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Post subject: Fender CS'54 vs. Pure Vintage 54 Pure VINTAGE '59 Help
Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:11 am
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Hello,
I have a Fender Classic Series 50 strat and I would like to replace the stock pickups.
I play Blues, Rock and hard rock, I need your help to decide which Fender pickups are better for the kind of music that I play.

I thought to this:
Fender Custom Shop 54
Fender Pure Vintage 54
Fender Pure Vintage 59

I have either an American Standard Strat with Fat 50 installed.
Any other suggestion for different pickups are welcome.
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Post subject: Re: Fender CS'54 vs. Pure Vintage 54 Pure VINTAGE '59 Help
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:41 am
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Any of those pickups would be an excellent choice but you may find that both of the 54 sets sound a little brighter than many of Fender's other pickups. Personally I'm a big fan of the Fat 50's -- I like the chunky, augmented mids they provide.

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Post subject: Re: Fender CS'54 vs. Pure Vintage 54 Pure VINTAGE '59 Help
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:07 am
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Retroverbial wrote:
Any of those pickups would be an excellent choice but you may find that both of the 54 sets sound a little brighter than many of Fender's other pickups. Personally I'm a big fan of the Fat 50's -- I like the chunky, augmented mids they provide.

Arjay


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Post subject: Re: Fender CS'54 vs. Pure Vintage 54 Pure VINTAGE '59 Help
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:10 am
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theguitarvibe wrote:
Retroverbial wrote:
Any of those pickups would be an excellent choice but you may find that both of the 54 sets sound a little brighter than many of Fender's other pickups. Personally I'm a big fan of the Fat 50's -- I like the chunky, augmented mids they provide.

Arjay


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I have a Fat'50 on my other USA American Standard Stratocaster and I 'm looking for another set to put in MIM Classic Series '50 for Blues, Rock and Hard Rock music style, suggestions?


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Post subject: Re: Fender CS'54 vs. Pure Vintage 54 Pure VINTAGE '59 Help
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:50 pm
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These pickup questions are so very personal... :wink:

But here goes, since a simple "you would like this set best" answer is beyond my capacity:
- What is lacking from the current (stock?) pickups, and/or what do you want more?
- If (I'm guessing here) you need more oomph & punch & in-your-face attitude, have you tried the opinion dividers; Texas Specials? They're plenty ruff, if you want to stay inside the brand.
- Would just getting a new bridge pickup get you where you want to go? It could be either a single-coil sized humbucker, or a hotter single coil from e.g. Lollar, Fralin, SD, or a custom made pup from your local pickup makers.


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Post subject: Re: Fender CS'54 vs. Pure Vintage 54 Pure VINTAGE '59 Help
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"More oomph & punch & in-your-face attitude" for me equates to DiMarzio's Virtual Vintage humbuckers. They're significantly hotter than most Fender single-coils and have more "strattitude" than Fender's noiseless designs. I have three guitars so equipped.

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Post subject: Re: Fender CS'54 vs. Pure Vintage 54 Pure VINTAGE '59 Help
Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:08 am
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Retroverbial wrote:
"More oomph & punch & in-your-face attitude" for me equates to DiMarzio's Virtual Vintage humbuckers. They're significantly hotter than most Fender single-coils and have more "strattitude" than Fender's noiseless designs. I have three guitars so equipped.

Arjay

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Post subject: Re: Fender CS'54 vs. Pure Vintage 54 Pure VINTAGE '59 Help
Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:09 am
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jmattis wrote:
These pickup questions are so very personal... :wink:

But here goes, since a simple "you would like this set best" answer is beyond my capacity:
- What is lacking from the current (stock?) pickups, and/or what do you want more?
- If (I'm guessing here) you need more oomph & punch & in-your-face attitude, have you tried the opinion dividers; Texas Specials? They're plenty ruff, if you want to stay inside the brand.
- Would just getting a new bridge pickup get you where you want to go? It could be either a single-coil sized humbucker, or a hotter single coil from e.g. Lollar, Fralin, SD, or a custom made pup from your local pickup makers.

thanks for your suggestion


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