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    Pickups for PRS SE EG?

    Some weeks ago I started a thread asking for opinions about my next guitar after the Se Santana. Finally bought the SE EG, nice guitar but most of guys here suggested pups upgrade.
    The ones it comes doesnīt sound bad, they are warm, seems nothing special but no bad.
    There a lots of pickups to select, I should like you to recomend some to check it out.
    I have listened to some samples on Thomann (not very reliable method really), and liked the Fender Texas Special, sounded very clear and type of blues sound.
    I donīt think if will sound too thin? Or just right for a strato?
    The other pickups like Seymour and Dimarzio ones, there are lots, sound warmer, more hotter then the Texas ones, but at least maybe the stock pups sound quite similar color.
    Maybe there should be another posibilities, or PRS pickups that should fit the EG without modding much?
    Opinions will be apreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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    My opinion is to put lipstick all over that guitar,,,, as in pickups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    My opinion is to put lipstick all over that guitar,,,, as in pickups.
    Donīt get the joke..., bad guitar?

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    No! Awesome guitar! I would just personally look into some lipstick-tube pickups for it.


    http://www.seymourduncan.com/product...pstick_tube_f/
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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    No! Awesome guitar! I would just personally look into some lipstick-tube pickups for it.


    http://www.seymourduncan.com/product...pstick_tube_f/
    I just used google translator, it doesnīt know semour duncan , Iīll check it.., thanks for the input.

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    It depends on what kind of sound you want. Do you want a classic strat sound? A hot Texas blues sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan? Do you want hum-cancelling pickups?

    Lipstick-tube pickups have a very unique sound, be sure you like it before you go that direction.



    Personally, if it were me I would go for the Brian May Tri-Sonic pickups (http://www.allparts.com/PU-6290-010-...ps_p_3109.html) but I'm pretty sure that's not what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    It depends on what kind of sound you want. Do you want a classic strat sound? A hot Texas blues sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan? Do you want hum-cancelling pickups?

    Lipstick-tube pickups have a very unique sound, be sure you like it before you go that direction.



    Personally, if it were me I would go for the Brian May Tri-Sonic pickups (http://www.allparts.com/PU-6290-010-...ps_p_3109.html) but I'm pretty sure that's not what you're looking for.
    You have reason, Iīm asking for some suggestions to start from, then going to youtube and listening amout of videos. Even seems not very reliable reference it helps because since on youtube they use diferent mics, pods, amps and even guitars, listening to several ones using same picups I can get out the "common" character of all of them, the character the pickup itself gives to the sound. Itīs a thing to do with time, hear and compare, hear en compare.
    Lipstick sound very thin and cristalyne, but seems not very versatile. Iīm really not sure what exact sound I want, I think itīs just like love at first sight.
    I have already saw the Starla mod on previous search, it seems a original mod but I donīt understand the point, are not humbuckers?

    Replying to Sage, I donīt need hum-cancelling pups, I use Pod X3 pro all the time so hum seems not be a problem, at leas for my experience now, I assume itīs more a problem with real amps.

    In the other hand I donīt dislike the stock pups character, maybe they miss a bit in the high frecuencies and with some amp sims on the pod it gets agressive, but itīs tottally diferent for both Texas and Lipstick tone.
    Definy a tone is quite dificult, we use terms like "thin", "fat", "tube sound", "soft hi-end frequencies", "hot" and so on.
    What I look always in a guitar sound is that sound a bit sweet, I donīt like aggressive behaviour, will use probably 95% of time clean sounds on this guitar. I like the Santana for solos with or without distorsion. Iīm planning to splic coils on the Santana aswell for more versatility, seems not that difficult.

