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    Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    Hello guys, i've done this demo video A/B'ing these two pickups sets on a Fender American Special strat trough a matchless C30R amp.

    What do you think??

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    Re: Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    Both sets sound good. There is a lot of hate out there for Texas Specials, but I think they really shine in a band context when someone wants a fairly clean sound (no drive pedals) and doesn't want a lot of pedals. Sounds like you did a nice job with making the clip and also with setting up the pickups.

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    Re: Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by amp360 View Post
    Both sets sound good. There is a lot of hate out there for Texas Specials, but I think they really shine in a band context when someone wants a fairly clean sound (no drive pedals) and doesn't want a lot of pedals. Sounds like you did a nice job with making the clip and also with setting up the pickups.

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    Hey good to see you guys. The internet gear forums really seem to be fading away, or at least do not seem to have the appeal they once had. I guess all things get old after awhile. Anyway, I think fenders latest Custom shop Strat pickups are as good (If not better) than anything out there. I still like Lollars in a tele though. Not sure why, but the CS Tele pups still seem a bit thin to me. Not so with the Strats!
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    Re: Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    With 90% of the "boutique" guitar industry made up of people putting out what are essentially well made fender tele and strats --- I think Fender finally got the message.

    Their current CS stuff IMO competes head to head with most boutique bolt on neck builders. Same goes for their pickups.

    Trend is the same (not as much though) at Gibson. The Gibson CS 336 guitar is as good as it gets.

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    Hey good to see you guys. The internet gear forums really seem to be fading away, or at least do not seem to have the appeal they once had. I guess all things get old after awhile. Anyway, I think fenders latest Custom shop Strat pickups are as good (If not better) than anything out there. I still like Lollars in a tele though. Not sure why, but the CS Tele pups still seem a bit thin to me. Not so with the Strats!
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    Re: Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    Just installed a set of Fralin Blues in a friends strat, they sound great. I really like them, I have had many fender pups that
    rocked as well. In this strat the Fralins sounded better to my ears.

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    Re: Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by Budlite View Post
    Just installed a set of Fralin Blues in a friends strat, they sound great. I really like them, I have had many fender pups that
    rocked as well. In this strat the Fralins sounded better to my ears.
    Frailin, Lollar, fender, DiMarzio -- all good.


    I am digging the Area 61s (neck and middle) on my Tyler BW 2k) -- great pickups -- zero noise
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    Re: Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    Any love for Bill Lawrence pickups (the one's made by Bill and Becky)? About 10 years ago I bought a set for my 57 re-issue strat... and really prefer them to the stock ones.
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    Re: Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by LVC View Post
    With 90% of the "boutique" guitar industry made up of people putting out what are essentially well made fender tele and strats --- I think Fender finally got the message.

    Their current CS stuff IMO competes head to head with most boutique bolt on neck builders. Same goes for their pickups.

    Trend is the same (not as much though) at Gibson. The Gibson CS 336 guitar is as good as it gets.

    Ill say another thing about the lates Gibson R9 pups. (2013-2014) They are simply the best Humbucking pups I have ever played. Old ,new, vintage, PAF, Guild etc etc etc. Not sure all they did, but I know they reduced the output by 10% and use a mixture of (I think) alnico II and V magnets on different strings. Whatever they are, they are tight on the bottom, juicy in the middle, and can be smooth on top if you pick lightly or give a killer snap and chirp if you dig in. UNBELIEVABLE pups!!! GO GIBSON!!
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    Re: Lindy Fralin vs Fender pickups

    Tag,

    I haven't played them yet, but that's pretty interesting. I really dig lower output pickups. Most of my PAF guitars are low output compared to what most pickups are today anyway.

    I guess it all depends on what and how you play, but I find it's easier to boost up a lower output pickup then it is to tame something too hot.

    Just my two cents.

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