The Budget Pickup Thread

Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by Vyn, May 11, 2018.

  1. Vyn

    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire Contributor

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    So we've all got our favourite defaults (Black Winters or death) or expensive boutiques (BKP, Fishman, Lundgren etc) that we lust over but how about some budget stuff? The reason I'm asking this is because we've probably all got that one $100 guitar that we all started with that we'd like to make sound better but can't justify shoving a $300 set of pickups in it.

    So, what would you use?
     
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    KnightBrolaire despair ahead

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    ENTWISTLE, Warman, GFS, Iron Gear, Dominger
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    One more vote for Irongear and also Tonerider seems to be a good choice. They've even put out an AlNiCo 8 pickup. In a more mid price format (meaning not really dirt cheap but still slightly cheaper than regular Seymour Duncan's and Dimarzio's) I'd put Omega pickups in the UK and some of the people winding pickups like The Creamery which I'm meaning to try. They're about £65-70 for a pickup which is really good for the US. Not budget pickups but not BK and slighlty cheaper than most Seymour Duncan's and Dimarzio's new.
     
  4. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Used DiMarzios and EMGs. They're absolutely stupid cheap used and very common. Heck, I have them in my not cheap guitars. :lol:

    Also, for the record, both DiMarzio and EMG will work with you for defects or warranty issues.
     
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    wakjob SS.org Regular

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    Same.

    I fooled around enough in the bow-tie-que world
    of guitars, pickups, and amplifiers to come full-circle
    back to the good ol' foundation of where I started.

    Dimarzio, EMG, and Duncan's are my usual go to's,
    with some cheaper 'sleeper' pu's from GFS ect...
     
  6. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    :agreed:

    I kept buying fancy pickups and putting them in my guitars, but then I'd just adjust my gear to get my sound back. :lol:
     
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    Soya Poor person Contributor

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    I quite like the rails single coil from Dragonfire pickups, and the 6 string hex buckers from Guitarheads. Though the latter aren't potted very well so they can get a little feedbacky at band volume.
     
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    wedge_destroyer SS.org Regular

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    I've tried a few Gfs and Dragonfire, not bad at all. I also tried one of the Caliguitar pickups, it works fine for 30 bucks. Only issue is the lead is a little short out of the box.
     
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    Really the Duncan Distortion set is dirt cheap for what it delivers.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    I put an alnico 8 magnet into a Duncan Designed 7 string bridge pickup, and put it in my cheapo first 7-string. It’s now one of my better sounding guitars.

    The model is supposed to be a JB... compared with a real JB-7 that I swapped into the same guitar they were too close to call any real differences, so I guess DD is better than their forum hype-train reputation implies.

    The nice thing is people will pretty much give you Duncan Designed pickups for free.
     
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    LeviathanKiller Knee-shooting Archer

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    I'm finding it hard to decide whether or not I'm going to replace them
     

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