    I donīt know if serves as reference:
    I lke a lot how sounds wicked game of Chris Isaak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCPJCCLengk , itīs very special, maybe because of the musician and setup, but is sweet and doesnīt give my mi "indiferent" to the sound, it keeps on mind.
    Also like how it sounds this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i2dcKd0JNU
    And this both: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jxsnIRpy2E (uses diferent guitar, on min 6 or so can be heared more clear, itīs nice warm)
    And of course the original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay3VjW8qS-8 Between this two versions of Sultans of swing I found the original too clasical, and the above concert too warm, (but that may depend on the recording and videlo quality).

    I think the pickup character Iīm after should be a compromise of the above strat sounds. Maybe if you have more experience than me will tell me they are all the same type of strat sound (or not) but I like to know your opinions about.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    I don't remember who it was, but didn't someone send theirs to the PTC for some Starla pickups and a new pickguard? Wasn't it a black guitar? Or did I dream that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Beef View Post
    I don't remember who it was, but didn't someone send theirs to the PTC for some Starla pickups and a new pickguard? Wasn't it a black guitar? Or did I dream that?
    I had one that I put Starla pups in. Freaking awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danerada View Post
    I had one that I put Starla pups in. Freaking awesome!
    Post some pics!
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    Only one I could find:

    - Dane

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danerada View Post
    Only one I could find:

    Nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danerada View Post
    Only one I could find:

    Damn that's cool!

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    I am totally a Strat guy and have a few, most of which I have messed with at some time or another. I personally was really unimpressed with Texas Special Strat pickups, punchy but thin and quite hard to dial in a useful allround tone, whereas the Tele Texas Specials are amazing. I do however love Lace Sensors, lots of tone and a flavour to suit nearly everyone. I have them in two of my Strats and genuinely wouldn't replace them with anything else. My 2c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardJ View Post
    I am totally a Strat guy and have a few, most of which I have messed with at some time or another. I personally was really unimpressed with Texas Special Strat pickups, punchy but thin and quite hard to dial in a useful allround tone, whereas the Tele Texas Specials are amazing. I do however love Lace Sensors, lots of tone and a flavour to suit nearly everyone. I have them in two of my Strats and genuinely wouldn't replace them with anything else. My 2c.
    Thanks for the input, another one to the database, Iīll search about..

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    Iīm curious about this setup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h1g-ej--Iw
    I have already a Hot rails on my Peavey, didnīt know it could be splitted. The video is not very good sounding, so I guess if split coils should sound strat, if so should be a very versatile setup, or maybe nothing strat at all.

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    It seems to me, based on your youtube examples, that you like a pretty standard vintage strat sound, slightly overwound for some extra punch and warmth. A set of Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot pickups will probably do what you want.

    I don't have any experience with the Fender Texas Specials myself, but I do know that they were the standard pickups in the Mark Knopfler signature Strat. So if you really dig that Sultans of Swing tone then you may be on the right track with those pickups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    It seems to me, based on your youtube examples, that you like a pretty standard vintage strat sound, slightly overwound for some extra punch and warmth. A set of Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot pickups will probably do what you want.

    I don't have any experience with the Fender Texas Specials myself, but I do know that they were the standard pickups in the Mark Knopfler signature Strat. So if you really dig that Sultans of Swing tone then you may be on the right track with those pickups.
    Very good suggestions!

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    Any linght to the doubts of the last post?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrett View Post
    My best advice is to live with the stock ones for a while. Maybe you like them just fine and save your money. Or maybe their shortcomings will become clear after a while and then you'll have an idea of which direction to go to "fix" it. If you change just for the sake of it, you will be more likely to be disappointed with the results.

    You can get a very wide variety of sounds just using different overdrive pedals, boosters and/or EQ.

    I'll also add to not place too much value on sound clips of pickups. There are so many variables in play, the pickups may not be represented accurately.
    I think you have reason, good advice. Maybe I'll have to look for any second hand individual pickup or trying to find a guy around or friend with some of the candidates.
    Lindy Fralin hot vintage seems a good option to try for standard strato sound, maybe more veratile and equilibrated.
    If you know any other candidates like this let me know.
    Thanks very much.

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