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Post subject: Strat Pick-up's For That Yellow Ledbetter Tone? '57/62's??
Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:24 am
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I have a Strat style guitar kit that i built years ago with an SSH configuration that i want to update to get more of a real classic Strat tone out of. Personally, one of my favorite tones of all time is the intro/outro tone of Pearl Jam's (Mike McCready) Yellow Ledbetter. I'm sure this topic has been beaten to death but i'm wondering which pick-up's would get me close to that tone. I'm torn between the '57/62's (which i'm leaning towards), the Texas Specials, and the Fat 50's. All sound really good from demo video's, i really can't tell much of a difference in all 3 of them. I know i'm not gonna get that tone perfectly with out using whatever Fender amp McCready used to record Yellow Lebetter, but i think my Blue's Jr. can get pretty close. Looking for some kind of in depth views on those 3 pick up set's, which would be the best choice for a McCready/Hendrix-y type tone! Thanks!


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Post subject: Re: Strat Pick-up's For That Yellow Ledbetter Tone? '57/62's
Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:55 am
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The Texas Specials divide opinions. Some like them, some don't. IMHO, they're too much in-your-face. But my preferences lay on vintage style, even weakish pickups, and YMMV.

Of the other two, either one is a nice set. If you want to stir things up even more, there's the CS69 set... :wink:

But one thing: if we believe the web info (and why wouldn't we…), Mike McC's Strat has the original '59 pickups. Likewise with SRV's main axe; no hot pickups there, either - even though the Signature model comes with Texas Specials.
So, just a reminder that a rough sound doesn't need rough pickups.


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Post subject: Re: Strat Pick-up's For That Yellow Ledbetter Tone? '57/62's
Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:37 am
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jmattis wrote:
Likewise with SRV's main axe; no hot pickups there, either - even though the Signature model comes with Texas Specials.
So, just a reminder that a rough sound doesn't need rough pickups.

Indeed.
SRV believed his pickups in #1 were "overwound", so when the TS were designed, they were wound hot.
After he passed away, analysis of #1 revealed that they were actually slightly underwound, but by this time, the TS had already been in full production for some time.

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Post subject: Re: Strat Pick-up's For That Yellow Ledbetter Tone? '57/62's
Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:36 pm
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jmattis wrote:
The Texas Specials divide opinions. Some like them, some don't. IMHO, they're too much in-your-face. But my preferences lay on vintage style, even weakish pickups, and YMMV.

Of the other two, either one is a nice set. If you want to stir things up even more, there's the CS69 set... :wink:

But one thing: if we believe the web info (and why wouldn't we…), Mike McC's Strat has the original '59 pickups. Likewise with SRV's main axe; no hot pickups there, either - even though the Signature model comes with Texas Specials.
So, just a reminder that a rough sound doesn't need rough pickups.


Thanks, that's pretty much the info i was looking for!! Some sound clips the TS's sound great, others the sound not so much. Like i said, the 57/62's are what i'm leaning towards, all the demo's i've heard they just sound so warm and sweet with the jangle i'm looking for!


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Post subject: Re: Strat Pick-up's For That Yellow Ledbetter Tone? '57/62's
Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:39 pm
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Yep 57/62s will give you that nice quack in position 2 and 4. :D


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Post subject: Re: Strat Pick-up's For That Yellow Ledbetter Tone? '57/62's
Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:25 pm
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If you have a tinny-sounding amp you may find the Fat 50's more to your liking.

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