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    Default Looking for super bluesy pickup.

    I've been listening to SRV and John Mayer a lot recently, and I noticed that they both produce very bluesy tone. I know that SRV used Fender Texas Specials and Mayer uses Big Dipper Single-Coils. I was wondering what are some very bluesy pickups that sound really good. They can be single coil or humbucking. Playing through a Strat-like guitar. The amp is a super-modded Valve Jr. with a tone stack.


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    The choices are endless.

    Dimarzio Area series pickups.
    Kinman pickups
    Lollar
    Suhr V60s
    Duncan Antiquity
    Van Zandt


    I could keep going but right now these companies are really popular.

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    Try searching for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd pickups from his new line of guitars. They are Mexican made so they should be affordable if you find them on ebay.

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    I love the Dimarzio Area series, and I got into them for the same reason you did, SRV and John Mayer. Love those guys.

    I've got a '61 in the neck of my strat (see my avatar), and am about to put a '58 in the middle.

    Lots of guys use a 61/58/58 combo from bridge to neck. I could see that working well, but for me, I needed something less bright in the neck position, and higher output to try to keep up with a bridge hb.

    Check out Lincoln Brewster. He uses the 61/58/58 combo in his strats. The last song on his latest record "Let Your Glory Shine" is very EVH influenced. He's a worship leader, but even if that's not your bag, the guitar playing is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I love the Dimarzio Area series, and I got into them for the same reason you did, SRV and John Mayer. Love those guys.

    I've got a '61 in the neck of my strat (see my avatar), and am about to put a '58 in the middle.

    Lots of guys use a 61/58/58 combo from bridge to neck. I could see that working well, but for me, I needed something less bright in the neck position, and higher output to try to keep up with a bridge hb.

    Check out Lincoln Brewster. He uses the 61/58/58 combo in his strats. The last song on his latest record "Let Your Glory Shine" is very EVH influenced. He's a worship leader, but even if that's not your bag, the guitar playing is great.
    He sounds really good, I like his style, don't much care for the singing though. I'll give his latest cd a try! Thanks for the tips too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I love the Dimarzio Area series, and I got into them for the same reason you did, SRV and John Mayer. Love those guys.

    I've got a '61 in the neck of my strat (see my avatar), and am about to put a '58 in the middle.

    Lots of guys use a 61/58/58 combo from bridge to neck.
    I listened to the demos on DiMarzio's website and I really like the sound of those Area pickups. I super glad that Paul Gilbert even uses them, so they must be really good. I'm going for a super bluesy Strat tone, but for the bridge, I want that warmth and attack, not too treblely. Can I find any single-coils that give me something similar to that?

    Thanks!

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    I'm far too into humbuckers in the bridge to be able to recommend a bridge single coil that will give you that.

    I will tell you this, the Dimarzio Norton is fantastic in the bridge in both series and split modes. Sounds really good in combo with singles. It's fatter like a humbucker, but also has some sort of single coil quality to it that I can't quite put my finger on. At least that's my experience with it, YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I'm far too into humbuckers in the bridge to be able to recommend a bridge single coil that will give you that.

    I will tell you this, the Dimarzio Norton is fantastic in the bridge in both series and split modes. Sounds really good in combo with singles. It's fatter like a humbucker, but also has some sort of single coil quality to it that I can't quite put my finger on. At least that's my experience with it, YMMV.
    Looks like the DiMarzio Virtual Pro gives high output and a full, warm sound. The treble response is smoother and the lows are tighter. Hmmm, so many choices when it comes to DiMarzio.

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    I've had a virtual vintage solo pro in the middle position of my strat at one point. I didn't like it at all, but it seemed like it'd make a better bridge pickup. So yeah, the virtual solo may be good for you, but I have only tried it's predecessor.

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    I haven't heard them, but the new Seymour Duncan P-Rails seem like they would give a pretty good bluesy sound.

    Kind of goofy looking, but the concept seems sound.
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    I'd recommend the Fender Tex-Mex pickups for a solid blues tone.
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    The SD Jazz in the neck is uber bluesy! I did quite a bit of research as I just got some new pickups. Exactly what I was looking for. Does'nt always work out that way when you do a P/U change. Your guitar dictates what tone you'll get more often than not, but this one sounded great in several guitars I have which are made of basswood, mahogony, and alder. It resides in my SG which is what it was intended for, but I wanted to see what it sounded like in the other guitars. The alder strat style guitar gave the brightest sound. What wood is your guitar made of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLEEPER5150 View Post
    What wood is your guitar made of?
    I believe it's ash or basswood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5150 Frankenstrat View Post
    I believe it's ash or basswood.
    It should sound wicked. Real defined and versatile pickup. Do a search. Many well known players swear by 'em for a neck pickup from a full spectrum of genres. Alot of guys combine them with a Pearly Gates or '59 in the bridge position.
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