids for that Emg tone but it sounded awful. To me it sounds really bad. In other words, what are the most versatile pickups to nail both those eras? Flat poles is often used on flatter radius necks. Hei Kjetil :) The Lionheart has both a bit of mids and a high end sparkle, so yes, the Texas Specials can come off as a tad too bright and aggressive. Hi Bjorn, [SC69 neck and middle and SSL5 bridge. This seems like an awesome setup for a strat. Neither SSL5 nor Alley Cats are good for that. The problem is, my Silhouette has a volume control and just one tone control. My amp has a volume and a gain knob. Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s I have had the SSL 5 on the bridge for a while but I think mine must be defective: I get a lot more output out of my stock MIM bridge PU (6.5kOhm) and with my nkt-275 I get more saturation too with the stock PU. I think the best option is to go with the S model, which is brighter or SA model, which is warmer, and as you know is what David has in his Red Strat. The difference between alder and basswood alone isn’t that big. Hi Bjorn! Did you find this to be the case as well with this pickup set? I have a CS69/CS69/SSL5 combo in two of my Strats and are very happy with that. I’d go for something versatile to be able to cover as much ground as possible without spending too much. I just had a quick question. A single coil pickup is pretty much an exposed antenna picking up all kinds of electric radiation. Thank you Bjorn, it was you who guide me here! Alder body and maple neck. Thank you Terry, [I’m not familiar with the guitar model but I think it has two humbuckers right? D Allen Echoes set The amp is a bit overwhelming and has all these effects that I can mess with using the Fuse software. Also on recommended combo with CS69 and SSL-5 , is it possible to get humbucker effect on position 2 & 4 on on the PU switch ? Keep in mind though that the overwound bridge pickup already has a lot of output and mid range, so I would assume that the SPC works best on the bridge in tapered position. Sorry to be so inquisitive about a pedal that’s not Gilmourish, but it is a very interesting subject, having actually learned what it really does! You can find the info at Lindy Fralin Pickups, just Google his name, and contact him, he’ll hook you up, and you can get Gilmour, and Beck from the same ( well two! I think I was listening to demos of Fender 50s and 54s and they sounded as if the high frequencies and twanginess were a bit over the top. It certainly isn’t as transparent. I also have an all original 74 strat that I play with at the house only…. I haven’t tried the 62s myself but they are slightly hotter than the 69s, with a tad more output and mids. These articles are WONDERFUL and I thank you for the time and effort! Long story short, I was able to find a NIB set on ebay. I prefer low or moderate output pickups. I guess if the neck switching is an option, one way to find out whether it could have a difference in shifting those weird overtones and fast decay is to also change the neck to see if that makes a difference. As for the pedals, you should be able to get the tones you want with at least the 808 and phase90 and , depending on the amp, the Fuzz Face. I’ve got a Fender American Deluxe with the S1 switch and noiseless pickups. A Nice Guitar! After trying out literally dozens of pups, from fender vintage types, to stacked noiseless, to EMG’s, I was never completely satisfied. I.e. I have owned mine (built in 2008) for about a year and a half and absolutely love the tones out of this guitar; in particular with the pickup selector in the bridge position and the mini switch engaged so all three pickups are engaged at once. If you’re into David’s 80s and 90s tones then you should check them out. How a pickup sound, apart from how it resonates in the guitar, depends on the type of magnets, wire etc that’s used. I like to play Pink Floyd, radiohead, and some punk rock too, so i was hoping you could give me some advice. I am not a good player and can’t “build” it on my own, so dropping in a loaded set works best for me. Your Bass strings have more mass and will disturb the magnetic field more than treble strings. I haven’t tried any of their stuff but I know lots of people are happy with it. The CS54s are very close but perhaps not authentic enough. The DG20s sounds great though :). I like the CS69’s very much. Before you start swapping pickups I’d run a check list to isolate the problem. I haven’t tried that my self, basically because I don’t like Octavias (imagine that! I thought they’d be too “country” but they really shine. – Bjorn], Hey Bjorn, i sent you a message in july asking what was the closest tele bridge pickup to the S.Duncan SSL-5, you told me there was one in their range and i should ask them. Hi Bjorn In regards to the caps… I’m sorry but I have very little knowledge about this. John 15:13 Ministries - A Combat Veterans Outreach Ministry. What do you think of this pickup combination? £10.91 postage. http://WWW.FRALINPICKUPS.COM There, I said it! Thanks a lot I rarely use the tone controls but some do all the time. By the way why is this comment window getting smaller and smaller gradually? Of the 50s, 54 and 69 most people prefer the 69s (included you? Once again I thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge you are saving me a lot of money that I could have wasted!! Peace, Keith, Hi. Magnets: Alnico V Glad it worked out :) – Bjorn]. One last quick comment and then I will stay out of the pickups section for a bit…, I actually purchased this pickup set from 920D a few years back and its in one of my relic guitars. Hi Bjorn, How close is the DiMarzio FS-1, that Dave used, to both pickups mentioned here? Before I had this set of pickups, I used to have a full Fender CS Classic 69 set with the same sound in that position. Thanks, Keith, I’d interested to know whether you’ve tried Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups, and if so what you thought of them. The SSL5 has about twice the output as the CS69 so there will be a difference. Fender Custom Shop 69 My wife is going away this so I sm going to have lots of time to try different settings on the strat and pedals. Peace, Keith. If you really want to detox, I’d keep the Muff, an overdrive and a booster. Have you tried or heard anything like that? They fit the single coils better. 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